A new study released by a coalition of farm and timber groups says stopping deforestation in Brazil, Indonesia and elsewhere could increase revenue for U.S. farmers and the forestry industry by $190 billion to $270 billion between 2012 and 2030. The report, "Farms Here, Forests There," looked at what would happen if landowners in Brazil and other major areas of deforestation were given carbon offset payments to keep land in forest.
The newly launched Forest Legality Alliance brings together conservation groups, government agencies, and corporations including Staples Inc. and several other wood and paper products retailers to reduce demand for illegally harvested forest products.
The Oregon Department of Forestry has developed an online Forest Atlas as a public education product of the Statewide Forest Assessment and Resource Strategy. Maps developed for the Oregon Forest Atlas 2010 use GIS data obtained from several sources, including the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station, Oregon State University and the Oregon Department of Forestry.
Dovetail Partners has put together a case study of urban wood utilization in the Twin Cities region of Minnesota. The report focuses on an emerging urban wood-based industrial (business) cluster in the Minneapolis-St. Paul (Twin Cities) metropolitan area. Recommendations for advancing wood utilization activities on a community-wide basis are offered.
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has awarded several projects as part of its new Conservation and Community Partnerships grant program, which funds initiatives that support partnerships between organizations interested in improving forest management in the U.S. and Canada, and supporting responsible procurement globally. Click here for more about the program and the list of winning projects.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a permit for ArborGen to field trial 200,000 genetically modified trees in seven states stretching from Florida to Texas. The purpose of the test is to see if the trees, eucalyptuses with a foreign gene meant to help them withstand cold weather, can become a new source of wood for pulp, paper, and biofuels in the Southern timber belt.
State forestry officials now estimate the damage to timber in north Mississippi by last week’s storm system to be more than $3.7 million. The Mississippi Forestry Commission says the costliest damage was to hardwood, valued at more than $2.8 million.
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