What would you like to see on a State Forest Service Web Site?

ForestFair forestfair at aol.com
Wed Dec 17 00:45:23 EST 1997

<ncloraxnospam at infoave.net> asked:

>What information do think a State Forest Service Web site
>should provide to the general public, Foresters, etc..?

General information on trees -- pictures and descriptions along with cultural
requirements and diseases and pests; planting and pruning diagrams; basic
urban-forestry type information.  Information on how a tree grows, and about
how injuries heal (or don't heal).  What animals live in or near forests, and
their different habitat requirements.   A quiz for kids on  identifying trees
and forest inhabitants.  

Importance of forests relative to air and water quality.

History of forested areas in state.  (For example, are state forests located
mostly on marginal agricultural land abandoned during the depression years,
were wildfires a determinant of present conditions, the influence of the
railroads on logging, etc.).  Historical photographs of logging in "bygone

Statistics on the state's forests -- how much owned by public, industrial,
private landowners?  Predominant species.  Relevance of forest products to
economy of the state, in terms of employment and dollars.

Some information about regulatory matters -- are foresters required to be
licensed, are permits need to harvest, etc.

Detailed information for private landowners, including benefits of good forest
stewardship, managing for multiple goals, timber harvesting, when and how to
select a consulting forester, checklist of points to be included in a contract,
how to prevent timber theft, a glossary of terms (such as crop tree release,
even-aged management, etc.)  

Information on cost-share programs such as SIP, and tax-abatement programs
where they exist. 

Information for municipalities interested in tree-planting programs.

Information on wood as fuel, including safe woodstove installation and

Information on places to obtain seedlings and transplants, like state tree
nurseries, soil and water offices, private nurseries.

Places people can go to learn about trees and forest practices like arboretums,
demonstration forests, wood industry tours, forest fairs.

Agencies and organizations that can provide additional information, with full
contact information including e-mail  -- federal and state offices, forestry
schools, Cooperative Extension offices, landowner organizations, TreeFarm,
Master Forest Owner/Coverts programs if active in state, etc.

Recommended publications, and ordering information.

That's just a start.  :)


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