The balsam woolly adelgid, which is native to Europe, was first introduced to the Eastern U.S. in the early 1900s. By the 1950s, it reached the Southeast, and now all naturally occurring Fraser fir stands are believed to be infested.
As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, the Administration recently announced an interagency National Drought Resilience Partnership to help communities better prepare for future droughts and reduce the impact of drought events on livelihoods and the economy.
Do the types of container used to grow longleaf pine seedlings really make that much difference?
Across the nation, USDA works directly with farmers and ranchers to carry out conservation practices aimed at strengthening our nation's soil and water resources. USDA has partnered with more than 500,000 farmers, ranchers and landowners on these conservation projects since 2009 – a record number.
U.S. Forest Service scientists helped develop and participated in a unique conference aimed at developing a new region-level model for managing changes affecting natural resources.
Jeff Pollard trudged up the steep slope and stopped at a desiccated, rust-brown tree. Two months earlier, workers had tagged this Fraser fir as ready for market. It was going to be someone's Christmas tree. And now it was dead. The culprit: Phytophthora root rot, a water mold that, once in the soil, makes it unfit for production.
The ForWarn forest monitoring tool is following the Rim Fire's recovery, its progression, and the antecedent conditions that contributed to its occurrence.
View current drought conditions and forecasts from the U.S. Drought Monitor.
In an infestation that scientists say is almost certainly a consequence of global warming, the southern pine beetle is spreading through New Jersey’s famous Pinelands.
The Thanksgiving holiday weekend tradition has long included the unofficial kick-off to ski season and a time when families head out to find their Christmas tree, and many times those events involve a trip to U.S. Forest Service lands.
View wildfire updates on InciWeb, the interagency all-risk incident information management system.
The three-year partnership will promote cellulosic nanomaterial as a commercially viable enterprise by building on work done by the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wis.
View monthly State of the Climate reports from the National Climatic Data Center.
New results provide experimental evidence that an initial plant invasion associated with suppression of resident species and increased resource availability can facilitate a secondary invasion.
Water quality trading provides a cost-effective approach for regulated entities to comply with EPA Clean Water Act requirements, including water quality-based effluent limits in National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits.
A modeling study by U.S. Forest Service researchers shows that reforesting the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley can significantly reduce runoff from agricultural lands and the amount of sediment entering the area’s rivers and streams—and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico.
In the latest step under his Climate Action Plan, President Obama signed a Memorandum on December 5th directing the Federal Government to consume 20% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020—more than double the current level.
USDA is committed to leading by example through fostering a clean energy economy, improving the environment by conducting operations in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner and complying with environmental laws and regulations.
The Water Supply Stress Index (WaSSI) model predicts how climate, land use, and human population changes may impact forests’ ability to provide goods and services, called ecosystem services, including water supply, carbon sequestration, recreation, and wildlife habitat.
Eastern Threat Center researchers continue to expand the Water Supply Stress Index (WaSSI) model, most recently focused on enhancing user experience in east Africa.
Known mushroom grounds are taking a beating. Foragers are hungry for more than mushrooms, too.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the creation of a new, unified emergency response framework to address Huanglongbing, a serious disease of citrus that affects several U.S. states and territories.
With large areas of our planet heating up because of climate change, some trees (and plants) are pulling up roots and heading north, to higher elevations and to cooling climes—well, sort of.
Northeast Forest health managers are asking hunters and other people taking walks in the woods this holiday weekend to stay alert for unique signs of the tree-killing emerald ash borer.
A team of U.S. Forest Service scientists are studying pondberry’s response to flooding and changes in light levels to determine which habitat conditions the plant prefers.
Efforts are underway to preserve the old-growth longleaf pine forests and provide for planting new trees.
“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire,” is a line from a song that conjures up fond holiday memories for some Americans. For others, the joy of roasting chestnuts has yet to be experienced. But the lack of American chestnuts could change in the coming years, thanks to some very dedicated people.