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 >>
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 >>
American Recovery & Reinvestment Act Information
Forest Service Overview
USDA ARRA page
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! »
Woods goers asked to keep eyes peeled for signs of ash borer to protect forest health
DURHAM, N.H.—Northeast Forest health managers are asking hunters and other people taking walks in the woods this holiday weekend to stay alert for unique signs of the tree-killing emerald ash borer. more »
Great Lakes protected through $2.5M in Federal grants
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.—The U.S. Forest Service will help improve urban forests, tree canopy and water quality in six Great Lakes states through nearly $2.5 million in grants. The grants are part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a cooperative effort between federal, tribal, state and local partners. 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 »
Forest Service report spotlights fire risk for homes on the edge of wildlands
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Forest Service researchers recently found that about 90 percent of fuel reduction treatments on national forests were effective in reducing the intensity of wildfire while also allowing for better wildfire control. more »
US urban trees store carbon, provide billions in economic value
WASHINGTON, D.C.—From New York City’s Central Park to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, America’s urban forests store an estimated 708 million tons of carbon, an environmental service with an estimated value of $50 billion, according to a recent U.S. Forest Service study. 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 »
Restoration creates thousands of jobs, protects communities from wildfire
WASHINGTON—A Forest Service restoration program created and maintained more than 4,500 jobs in Fiscal Year 2012 and improved the fire-resiliency of 380,000 acres of forestland near communities from 2010-2012, according to a new report.
Oak decline on the rise in the Midwest
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Forest health managers are predicting oak decline will pose a bigger problem across several Midwest states in the coming years.
Bur oak blight spreading concern in the Midwest
Signs of disease are showing up on more bur oaks in the Midwest. Bur oak blight, or BOB for short, is a newly identified native disease that causes late season leaf browning. Symptoms of BOB include darkened veins and large wedge-shaped brown areas. Some leaves can turn totally brown.
News from the States
MDC seeks public comments about management of Reifsnider State Forest
WARRENTON, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. more »
DCNR Acquires 486-acre Tract for Addition to Delaware State Forest
HARRISBURG, Pa.—Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials today hailed acquisition of the 486-acre former Rock Hill Scout Camp in Pike County that will boost size of the Delaware State Forest to more than 85,000 acres. more »
Consider Native Alternatives When Decorating this Season; Avoid Using Material from Invasive Plants
HARTFORD, Conn.—The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is asking Connecticut residents and decorators to consider alternatives to invasive plants such as Oriental bittersweet this holiday season. more »
Oak Wilt Reappears in Glenville Neighborhood
GLENVILLE, N.Y.—The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation today announced that the oak tree disease oak wilt has been detected again in the Glen Oaks neighborhood in the town of Glenville, Schenectady County. more »
New York State Announces Arbor Day Poster Contest
ALBANY, N.Y.—New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens invites fifth graders to showcase their artistic talents and help to increase public awareness about trees in New York by participating in the annual National Arbor Day Poster Contest. more »
Proposed final regional state forest plans available for public review through Dec. 9
LANSING, Mich.—The Department of Natural Resources today announced that its proposed final Regional State Forest Management Plans (RSFMPs) - designed to help the DNR sustainably manage Michigan's nearly 4 million acres of state forest land - are now available for final public review. 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 »
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 »
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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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 »