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The FY2015 Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry Landscape Scale Restoration Competitive Process Request for Proposals
This competitive process is a significant way that the Northeastern Area is helping State Forestry agencies achieve priorities as documented in their respective state forest action plans while at the same time meeting regional and national priorities of the US Forest Service. Organizations interested in working on priority issues should familiarize themselves with their state forest action plan(s), and consult with their State Forester(s) or appropriate staff on proposal development. Not all proposals will be forwarded to the Forest Service for consideration, so early coordination with state foresters will be essential. more >>

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
This interagency program is directed by the Environmental Protection Agency and co-sponsored by many agencies, including the US Forest Service, for the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. EPA funds administered through the Northeastern Area will support projects that address near-shore health, nonpoint source pollution, and toxic substances that impact water quality in identified Areas of Concern. more >>

Wildfire Risk Reduction Request for Proposals
The Fiscal Year 2015 Wildfire Risk Reduction Request for Proposals is a significant way that the Northeastern Area is helping State Forestry agencies achieve wildfire risk reduction priorities as documented in their respective state forest action plans. The deadline for applications to be submitted to state foresters is January 30, 2015. more >>

New Children's Book Teaches About Tree Cutting
Cover graphic of the bookThe newest publication from the Northeastern Area is Why Would Anyone Cut a Tree Down? In taking care of forests, towns, or backyards, it is sometimes necessary and even helpful to cut trees down. This book is meant to introduce everyone from elementary students to adults to different reasons that foresters and arborists might cut trees down. more >>

Landscape Scale Conservation in the Northeast and Midwest
This paper describes the foundations of collaboration that are used as the US Forest Service (Eastern Region, Northeastern Area, Northern Research Station, the Forests Products Laboratory) and the Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters work across the landscape to maximize our impact and effectiveness. more >>

Gypsy Moth Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement approved
In time for the 2013 gypsy moth season, the final version of the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement has been approved! View the SEIS and the Record of Decision.

Forest Restoration Strategy for the Chesapeake Watershed
We are pleased to introduce the Forest Restoration Strategy, developed as a key supporting action in the 2010 Executive Order (13508) Strategy for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. A broad array of partners contributed to the process of forming the Strategy, the purpose of which is to improve ecosystem function and provide community benefits in targeted areas of the landscape. The target areas are urban and community forests, mine lands, contaminated lands, agro-forestry, and fish and wildlife habitat.

Forests are a critical ecosystem component that supports major Chesapeake Bay goals—clean water, healthy watersheds, wildlife habitat, fisheries, land conservation, citizen stewardship, and climate change response. This document responds to new drivers for a restored Chesapeake Bay and provides an up-to-date look at programs that support tree planting efforts in these targeted areas. 

State Forest Action Plans
Every State forestry agency, with input from the public, has completed a Forest Action Plan. The Forest Action Plans contain assessments of the threats facing forests and outline strategies to ensure that forests continue to provide multiple benefits such as clean air and water, places for recreation, wildlife habitat, and forest products. more >>

Redesign Project Summaries, Fiscal Year 2008
In 2008, the Forest Service launched a “Redesigned” State and Private Forestry (S&PF) program based on a down-to-earth idea—targeting resources to areas of greatest need as the most effective and efficient way to make a difference with limited resources. more >>

Carbon Market Opportunities
Global climate change happens in part because human activity releases greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide (CO2), into the atmosphere. Trees absorb CO2 and fix, or “sequester,” carbon in their structure and release oxygen into the air. A standing forest is a “bank” that accumulates carbon as it grows. In the United States, private forest owners may be able to fight global climate change and generate revenue by enrolling in the voluntary carbon market. more >>

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Protect the Nation's Forests – Don’t Move Firewood
This camping and hunting season… purchase your firewood from a vendor close to your destination. Don’t pack your own firewood for use at your campsite or cabin. Unfortunately, our native trees and forests are being threatened by invasive insects and diseases that live in dead and dying wood. In many cases, these pests are being accidentally spread to new locations by homeowners and recreationists moving firewood from one location to another.  more »

Northeastern Area Seminar Series

The Last Unfinished Business of Gifford Pinchot

As the first Chief of the US Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot pioneered forest conservation in the U.S.  Near the end of his life, Gifford celebrated his accomplishments creating the National Forest System and setting in motion strong State forestry agencies, but referred to private forestry as his 'last unfinished business.'  This presentation looks at his efforts and how the issue has evolved since his time.
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Producing and Merchandising from Underutilized Waste Wood Resources
(presentation length 63:43)
Thom Labrie talks about ways to recover and add value to wood resources that might otherwise be wasted. Labrie is the president of Auburn Enterprises LLC, and an award-winning veteran of more than 30 years in the wood business. view »

Estate Planning Options
(presentation length 50:06)
Photo Credit: Kenneth M. Gale,  www.forestryimages.orgAttorney Roger L. Deffner presents an overview for woodland owners of wealth management, financial planning, and estate planning. He is only presenting an overview and not legal advice and viewers need to consult a personal attorney for any particular situation.  view »

