Landscape Scale Conservation in the Northeast and Midwest: Ensuring Healthly Ecosystems Across All Ownerships and the Rural to Urban Continuum
Landscape scale conservation occurs when landowners pursue common conservation goals across large blocks of land, to ensure ecosystems are healthy. Coordination and commitment across private, State, and Federal lands are required. All three branches of the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (State and Private Forestry, National Forest System, Research), are working together and with partners towards shared landscape conservation goals. more >>
Competitive Allocation Processes
With increasing demands for quality forest care and new invasive challenges from foreign flora and fauna come the need to make sure that our resources are distributed to the most deserving projects and programs. By competing for the available funding, our partners put their best ideas forward to gain the maximum benefits for the greatest rewards.
The Northeastern Area State & Private Forestry administers several competitive allocation processes. These help our state and private forestry partners to focus their efforts more tightly, ensuring that their efforts make the greatest impact on projects and programs that most closely align with their states’ action plans.
These state programs concentrate on three major areas:
Landscape Scale Restoration — Projects help 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. more >>
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative — Launched in 2010 to accelerate efforts to protect and restore the largest system of fresh surface water in the world — the Great Lakes. As one of GLRI’s 16 task force members, the Forest Service uses GLRI resources to strategically target the biggest threats to the Great Lakes and meet long term restoration goals for this important ecosystem. more >>
National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy —
In FY17 Wildfire Response and Wildfire Risk Reduction RFPs have been combined in a single request and application form. Both competitive processes are designed to support and implement the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy across the 20 Northeastern States. Information about this RFP may be found here.
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!
Forest Service awards more than $3.5M in grants to protect Great Lakes
NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA—Water quality in the Great Lakes will get a boost this year, with more than $3.5M in grants from the U.S. Forest Service. The funds will support local environmental restoration projects across five states. more »
U.S. Forest Service gives $581,650 to conserve Northeast woodland
DURHAM, N.H.—Grants from the U.S. Forest Service Community Forestry Program will help protect local woodlands for towns in three states. The money will be used for conservation easements and land purchases that remove boundaries and consolidate fragmented forests. more »
West Virginia University to host 10th Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—West Virginia University will host the 10th annual Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy June 4 through June 10. The academy is presented by the Mid-Atlantic Forest Fire Compact, West Virginia University Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, and the U.S. Forest Service. more »
Protecting Young Trees from Cicadas: Keep Them Under Wrap
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—Any day now, residents of eastern Ohio, southwestern Pennsylvania, western Virginia, and most of West Virginia will have to contend with a 6-week chorus of Brood V cicadas. These periodical cicadas emerge every 17 years in the spring when soil temperatures warm to about 64° at 7 inches below the soil surface. (PHOTO) more »
$3.7 million in grants available to protect Great Lakes
DURHAM, N.H.—The U.S. Forest Service has made $3.7 million available for nature-based solutions that improve water quality in the Great Lakes watershed. The funds will support local projects addressing invasive species, nonpoint source pollution, and habitat restoration. more »
Brule St. Croix Legacy Forest Receives Wings Across the Americas Conservation Award
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell presented awards last evening to recipients of the 2016 Wings Across the Americas Conservation Award in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. more »
Forest Service approves nearly $400k in invasive plant grants to improve water quality
MILWAUKEE, Wis.—The U.S. Forest Service recently approved $375,049 in restoration grant funding for 10 projects across six Midwest and Northeast states. The grant selections are part of the U.S Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Grant Initiative, funded by the Environmental Protection Agency. more »
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 »
News from the States
Twenty-six acre timber harvest begins in the Goodwin Conservation Center Pine Forest, Hampton
HAMPTON, CT—Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced a 26-acre timber harvest scheduled to begin today in the Goodwin Conservation Center pine forest in Hampton. This stand was planted with white and red pine in 1939-1943 after the 1938 hurricane blew over pines planted in 1914. more »
Holiday wreaths from Minnesota state forests sold nationwide
ST. PAUL, MN—'Tis the season for holiday wreaths, swags and garland. These beautiful and fragrant decorations most likely came from a Minnesota state forest. Balsam fir boughs and branches harvested from state forests are used to make wreaths that adorn homes across the nation, according to the Department of Natural Resources. more »
2016 DNR volunteer fire assistance grants awarded to rural fire departments
DES MOINES, IA—More than $206,000 in 50 percent cost-share grants have recently been awarded to 83 of Iowa’s rural fire departments to aid their efforts in protecting Iowans and their property from wildfires. more »
Put some Wonder in the winter by giving the December specialty packet from the state forest nursery
DES MOINES, IA—Add some special interest to your winter landscape, or maybe the yard of someone on your gift-giving list, with the Winter Wonderland specialty packet from Iowa’s State Forest Nursery. more »
Fire Crews Return After Battling Blazes in the South
ANNAPOLIS, MD—The Maryland Department of Natural Resources sent more than a dozen firefighters to battle wildfires this fall in the Southern United States. more »
Local Christmas trees available from Delaware farms
DOVER, DE—Thirty Delaware farmers have fresh-cut and live Christmas trees available for First State families this holiday season, with local firs, spruces and pines in abundance – all easy to find at de.gov/christmastrees. 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 »