An infusion of federal stimulus funds is bringing a new Forestry Sciences Laboratory to the Fort Collins-based Rocky Mountain Research Station of the USDA Forest Service. The $5.3 million state-of-the-art facility will allow scientists to expand their research on forest-health issues such as bark beetles, climate change and water quality, officials say.
Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark and state lawmakers announced agency-requested legislation that would help prevent conversion of working forests to development-supporting clean air, sustainable working landscapes, and quality of life for communities.
"Avoiding the print option does absolutely nothing to save the planet or forests. The nation's forest landowners can't keep growing trees without markets for this natural, organic and renewable product." Wall Street Journal editorial from tree farmer Chuck Leavell and U.S. Endowment head Carlton Owen
The USDA Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service have opened nominations for the 2011 Two Chief's Partnership Award, which recognizes outstanding forestry and conservation partnership efforts. Nominations (PDF) due December 12.
The Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management will use state and regional data and maps to help it identify wildlife corridors and crucial habitat in future land-use planning and management efforts. The maps will be available for the BLM to use as a result of the Western Wildlife Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool, known as "CHAT", an initiative of the Western Governors' Association.
USDA Deputy Under Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment Butch Blazer was promoting his "forest health" agenda in California this week, speaking at the California Forestry Association annual conference in Sacramento. His efforts seek to bridge deep differences over how logging, grazing, mining and other uses of forests should be managed.
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