Property Ownership and Distribution: Who Will Get Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?
(presentation length 79:07)
Photo of pie cooling.Personal property transfer is an issue frequently ignored until a crisis occurs - that is not the time to make important decisions. As Dr. Karen Goebel of the University of Wisconsin explains, transferring non-titled property brings up many important issues. The presentation encourages people to make appropriate arrangements that are fair to all parties concerned and covers tools used to accomplish the transfer of property.  view »

Call Before You Cut
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Consulting a professional forester before a cut, and using a master logger if choosing to harvest trees, helps woodland owners protect both their woods and their financial interests.  more »


Help Stop Invasive Pests
Asian Longhorned Beetle Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
Emerald Ash Borer Sirex Woodwasp
Gypsy Moth Sudden Oak Death

What You Can Do To Help - Get Involved 
Landowners and homeowners can be helpful in the fight against invasive plants. more »


Wildfire Prevention

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Many people believe that lightning starts most wildfires, but the fact is 9 out of 10 wildfires nationwide are started by humans and can be prevented! The main causes are unattended campfires, trash burning, carelessly discarded smoking materials, barbecue coals, and operating equipment without spark arresters. Click here to find out more about wildfire prevention, and here to learn about fire as a forest management tool.

Woodsy Owl

Woodsy Owl graphicWoodsy has been America's environmental champion since 1970, and is most recognized for his wise request, "Lend a hand, care for the land."  Join the US Forest Service in introducing children to this fanciful creature!



News Block

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Latest Edition of Forest Matters is out
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.—Keep up with the latest news from the Northeastern Area's Stewardship program with Forest Matters more »

Hemlock declining rapidly in Catskills, says study
Hemlock trees in New York’s Catskill region are rapidly declining, a recent study found. U.S. Forest Service and University of Vermont scientists used high-tech aerial imaging and ground-based surveys to examine a 274-square-mile area there in 2012. They found only 16 percent of hemlocks in the study area were healthy, a rapid drop from 59 percent of only a decade earlier.  more »

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Special Rule to Focus Protections for Northern Long-Eared Bat
In response to the rapid and severe decline of the northern long-eared bat – a species important for crop pest control – the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing a special rule under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that would provide the maximum benefit to the species while limiting the regulatory burden on the public.  more »

Smartphones help citizen scientists to ID invasive plants: study
Smart phones are equally effective as in-person training in helping citizen scientists to learn how to detect invasive plant species, according to a recent study. The report noted that how volunteers received their training made a big difference in their subsequent effectiveness in the field.  more »

US Forest Service awards more than $1.75M in grants to protect Great Lakes
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.—Water quality in the Great Lakes will benefit from more than $1.75M in grants from the U.S. Forest Service. The funds will support local environmental restoration projects across five states.  more »

Forest Service interviews representatives from 3 NH facilities about their biomass demo project outcomes
The U.S. Forest Service Northeastern Area State & Private Forestry conducted interviews with representatives of three recently-promoted biomass demonstration projects to see if the results lived up to their expected performances.  more »

Forest Service interviews representatives from 3 facilities about their biomass demo project outcomes
The U.S. Forest Service Northeastern Area State & Private Forestry conducted interviews with representatives of three recently-promoted biomass demonstration projects to see if the results lived up to their expected performances.  more »

Scientists pinpoint epicenter of ash borer invasion, track early spread in North America
DURHAM, N.H.—Scientists have determined the emerald ash borer’s origin and early spread in North America. They studied tree rings to reconstruct when and where the ash-killing invasive insect first arrived and how rapidly its population spread thereafter.  more »

Winter moth severely reduces oak growth, Mass. study finds
A recently-published study in Massachusetts revealed winter moth defoliation severely impacts the growth of certain oak species. The study examined the potential impacts of winter moth defoliation on three tree species, red and black oaks, along with red maples in eastern Massachusetts. Scientists closely studied trees in the Hanson, Hingham, Wellesley, Wenham and West Bridgewater communities.  more »

Asian beetles threaten livelihood of Maine’s American Indians
WATERVILLE, Maine—A handful of Maine basket makers, many of them Wabanakis with ancient ties to the area, are forming a lonely line of defense against an invasive beetle that threatens to rob them of their livelihood.  more »

$678,000 in Funding to Restore Forests on Degraded Mined Land Areas
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the USDA Forest Service – State and Private Forestry (USFS) announced today $678,000 in grants to support forest restoration on old, degraded mined land areas at sites in Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. State foresters from those states, or their designated partners, will receive grants through the Appalachian Forest Renewal Initiative, a new partnership between NFWF and the USDA Forest Service.  more »

Chesapeake Bay Forest Restoration team and Connecticut Joint Forestry team recognized with Two Chiefs’ Partnership Awards
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.—U.S. Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry partners received USDA Two Chiefs’ Partnership Awards for their work with the Chesapeake Bay Forest Restoration Strategy, and Connecticut Joint Forestry Memorandum of Understanding. The Chiefs of the Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service select award winners.  more »

