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Research Can Help the Economy and Inform Policy

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When most people think of forests, science isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but, perhaps, it should. That’s because the U.S. Forest Service Research and Development program oversees projects across many science disciplines including forestry, genetics, wildlife, forest products and wildfire. And the agency has been using this science to deliver returns on investments for…
dna, edna, endangered species act, Forest Inventory and Analysis, forestry, forests, FS, research, research and development, Sage-grouse, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Selecting Trees to Grow in Cities: Database Captures Urban Tree Sizes, Growth Rates Across US

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In the cramped environs of U.S. cities every inch counts, especially if attempting to make space for nature. But now city planners and urban foresters have a resource to more precisely select tree species whose growth will be a landscaping dream instead of a maintenance nightmare. The U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station recently published a technical…
forestry, FS, pacific southwest research station, research, trees, urban, urban trees

Shaping Forests from the Bottom Up: It’s All About Root Disease

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The old proverb: “You can’t see the forest for the trees” should have continued with a line saying that it’s even harder to see below the trees. Because seeing under trees, their root system to be exact, is how scientists understand and appreciate the things that will determine what we all see in our future forests. A new publication just released by the US…
forestry, FS, root disease, trees

Forest Service Every Kid in a Park Program Offers Field Trip Idea, Educational Resources – and a Free Holiday Tree Permit

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For the second year, the U.S. Forest Service is part of the administration’s Every Kid in a Park program, an initiative to provide American fourth graders with a free pass to more than 2,000 federal land and water sites for them, their siblings and up to three adults. The pass includes access to 153 national forests, 20 grasslands and one tall grass prairie managed for the public…
education, Every Kid in a Park, field trips, forestry, forests, FS, grasslands, natural resources, outdoors, president obama, teachers, youth groups

Looking to the Future and Learning from the Past in our National Forests

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Forests are changing in ways they’ve never experienced before because today’s growing conditions are different from anything in the past. The climate is changing at an unprecedented rate, exotic diseases and pests are present, and landscapes are fragmented by human activity often occurring at the same time and place. The current drought in California serves as a reminder and example…
forestry, forests, FS, research and development, restoration

Join the Bat Squad and Pull for Bats during Bat Week

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Bats have quite the list of positive effects in our world, from the billions of dollars they save in pesticides to natural pollination and seed spreading. Bats eat about one-half of their body weight in insects each night. We need bats. In honor of our furry, flying mammal friends, consider pulling for bats during Bat Week from Oct. 24-31. You can make a difference, whether you get a…
Agriculture, bat houses, bat week, bats, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, conservation, education, food, forestry, FS, Halloween, pollination, smokey bear, white-nose syndrome, wisconsin