Forest Action Plans: Guidelines for Forests

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U.S. farm and timber groups urge end to deforestation

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.

Forest Legality Alliance targets illegally harvested timber

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.

Oregon offers online statewide forest atlas

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.

Urban wood utilization case study

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.

SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships grant program

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.

New England losing forest cover, report shows

After almost 200 years of natural reforestation, forest cover is declining in all six New England states, according to a new report by Harvard Forest, the forest ecology research center of Harvard University.

New report on forest health conditions in Alaska

Region 10 of the USDA Forest Service has released a 73-page report on the health of Alaska's forests, which include some of the largest unbroken swaths of forest in the United States. Based on aerial surveys, the report found that 660,000 acres of forest has suffered damage from insects, disease, and other forms of decline, out of a total of 33.6 million acres surveyed.

Genetically engineered eucalyptus trial cleared by USDA

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.

Mississippi storms cause $3.7M in timber damage

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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