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June 2017 * Vol. 22 * No. 6
Detecting Pests and Diseases
The USDA's Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) program recently announced a
new "K-9" initiative that would speed its
efforts to identify invasive pests or diseases. Several pilot studies conducted by PPQ
found that dogs could detect specific plant
pests and diseases with "remarkable accuracy." Some of the plant pests and diseases
that were tested included coconut rhinoc-
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and seedling planting, along with monitoring of the recovery process.
Look for expanded coverage of Operation Ponderosa in a future issue of The
Smooth, Cool, and Professional
osa pine, and a combination of environmental stresses and wildfires in 2011 have
destroyed nearly 75 percent of the forests.
"Frankly, it broke my heart to see what
was going on out there. It was just hundreds, if not thousands of acres of dead
Ponderosa pine, so I knew after that first
visit we had to do something," said SAF
member Bill Oates, associate director of
the Texas A&M Forest Service.
A three-year $200,000 grant from the
US Forest Service provided funding for
Texas A&M Forest Service to conduct forest-stand assessments and develop management prescriptions. The restoration will
involve thinning of overpopulated stands
A CLT Economic Boom?
The New England Forestry Foundation recently released the results of a grant-funded analysis that determined the potential
for a cross-laminated timber (CLT) manufacturing facility in New England. Wood
sources would be the spruce, fir, and hemlock timber available in the surrounding
area. Currently, the closest CLT manufacturing facility in New England is in Montreal, Canada.
Funding for the report was provided
by Northeastern Area State & Private Forestry; the New England Forestry Foundation provided matching funds.
"This technology poses a real economic opportunity to increase demand
for wood-manufactured products in construction and to create jobs in the Northeast," said Constance Carpenter, US Forest
Service Northeastern Area State & Private
Forestry field representative.
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A combination of environmental stresses and wildfires have destroyed nearly 75 percent of the Ponderosa
pine forests in West Texas' Davis Mountains, and restoration efforts by the Texas A&M Forest Service and
The Nature Conservancy are underway to restore the threatened pine. Photograph courtesy of Texas A&M
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Restoring Texas Ponderosas
The Texas A&M Forest Service and The
Nature Conservancy are restoring the
threatened Ponderosa pine forests located
in West Texas' Davis Mountains. This area
is the southernmost range of the Ponder-
eros beetle, which kills palms, the Mediterranean fruit fly, and citrus canker disease.
"These and other results impressed
PPQ's leadership," said Mark Dagro, associate director of PPQ's Professional Development Center, in a blog post about the
program. "So much so, in fact, they decided to make expanding the detector canine
program one of PPQ's priority programs
Dagro said that future pilot studies
would feature the Asian long-horned beetle, exotic fruit flies, and the spotted lantern fly. Dogs were also used by the Florida
Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Services to locate giant African snails in
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$2.75M for Watershed Protection
Now in its second year of funding, the
Health Watersheds Consortium Grant Program awarded $2.75 million in total to 16
organizations to further their work in watershed protection. The awarded projects
are located in 18 states and include examining the relationship between land protection and stream health improvements
in Maryland; securing sustainable financial support to build the Gulf Coast Land
Conservation Assistance Fund in the Gulf
region; and funding the Chagrin River Watershed Partners' efforts in Ohio to protect
the Central Lake Erie watershed.
"This group of grant recipients reflects
the remarkable creativity that local organizations show for protecting their drinking
water sources and watersheds," said Carlton Owen, the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities' (Endowment) president and CEO. "Their efforts are voluntary,
rooted in partnerships, and will benefit
the economy, culture, and environment of
The US Environmental Protection
Agency Office of Water started the Health
Watersheds Consortium Grant Program in
2015, and grant funding is provided by the
EPA, the Natural Resources Conservation
Service, and the Endowment. The program
is expected to run at least six years and is
managed by the Endowment.