Sustainability

Connecticut forest products now marketed under "Connecticut Grown" label

Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell announced that goods such as furniture, flooring, lumber and fencing made from wood harvested in Connecticut forests will now bear the popular "Connecticut Grown" marketing label.

Ohio State Forests certified under SFI

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced this week that Ohio's 21 State Forests have met the stringent environmental and social standards required for certification under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative program.

USDA NAC 2010 Annual Report

The USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) is pleased to present this summary of Research & Development and Technology Transfer & Application activities in fiscal year 2010. NAC is committed to providing technical services, tools, and research to our customers that advance the application of agroforestry for the benefit of the landowner, the community, and the nation.

Brazil eyes microchips in trees for forest management

A chainsaw buzzes, branches snap, and an Amazon tree crashes to the ground. It could be just another of the thousands of trees felled each year in Brazil's portion of the world's largest forest except for one detail: a microchip attached to its base holding data about its location, size and who cut it down.

HFF grant application deadline: February 1, 2011

The Hardwood Forestry Fund seeks grant applications for hardwood seedling planting on state forest land. Management plans for the new trees must include timber production with harvest date and regeneration schedule. Grant deadline is February 1, 2011. Please visit http://www.hardwoodforestryfund.org for grant guidelines and application form. Contact the HFF for more information at info@hardwoodforestryfund.org.

Call for Papers for 92nd SAF Convention

The 2011 Society of American Foresters National Convention will be held in Honolulu, Hawaii in November. SAF will be celebrating the International Year of Forests. Complete conference information, including the call for papers is available on the SAF website. Presentation submission deadline is 2/28/11.

Study: Pay owners to save forestland

Swaths of forests the size of North Carolina could be lost to suburbs in the South within 20 years, new studies suggest. To stem that loss, landholders will need to be paid to leave their forest land undeveloped, the World Resources Institute concludes.

Forest Legacy program reaches 2 million acre milestone

The USDA Forest Service recently reached a milestone of protecting more than 2 million acres of private forests threat

Southern woodland owners survey

C2I, operator of the GreenTrees program, has teamed up with the World Resources Institute on a survey of family woodland owners throughout the southern United States. The goal of this survey is to gather information critical to the design of economic incentive programs to help family woodland owners conserve and sustainably mange their forests and participate in emerging markets for ecosystem services.

FS Chief recognizes importance of timber industry health

A strong wood-products industry is key to removing thousands of dead, bark beetle-infested trees that threaten to topple onto roads, power lines and campsites or harm watersheds around the West, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said this week at a bark beetle summit hosted by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter.