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August 2015
Happy Anniversary, State and Private Forestry Programs  
(Photo: R. Fitzhenry)
DURHAM, N.H.--Northeastern Area Field Representative Connie Carpenter and U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy spoke at an event celebrating the 25th anniversary celebration of the establishment of three State and Private Forestry Programs: Forest Legacy, Forest Stewardship, and Urban and Community Forestry.
Landscape Scale Restoration--Competitive Proposals Due September 15
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.--The competitive process is a significant way that the Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry assists State Forestry agencies in achieving the priorities documented in their State forest action plans, while meeting regional and national priorities of the USDA Forest Service. Organizations interested in working on priority issues should familiarize themselves with their State forest action plan(s) and consult with their State Forester(s) or appropriate staff to develop proposals. Not all proposals will be forwarded to the U.S. Forest Service for consideration, so early coordination with State Foresters is essential. View the Request for Proposals, guidance, and application on the Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry Web site. 
NASA's G-LiHT Technology Helping to Fight Forest Pests
G-LiHt instrument
From an open port in the airplane cockpit at about 150 miles per hour, G-LiHT senses indicators of tree health and insect infestation 1,000 feet below. (Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
GREENBELT, Md.--Millions of pine and ash trees in northeastern U.S. forests could be wiped out by the emerald ash borer and southern pine beetle. A joint operation using unique technology developed by NASA will help the USDA Forest Service understand the impacts of these voracious insects on northeastern trees. A Forest Service plane flies the G-LiHT instrument developed at the Goddard Space Flight Center, to measure signs and symptoms of forest health. This summer scientists from both agencies flew over forests in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island. Read the full story on EurekAlert! For more information about G-LiHT, visit
National Public Lands Day Is September 26, 2015
WASHINGTON-National Public Lands Day, sponsored by the National Environmental Education Foundation, is the nation's largest, 1-day volunteer effort for public lands. The Forest Service and other Federal agencies may waive recreation fees at standard amenity fee sites on that day; volunteers will also be eligible for a coupon entitling them to one day's free use before the expiration date. State lands and towns may also participate. Learn more, register a site, or find a site near you, at
World Car-Free Day Is September 22, 2015
Illustration of a car with a

World Car-free Day is an annual celebration of life, free from the noise, stress, and pollution of cars. Each year, people around the world organize events of all sizes to showcase alternatives to the automobile. The World Car-free Network invites organizations and individuals to join in the celebration. The date was chosen to coincide with European Mobility Week. If telework is an option for you, consider it for September 22. Learn more at
Hartlove Receives H. Alan Zentz Award
Bob Hartlove holds the Alan Zentz Award
Bob Hartlove (Photo: Tom Brady)

DEDHAM, Mass.--Northeastern Area Fire and Emergency Operations Specialist Bob Hartlove received the H. Alan Zentz Award for 2015 during the annual Northeast Forest Fire Supervisor's meeting. This award is given by the Fire Supervisors and the Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters "for outstanding service to the forest fire control program" in the 20 Northeast and Midwest states. The nomination for the award cited Bob's dedication and leadership in forest fire management as well as his contributions to and support for State forest fire management programs throughout his career.
Forest Service Cooperator Receives Prestigious Forest Health Protection Award
Donald Eggen receives the award from Robert Rabaglia.
Donald A. Eggen, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (Photo: Nancy Williams, Illinois Department of Agriculture)
OGLESBY, Ill.--Donald A. Eggen, Ph.D., forest health manager for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry, Division of Forest Health, received the U.S. Forest Service's State and Private Forestry Forest Health Protection Award,
in recognition of
his exemplary leadership in aviation safety and risk management and training for gypsy moth aerial application. The award was presented by Robert Rabaglia, entomologist with the Forest Health Protection Staff in Washington, at the 2015 Gypsy Moth Cooperator's Post-Season Manager's Meeting at Starved Rock State Park, IL. Eggen's outstanding efforts have contributed to the success of his program and of his entire Statewide staff. He is former chair of the Aerial Application Safety Council and continues in leadership of the Council's Training Committee, which provides the foundation in project aviation safety training for all gypsy moth project cooperators.
Volunteers Using Old-Fashioned Tools to Map NYC Trees

