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Indonesia, EU agree to end trade of illegal timber

The European Union has signed an agreement with Indonesia aimed at curbing the flow of illegally harvested timber from Indonesia 's rainforests. The country is the world's third-largest tropical forest nation and the EU is a key market for its forest products, with an average value of timber and paper exports of $1.2 billion a year.

U.S. Forest Service funds six grants to enhance hardwood forests

The U.S. Forest Service Wood Education and Resource Center has announced grant funding for six hardwood forestry projects designed to encourage innovation and the sharing of processing and marketing knowledge among wood products manufacturers in the Eastern United States. Four projects address keeping the hardwood industry economically competitive and involve wood utilization and invasive species.

Indiana project to help with reforestation

The Indiana Tree Project offers people the opportunity to donate hardwood trees to Indiana's forests for $10 each. Each tax-deductible donation will allow for the planting and maintenance of one tree.

Alabama report finds state forest lands decreasing

Between 2000 and 2008, Alabama's forest decreased approximately 225,000 acres, a loss that may be a tipping point as urban growth and development outpaces the reversion of agricultural land to forest, according "Forests at the Crossroads" (PDF), the State Asessment and Strategy from the Alabama Forestry Commission.

Market-based conservation incentives workshop

The American Forests Foundation's Center for Conservation Solutions is hosting a workshop in Ellicott City, MD, on September 10th and 11th, 2008, intended to start an ongoing dialogue focused on how family forest owners can capitalize on the ecological and economic benefits of ecosystem services markets. "Market-based approaches, such as payments for biodiversity offsets and watershed services, provide effective incentives to turn private forests into even greater assets, encouraging sustainable forestry, and combating fragmentation and land use change.

State Foresters partner with Arbor Day Foundation

In a new partnership, the Arbor Day Foundation is working with NASF and individual State Foresters to identify proposals for reforestation projects to help offset the costs of seedlings for planting. The Foundation helped to plant more than 3 million trees in national forests in 2008 and is now turning its focus on state forest land in 2009 and beyond.

Roundtable on Sustainable Forests to hold review workshops for 2010 Draft National Report

The Roundtable on Sustainable Forests has announced a series of three National Review Workshops for public input on the Draft National Report on Sustainable Forest: 2010. The Workshops represent one of several opportunities for input on the draft Report. Stakeholders are also encouraged to provide written comments directly to U.S.

OR company investing millions to grow timber in China

Portland-based GreenWood Resources is about to wager up to $300 million on China, where soaring demand for cabinets, paper and furniture makes wood a hot commodity. Poised to become one of the first U.S. companies to invest in Chinese timberland, GreenWood seeks fortune by taking Oregon expertise offshore.

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