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Listening to the Woods
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Article by: Robert "Fitz" Fitzhenry, U.S. Forest Service, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry
New National Forest Stewardship Program Manager Takes the Helm
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.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Laurie Schoonhoven is the new national Forest Stewardship Program manager in the U.S. Forest Service Washington Office - Cooperative Forestry Area. Ms. Schoonhoven assumes the role after serving as Sustainability Specialist for two years, where she primarily focused on increasing synergy among internal and external sustainability efforts, engaging new partners, and promoting program integration across landscapes.
NAASF and Forest Service to Co-host a Federal Grants Workshop in March 2016
Thursday, January 21, 2016
The Forest-loving Farm Bill at 25
From March 8 - 10, 2016, NAASF and the U.S. Forest Service will co-host a 3-day federal grants workshop in Burlington, VT. The workshop will focus on the new Omni Circular and compliance with federal audits, and will be broad in scope to target both state grant managers and program managers. Forest Service staff from the Financial Compliance Oversight Branch in Albuquerque will be the main presenters.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Editorial by Michigan State Forester Bill O'Neill.
Dovetail Partners Releases 5-Year Review of Forest Action Plans and Effective Water Quality Protections
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the 1990 Farm Bill, which, for the first time, focused on fostering collaboration around issues related to forests, water and people. It built the framework that supports today’s partnerships among woodland owners, nonprofits, and federal, state and local governments. The Forestry Title introduced in the 1990 Farm Bill named the resulting new programs “Cooperative Forestry.”
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Dovetail Partners releases a new report overviewing the Forest Action Plans and reviewing specific plans in three states and one island territory to evaluate accomplishments related to protecting water quality in the five years since they were completed.
Goin’ against the grain: Wood is good, but tallwood is beautiful, baby
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Al Steele, U.S. Forest Service, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry
A Career Path Through the Woods: Michigan's Next Generation of Forestry Talent
“Forests were the first temples of God and in forests men grasped their first idea of architecture.”
― James C. Snyder, Introduction to Architecture
Building large structures with wood isn’t anything new. In Norway and other Scandinavian countries,
massive stave churches go back to 1150 A.D. or earlier. Chinese timber bridges with spans of 200 feet
were built 1,000 years ago. Starting around 600 A.D., the Japanese imported both Buddhism and
pagoda-style houses of worship from China. The 122-foot Horyu-Ji Temple built in 607 A.D. still exists
today. It and hundreds of other pagodas (many taller) have survived centuries of Japan’s earthquakeridden
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
A career in forestry might appeal to anyone who loves spending time in the woods and gaining a deeper understanding of them--and the next generation of foresters is making a new, sustainable path.
New Publication: Business Management Practices for Small to Medium Forest Products Firms
Thursday, May 21, 2015
A new resource has been published on Business Management Practices for Small to Medium Forest Products Firms, authored by Drs. Omar Espinoza, University of Minnesota and Bob Smith from SBIO.