Volunteers measure and map street trees in New York City.
Mapping with the 120th Precinct Explorers on Staten Island in July. (Photo: @healthforyouths on Twitter)
NEW YORK--New York City is home to more than 600,000 street trees, according to some estimates. But good luck finding any one of those trees on a map-that is, until now. For the first time ever, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation is working with thousands of volunteers to measure and map every single street tree on every single block in every single neighborhood in all five boroughs of the city. Read more at
Ohio State Fairgrounds Has New Smokey Bear Display
Smokey Bear statue is 14 feet tall.
(Photo: Greg Smith, Ohio Division of Forestry)
COLUMBUS, Ohio--The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry unveiled a new Smokey Bear at the Ohio State Fair's opening, July 29. The 14-foot-tall, 142-inch waist fiberglass-and-steel figure is equipped with a microphone and speaker to allow him to interact with children by name. The new permanent display replaces one that was dismantled every year after the fair. Smokey Bear has been a part of the Natural Resources Park at the Ohio Expo Center on the fairgrounds for 55 years. Funding was provided through a Northeastern Area hazard mitigation grant.   Watch a 12-second video on YouTube.
Welcome, Julie Marchesi
Last July Julie Marchesi climbed the Helon Taylor Trail to the top of Mount Katahdin, the highest peak in Maine. (Photo: Brian Marchesi)

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.--Julie Marchesi (pronounced "markayzee") is the new secretary for the Fire and Aviation Management Staff at the Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry headquarters. She has been on board for just a few weeks, but says she already feels comfortable here, "My intuition told me this was a good fit for me." Read more .
Reporting Cost-Share Payments on Your Tax Return
Dr. Linda Wang, U.S. Forest Service national timber tax specialist, had an article on reporting cost-share payments in the August 2015 issue of CAPITAL IDEAS: The Newsletter of the Alabama Forest Owners' Association. Read the "how-to." For additional information see the publication, Federal Income Tax on Timber: A Quick Guide for Woodland Owners, available free on-line at
Chain Saw Kickback to the Face

Read a short account of personal injury to a chainsaw operator who was not wearing proper protective equipment in Forest Operations Review.

Soils Support Health
Logo for 2015 International Year of Soils
What does being healthy mean? Clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, healthy food to eat, and safe shelter contribute to our health. All of these come from soil. Read more at Learn how living soil stores the possibility of life-saving antibiotics in a 3-minute video by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service on YouTube.   Visit an interactive map on the NRCS Web site to learn about soil health in your State.
National Association of State Foresters Meeting, September 14-17
WASHINGTON-The theme of this year's annual meeting in Lake Tahoe, CA, is Adapting to Change. Registration is available until September 1. Learn more or register at
Stewardship Outreach Coordinator Position, University of New Hampshire
DURHAM, N.H.-University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension's Stewardship Network: New England posted a job announcement for a Stewardship Outreach Coordinator. To learn more, see the online notice about this position. Access application materials at the  University of New Hampshire Employment Resources Web site. Application deadline is August 31, 2015.
New Program Manager Position with Arbor Day Foundation

LINCOLN, Neb.--The Arbor Day Foundation is seeking a Program Manager to lead their new initiative of working with local volunteer tree planting organizations. This position serves as an important link between existing and potential partners. Learn more on the Arbor Day Foundation career portal at
Director of Programs and Operations at Rocking the Boat

BRONX, N.Y.-- Rocking the Boat is a nonprofit organization in which students work together to build wooden boats, learn to row and sail, and restore local urban waterways, revitalizing their community while creating better lives for themselves. Applications are requested by September 15, 2015. View the announcement on


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