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Ambitious effort seeks to restore forests, protect water

After about a minute of counting, Arciniega reaches the core’s center. "It’s roughly 110 or so years old,” he says, craning his neck to peer toward the top of the towering pine. What is interesting about this tree isn’t necessarily its age. It’s the pattern in the rings themselves.

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eResource 1/24/16

Partnership provides windbreaks new life

Windbreaks are an important practice for many Kansas farmers and ranchers. Among many benefits they help protect the soil and enhance crop productivity. But many windbreaks in the state are old and tired, and in need of repair. The Kansas Forest Service (KFS) identified this concern as a priority in its State Forest Action Plan, and a few years ago organized windbreak assessments in the southwestern and western parts of the state to learn more about the condition of existing windbreaks.

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eResource 12/27/15

2015 wildfire season costliest on record

The 2015 fire season cost a record $1.71 billion, according to numbers released by the U.S. Forest Service last week. That figure tops the $1.67 billion (adjusted for inflation) spent in 2002. Fires this year also consumed more than 9.8 million acres – close to another single-year record for acres burned (2006). Fire records date back to 1960.

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eResource 12/20/15

NAC adds pollinator publications

Whether by growing a hedgerow or windbreak, or managing a riparian buffer, many landowners practicing agroforestry are also providing habitat for native pollinators. This year, the National Agroforestry Center (NAC) has expanded its offering of publications by adding three new pollinator reports.

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eResource 11/20/15

Forest Service report exposes ‘broken fire budget’

The U.S. Forest Service has increased the pace and scale of forest restoration by nine percent since 2011, according to a recent report. Despite the gains, at least 65 million National Forest System acres are still in need of restoration work. The rising cost of wildfire suppression, as fires have become more intense and more expensive to fight in recent years, has taken funding away from restoration, watershed and wildlife programs, limiting the Forest Service's ability to do the work that would prevent fires in the first place. With a record 52 percent of the Forest Service's budget dedicated to fighting wildfire in 2015, compared to just 16 percent in 1995, the Forest Service's ability to do more restoration work within the current budget structure is severely constrained by the increasing proportion of resources spent on fire. Before a single fire broke out in 2015, the Forest Service started the Fiscal Year with a budget of $115 million less for all work not related to fire than the previous year. Budget constraints have also reduced staffing for restoration, watershed and recreation by nearly 40 percent, from about 18,000 in 1998 to fewer than 11,000 people in 2015. "The Forest Service has made tremendous progress in conducting restoration work to keep our forests healthy and resilient. However, because of the growing cost of fighting more frequent and dangerous wildfires, much of the work that supports healthy forests is being starved", USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said. "The magnitude of the crisis demands that we cannot go another year without a solution to the Forest Service's broken fire budget."

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eResource 11/10/15

Forestry RPG gathers in Boston

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NACD 7/25/15

Seeking nominations for the eighth annual Two Chiefs' Partnership Award

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are seeking nominations for the eighth annual Two Chiefs' Partnership Award. The awards recognize successful forestry conservation efforts made possible through partnerships. The 2015 Two Chiefs' Partnership Award certificates will be given in two categories, individual and group, and will be presented to the recipients by Forest Service and NRCS leaders at an appropriate future venue or by mail.

Nominees must have worked jointly for a minimum of two years to achieve gains in forestry-related conservation with at least two of the following agencies: conservation districts, Forest Service, NRCS or state forestry agencies. Nominations are evaluated based upon collaboration duration, outcomes and achievements, use of a new approach or technology, impact on a sizeable stakeholder group, and conservation gains across multiple resources.

Nomination submissions should include:

1) A project title and location; 2) A list of individual partners and their organization; and 3) A supporting narrative detailing the relevant work of the nominee(s) and the successful outcome of the partnership.

Past winners can be viewed at: http://jointforestryteam.org/success-stories Applications should be submitted to Laurie Schoonhoven, Cooperative Forestry, USDA Forest Service, at lschoonhoven@fs.fed.us by June 15, 2015.

