Forestry and Agroforestry
The Forestry and Agroforestry activities and practices of the Natural
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are headquartered within the Ecological
Sciences Division (ECS).
At the national level the program establishes policies, standards, and
procedures for the management, development, conservation protection, and
productivity of forests, as well as the planning, establishment, management and
utilization of windbreaks and other agroforestry practices on private land.
NRCS and USDA Sponsored Publications
Agroforestry for Farms and Ranches
NRCS Technical Note describing tree and shrub practices in sustained
A series of publications designed to aid the private landowner in the use of
windbreaks for conservation and improved agricultural production.
Additional Agroforestry Publications
The USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) produces the quarterly newsletter
Inside Agroforestry, and a series of technical reports called
Agroforestry Notes that may be down loaded electronically. NAC also produces
a series called Working Trees that provide information on how
agroforestry practices can help wildlife, sequester carbon, treat waste, help
communities, and improve livestock systems.
- Forestry and
A reference for forestry and agroforestry information within NRCS, as well as
links to other federal, state, and local programs and organizations.
Final Drip Irrigation Studies
The final reports for the drip irrigation studies at the
Highmore Research Station and at the
Karl Mundt National Wildlife Refuge (Pickstown) have been produced.
The final reports are a summary of the 20-year studies to determine if a
drip irrigation system could increase seedling survival and
significantly shorten the length of time required to establish a
functional windbreak in South Dakota.
Federal Government Forestry
- National Agroforestry Center (NAC)
Partnership of the USDA Forest Service, and the USDA Natural Resources
Conservation Service. Works to accelerate the development and application of
agroforestry technologies to attain more economically, environmentally, and
socially sustainable land-use systems.
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Primarily a regulatory agency responsible for enforcing the environmental laws
of the United States. Contains a search engine particularly useful for
retrieving data about regulations pertaining to forestry.
- United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's mission is to conserve, protect, and
enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the
American people. This site provides a search engine relating forestry to the
- USDA Forest Service (USFS)
Federal agency responsible for managing all national forests in the United
States. As set forth in the law, the mission of the Forest Service is to
achieve quality land management under the sustainable multiple-use management
concept to meet the diverse needs of the people.
- Forest Incentive Program
A cost share program to assist qualifying landowners with establishing and
improving their forests.
State and Local Entities
- National Association of State
This is a non-profit organization that represents the directors of the State
Forestry agencies from all fifty states, eight U.S. territories, and the
District of Columbia. The web site provides a directory of the State Foresters
resource with the addresses, phone numbers, fax and e-mail for each. The State
Foresters provide management assistance to private landowners and protection
services for over two-thirds of the nation's forests.
- Forestry Media Center
Forestry Education Materials from the Oregon State University College of
- Natural Resources
Research Information Pages (NRRIPS)
Internet resource guide for natural resources students, researchers and
practitioners. Maintained by the Department of Forestry at Virginia Tech
Association of Conservation Districts
Forestry Notes is a newsletter designed to keep Conservation Districts
informed on items in forestry from around the country.
- Econet Forest Resources
Contains numerous links to environmental and conservation groups.
- Forest Net
Information and links related to the forest products industry.
- Trees for the Future
A non-profit organization initiating and supporting agroforestry self-help
projects in developing countries. These projects protect nearby forests by
providing buffer zones. The forest ecology is not disturbed when local peoples
can get firewood close to home.
Questions and comments are welcome and encouraged. Please address all
correspondence to Gerald (Jerry)
Resource Conservationist, 605-352-1234.