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Coalition in Minnesota Working to Slow the Spread of Emerald Ash Borer

The Challenge The emerald ash borer (EAB) is an insect native to Asia that is considered an invasive species here in North America. It was first detected near Detroit, MI, in 2002 and has since spread across 22 States and parts of Canada. In this short time the insect has killed millions of ash trees and currently threatens the entire North American ash family. Minnesota has possibly more ash trees than any other State and features extensive black ash forests associated with wetlands in its northern half.

Highlands Regional Study: Connecticut and Pennsylvania 2010 Update

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The boundary of the Highlands region has been expanding over the years in response to state involvement and Congressional directives. Most recently, the Connecticut and Pennsylvania Highlands were added to the New York and New Jersey Highlands, with the passage of the Federal Highlands Conservation Act of 2004 (P.L. 108-42, United States Statutes at Large). The resulting Highlands boundary now encompasses 3.4 million acres, 25 counties, and 319 municipalities (Figure 1).

Backyard Woods: Bring your vision to life

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From lush temperate rainforests in the Pacific Northwest to the semitropics of Florida, the woods are alive. Wooded land doesn’t have to cover hundreds or thousands of acres to harbor richness and diversity of life. Your backyard woods can be filled with crawling creatures, fascinating mushrooms, towering trees, and other living things. Perhaps you dream of sitting on a deck, overlooking lush green scenery. Or you may want to attract birds, deer, or other animals, or harvest special forest products or mature trees. You may even want to improve your land for your children and grandchildren.

Forests, Water and People: Drinking water supply and forest lands in the Northeast and Midwest United States

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Forests are critically important to the supply of clean drinking water in the Northeast and Midwest portion of the United States. In this part of the country more than 52 million people depend on surface water supplies that are protected in large part by forested lands. The public is generally unaware of the threats to their water supplies or the connection between clean water and the extent and condition of forest lands in source water watersheds. The future security of water supplies will not be ensured by a focus on water treatment alone.

A Snapshot of the Northeastern Forests

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This publication offers an overview of the northeastern forests and some of the major challenges and opportunities for sustaining them, as identified by the Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry and the Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters. Our goal is to raise awareness of the condition of the forests as a starting point for landowner discussions and management actions aimed at ensuring a strong future.

Approaches to Ecologically Based Forest Management on Private Lands

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The management philosophy advocated by many public agencies today has become known as "ecosystem management." Under this philosophy, maintenance of ecosystem structure and functions becomes the primary goal, while production of commodities and services is viewed as a useful byproduct. However, any effort to assure sustainability and health of American forests can be expected to succeed only if private ownerships, which comprise the majority of forest land, are included.

Forest Sustainability Assessment for the Northern United States

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The Forest Sustainability Assessment for the Northern United States provides a snapshot of today’s forests and a baseline for tracking future trends. This comprehensive assessment of forest sustainability is organized according to an international system of criteria and indicators known as the Montreal Process. Criteria define broad categories of sustainability; indicators are specific measurements within each category.

White-tailed Deer in Northeastern Forests: Understanding and Assessing Impacts

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The scientific evidence is clear: white-tailed deer overabundance is a threat to millions of acres of forest land in the Northeastern United States. As keystone herbivores, whitetails can have disproportionately large impacts on biodiversity and forest dynamics. Impacts may be obvious or may cascade through the ecosystem in ways not fully understood. This document provides additional guidance on reconnaissance-level assessment of deer impacts. The focus is on the plant life. Most examples are drawn from New England and New York. 

Tree Owner's Manual-National Edition (Spanish)

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One common issue facing our urban forests is the fact that trees are dying prematurely. Many are planted improperly, setting them up for failure. Many do not receive regular maintenance. And few are adequately protected during construction projects. To help remedy this issue, the Forest Service has created this manual. Just like the owner's manual that comes with automobiles and appliances, this manual includes a parts list, instructions for installation, tips for troubleshooting common issues, recommended service, and more.

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