Making private forestland outreach stick in Michigan

By Mike Beacom Michigan’s Forestry Assistance Program is enhancing active management of non-industrial private forest lands throughout the northern half of the state with the help of conservation districts and private sector partners. The grant initiative is administered through the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). Through the program, conservation districts can receive…… Continue reading →

Teaching the next generation

Conservation districts across the country work with local school districts to help spread the word about forestry, conservation By Mike Beacom Minnesota’s Carlton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) helps the Cromwell-Wright High School manage its 81-acre school forest. Projects have included tree removal, controlled burning, and maple sap collection and processing. Years ago,…… Continue reading →

King Conservation District helps spread urban forestry

By Mike Beacom With help from communities and area volunteers, King Conservation District is leading an effort to spread urban forestry throughout King County in Western Washington. In 2015, King Conservation District launched the Urban Forest Health Management Program to provide urban forestry services to the incorporated cities of King County. Using a request for…… Continue reading →

State forestry MOUs provide solutions

By Mike Beacom Four times a year, Hawaiian forestry leaders hop on the phone to hash out real world solutions for the state’s forest landowners. Representatives from the U.S. Forest Service, state forestry agency (Department of Land Natural Resources), NRCS, and the Hawaii Association of Conservation Districts keep the agenda short, NRCS State Forester Michael…… Continue reading →

Urban and Community Profile: Evelyn Ware-Jackson

By Mike Beacom As an investor who renovates homes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Evelyn Ware-Jackson looks at blighted areas a little differently than most people. Where others see despair, Evelyn sees opportunity. She also knows that restoring one home alone is not enough. Many times, the whole neighborhood needs redevelopment. Nowhere has she been more successful than…… Continue reading →

Silvopasture getting closer look in Southeast

By Mike Beacom Dr. Alan Franzluebbers didn’t go looking for silvopasture; the practice was waiting for him. The research ecologist relocated four years ago to a position with North Carolina State University's Department of Soil Science. Having researched pasture systems for more than a decade in Georgia, Franzluebbers inherited a silvopasture study already underway at…… Continue reading →

Q&A with Steve Hedstrom: CDs make for strong forestry partners

By Mike Beacom Steve Hedstrom and his family manage a 3,000-acre cow-calf operation in Raynesford, Montana. For the past year he has served as the chair of the Forestry Resource Policy Group (RPG), which consists of representatives from each of NACD’s seven regions and representatives from both the National Conservation District Employees Association (NCDEA) and the…… Continue reading →

Bruce Brown and the importance of Forest Stewardship plans

By Mike Beacom Bruce Brown always wanted a tree farm. There was something appealing to him about walking among wildlife; seeing the land transform through the seasons. He also has forestland stewardship in his blood. In 1993, Bruce and his wife purchased 40 acres of hog pasture near the Brown family farm in southern Illinois. “You can’t…… Continue reading →

Q&A with Keith Argow

By Mike Beacom Keith Argow has been actively involved in national forestry issues for more than 50 years. He received undergraduate degrees from Colorado College and the University of Michigan, and holds a PhD in forestry and political science from N.C. State University. He was a district ranger and research forester for the U.S. Forest…… Continue reading →

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