Click here to fill out the one-page application.

DNR partners with Natural Resource Conservation Service to aid private forest landowners

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to help train foresters and other professionals who help private forest landowners.

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eResource 2/23/15

Private land owners join fight to preserve San Pedro River

Four private properties linking an important wildlife and bird migration corridor along the lower San Pedro River will now be protected as result of a private, state and federal partnership.

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eResource 10/29/14

South Pass Aspen Cooperative Project began this fall; ten year effort to enhance habitat

A large habitat enhancement project kicked off this fall in the South Pass area near Atlantic City. The project will occur over the next ten years with the potential to treat several thousand acres of land. The primary focus will be on regenerating aging aspen stands where natural forest succession to conifers is progressing.

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eResource 9/30/14

Trinity County RCD prepares to expand Weaverville Community Forest

A California conservation district has built a successful relationship with the Forest Service and BLM through stewardship contracts.

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eResource 8/11/14

Colorado projects to help reduce risk to water supplies from wildland fires

As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution while better preparing the nation for the impacts of climate, like longer, hotter and drier wildfire seasons, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael Connor today visited northern Colorado to see firsthand the efforts to protect the Colorado-Big Thompson Project water system, and announce an additional $187,500 for Colorado-area projects. His visit comes one year after a key partnership was announced.

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USFS 7/25/14

Montana calling on all partners

Gov. Steve Bullock has taking the wraps off his "Forests in Focus" initiative, saying in a news release that this is a "critical juncture for the future of Montana's forests."The multi-dimensional plan looks to bump up the pace and scale of forest restoration, watershed protection and wildlife habitat improvement on private and federal forests across Montana.

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MTN News 7/9/14

“All Hands, All Lands” Restoration Effort Underway

In a landmark partnership effort, five agencies, two counties, and various private landowners have joined together in support of the East Face Forest Restoration Project. The US Forest Service (USFS), Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM), as well as private landowners, have all committed to this partnership, to address vegetation concerns within the project area, which is known to have a high potential for wildfire.

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NEORL 6/26/14

Under Secretary Bonnie visits South Carolina to see longleaf partnerships

The longleaf pine ecosystem is one of the most diverse in the world. It provides habitat to nearly 900 plant species and 29 federally-listed threatened or endangered species. It’s prized for its valuable timber and its strength against disease, pests and damaging storms. But longleaf pine forests are now rare since their original range of 90 million acres has waned to just a few million. USDA and other partners are working to change this.

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USDA blog 5/23/14

Joint Forestry Team Meets in Washington, D.C.

Last week, the Joint Forestry Team (JFT) met in Washington, D.C. to hear from leadership and shape a work plan for the coming year. The JFT, established in 2007, consists of representatives from the U.S. Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), National Association of State Foresters (NASF) and NACD. NACD is represented by Johnny Sundstrom (JFT chairman, Ore.) and Charles Holmes (Ala.) and Tom Crowe (Ind.), both of whom also serve on the NACD Forest Resource Policy Group.

In his address to JFT members and guests, NACD President-elect Lee McDaniel stressed the value of working together.

"By having a partnership like this, and a common goal, it gives us an advantage when entering the political arena to seek what we need instead of each of us trying to go it alone," McDaniel said.

The four members of the JFT have shared ideas over the past seven years about program monitoring, technical service delivery, and even worked to draft a common template that multiple agencies can use to shape forest management plans.

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eResource 5/20/14

USFS Welcomes Koehn, Lear

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) recently filled two director positions in its Washington, D.C. office. Steve Koehn has accepted the position of Director of Cooperative Forestry and Monica Lear has accepted the position of Director of Forest Health Protection. 

Koehn has been with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service for 30 years, having served as the Maryland State Forester the last 13 years. Koehn will report to his post July 6th. 

