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We work with a diverse group of partners to protect, conserve, and manage forests, community trees, and related resources.


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 >>

The FY2014 Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry (S&PF) Competitive Allocation Request for Proposals
This competitive allocation process is a significant way that the Northeastern Area (NA) is helping State Forestry agencies achieve the priorities of their respective state forest action plans while meeting the regional and national priorities of the US Forest Service. The deadline for applications has been extended until close of business November 4, 2013. 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. 

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 >>

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 >>

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Forest Service Overview

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

NA News

On Earth Day, U.S. Forest Service Seeks Applications for Wood to Energy Projects
WASHINGTON—As part of the national observance of Earth Day, the U.S. Forest Service today announced that it is seeking proposals that expand wood energy use and support responsible forest management.  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 »

Wildfire Awareness Week, 2014
Many states observe Wildfire Awareness Week, with goals of raising the public awareness of wildfires and promoting actions that reduce the risk from wildfire to homes and communities. The seven states and four Canadian provinces in the Northeast Forest Fire Protection Commission’s Compact will observe Wildfire Awareness Week April 20-26.  more »

Delay pruning oak trees to avoid spreading disease, say upper Midwest forest health experts
Forest health managers in the upper Midwest are asking residents to avoid pruning oak trees from April through July or later to avoid spreading oak wilt disease. Oak wilt is a significant forest health threat affecting a variety of oak species. While white oaks can take years to succumb, red oaks can die in as little as 30 days after infection.  more »

Safety, beauty and healthy forest the promise of $300K Forest Service grant
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.—A $300,000 grant from the U.S. Forest Service to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will help restore an urban forest to Detroit and Belle Isle State Park. Once known as the “city of trees,” Detroit’s urban forest has fallen on hard times, losing tens of thousands of trees to Dutch elm disease and, more recently, the emerald ash borer.  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 »

Mutated fungus troubles forestry officials
DURHAM, N.H.—Northeast U.S. and Canadian forest health managers are concerned a long-time and recently mutated forest pathogen now poses an increased risk to eastern white pine health.  more »

USDA Awards Funds to Promote Development of Rural Wood to Energy Projects
WASHINGTON, DC—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a partnership agreement to expand wood energy use, which will help improve the safety and health of our nation's forests. The new partnership includes USDA, the Alliance for Green Heat, the Biomass Power Association, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, and the Pellet Fuels Institute.  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

2014 Arbor Month Celebration encourages nature play
A decline in nature play has prompted the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to put this year’s Arbor Month (May) focus on encouraging kids to climb trees and play with nature in their back yards and within the community.  more »

Wildfire Prevention Week raises awareness of outdoor fire hazards
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Gov. Mark Dayton has declared April 20–26 as Wildfire Prevention Week in Minnesota to increase awareness of outdoor wildfire hazards. Each spring wildland firefighters and rural fire department volunteers spend countless hours battling wildfires that could have been easily prevented.  more »

Delaware Forest Service to hold 19th “Fire Camp” at Redden State Forest on April 26
DOVER, Del.—The Delaware Forest Service will hold its 19th Annual Fire Camp – an intensive one-day seminar to train volunteers in wildland firefighting – on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. at Redden State Forest.  more »

DNR advises caution to prevent spread of oak wilt disease
LANSING, Mich.—For most people, April 15 is the annual tax-filing deadline. For people like Robert Heyd - and other forest health professionals - April 15 also marks the beginning of the yearly window when oak wilt can be transmitted-from diseased to healthy red oak trees.  more »

"Plant Some Shade" Tree Distribution Events Planned For Spring
MidAmerican Energy Company residential customers who live in Iowa can participate in the Plant Some Shade® program this spring. The program offers customers discount-priced trees to reduce future energy use and green up their neighborhoods.  more »

DNR: Protocol Not Followed for Benton County Prescribed Fire
An initial review of the prescribed fire in Benton County on April 11 found the National Weather Service was not in any way in error and that certain steps as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources internal burn policy were not followed.  more »

DNR reminds residents that spring wildfire season is under way
LANSING, Mich.—Although many parts of the Upper Peninsula remain snow-covered, and weekend rain soaked a lot of the state, the Department of Natural Resources today announced that firefighters from numerous fire departments, including the Michigan DNR, have been responding to multiple wildfires in the Lower Peninsula. With conditions being right for wildfires, the DNR urges the public to keep prevention and safety in mind, especially when doing spring cleanup.  more »

DNR, DTE Energy Foundation award more than $75,000 in tree-planting grants
HARTFORD, Conn.—With the coming of Arbor Day, April 25, Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced 15 urban forestry grants to encourage tree planting and tree management best practices in communities across the state and also designated 19 communities as a Tree City USA for their commitment to tree care during the past year.  more »

DEEP Announces Urban Forestry Grants
HARTFORD, Conn.—With the coming of Arbor Day, April 25, Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced 15 urban forestry grants to encourage tree planting and tree management best practices in communities across the state and also designated 19 communities as a Tree City USA for their commitment to tree care during the past year.  more »

Tree planting events benefit KC area parks
Kansas City, Mo.—Trees with benefits and ties to history were planted on April 5 in two public parks in the Kansas City metro area.  more »

Burning restrictions to take effect Monday in central Minnesota
ST. PAUL, Minn.—The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will place burning restrictions over the central part of the state beginning April 14 because fire danger is expected to rapidly increase as winds pick up and snow continues to melt.  more »

