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January 2016
Environmental Education Now Eligible for Federal Funding 
WASHINGTON--President Obama has signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act, which supports environmental education and hands-on, field-based learning for elementary and secondary education. Title IV of the act, also known as No Child Left Inside, makes environmental education eligible for funding through grants to States and replaces No Child Left Behind. Learn more about the new law on the Web site of U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), who coauthored the bill with Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD). Watch a video of Senator Reed speaking on the bill.
Fungal Disease Discovered in West Virginia Oaks
Cankered region on a fallen oak.
Photo by Danielle Martin, USFS

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.--Northeastern Area pathologist Danielle Martin and entomologist Amy Hill provided assistance to West Virginia Department of Agriculture and West Virginia Division of Forestry personnel to examine stands with declining red oaks on the Seneca State Forest. Tree ring analysis of three cut trees showed a severe decrease in growth over the last several years. Molecular diagnosis of tissue samples from cankered regions indicated that the fungus Diplodia corticola was the causal agent. This is the first discovery of this pathogen in West Virginia.
Farm Bill: Forestry Title Is 25 Years Old

ANN ARBOR, Mich.--State Forester Bill O'Neill commented on the benefits of Cooperative Forestry that began with the Forestry Title of the Farm Bill. Read his guest commentary on the "Forest-Loving Farm Bill at 25" online in Bridge: News and Analysis from The Center for Michigan at .  
Reminder: Monthly Web-Based Workshops on i-Tree Tools

AMHERST, Mass.-- The Urban Natural Resources Institute of the Northern Research Station is offering live, interactive workshops. Sessions will introduce i-Tree, help you understand its value in urban forest management, and provide hands-on demonstrations of the installation, use, and reporting components of the software suite. i-Tree is a peer-reviewed software suite from the USDA Forest Service and its partners that provides urban forestry analysis and benefit assessment tools. The workshop series began in December 2015 and continues in 2016 on the third Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Time is devoted to questions during the sessions, and an online discussion board is available to workshop attendees. Due to the overwhelming response to the first session, preregistration is required. Learn more at
Realize More Benefits From Your Woodlot
LIMA, N.Y.--The New York Forest Owners Association will be offering 14 different free presentations related to woodlots during the New York Farm Show, February 25-27, 2016, at the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. See the schedule and topics at

Student Climate and Conservation Congress (Sc3)
NEW YORK--The Green Schools Alliance's weeklong environmental leadership training program will be held June 26-July 2, 2016, at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W.Va. They are seeking outstanding high school students with intellectual curiosity who want to make a difference to attend this program. Learn more at
Upcoming Conferences

15th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, Feb 11-13, 2016, Portland, OR, 

Minority Landowner Magazine 10th Anniversary Conference, Feb 18-20, 2016, San Antonio, TX, 

New England Society of American Foresters 96th Winter Meeting, Mar 8-11, 2016, Sturbridge, MA, 

81st North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, Mar 13-18, 2016, Pittsburgh, PA, 

20th Central Hardwood Forest Conference, Mar 28-Apr 1, 2016, Columbia, MO,  

Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences 31st Annual Conference, Mar 31-Apr 2, 2016, Jacksonville, FL, 

International Fifth Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference, Apr 11-15, 2016, concurrently in Portland, OR, and Melbourne, Australia, 

Biodiversity Without Boundaries Annual Conference, Apr 18-22, 2016, San Juan, PR, 
How Do Trees Survive Winter?
Learn about adaptations in evergreen and deciduous trees in a short video on YouTube. 

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