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USDA Forest Service Announces New Strategy for Improving Forest Conditions

Dan Forestry, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (USFS) announced a new strategy for managing catastrophic wildfires and the impacts of invasive species, drought, and insect and disease epidemics. Specifically, a new report titled Toward Shared Stewardship across Landscapes: An Outcome-based investment Strategy (PDF, 3.7 MB) outlines the USFS’s plans to work more closely with states to identify landscape-scale priorities for targeted treatments in …

forest products

Benefits of Sustainably Harvesting Non-timber Forest Products

Dan Forestry, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops

A new report by USDA Forest Service researchers provides science-based information to help decision-makers, practitioners, and researchers to promote the sustainable harvest of non-timber forest products. The Assessment of Nontimber Forest Products in the United States Under Changing Conditions synthesizes the best available science for managing non-timber forest resources in the U.S. “Many private landowners harvest non-timber products to generate income from …

outdoors

Enjoy the Great Outdoors This Summer: Maybe Even a Florida Forest

Dan Florida, Forestry, Industry News Release, Research

Feel an itch to see the “Real Florida?” Summer is just about here, so you can take the kids to theme parks, but the Sunshine State offers much more, if you want to venture outdoors. You might even try a forest. With the start of ecotourism season, visitors to Florida can explore everything from vineyards to farms to scenic trails. …

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Agri View: Our Changing Face

Dan Agri View

Everett Griner talks about how our world is changing face for the population growth in today’s Agri View. Our Changing Face It is a question that has troubled a lot of people. As the world population continues to grow, will there be enough land to grow enough food in the foreseeable future? Yes. Geologist have been studying the problem for …

fox squirrels

Fox Squirrels – Denizens of the Longleaf Forest

Dan Florida, Forestry, USDA-NRCS

Recently, I was touring a friend’s property in the Florida sandhills through beautiful older longleaf pines, with an open understory that is regularly burned.  As we came around the corner, two fox squirrels bounded towards the nearest large pine.  In a minute, both had found a tree they liked and were gone from sight.  I don’t know about you, but …

disease

UF Study: Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes Abound in Deforested Lands

Dan Florida, Forestry, Industry News Release

Most disease-transmitting mosquito species live in deforested areas, a finding that may influence decisions on where and when to cut down trees, a new University of Florida study shows. Deforestation occurs when people remove trees to make way for neighborhoods, farms, shopping centers, and other land uses, said Nathan Burkett-Cadena, a UF/IFAS entomologist and lead author of the study. For …

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Southeast Landowners Continue to Restore Longleaf Forests

Dan Forestry, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service continues to work with agricultural producers and conservation partners to restore longleaf forests through the Longleaf Pine Initiative (LLPI), a program that was launched back in 2010. NRCS Associate Chief for Conservation, Leonard Jordan, says NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to producers, helping them implement a variety of conservation practices.