Forestry Notes Q&A: Paul DeLong

Paul DeLong is senior vice president for the American Tree Farm System & Conservation at the American Forest Foundation (AFF). He supports a talented team of conservationists working with partners to administer the nearly 20 million-acre Tree Farm program, and implement projects on family-owned forest lands designed to protect drinking water supplies, at-risk wildlife, and…… Continue reading →

Pierce CD participates in carbon credit forestry program

The Pierce Conservation District (CD) in Washington is participating in a unique program that will establish urban forestry carbon credits for a county that is home to nearly a million people. In a pilot program funded through a grant from the Boeing Company to non-profit carbon registry and certification organization City Forest Credits, the conservation…… Continue reading →

RCDs play key role in forest health incentive program

In California’s North Bay, resource conservation districts (RCDs) have partnered with Rebuild North Bay Foundation and the Clear Lake Environmental Research Center to form the North Bay Forest Improvement Program (NBFIP) to help non-industrial forest landowners with less than 500 acres implement fuels treatments and forest restoration projects on their properties. NBFIP is being launched…… Continue reading →

Ready, Set, Go!

By Katrina Stacey In 2011, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) launched the Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) Program. The vision for the program is to provide tools, resources and a platform for fire and emergency response agencies to engage their community in both preparing before and during a wildland fire. The RSG! program can…… Continue reading →

Oregon SWCD organizes biochar workshops

The Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is listening to Oregon landowners and catering to a growing interest in biochar. “There’s talk among landowners that there’s a lack of information and people to walk you through the process and give you best practices, so we jumped on it pretty fast,” District Conservation Education Program Manager…… Continue reading →

NRDs working with Nebraska Forest Service to renovate windbreaks

Natural Resources Districts (NRD) are teaming with the Nebraska Forest Service (NFS) and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to address declining forests and windbreaks across the state with a $4.3 million grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The grant allows the Nebraska Forest Restoration Partnership to provide financial assistance to agricultural producers…… Continue reading →

California districts team up to create a statewide forestry committee

California is taking steps to streamline forestry management efforts and projects across the state by combining two committees into one. It has taken about two years, but members of the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts’ (CARCD) Forest Management Committee combined with the statewide Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee to create the Joint CARCD Forestry and…… Continue reading →

Maine SWCD workshop caters to female forest landowners

The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in Maine is working with women to ensure they have the skills necessary to manage the state's forestland. In the past three years of developing and modifying the Chainsaw Safety for Women workshop, the conservation district has offered four sessions, three solely for women, and another…… Continue reading →

Shared Leadership for Wildfire Protection in Teton County

By Katrina Vaitkus [caption id="attachment_37948" align="alignright" width="486"] Photo by Florence McCall Photography, Little Horsethief Fire, Jackson, Wyo., 2012[/caption] In Teton County, Wyoming, forested lands are a major part of the landscape. In 1988, as the Yellowstone Fires raged in three states, the county realized those devastating fires could happen at home. To work to prevent…… Continue reading →

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