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First Steps Toward Developing a Pennsylvania Urban Wood Exchange
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Pennsylvania state law requires municipalities to compost or otherwise recycle woody waste rather than to landfill or incinerate it. In isolated incidences, arrangements are made to have logs sawn to lumber, but most often woody debris is ground into mulch. Cities are required to establish a wood waste recycling facility or to contract with a neighboring community that has one. Still, sometimes a community may resort to stockpiling large woody material on an illegal city site, or to burning residential yard waste collected along with other refuse, also illegal. In 2016 the City of Harrisburg initiated the process of securing a site on which to establish a wood waste recycling facility.
Forester of the Year
Thursday, May 11, 2017
The Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters has named Scott Daniels Cooperative Forest Management Forester of the Year. Mr. Daniels received the award in recognition of his dedication and contributions to sustainable forest management, the forestry profession, and his community. Nominees for this award, given annually, compete in a rigorous and highly competitive award review process, with the best and finest professionals being selected as recipients.
Hidden in Plain Sight - AFF Report
Thursday, March 9, 2017
NAASF is working with the American Forest Foundation (AFF) on a new initiative to protect key wildlife species on private forest lands across 13 Northeast states from Maine to Virginia. As a major step forward, AFF recently released a report titled “Hidden in Plain Sight” that identifies three priority forest habitat types, key wildlife species, and recommendations for action.
Sustainable Urban Forestry In Iowa
Monday, January 9, 2017
The Huxley tree board gathers in the parking lot at Centennial Park early on a Saturday morning. The tree board is volunteering their time in the summer months to conduct a community tree inventory of the 646 city owned trees. Their many hours conducting the inventory will result in a tree management plan to improve the health of the city owned trees. It is estimated that the trees will provide $57,704 worth of benefits annually, but benefits continue beyond the inventory results. The engagement of the tree board in management of city owned trees will benefit the small community for years to come.
New Policy and Communications Director
Monday, December 12, 2016
Kristen Miler joined the NAASF staff as the new policy and communications director. Kristen comes to NAASF from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources where she served as a Fire Program Staff Specialist and statewide Public Information Officer. She was born and raised in northeast Florida where she was exposed to all aspects of natural resources but primarily forestry and fire. She holds a B.S. degree in forest recreation from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and is finishing a master’s degree in forestry (wildland fire concentration) from Mississippi State University.
Jamie Weaver Recognized as Cooperative Forest Management Forester of the Year
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
NE Regional and National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Activities Update
The Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters has named Jamie Weaver of MD Cooperative Forest Management Forester of the Year for 2016. Mr. Weaver received the award in recognition of his dedication and contributions to sustainable forest management, the forestry profession, and his community.
Thursday, March 10, 2016
“Future Forests of the Northern United States” Report Published
The March 2016 update on NE Regional and National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Activities was released today and can be accessed HERE.
Monday, March 7, 2016
Dan Hedderick Recognized as Northeast Regional Outstanding Tree Farm Inspector
Seven years ago, the Northern Forest Futures Project was launched as a cooperative effort of the Forest Service, the Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters, and the academic community. This week, the Northern Forest Futures Project’s culminating report, “Future Forests of the Northern United States,” was published online.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
The American Forest Foundation named Dan Hedderick the Northeast Regional Outstanding Tree Farm Inspector of the Year for 2016. As the Maryland Department of Natural Resources forestry project manager for Allegany County, Hedderick received this national award for his work as an exceptional certified inspector and natural resources professional.
Listening to the Woods
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Article by: Robert "Fitz" Fitzhenry, U.S. Forest Service, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry
I didn’t grow up on a lot of land. Our six acres made more of a base camp. The outbuildings, overgrown yews, and trees around our house drew the neighborhood for hide-and-seek and other games, while the flat acres of lawn saw their share of football, baseball, and soccer matches. We never lost a kid, just a lot of balls for the evening when they flew over the cliff into the dormant gravel pit that scalloped the back half of our property.