Deadly Asian longhorned beetle more likely to succeed in red maple
DURHAM, N.H.—Federal researchers have taken a step forward in the battle against Asian longhorned beetle. A recent U.S. Forest Service study revealed the tree-killing ALB to be more than four times as likely to successfully develop into an adult when feeding on red maple versus other species of maple in Massachusetts forests.  more »

Why Would Anyone Cut a Tree Down? Newly-released Forest Service book reveals all
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.—The US Forest Service just released a beautifully-illustrated, non-fiction children’s picture book that discusses why trees are sometimes cut down.  more »

News from the States

Delaware Forestry Association holds annual meeting, offers forestry scholarship
FELTON, Del.—The Delaware Forestry Association will present its “Tree Farmer of the Year” award at its annual meeting at the Felton Fire Hall on March 12.  more »

COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources today announced the discovery of a hemlock-killing pest in Jackson County in southern Ohio. The hemlock woolly adelgid is a small, aphid-like insect native to Asia that threatens the health and sustainability of eastern hemlock and Carolina hemlock in the eastern United States.  more »

Young Artists Encouraged to “Color Maryland Green”
ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Calling all young poets, photographers, artists and producers: Students in grades K-12 are invited to submit original creations inspired by our outdoors to the 2015 Color Maryland Green contest. The contest is sponsored by the Maryland Departments of Natural Resources and the Environment.  more »

MDC offers grants for community tree care
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation is offering Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance cost-share grants to help government agencies, public schools, and not-for-profit groups with the management, improvement, and conservation of trees and forests on public land.  more »

Awards presented for efforts to promote urban forestry in Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis.—The efforts of individuals, organizations and communities to ensure there are healthy, thriving trees in urban areas that can make a community unique and special were recently recognized by the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council.  more »

Delaware Forest Service’s 2015 Arbor Day School Poster Contest
DOVER, Del.—The Delaware Forest Service is holding its annual Arbor Day School Poster Contest, open to all Delaware students in grades K to 5. To participate, teachers must register their classes by March 13 and submit posters by March 27.  more »

KIRKSVILLE, Mo.—Fire has been used as a land management tool by the Missouri Department of Conservation for more than 30 years, but it isn't as simple as dropping a match and watching it burn. To assist landowners who want to safely use prescribed fire on their own property, the MDC is hosting a workshop at 9 a.m. on March 7, at the MDC Northeast Regional Office in Kirksville. The workshop is free, but you must register by March 2.  more »

Grant Helps Communities Inventory Public Trees
DES MOINES, Iowa—This year, 10 Iowa communities will participate in a public inventory of their trees through a U.S. Forest Service grant called Sustainable Urban Forestry Training and Assistance. The grant will fund training to municipal staff, non-profits and interested citizens, so communities can complete a public tree inventory, prepare for emerald ash borer and create a sustainable urban forestry program.  more »

Forest Service offering tree planting grants for Chesapeake Bay
DOVER, Del.—The Delaware Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program is offering a new “Partnership Tree Planting Grant” to nonprofit groups who own property within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The U&CF Program will award eight $1000 matching grants on a first-come, first-served basis to qualifying nonprofit groups who apply by February 27, 2015.  more »

“Trees Are…Beneficial!” Theme of 2015 Poster Contest - All W.Va. fourth- and fifth-graders eligible to compete
CHARLESTON, W.Va.—Everyone knows trees are beneficial, and the West Virginia Division of Forestry is giving fourth- and fifth-graders throughout the state the opportunity to represent those benefits through art.  more »

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Success Stories

Vinton Furnace Partnership Protects Ohio's Largest Privately Owned Forest   more »

Planning and Analysis in Timber Harvesting: Software Tool Helps Companies Expand, Contract, and Plan for the Future   more »

Using Wood in the Aftermath of EAB: Opportunities in Southeastern Michigan   more »

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"Town Study Showed Threefold Savings" The last, vast forested area along the Interstate 95 corridor between Boston and Washington, D.C. sits amid the borderlands of Connecticut and southern Rhode Island. Within this 200 square mile region lays West Greenwich, RI, a small, rural town split roughly down its geographic center by I-95.  more »

Estate Planning

Picture of little girl among pines.
Hot topic!  Who will inherit your family's forests? Plan now to protect and conserve this vital natural resource. Learn more

Forests, Water and People Analysis

This analysis highlights the connection between the forests and faucets of the Northeast and Midwest - how forests protect surface drinking water quality.

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Landowner Resources

Do you own more than 10 acres of land? The US Forest Service Northeastern Area has a number of programs and publications that can help you manage your land.  more »

Tax Tips

Homeowner Resources

Do you want to improve the beauty and value of your residential property? Healthy, mature trees add an average of 10% to a property’s value. Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30% and can save 20-50% of the energy used for heating your home.  more »

Backyard Woods Magazine Cover

Our 42 page, full-color guide with tip sheets was designed specifically for landowners with less than 10 acres.  more »








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