Magazine article American Forests

News of Note

Magazine article American Forests

News of Note

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* The U.S. Forest Service is hiring 3,500 firefighters to support a new national fire plan that outlines Forest Service responsibilities in controlling catastrophic wildfire threats, the agency says. Up to 1,000 of the new positions will be permanent, with the remainder temporary or seasonal.

A University of Michigan study shows that pine trees could be eliminated from the Great Lakes region by 2090 because of climate change. The report also estimates that water levels will decrease by 1 to 3 feet and dangerously high ozone days will occur twice as often.

* Tennessee will purchase its first state forest in more than 50 years, a 2,023-acre tract in Cocke County, The Conservation Fund reports. The Fund purchased the tract from International Paper and says the land contains hardwoods, native trout streams, and black bear and ruffed grouse habitat.

* More than three-quarters of Americans want more done to manage and plan for growth and development in their states, according to a Smart Growth America telephone poll of 1,007 respondents. The poll also showed support for specific policies to slow sprawl, including requirements for affordable housing in new developments and investing in public transportation. …

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