Twenty-three of the state's 30 stewardship foresters will be lost if the Oregon Department of Forestry takes a 7.5 percent general fund budget cut, Oregon State Forester Doug Decker said in a legislative budget hearing, April 28. If lawmakers slash another 17.5 percent, the department will struggle to meet its statutory requirement to protect forests from wildfires, Decker said.
The Western Forestry Leadership Coalition (WFLC) recently released a new publication, "Across the Western Landscape: Priority Issues and Strategies for Western Forests." The publication is based on a synthesis of each western state and Pacific Island Forest Action Plan, which revealed common issues across the West and strategies for achieving success. You can read Across the Western Landscape at www.wflcweb.org.
October 2012 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Report of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA). This report expanded the focus of the national forest inventory in the United States to include monitoring of the forest resource trends on a more frequent time interval. In recognition of this milestone, the theme of the 2012 FIA Science Symposium is "Moving from Status to Trends." For more information about the symposium and the call for papers, visit http://fia.fs.fed.us/symposium.
On World Forestry Day (March 21), the ShadeFund, a program of The Conservation Fund and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, teamed up with the Forest Guild, Dovetail Partners, The Pinchot Institute for Conservation, and Forest Business Network to celebrate the abundance of resources provided by our forests.Check out their slideshow, "24 Ways Forestry Improves Our Lives."
On Monday, June 23, USDA Secretary Ed Schafer announced that the 2008 national Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) were awarded to 45 projects in 40 states, $14 million in all. Several forestry-related projects were awarded funds.
The Hardwood Forestry Fund seeks applications for 2009 tree planting and hardwood management. The Fund supports sustainable forestry by funding selective tree planting, direct seeding, natural regeneration, management, and hardwood research requests.
The American Forest Foundation is now accepting comments on its 2004-2009 Standards of Sustainability for Forest Certification on Private Lands. The AFF Standards are the basis for the American Tree Farm System program and are currently being reviewed by an independent panel. Comments from family forest landowners, tree farmers, volunteer inspectors, natural resource and forestry professionals and Project Learning Tree educators are encouraged. Deadline is December 30 at 5:00 PM EST.
Efforts to replenish the forested area neighboring Chadron State College in Nebraksa have received a major boost from the reforestation partnership between NASF and the Arbor Day Foundation. The partnership aims to fund 3 million trees for reforestation efforts in 11 states this year. A $50,000 grant from the Foundation will fund 50,000 conservation grade seedlings to be planted in an area that was scorched by a 2006 wildfire.
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