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December 2016
Findings From the National Woodland Owner Survey Published

The Journal of Forestry recently published an article online on "Family Forest Ownership of the United States, 2013: Findings From the USDA Forest Service's National Woodland Owner Survey," by Brett J. Butler of the Forest Service's Northern Research Station, and others. Read the article at the Station's Web site.
Internships Inspire Menominee Students to Pursue Forestry Careers
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College of Menominee Nation students Boyd and Schulz learned about conservation of forest ecosystems while participating in a research internship under a Forest Service Memorandum of Understanding with the college's Center for First Americans Forestlands.

KESHENA, Wis. --- Through the Forest Service partnership with College of Menominee Nation's Center for First Americans Forestlands, two students participated in internships this past summer. Brandon Boyd and Adam Schulz took part in a study on the effect of deer browse on regeneration of target hardwood tree species, primarily sugar maple, in human manufactured canopy gaps in the Menominee Forest. The students performed tasks such as laying out plots and conducting forest inventories.

This work was presented at the First Americans Land-Grant Consortium (FALCON) event in Albuquerque, NM, in November. The work will be used in different venues including forest management and health, conservation education, or when working with private landowners.

This collaboration demonstrates how partnership with Tribal Colleges is invaluable in inspiring the next generation of conservation leaders. Brandon and Adam hope to guide other youth to careers in forestry or natural resource management, either with the Forest Service or their own Tribal Nation. Both students will graduate in 2017. Get details in the Office of Tribal Relations newsletter.

Upcoming hiring events through April 2017 include the To Bridge a Gap Conference, February 21-24, in Tulsa, OK; and the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences Conference, March 29-April 1, in Pittsburgh, PA, as well as online at For additional events or more information, contact

Youth Tree Team Growing Along With Trees
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Youth Tree Team Leaders Libby O'Neal and Ned Brockmeyer; students Emma Hagenauer, Greg Walker, and Andrew Broner, and Northeastern Area Urban Forester Phil Rodbell (second from right) attended the 2016 Partners in Community Forestry Conference. (Photo: Daniella Pereira, Openlands)

INDIANAPOLIS --- The Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry invited seven members of the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Youth Tree Team to the national Partners in Community Forestry Conference, hosted by the Arbor Day Foundation, in November. Team members are high school students who improve their community and grow as community leaders through summer tree care projects. Among other activities, they plant, prune, mulch, and water trees. Advanced team members become mentors, team leaders, and full-time staff at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. Created in 2007, the Youth Tree Team was inspired by Greening of Detroit and Trees Atlanta. Learn more at the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Web site.
Planting Really Big Trees on City Streets

COLUMBIA, Mo. --- In Columbia's ever-growing downtown District, gray buildings continually sprout up to meet the demand for more housing in convenient locations.

These tall, seemingly unending construction projects are the new norm for Columbia residents. Imagine, though, if among the brick-and-mortar structures reflective of a growing city, natural towers of green lined the streets. Last spring, Columbia Stormwater Utility and Columbia Parks and Recreation planted the seed for a project to bring trees--really big trees--to downtown Columbia.

Read more at the Vox Magazine Web site.
EPA Requests Proposals for Environmental Justice Small Grants

WASHINGTON --- EPA's Environmental Justice Small Grants program provides financial assistance to community-based organizations, and local and tribal governments working on projects to address environmental and public health concerns. EPA will award grants that support activities designed to empower and educate affected communities and to identify ways to address environmental and public health concerns at the local level. Approximately 40 1-year projects will be awarded at up to $30,000 each. Applications are due on January 31, 2017. (Note: All but four of the States served by the Northeastern Area are listed as underrepresented in the Request for Proposals.) Get more information at the EPA's Web site.
Is Your Car "Ready" for Winter?

Be safe this winter. Get advice on car maintenance, a car emergency kit, and weather and road conditions at

Forest Residuals Help to Fuel Coast-to-Coast Flight

WASHINGTON --- Alaska Airlines made history in November by flying the first commercial flight using the world's first renewable, alternative jet fuel. The fuel was partly made from forest residuals, the limbs and branches that remain after the harvesting of managed forests. Read the news release at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Web site.
Planting Healthy Air Report Is Available
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ARLINGTON, Va. --- The Nature Conservancy studied the effects of trees on air quality in some of the world's largest cities and documented the findings in the report "Planting Healthy Air: a global analysis of the role of urban trees in addressing particulate matter pollution and extreme heat."

The study found that investing just US$4 per resident in tree planting efforts in each of these cities could improve the health of millions of people. Most of the cooling and filtering effects created by trees are localized, so cities that are densely populated or have higher overall pollution levels tend to have the highest overall return on investment from tree plantings. Also, particular neighborhoods in virtually any city could benefit from plantings; and plantings can be targeted, such as near schools and hospitals, or to screen particulate matter from highways and industrial areas.

Access the full report, executive summary, story map, and video clips on the report Web page at

Future Foresters: Coloring and Activity Book Available
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BETHESDA, Md. --- A new 28-page book from the Society of American Foresters teaches kids between the ages of 5 and 12 about forestry. Bond with your kids or students and share your love of what it means to be a forester. Order the book from the Society's online store or contact for bulk orders.

Upcoming Conferences

Annual Meeting of the Northeast Bat Working Group, Amherst, MA, January 11-13, 2017

Missouri Natural Resources Conference, Osage Beach, MO, February 1-3, 2017

Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Lincoln, NE, February 5-8, 2017

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