Forest Action Plans: Guidelines for Forests

Forest action plans provide an analysis of forest conditions and trends in your area.

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Defending working forest conservation easements

"Far from turning private lands into publicly owned parks or wilderness, working forest conservation easements can be a valuable tool for keeping private timber lands on the local and state tax rolls as providers of wood products, jobs and recreation including hunting and fishing." July 26 letter to the editor, Redding Record Searchlight

Indiana asks hunters' help in forest surveys

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is asking hunters to help out with a survey of the state's forests by tracking how many critters they see during their fall hunting trips. DNR division of forestry chief John Seifert says hunters "are uniquely skilled observers" whose feedback can help the agency better manage the resources of the state's forests.

ANSI A300 national tree care standards up for review

The public review period for revisions of the ANSI A300 national tree care standards is now open. Submit comments for ANSI A300 Part 6- "Planting and Transplanting of Trees and Shrubs" before February 5; for ANSI A300 Part 7- "Integrated Vegetation Management" before February 20. A300 documents provide standard definitions and tree care management standards for all aspects of tree health management.

Ohio paper manufacturer to let go of 330 workers

Ohio's Appleton Papers Inc. plans to let go three-quarters of its 400 person staff and cease making paper, following a $3 billion deal with a Canadian supplier. "Nonintegrated" paper mills - mills that don't produce pulp from logs or wood chips gathered on site - are "distinctly disadvantaged and no longer competitive," according to a release from the company.

U.S. Endowment calls for pre-proposals on "Forest Investment Zones"

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities has announced an open call for Requests for Pre-proposals (RFPs) under its initiative, “Forest Investment Zones: Co-creating Innovation and Learning at the Regional Level.” The four-year initiative will serve as a signature programmatic focus of the Endowment’s investments. The RFP is open until September 19, 2008.

Green building emphasis may thrive in economic downturn

Some industry experts say there is a chance the "green housing" niche market might buck economic headwinds as developers emphasize energy savings and workmanship. [More: read NASF Resolution No. 2008-6: Green Building and the Role of Wood Products]

Free AF&PA webinar on green building Jan. 30

AF&PA is co-hosting a free webinar on January 30 with the Wood Building Network. The webinar will feature experts from the Green Building Initiative (sponsors of the Green Globes rating system) and will discuss how wood products fare under the different green building rating systems being used to evaluate construction. Federal and state green building legislation impacting the use of wood nationally and regionally will also be discussed.

UN report: Forestry can create 10 million jobs

The United Nations is urging countries to invest in green jobs working with "sustainable forest management" to address the growing problem of unemployment worldwide. At least 10 million such jobs could be created, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization will say in a report to be released this week. The report will be discussed and analyzed next week at the U.N. Committee on Forestry meeting in Rome, Italy. The Food and Agriculture Organization has designated next week as World Forest Week.

AFF now accepting comments on revised Standards of Sustainability

The American Forest Foundation is accepting comments on its revised Standards of Sustainability for Forest Certification on Private Lands (2009-2013), May 1 through June 29. The AFF Standards are the basis for its forest certification program, the American Tree Farm System (ATFS). To submit comments on the revised AFF Standards, please visit or email: for more information.

Deadline extended for removal of dead trees in Galveston

An extension of the federal deadline for clearing an estimated 40,000 trees killed by salt water from Hurricane Ike will give Galveston, TX, officials time to deal with a groundswell of discontent over the removal program's rapid pace.


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