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Re: Reports From The States
« Reply #320 on: December 11, 2015, 12:06:54 pm »
Maine

Tallest American Chestnut Tree Found in Southwestern Maine

(Lovell, ME - December 2) - The American Chestnut Foundation says the tallest known American chestnut tree in North America, which has been found in a forest in southwestern Maine, tops 115'.

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Re: Reports From The States
« Reply #321 on: December 22, 2015, 06:38:36 pm »
Michigan

RE:  MICHIGAN BIG TREE HUNT LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

[Contact Meghan Gordon – see below]

ReLeaf Michigan needs help to verify entries for the Michigan Big Tree Hunt.  We have been conducting the MI Big Tree Hunt since 1993.  It is a contest to find the biggest trees in MI in several categories:
1.   Largest Tree Overall submitted by an adult (16 years and older)
2.   Largest Tree Overall submitted by a child (15 years and younger)
3.   Largest White Pine (MI’s State Tree)
4.   Largest Tree in each County
5.   Largest tree of any species that is larger than the current State Champion of that species
Applications have been accepted, and once the winning entries have been verified, there will be an awards ceremony scheduled for some time in February.

Any nominated tree that is a potential winner in any of the categories must be verified by an unbiased 3rd party before it can be named a winner.  This is where we need your help.

The verification process is very quick and simple – it essentially involves finding the tree (directions are provided), confirming or identifying the species, and measuring the trunk circumference.  In most cases there are no more than just a few trees that need to be verified in any one county.  It probably would only take an hour or two in any given county.

However, if the tree is classified under Potential State Champion (PSC) then additional measurements for tree height and canopy spread would be needed.  Andy Sawyer, who is the MI Botanical Club's Big Tree Coordinator, has also requested that if you could, record the GPS location of the PSC tree or just include an accurate location description and note if it is on public or private land.  That would help the Club in keeping better tabs on the trees.  They try to keep their list updated every few years in case trees come down in a storm, are removed, or have grown larger.  They keep track and publish a record of all the State Champion trees. 

More information on the MI Big Tree Hunt can be found at: http://releafmichigan.blogspot.com/p/big-tree-hunt.html

Please call or e-mail me if you are interested in helping.  Verifiers will be invited to the February ceremony and receive a thank you gift from ReLeaf Michigan.

I look forward to hearing from you,

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« Reply #322 on: January 22, 2016, 05:15:19 pm »
Michigan

Michigan Tech Lands a Model Forest

(Alberta, MI - January 12) - Michigan Tech's model forest in Alberta has been recognized by the Forest Stewards Guild as exemplifying excellent forestry.

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« Reply #323 on: February 04, 2016, 07:07:01 pm »
Michigan

RE:  WANTED – SENTINEL TREE VOLUNTEERS

Join the Michigan Eyes on the Forest sentinel tree network and help monitor Michigan’s forest resources and help us protect against potential invasive threats.  Michigan residents can help in the identification of evidence of unusual decline, dieback, or the presence of major invasive forest pests not known to be established in Michigan.  We’re especially looking for evidence of Asian long-horned beetle, hemlock woolly adelgid, and 1000 cankers disease of black walnut. 

To become a volunteer, register with the “Midwest Invasive Species Information Network” (MISIN).  Keep an eye on a tree, or two, and report once or twice each year on its condition.  Changes are particularly important.  Spread the word!

http://www.misin.msu.edu/eyes/

The network especially needs volunteers in the eastern UP and northern LP.  However, volunteers are still needed across Michigan. 

Questions?  Contact Russ Kidd at kidd@msu.edu (Yes, he did retire but . . . ). 

Other field project contacts are:
Julie Crick  crickjul@anr.msu.edu
Georgia Peterson  petersog@anr.msu.edu
Mike Schira  schira@msu.edu
Bill Cook  cookwi@msu.edu
Deb McCullough  mccullo6@mail.msu.edu
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Re: Reports From The States
« Reply #324 on: February 05, 2016, 07:20:51 pm »
Michigan's U.P.

