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WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2012--The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released the new version of its Plant Hardiness Zone Map (PHZM), updating a useful tool for gardeners and researchers for the first time since 1990 with greater accuracy and detail. The new map—jointly developed by USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Oregon State University's (OSU) PRISM Climate Group—is available online click here
ARS is the chief intramural scientific research agency of USDA.
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On November 2, 2011 the LSU AgCenter,
Louisiana State University, and MississippiState University will host
a Forest Bioenergy Workshop
at the Hammond Research Station,
and you are cordially invited to attend.
Researchers at these universities haverecently completed a study examiningbioenergy and biofuel businessopportunities for forest landowners ofLouisiana and Mississippi.At this workshop, we will share results ofthis study to help landowners identifyopportunities in emerging markets thatconvert wood to energy.CostThis workshop is free, and includes lightrefreshments, lunch, and materials.Registration is required. Registrationinformation is provided in this pamphlet.Continuing Forestry Education credits willbe assigned for this meeting.The LSU AgCenter provides equalopportunities in programs and employment.Program9:30 Registration Opens10:00 Biofuel Options for Forest BiomassDr. Michael Blazier, LSU AgCenter, AssociateProfessor, Forestry11:00 Forest Landowner and Policy-makerPerceptions of BiofuelsDr. Richard Vlosky, LSU AgCenter, Professor,Louisiana Forest Products DevelopmentCenter12:00 Lunch (provided at no cost)1:00 Economic Impacts of Wood-BasedBiofuels in LA and MSDr. Richard Vlosky, LSU AgCenter, Professor,Louisiana Forest Products DevelopmentCenter1:30 Managing Forests for BiofuelsDr. Michael Blazier, LSU AgCenter, AssociateProfessor, Forestry2:00 DismissDirections_____________________________The Hammond Research Station is located at21549 Old Covington Highway in Hammond,LA 70403-0533.For extra driving directions, please visit theHammond Research Station website athttp://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/our_offices/research_stations/Hammond/Or call 985-543-4125.
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) will be accepting applications for the 2011 Urban & Community Forestry Grant program beginning September 9, 2011. $50,000 of federal matching funds has been made available for the 2011 program year. These funds will be distributed through a competitive grants allocation process. Due to limited funding, LDAF will award five (5) grants for $10,000 each. Tree City USA recipients and first time applicant shall be awarded bonus points in the scoring process
This cost-share program is for programs, projects, or activities not currently being funded and is not intended to substitute for existing funding levels.
In order to meet objectives outlined in the National Urban Forestry Guidelines and the Louisiana Urban Forestry Council’s Strategic Plan for Louisiana Community Forestry, this program is geared toward establishing new, and strengthening existing community forestry programs in Louisiana. This program also strives to increase the number and diversity of individuals informed and involved in community forestry endeavors.
National direction has become more focused during the past years. Specific community forestry capacity building activities are being promoted nation wide. These include; employment of professional urban forestry staff at the community level, development of community forestry management plans based on resource assessments/inventories, development or strengthening of community forestry ordinances and policy, and development or enhancement of local advocacy/advisory organizations. The Forest Service has also placed emphasis on the five national U&CF programs goals: Minimize the impact on land use change and urbanization on forests, Minimize the risk and impact of catastrophic events, Protect and improve air and water quality, Mitigate climate change, Energy Conservation. These national goals should be included (if applicable) in the four traditional categories. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry must report these specific activities within the state to the USDA Forest Service each year, and future funding will be based upon how many communities in our state are participating in these activities.
You can download the application at LDAF website by clicking
Accepting Applications: 8:00 am, September 9, 2011
Grant Deadline: 4:30 p.m., October 19, 2011
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Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Louisiana Forestry Association
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