The United Nations has dubbed the year 2011, The International Year of Forests. The year will be dedicated to raising awareness about the challenges facing the world's forests today like deforestation and calling to action much needed forest conservation. The global campaign will aim to give the public more motivation to help sustain and manage forests for the future.
The recent storms that devastated communities across the South havealso wiped out many landowners’ timber investments. The Alabama Forestry Commission is offering advice to help landowners cope with the loss and recovery of storm damage.
Since 2008, the Arbor Day Foundation has worked directly with NASF to identify and support reforestation projects throughout the U.S. Since the beginning of this reforestation partnership, we have worked together to fund and plant more than 8.5 million trees. ADF is currently seeking proposals for 2012 plantings that will positively impact the environment, create habitat for wildlife, promote watershed restoration, and other benefits to the public.
Moody's Investors Service changed its outlook for the paper and forestry products industry to negative from stable as price and demand of products in the industry are expected to weaken over the next 12 to 18 months, the credit rating agency announced yesterday.
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has partnered with McGraw Hill to launch a continuing education unit for architects and builders to promote the benefits of using certified wood in green building projects. "Certified Wood Branches Out: Forest Certification's Evolving Role in Green Building Rating Systems" reinforces the growing acceptance of all certification standards by the green building community and government agencies.
NASF recently submitted formal comments to the U.S. Green Building Council regarding the draft LEED 2012 standard, which continues the practice of rewarding one forest certification program at the expense of other credible programs.
Sawmill operators in West Virginia are telling State Forester Randy Dye these are some of the worst times in recent memory for the state's $4 billion timber business. Dye blamed the demise of so many sawmills on a downturn in the housing market and a decline of imports coming into the United States. There are about 65 fewer sawmills running than there were only two years ago, according to the Division of Forestry, and certified loggers in the state declined from 1,141 in 2004 to 932 this year.
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