The Forest ThreatNet is the Eastern Threat Center's news update with the latest information concerning ongoing research, projects, and partnerships.
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.
As the 88-foot Engelmann spruce is paraded into Washington, D.C., it brings with it an annual tradition that has been rooted in history and shared by millions of Americans for decades.
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.
Known mushroom grounds are taking a beating. Foragers are hungry for more than mushrooms, too.
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.
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.
View wildfire updates on InciWeb, the interagency all-risk incident information management system.
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.
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.
Winter is likely to offer little relief to the drought-stricken U.S. Southwest, and drought is likely to develop across parts of the Southeast as below-average precipitation is favored in these areas of the country, according to NOAA’s annual Winter Outlook.
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.
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.
View current drought conditions and forecasts from the U.S. Drought Monitor.
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.
Do the types of container used to grow longleaf pine seedlings really make that much difference?
The U.S. lost an average of 80,000 acres of coastal wetlands from 2004 to 2009, according to the latest data published by federal agencies.
A new online resource offers help to landowners in diagnosing insect and/or disease-related problems in their backyards, groves or forests.
View monthly State of the Climate reports from the National Climatic Data Center.
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.
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.
Efforts are underway to preserve the old-growth longleaf pine forests and provide for planting new trees.