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 four 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 >>
Wildfire Risk Reduction – This is a significant way that NA S&PF is helping State Forestry agencies achieve wildfire risk reduction priorities as documented in their respective state forest action plans. more >>
Wildfire Response – This is designed to support and implement the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy across the twenty Northeastern states. It will specifically address National Goal 3 - Wildfire Response with options as identified by the Northeast Regional Action Plan. 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!
$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 »
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
Assess conditions, obtain burn permits to help prevent wildfires
WOODRUFF, Wis.—Fire season is upon us and weather conditions are shaping up to result in increased wildfire activity. more »
MDC seeks grant applications for urban conservation in KC
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is accepting applications for the Kansas City Urban Conservation Grant Program. more »
Dry and Windy Conditions Elevate Wildfire Risk
ANNAPOLIS, Md.—With spring’s high winds and dry foliage, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources urges citizens to use caution in outdoor fire activities and postpone open-air burnings. Just last night, nearly 60 firefighters spent two hours battling a five-acre blaze in Gambrill State Park in Frederick County. more »
Time to Stop Pruning Oaks
DES MOINES, Iowa—Spring weather seems to be here a bit early this year and according to the Department of Natural Resources, that means it’s time to finish pruning oak trees to prevent the spread of oak wilt. The best way to prevent the spread of oak wilt is to not prune any oaks between the end of March and the beginning of October. However, with the recent warm weather conditions, property owners should finish pruning oaks by the middle of March. more »
Free Seedlings for Iowa Schools and Communities From Trees for Kids
DES MOINES, Iowa—To celebrate Earth Week next month, the Trees for Kids program is offering free seedlings to schools and communities across Iowa. Each school building and community may order one free custom packet consisting of 200 bare-root seedlings, 50 each of four selected species. Recipients are not required to plant their trees during Earth Week, but must have them planted before May 31. more »
ODNR Announces Open Burning Precautions for Spring Wildfire Season
COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reminds Ohioans to take precautions while burning debris this spring and to know the state’s outdoor burning regulations. Ohio law states outdoor debris burning is prohibited from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. during March, April and May. more »
DNR announces $550,000 Forest Legacy Program grant for Houghton County project
LANSING, Mich.—The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that nearly 1,300 acres and 3.5 miles of Pilgrim River corridor in Houghton County will be protected from development, available for public use and managed as a working forest, thanks to a $550,000 Forest Legacy Program grant. more »
Maryland Tree Nursery Accepting Orders for Spring Planting
ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is accepting tree seedling orders through the John S. Ayton State Forest Tree Nursery for larger plantings on private lands through April 29. more »
Maryland Forester Earns National Award
ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The American Forest Foundation named Dan Hedderick the Northeast Regional Outstanding Tree Farm Inspector of the Year for 2016. more »
Arbor Day Poster Contest and Free Seedling Giveaway
DOVER, Del.—“Trees are Terrific…and Forests are Too!” That’s the theme of the Delaware Forest Service’s 2016 Arbor Day Poster Contest, which is open to all children in grades K to 5 in Delaware public, private, home, and charter schools. After-school programs and youth groups are also eligible. The deadline for poster submission is April 8, 2016. more »
Alliant Energy to Sponsor Eight Operation ReLeaf Events
DES MOINES—A popular program offering landscape quality trees at a deep discount to Alliant Energy customers will be held at eight locations across Iowa this spring. Residential tree distributions will be held in Clayton, Hancock, Hardin, Keokuk, Linn, Marion, Union, and Wapello Counties this April and May. 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 »