The U.S. Forest Service has announced that it will form a Federal Advisory Committee that will provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture on the implementation of the new Planning Rule set for finalization this winter. In the coming months the Forest Service will announce its request for committee member nominations in the Federal Register.
The Forest Resource Coordinating Committee (FRCC), a federal advisory committee established under the 2008 Farm Bill, will hold their first meeting on January 20 in Washington, DC. The committee will advise the Secretary of Agriculture on priorities and issues related to non-industrial private forestry. Applications for eight vacant positions will be accepted through March 2.
John Gordon, former dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, writes in the National Review about the 9th Circuit case related to Clean Water Act rules about runoff from logging roads.
From NPR's Morning Edition: NASA satellite images are helping ecologists and biologists study the earth's forests. Ecology professor Nalini Nadkarni of The Evergreen State College in Washington used NASA photos to calculate roughly how many trees we have on Earth, and applied that number to population figures.
The Arbor Day Foundation has accepted tree planting proposals in 11 states so far as part of its reforestation partnership with NASF. Michigan, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Nebraska, Washington, Georgia, Indiana, and Puerto Rico will plant more than 3 million trees combined, Watershed restoration, ecosystem restoration, fire rehabilitation, and wildlife habitat protection are just a few of the benfits these projects will provide.
With a three-year, $1.49 million grant from Toyota, the World Resources Institute (WRI) is launching "Southern Forests for the Future," a WRI project designed to raise awareness of the threats facing southern U.S. forests and increase the amount of forest conserved or managed in a sustainable manner. The project aims to develop online time-series maps showing changes in southern U.S. forest cover over recent decades.
The Alliance for Community Trees is organizing the first annual Green Infrastructure Summit and Urban Trees Forum May 14-15 to pursue changes in domestic policy with a new Congress and a new administration. The two days of Hill meetings and discussions will take place at The Methodist Building on Capitol Hill at 100 Maryland Avenue NE in Washington, DC.
Research from the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) and the Mississippi Forestry Commission have announced findings of the 2006 Forest Inventory and Analysis report, titled "Mississippi's Forests, 2006." The report shows, among other things, that despite heavy damage from Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi's total tree volume increased by 25 percent since the last inventory was conducted in 1994, while forestland area increased by 6 percent.
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