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National Arbor Day

Dan Forestry, This Land of Ours

Cathy Isom tells us about the National holiday dedicated to planting and caring for some of the Earth’s greatest treasures. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Every last Friday in April is National Arbor Day. It’s a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees in their community. Trees provide vital protection …

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USDA Seeks Nominees for Christmas Tree Promotion Board

Dan Forestry, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations for the Christmas Tree Promotion Board to fill six seats for members and an importer whose terms expire on Dec. 31, 2017. The 12-member board is composed of 11 producer members from three regions and one importer. Five producer members are from the Western region, four are from the Eastern region …

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Trump Administration Imposing Tariff on Canada Lumber Products

Dan Forestry, Industry News Release

The Donald Trump administration intensified a decades-old trade dispute with Canada this week, announcing tariffs up to 24 percent on imported softwood lumber. Bloomberg News reports the step escalates an economic battle among neighboring countries that normally have one of the friendliest international relationships in the world. It follows a fight over a new Canadian milk policy that U.S. producers …

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Ag Subcommittee Evaluates Effectiveness of Forestry Initiatives

Dan Forestry, Industry News Release 0 Comments

Rep. 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 …

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Protecting Natural Resources Through Joint Chiefs’ Partnership

Dan Forestry, Industry News Release 0 Comments

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 …

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Incentives for Conservation Reserve Program Participants

Dan Forestry, Industry News Release 0 Comments

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.

Softwood Lumber Board Appointments

Dan Forestry, Industry News Release 0 Comments

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 …

More Than 100 Million Dead Trees in California

Dan Forestry, Industry News Release 0 Comments

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 …

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House Agriculture Committee Advances Three Bills

Dan Cattle, Forestry, Industry News Release 1 Comment

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.

NACD Responds to Approval of EPA Spending Bills

Dan Environment, Forestry, Hogs & Pork, Industry News Release 1 Comment

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

Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry Results

Dan Environment, Forestry, Industry News Release 0 Comments

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

Wildland Fires in a Tube

Dan Environment, Forestry, Industry News Release 1 Comment

Simulating Wildland Fires in a Tube to Protect Public Health By Dina Abdulhadi 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 …

Red-cedar’s Impact on Prairie Chickens

Dan Forestry, General, Industry News Release 0 Comments

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