"Voices from the Woods" 

http://www.secondwavemedia.com/upper-peninsula/features/loggingfeature12916.aspx

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« Reply #325 on: February 10, 2016, 05:07:34 pm »
Michigan

RE:  USDA Encourages Landowners to Sign-Up for Conservation Planning

EAST LANSING, Feb. 10, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is calling on Michigan farmers and private forest owners to sign up for conservation planning assistance by 30 April. Conservation planning helps farmers and private forest owners identify resource concerns on their land and identify different methods to address them.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service provides conservation planning services to farmers and private forest owners at no cost. NRCS also provides financial assistance for conservation activities on private land that help reduce soil erosion, improve water and air quality, and improve wildlife habitat. Some practices eligible for NRCS financial assistance include windbreaks, livestock waste storage, nutrient and pest management plans, grassed waterways, cover crops, and timber stand improvement.

During conservation planning, an NRCS conservationist and the landowner or operator, walk the land and identify resource concerns. A conservation plan is developed prioritizing resource concerns and how the landowner can alleviate them. When the conservation plan is completed, the landowner may apply for USDA financial assistance to implement conservation practices that address the resource concerns identified in the plan. Participants are not required to address the resource concerns identified, enrolling in USDA conservation programs is completely voluntary.

Applying for USDA conservation financial assistance is a competitive process. Completing a conservation plan does not guarantee that a landowner will receive financial assistance. However, developing a conservation plan is the first required step for enrolling in USDA conservation programs.

To learn more about USDA conservation programs and technical assistance contact your local USDA office or go the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website at www.mi.nrcs.usda.gov.

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Re: Reports From The States
« Reply #326 on: May 14, 2016, 03:41:05 pm »
Wisconsin

Urban Forestry Charge Costing Some Madison Neighborhoods Thousands

(Madison, WI – May 5) – A special charge levied on all Madison properties meant to fund the city’s urban forestry program as a whole and to allow the city to recover costs for emerald ash borer mitigation is inadvertently costing some neighborhood associations thousands of dollars per year.

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Re: Reports From The States
« Reply #327 on: June 19, 2016, 09:29:11 pm »
Vermont

Vermont Law Targets Timber Theft as Own Class of Crime

        (Plainfield, VT - June 13) - A new timber theft law covers trees of any size and value,
        imposing a year in jail and/or a $20,000 fine for a first offense; two years and a
        $50,000 fine for subsequent offenses.
http://www.pressherald.com/2016/06/12/vermont-law-targets-timber-theft-as-own-class-of-crime/

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Re: Reports From The States
« Reply #328 on: July 27, 2016, 10:45:01 am »
Fantastic thread Mr. Scott.   thanks for ALL the information.  I am wishing I had time to do them all (in Michigan) but.....What about the Tamarack here in Mich?  Don't see to many near me and am not aware of just how much there is here in Mich.  A Woman by me had a very large one struck by lightening.  I went over and salvaged a bunch of limbs to make so rustic furniture and talked the Woman into having the standing stump ( 12') chainsaw carved. 
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« Reply #329 on: July 29, 2016, 11:19:11 am »
Oregon

Oregon's Timber Harvest Dropped in 2015
        (Salem, OR - July 26) - A slowdown in log exports to Asia, the end of a trade deal
        between the United States and Canada, and a busy fire season all contributed to a
        roughly 8 percent decline in Oregon's timber harvest last year.

http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/34611523-75/oregons-timber-harvest-drops-in-2015.html.csp

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« Reply #330 on: August 12, 2016, 12:33:22 pm »
Wisconsin

Caterpillar's Prentice Facility Will Close in Sept.

