The public review period for revisions of the ANSI A300 national tree care standards is now open. Submit comments for ANSI A300 Part 6- "Planting and Transplanting of Trees and Shrubs" before February 5; for ANSI A300 Part 7- "Integrated Vegetation Management" before February 20. A300 documents provide standard definitions and tree care management standards for all aspects of tree health management.
Ohio's Appleton Papers Inc. plans to let go three-quarters of its 400 person staff and cease making paper, following a $3 billion deal with a Canadian supplier. "Nonintegrated" paper mills - mills that don't produce pulp from logs or wood chips gathered on site - are "distinctly disadvantaged and no longer competitive," according to a release from the company.
The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities has announced an open call for Requests for Pre-proposals (RFPs) under its initiative, “Forest Investment Zones: Co-creating Innovation and Learning at the Regional Level.” The four-year initiative will serve as a signature programmatic focus of the Endowment’s investments. The RFP is open until September 19, 2008.
AF&PA is co-hosting a free webinar on January 30 with the Wood Building Network. The webinar will feature experts from the Green Building Initiative (sponsors of the Green Globes rating system) and will discuss how wood products fare under the different green building rating systems being used to evaluate construction. Federal and state green building legislation impacting the use of wood nationally and regionally will also be discussed.
The United Nations is urging countries to invest in green jobs working with "sustainable forest management" to address the growing problem of unemployment worldwide. At least 10 million such jobs could be created, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization will say in a report to be released this week. The report will be discussed and analyzed next week at the U.N. Committee on Forestry meeting in Rome, Italy. The Food and Agriculture Organization has designated next week as World Forest Week.
The American Forest Foundation is accepting comments on its revised Standards of Sustainability for Forest Certification on Private Lands (2009-2013), May 1 through June 29. The AFF Standards are the basis for its forest certification program, the American Tree Farm System (ATFS). To submit comments on the revised AFF Standards, please visit www.forestfoundation.org or email: Certification@forestfoundation.org for more information.
The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities has scheduled two webinar sessions as an opportunity to "bubble up" ideas from a diverse set of conservation thinkers for a potential application to the 2010 round of NRCS (Natural Resource Conservation Service)-CIG (Conservation Innovation Grants) Grant Leveraging Category funding.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Forests (RSF) has recently developed finalized an Action Strategy that identifies challenges and opportunities within the forest sector and puts forward by nine recommended actions that can be taken now to improve the conservation and sustainable management of the nation’s forests. The RSF is an open and inclusive alliance committed to sustainable forest management on public and private lands in the United States. For more information visit www.sustainableforests.net/whatsnew.php.
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