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North Dakota Forest Service and conservation districts partner on many projects

Several years ago, North Dakota Conservation District Employees Association President Lori Frank was asked by the North Dakota Forest Service if the state’s districts might assist with a wildfire grant project. Before having a chance to consider the opportunity the Bucyrus Fire struck Barnes County. Local residents – some of them Frank’s friends – had… [...]

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The Wyoming way to tackle wildfire

The best defense against catastrophic wildfire is a good offense – sound forest management to improve forest health and reduce fuel loads. But state and federal land managers often do not have the luxury to invest; same as catastrophic wildfires consume forests, fire suppression dollars consume budgets. The State of Wyoming is doing its part… [...]

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State forestry MOUs provide solutions

Four times a year, Hawaiian forestry leaders hop on the phone to hash out real world solutions for the state’s forest landowners. Representatives from the U.S. Forest Service, state forestry agency (Department of Land Natural Resources), NRCS and the Hawaii Association of Conservation Districts keep the agenda short, NRCS State Forester Michael Constantinides told NACD.… [...]

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Partnership gives 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,… [...]

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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. To read more, click here [...]

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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… [...]

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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. To read more, click here [...]

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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… [...]

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