        (Prentice, WI - August 3) - Caterpillar announced that it will close its Prentice facility,
        which has manufactured forestry equipment since 1945, on September 30 as part of
        a global restructuring.

http://wsau.com/news/articles/2016/aug/03/caterpillar-to-close-prentice-facility-in-september/

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« Reply #331 on: August 27, 2016, 11:19:50 am »
Washington

(Colville, WA - August 22) - The Stevens County Cattlemen are advertising with a billboard on
        Highway 395 south of Colville which carries the message "Public Lands: Log it, graze it or
        watch it burn."
http://www.capitalpress.com/Washington/20160822/rancher-billboards-promote-grazing-logging-on-public-lands

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« Reply #332 on: September 02, 2016, 05:02:02 pm »
Minnesota

Timber Talks: Forestry Business Leaders Meet with State DNR Commissioner in
        Bemidji

        (Bemidji, MN - August 30) - Forest industry representatives from across the northern
        Minnesota region gathered at the Mayflower Building in Bemidji to discuss issues with
        the Department of Natural Resources earlier this week.

http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/local/4105091-timber-talks-forestry-business-leaders-meet-state-dnr-commissioner-bemidji

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« Reply #333 on: December 09, 2016, 01:26:10 pm »
Washington

Men Who Started Washington Wildfire Ordered to Pay State $2.3 Million
(Kelso, WA - December 6)
Three men responsible for setting fire to 110 acres of forest in southwestern Washington have been ordered to pay the state more than $2.3 million in firefighting suppression costs.

http://q13fox.com/2016/12/06/men-who-started-washington-wildfire-ordered-to-pay-state-2-3-million/
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« Reply #334 on: March 17, 2017, 04:37:38 pm »
Maine

Poliquin Bill Would Allow Teens to Work in Forest Industry

       (Bangor, ME - March 10) - The "Future Logging Careers Act" would allow 16- and
        17-year-olds to work in mechanized logging operations under parental supervision,
        something which the executive director of the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine says should be available to families engaged in the forest products industry.

http://mainepublic.org/post/poliquin-bill-would-allow-teens-work-forest-industry#stream/0

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« Reply #335 on: August 04, 2017, 10:54:42 am »
Minnesota

Plan to Log Forest Near Ely Pits Hikers, Skiers vs. Timber Industry

(Ely, MN - August 2) - A state plan to harvest a section of old-growth forest near Ely has pitted hikers and skiers against the Department of Natural Resources, which describes the plan as routine forest management that would improve the long-term vitality of the woods.
http://m.startribune.com/to-cut-or-not-to-cut-old-growth-pines-tests-minnesota-forest-management/437940543/

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« Reply #336 on: August 22, 2017, 02:26:37 pm »
Minnesota

(Minneapolis, MN - August 13) - Eastern larch beetles, tiny burrowing bugs native to Minnesota, are exploding in number across the state's northern forests and have killed or damaged about a third of the state's tamarack trees.

http://www.startribune.com/as-climate-warms-an-exploding-larch-beetle-population-is-transforming-minnesota-s-forests/440055923/

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« Reply #337 on: August 22, 2017, 02:56:38 pm »
Michigan

(Houghton, MI - August 14) - In Michigan, where sugar maples are a multi-million-dollar industry, non-native earthworms are having a deadly impact on trees by drying out the soil near the surface, where 90 percent of a maple tree's roots are located.

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-invasive-earthworms-root-sugar-maple.html

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« Reply #338 on: October 16, 2017, 11:57:22 am »
New York

RE:  FIRST COMPLETE CROSS-LAMINATED TIMBER BUIDLING IN NEW YORK

Both the walls and roof of the new 21,000 square foot building were constructed with CLT panels.  Some nice pictures.

http://www.prweb.com/releases/ribbon_cutting_clt_nys/first_clt_newenergyworks/prweb14782895.htm

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« Reply #339 on: October 27, 2017, 12:25:20 pm »
Wisconsin

Walker: State Forestry Headquarters Moving to Rhinelander

(Rhinelander, WI - October 25) - Governor Scott Walker announced that Rhinelander has been selected as the new location for the State Division of Forestry office, which is expected to provide a bonus of additional high-paying jobs for the city.
http://www.rivernewsonline.com/main.asp?SectionID=6&SubSectionID=47&ArticleID=79140

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