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The Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated $6 million to help aid farmers and ranchers recovering from recent wildfires in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Continue reading

forestryRep. Frank Lucas (OK-03), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry, held a hearing to evaluate the effectiveness of the forestry initiatives in the 2014 Farm Bill. This hearing is a continuation of the committee’s hearing series to set the stage for the next farm bill. The subcommittee heard from a broad panel of experts who shared their perspectives on the forestry programs authorized under Title VIII of the 2014 Farm Bill. Continue reading

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a new investment of $32 million to improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosystems where public forests and grasslands connect to privately-owned lands.

Through the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership, USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U.S. Forest Service will invest the new funds in fiscal year 2017 to add ten new projects and support 26 partnership projects already underway. Continue reading

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In an effort to improve wildlife habitat and the health of private forest lands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced additional incentives available for Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) participants to actively manage forest lands enrolled in the program. Continue reading

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Cathy Isom reminds us about some things to remember when shopping for that perfect Christmas tree. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. →

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack appointed four members to serve on the Christmas Tree Promotion Board.

Newly appointed is Charles E. Fowler, of Sylva, N.C., representing Region 3 – Eastern Region, whose term begins immediately and ends Dec. 31, 2017. Continue reading

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed six members to the Softwood Lumber Board to serve 3-year terms of office beginning Jan. 1, 2017.

Newly appointed manufacturer Furman Brodie, of Florence, S.C., and re-appointed manufacturer Danny White, of Brewton, Ala., represent the U.S. South. Re-appointed manufacturer Charles W. Roady, of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, represents the U.S. West and re-appointed manufacturer Alden J. Robbins, of Searsmont, Maine, represents the Northeast and Lake States. Continue reading

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the U.S. Forest Service has identified an additional 36 million dead trees across California since its last aerial survey in May 2016. This brings the total number of dead trees since 2010 to over 102 million on 7.7 million acres of California’s drought stricken forests. In 2016 alone, 62 million trees have died, representing more than a 100 percent increase in dead trees across the state from 2015. Millions of additional trees are weakened and expected to die in the coming months and years. Continue reading

House Agriculture Committee
The House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 470, the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Land Adjustment Act; H.R. 5883, legislation to amend the Packers and Stockyards Act; and H.R. 845, the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act. Continue reading

eucalyptusEverett Griner talks about the need for the eucalyptus tree in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

House, Senate panels approve Forest Service, EPA spending bills; NACD responds

nacdThe National Association of Conservation Districts is pleased with the Fiscal Year 2017 funding levels the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have approved for the Forest Service and the Environmental Protection Agency. However, the association is disappointed that the committees failed to propose a long-term budget solution for wildfire suppression costs.

“The House and Senate’s proposed budget allocations for the Forest Service’s state and private programs are signs that Congress is headed in the right direction when it comes to properly funding forest management on private lands,” NACD CEO Jeremy Peters said. “Sadly, it is also clear that both chambers have failed to put forth solutions that would effectively end the scourge that is ‘fire borrowing.’” Continue reading

Last Saturday Corryn stopped by Big Creek Lumber in Paso Robles, California to talk to the Cal Poly Logging Team about their sport.

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry Results, Additional $72.3 Million Soil Health Investment to Support Paris Agreement

climateAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack shared the first results of USDA’s Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry, one year after he unveiled the plan at Michigan State University. In addition to providing specific goals and results of the many actions that USDA is taking to help farmers, ranchers, and forestland owners respond to and help mitigate climate change, Vilsack announced a new $72.3 million investment to boost carbon storage in healthy soils during a speech on climate at the Center for America Progress in Washington, DC. Learn more. →

Simulating Wildland Fires in a Tube to Protect Public Health

By Dina Abdulhadi

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After a long day of backpacking in the woods, I always look forward to watching the story arc of a campfire. The flames grow slowly, then leap up as the fire builds momentum. As the fire calms, the logs smolder and glow with heat.

Wildfires have similar phases. During an active fire, flames rapidly move over the landscape. Learn more. →

New Study Highlights Red-cedar’s Impact on Prairie Chickens, Helps Improve Conservation Efforts

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Photo of prairie after red-cedars are removed. (Photo courtesy of NRCS)

A new study offers the first empirical data proving that female lesser prairie-chickens avoid grasslands when trees are present. The study, highlighted in a Science to Solutions report by the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative (LPCI), underscores the importance of removing woody invasive plants like red-cedar to restore grassland habitat. The new data will help guide USDA’s conservation efforts.

Though sometimes called the “green glacier” for its steady progress across the prairie, red-cedar encroachment is far from glacial in speed. Open grasslands can become closed-canopy forest in as little as 40 years, making the land unsuitable to lesser prairie-chickens and other wildlife. Learn more.

Christmas tree farm
Everett Griner talks about the real Christmas tree making a comeback in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

Trees
Everett Griner talks about some different species of trees in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

Tapping Sugar Maple Trees for Sap
Everett Griner talks about the decline of the Maple tree in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

Public, Private Partnerships to Invest Over $51 Million in 2016

forestsUSDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie today announced a federal investment of over $40 million for restoration of forests near growing communities to reduce wildfire threats, protect water supplies, improve wildlife habitat and support rural economies. This is the third year of the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosystems where public and private lands meet. Learn more. →

China
Everett Griner talks about agriculture trade with China in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

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