The FY2016 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
The 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 >>
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)
Attorney 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.
Property Ownership and Distribution: Who Will Get Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?
Call Before You Cut
(presentation length 79:07)
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.
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 »
What You Can Do To Help - Get Involved
Landowners and homeowners can be helpful in the fight against invasive plants.
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 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!
U.S. Forest Service awards more than $800,000 to spare Great Lakes from toxins
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.—The Great Lakes will benefit from more than $800,000 in grants from the U.S. Forest Service. The funds enable local Forest Service partners to initiate environmental restoration projects across three states. more »
Mutated pathogen infecting NH white pines: study
DURHAM, N.H.—A mutated pathogen earlier feared to pose a threat to white pines has been positively confirmed as infecting those trees in New Hampshire, a recent joint study reported. 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
News from the States
Lower elevations in fall foliage spotlight - Valleys and riverbanks put on colorful show for weekend
CHARLESTON, W.Va.—Leaves along West Virginia waterways and in the state’s valleys are colorful and should remain so throughout the fourth weekend of October 2015. more »
Wisconsin DNR forestry leaders gain national recognition
MADISON, Wis.—Two forestry leaders from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources have earned national recognition from the National Association of State Foresters. more »
Maryland Online Tree Nursery Now Accepting Orders
ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting tree seedling orders through the John S. Ayton State Forest Tree Nursery for larger plantings on private lands. There are more than 50 tree species available to meet a variety of aesthetic and environmental needs. more »
Public input sought for Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. The Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area in Christian County is among the areas currently under review. more »
Forest Fire Protection Grant recipients announced for forest and wildland fire suppression
MADISON, Wis.—There are 221 local fire departments in Wisconsin that will receive a total of $489,439.31 in grants this year for equipment, prevention, and training to enhance their forest fire protection and suppression ability, according to the Department of Natural Resources. more »
ODNR Recognizes Outstanding Achievements in Forestry
COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Ohio Department of Natural Resources recognized individuals and groups for their outstanding efforts toward the preservation and development of healthy, sustainable forests throughout Ohio at the Forest of Honor ceremony at Zaleski State Forest near McArthur on Thursday. more »
State Forest Nursery Offers to Pay Public for Tree Seeds
DES MOINES, Iowa—Iowa’s State Forest Nursery has a need of seed to propagate some of their seedling stock this coming year. Four buying stations have been set up throughout the state: the State Forest Nursery in Ames, and at Montrose, Stephens State Forest in Chariton and Yellow River State Forest in Harpers Ferry. more »
Tree-Killing Emerald Ash Borer Spreads to Five NJ Counties
TRENTON, N.J.—New Jersey Department of Agriculture officials today reported the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that attacks and kills ash trees, is active in 14 towns in six counties. more »
DNR Awards Grants to 37 Volunteer Fire Departments
ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The Maryland Department of Natural Resources awarded Volunteer Fire Assistance program grants totaling $88,612 to 37 volunteer fire departments in 15 counties. The funding will help fire crews better prepare for and respond to wildfires in rural areas and communities. more »
DNR seeks public input on northern Minnesota forest plan
ST. PAUL, Minn.—The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites the public to weigh in on a forest management plan being prepared for a large section of northern Minnesota. more »
Coalition in Minnesota Working to Slow the Spread of Emerald Ash Borer more »
Innovative Project Links Classrooms, Urban Youth to Nature more »
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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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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
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 »
Our 42 page, full-color guide with tip sheets was designed specifically for landowners with less than 10 acres. more »