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Links to Other Forestry Web Sites
Information about forestry can be found on the home pages of many forestry oriented organizations. Some are listed below.
Iowa State University Forestry Extension.This home page provides information on forestry education, forestry publications, forestry assistance and the ISU Forestry Department Staff.
Northeastern Area State & Private Forestry's home page provides forestry information on issues of special interest to the Northeastern United States. It provides information on forest health, the cooperative fire prevention program, forest resource management and the Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl programs. It provides organizational directories and addresses of state and federal government officials who work in forestry programs in the northeast.
The home page of the U.S.D.A. Forest Service provides information about Forest Service programs and the national forests.
The Landscape Conservation website is a collaboration of the Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters and USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area. A news desk, profiles in conservation, forums and information for landowners are all available.
The USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station web site offers the largest known collection of on-line publications relating to forestry research. This well designed and interactive site presents the work of over 100 scientists who conduct research on forest resources, ecosystems, wildlife, and environmental quality in the Southern United States. Query the publications database, view on-line database and interact with some of the best and brightest of forest research.
Society of American Foresters provides information about publications and policies of the Society of American Foresters. An important feature of the site is information about legislation and national policy and how it affects forestry issues in the United States and throughout the world. SAF is the governing society of professional forestry in the United States.
National Association of State Foresters provides a directory of state foresters and links to state forestry organizations and the U.S. Forest Service. It makes available, NASF's monthly newsletter and additional forestry links.
The Forest Products Society is a network of forest products professionals. They also provide a listing of outside educational and resource organizations, not-for-profit technical and trade organizations, and trade journals and publications.
The Global Forest Information Service is a collaborative community of 350+ partners promoting forest information.
For data on trees and other plants as well as animals, go to Fire effects database. This site is designed to provide professionals with information about fire effects on plants and animals, but in doing so, provides tons of information about habitats, uses, life histories, etc.
Plant Conservation Alliance is a consortium of 10 Federal Government Agencies and over 225 non-federal Cooperators working collectively to solve the problems of native plant extinction and native habitat restoration, ensuring the preservation of our ecosystem. The PCA has a matching grant program for conservation and restoration projects. The website is also full of information about native plant landscaping, wildflowers, guides, and projects that the group is working on and funding.
If you are interested in Endangered Plants the
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has a traveling exhibit called "Losing Paradise". While the exhibit may not currently be traveling to a city near you please take a look at the site as it has interesting information and illustrations.
Tree Identification Resources
Before you can properly care for a tree and/or identify why it is unhealthy you need to know what kind of tree you have. There are a variety of characteristics that can be utilized to identify different species, such as the leaf shape, leaf fall color, flowers, fruit, buds, bark and tree shape.