DNR encourages homeowners to complete necessary open burning
ST. PAUL, Minn.—The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages homeowners to complete necessary open burning now, as restrictions will take effect shortly after snowmelt occurs.  more »

Enhance Penn’s Woods Initiative Results in 3,000 Acre Addition to Lackawanna State Forest
HARRISBURG, Pa.—Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti today announced that the department will add more than 3,000 acres to Lackawanna State Forest with the acquisition of the Mocanaqua tract in Conyngham, Newport and Slocum townships, Luzerne County.  more »

Help conserve jack pine forest - the Kirtland warbler's paradise - by planting trees May 3
GRAYLING, Mich.—Looking for an opportunity to get outside and give back to Michigan's natural resources? On Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers will gather in Grayling to plant an acre of jack pine seedlings.  more »

Prescribed burns for 2014
FITCHBURG, Wis.—Once again, the Department of Natural Resources will be conducting burns on public lands this spring in south central Wisconsin.  more »

Plant a Tree on Arbor Day and Make a Difference at Ohio State Parks
COLUMBUS, Ohio—Ohioans wanting to celebrate Arbor Day this year are encouraged to donate and help plant a tree at Ohio State Parks. In return for their efforts, participants will receive two free nights of camping for each tree they donate and help plant (limit of two donated trees per family).  more »

2014 fuelwood permits available from the DNR
LANSING, Mich.—With the 2014 fuelwood season beginning April 1, the Department of Natural Resources has streamlined its system to make it more convenient for residents to purchase personal-use fuelwood permits in person and by mail.  more »

Forest Legacy Program nomination applications available now; must be submitted by June 13
LANSING, Mich.—The Department of Natural Resources today announced that the application to nominate forest land for enrollment in Michigan's Forest Legacy Program is available online. The program protects private forest lands from conversion to non-forest uses.  more »

To help prevent oak wilt, Tomahawk area residents advised not to prune oak trees between April and July
TOMAHAWK, Wis.—To protect oak trees, and help prevent oak wilt, the Department of Natural Resources advises area residents with oak trees on their property not to prune them from April through July.  more »

Ohioans Urged to be Safe When Burning during Spring Wildfire Season
COLUMBUS, Ohio—Ohioans are reminded to be aware of the state’s outdoor burning regulations and take necessary precautions if they are planning to burn debris this spring, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.  more »

Registration Open for Fourth Annual "Garlic Mustard Challenge"
ALBANY, N.Y.—Scout groups, civic organizations and individuals are invited to participate in the "Garlic Mustard Challenge," a friendly competition to remove a harmful plant from Western New York. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Friends of Reinstein Nature Preserve, the Buffalo Audubon Society and the Western New York Land Conservancy have joined forces to improve the habitats of four natural areas by ridding them of garlic mustard. The challenge starts Saturday, April 12.  more »

DCNR Announces Funding to Help Volunteer Firefighters
HARRISBURG, Pa.—With the approach of spring and increased risk of forest and brush fires across the state, federal grants are now available to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities better guard against the threat of fires in forested, undeveloped and unprotected areas.  more »

Avoid Tree/Power Line Conflicts - Plant low-growing species from W.Va. State Tree Nursery
WEST COLUMBIA, W.Va.—Trees and power lines don’t mix. Avoid conflicts by planting the right tree in the right place. Low-growing species like silky dogwood, Eastern redbud and Allegheny chinkapin are excellent choices for planting under or near overhead power lines. All three species currently are available from Clements State Tree Nursery.  more »

Whatever the need, Clements State Tree Nursery has the tree
WEST COLUMBIA, W.Va.—Trees are like people - they all have special talents. Some trees are tall and have valuable wood. Others produce vivid fall foliage or wildlife-friendly fruits or nuts, while some species work hard to keep soil out of streams and stream banks in place.  more »

W.Va. State Tree Nursery Extends Deadline to Order Seedlings
WEST COLUMBIA, W.Va.—West Virginia Division of Forestry officials are extending the deadline to order tree seedlings through April 30, 2014.  more »

Spring forest fire season starts Saturday, March 1, 2014
CHARLESTON, W.Va.—The West Virginia Division of Forestry reminds residents that the state’s spring forest fire season starts March 1, 2014, and runs through May 31, 2014.  more »

MDC offers TRIM grants and workshops for community forest improvements
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation is offering grants to assist government agencies, public schools and non-profit groups with the management, improvement, and conservation of trees and forests on public land.  more »

Statewide Workshops Planned to Target Invasive Emerald Ash Borer
HARRISBURG, Pa.—Methods to combat an invasive insect pest proving deadly to Pennsylvania’s ash trees will be showcased in the coming months in a series of free, public workshops planned across the state, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti announced today.  more »

Alliant Energy to Sponsor Nine Operation Releaf Events
DES MOINES, Iowa—A popular program offering landscape quality trees at a deep discount to Alliant Energy customers will be held at nine locations across Iowa this spring.  more »

DEC'S Saratoga Tree Nursery Kicks Off Annual Tree And Shrub Seedling Sale And School Seedling Program
ALBANY, N.Y.—More than 40 species of trees and shrubs are now available to public and private landowners and schools at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Saratoga Tree Nursery, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today.  more »

State’s 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.  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

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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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