For the past seven years, Lear has served as the Deputy Associate Director in the Urban Forestry Administration, District Department of Transportation and District of Columbia State Forester. Lear will report to her new post on June 1st. 

NACD eResource 4/28/14


Register for the EAB Webinar

The NACD Forest RPG and Urban and Community RPG will co-host a webinar on emerald ash borer (EAB) and the challenges the forest pest creates for civic leaders and conservation professionals. The April 24 webinar will include presentations from a U.S. Forest Service expert and conservation districts engaged in EAB planning and cleanup efforts. The webinar is limited to the first 100 attendees to sign up for the event.

To reserve a spot for this webinar, email NACD Forestry Specialist Mike Beacom. To learn  more about EAB, visit http://emeraldashborer.info/

NACD eResource 4/22/14


Forest and Conservation Tax Survey

The American Forest Foundation is collecting information on how forestland owners use forest and conservation tax provisions on their land.

To fill out their brief survey to assist them in advocating for continued forest tax exemptions, please click here

NACD  eResource 4/15/14

SFI Grants

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is still accepting 2014 Requests for Proposals for the Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program.

SFI will invest in conservation research projects and collaborative partnerships that explain or inform the role of sustainable forest management in Carbon and Bioenergy; Forest Health; Water; Capacity Building; and Wildlife, Fish and Biodiversity. SFI announced it will deliver up to $300,000 for forest conservation research projects. The deadline for 2014 requests is Friday, February 21 at 5 p.m. (ET).

To learn more, click here.

NACD eResource, 2/11/14


USFS Webinar

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) will host a webinar, “Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program,” on Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 2-3:30 p.m. (ET).

The Forest Service's Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) program encourages collaborative, science-based ecosystem restoration of priority forest landscapes and has helped catalyze larger restoration efforts surrounding National Forests. The first speaker will give an overview of the CFLR program, and two CFLR case studies will be shared from different regions of the US.

Webinar registration is open to all and attendance is free. To sign up, click here. Please contact Sara Comas at scomas@fs.fed.us with comments, special accommodations, or to be added to the mailing list.

Society of American Foresters (SAF) Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) credits and American Planning Association (APA/AICP) Certification Maintenance (CM) credits are available for this webinar.

NACD eResource, 2/11/14


Timber Tax Q&A

Forestry Notes is offering conservation district staff and forest landowners an opportunity to ask timber tax questions to one of the country’s leading experts: Linda Wang, the National Timber Tax Specialist for the U.S. Forest Service.

Wang will answer selected questions in the March issue of Forestry Notes. Questions can be submitted via Twitter @forestrynotes or by sending an email to forestrynotes@email.nacdnet.org; please add "Timber Tax" in the subject line.

The deadline to submit questions is February 14.

NACD eResource, 1/28/14


January Forestry Notes

The January Issue of Forestry Notes is now available online.

This edition includes a story about an Oregon SWCD program that is planting trees for a better salmon habitat, as well as a story about an Illinois forest workshop, organized by districts, that is helping to educate landowners on how to manage their forestland.

To read this month’s issue, click here.

NACD eResource, 1/14/14

Upcoming Meetings and Events

NACD Events Calendar - View a list of the NACD's meetings, which include two national meetings and several regional meetings of conservationists and partners a year.

NASF Events Calendar - View NASF's meetings and events calendar

Forestry Events

  • June 3-5, 2014 Smallwood Conference, Rochester, Minn.
  • July 21-22, NACD 2014 Soil Health Tour, Indianapolis, Ind. 
  • September 15-19, NACD Forest RPG Meeting, Portland, Ore.
  • September 21-26, 2014 NASF Annual Meeting, St. Paul, Minn.

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The Joint Forestry Team’s purpose is to make recommendations that result in coordinated interagency delivery of forestry and conservation assistance for working forests, farms, and ranches. Team participants seek to improve the sustainability of the nation’s forests in order to provide optimum levels of public benefits and ecosystem services.