The interim results from the 2011 USFS National Woodland Owner Survey should give everyone who cares about the benefits that come from forests—clean water, clean air, wildlife habitat, scenic beauty, outdoor recreation, wood products, and good paying rural jobs—cause for concern.Read More >Categories: News News for Forest Landowners Resources for Forest Landowners
The Maryland DNR Forest Service works tirelessly to ensure private landowners have the tools and information they need to tackle threats like the EAB head on. Beyond the identification and reporting information we provide for the general public, landowners can also receive technical assistance and advice for management options moving forward.
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Maryland's General Assembly passed the Forest Preservation Act of 2013, exciting new legislation that establishes new and expands existing incentives and reforestation tools to help private landowners, local governments, and the state maintain its current tree canopy, improve water quality, and support community sustainability through forests and trees.Read More >Categories: News for Forest Landowners Policy Resources for Forest Landowners
Members of the Maryland Tree Farm Committee were in Annapolis today in celebration of Maryland's Arbor Day.Read More >Categories: News for Forest Landowners Resources for Forest Landowners
Walnut timber growth and production is really a multi-generational process, as the growth cycle is at least 55 to 70 years. Raising walnut trees is a legacy and I do not expect to physically harvest the younger trees that I pruned and managed. Unfortunately, a walnut grower’s worst nightmare is threatening to ruin everything that woodland owners are working for.
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Happy Valentine’s Day, forest lovers!Read More >Categories: News News for Forest Landowners Resources for Forest Landowners
The 2012 wildfire season could soon be one of the worst on record. Family forest owners need all the conservation tools they can get, and yet resources for private forest owners have diminished steadily over the last decade. That's one reason why AFF launched MyLandPlan.org.
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Last week, the Senate Agriculture Committee passed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, more commonly referred to as the Farm Bill, with a bipartisan 16-5 vote. After months of working with staff to make sure the Farm Bill works for forest owners, the American Forest Foundation is excited to see the committee take a big step forward.Read More >Categories: News News for Forest Landowners Policy Resources for Forest Landowners
A silent killer is blazing a trail through the Appalachians, leaving countless dead hemlocks in its wake. The assassin is a tiny invasive insect from Japan, the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA). The Alliance for Saving Threatened Forests (ASTF) aims to develop trees resistant to adelgids and offers a future for hemlocks in natural settings and the nursery/landscape industry.Read More >Categories: Resources for Forest Landowners
With forests being converted at a rapid pace in the South, conservation easements are one of the most promising approaches to conserve and sustainably manage them. A new American Forest Foundation and World Resources Institute aims to increase the use of conservation easements in the South by helping landowners, conservation professionals, and conservation funders understand the unique benefits that conservation easements provide, key barriers to their implementation, and how to best address those barriers.Read More >Categories: Opinion Resources for Forest Landowners
New to the world of Tree Farming? Nationally recognized family forest owners provide input on what they believe to be the top 10 tips new Tree Farmers should consider. Thanks to Tree Farmers Putnam Blodgett, Bob and Jean Cooper, Des and Marilyn Jones, and Doug Stinson for their input.Read More >Categories: News for Forest Landowners Resources for Forest Landowners
Invasive species present a major threat to America’s family forests. Nonnative insects and plants that migrate to non-indigenous forests can wreak havoc. More than 27 million acres of state, county and private forests are at risk in the United States. The Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases is a collaborative effort among hundreds of member organizations and concerned individuals to abate the threat of non-native pests and pathogens in North America.
July 20th started typically early for Walt and Donna Lange—except with meetings on Capitol Hill in place of the usual planting and weed pulling. The Langes, who own 32 Ohio acres that help protect the watershed for Lake Erie, came to Washington to represent fellow Tree Farmers.Read More >Categories: News for Forest Landowners Policy Profile Resources for Forest Landowners
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has the authority to stop the importation of suspicious plants, but the current rules draw the process out for months and allow potentially harmful plants to continue to enter the country until a final decision is reached.Read More >Categories: News for Forest Landowners Policy Resources for Forest Landowners
Last week I trekked South with AFF's Southern Forest Conservation Director, Paul Trianosky, to southeast Mississippi to test the waters for the Foundation’s latest pilot project.Read More >Categories: News News for Forest Landowners Resources for Forest Landowners
In the fifth and final blog post of her Budget 101 series, Christine Cadigan highlights some stellar land grant university research programs.Read More >Categories: Policy Resources for Forest Landowners
The Renewable Resources Extension Program actively supports outreach and education to forest owners, so they have the information they need to be better stewards of their land.Read More >Categories: News for Forest Landowners Resources for Forest Landowners
Forests face more insect and disease threats now more than ever before and it is critical we manage our forests to prevent more devastation and loss of species. AFF's Christine Cadigan continues her Budget 101 series with a post about the Natural Resource Conservation Service.Read More >Categories: News for Forest Landowners Resources for Forest Landowners
To better highlight the various programs AFF hopes the Subcommittee will support as the FY 2012 budget process unwinds, AFF's Christine Cadigan identifys specific Farm Bill programs and their many benefits. Read Part 2 now.Read More >Categories: News for Forest Landowners Policy Resources for Forest Landowners
Walt and Donna Lange own a 32 acre Tree Farm in Swanton, Ohio. Farm Bill programs have enabled the Lnages to protect their soil, enhance wildlife habitat and provide recreational opportunities for their community. With Congress beginning work on the 2012 Farm Bill, we're looking to hear your Farm Bill stories.Read More >Categories: News for Forest Landowners Opinion Resources for Forest Landowners
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). CRP is accepting general applications until April 15th for those who want to enroll new land in the program.Read More >Categories: News for Forest Landowners Resources for Forest Landowners
We had a terrific meeting with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Dave White, their National Forester Bruce Wight, and the Director of Ecological Services Terrell Erickson on Tuesday, March 22. The purpose of the meeting was to sign a memorandum of understanding between NRCS and the American Forest Foundation with two key elements.Read More >Categories: News News for Forest Landowners Policy Resources for Forest Landowners
It’s a wonderful feeling to have others share in the beauty of your woodlands but don’t be caught off-guard. Protect yourself with the right type of coverage for your property. The November/December issue of Tree Farmer Magazine gives some brief points you should consider.Read More >Categories: Resources for Forest Landowners
Coming soon: one-stop shopping for Tree Farmers. AFF and the U.S. Forest Service have signed a memo of understanding that recognizes each other’s program forest management plans equally.Read More >Categories: News Resources for Forest Landowners