Marking the launch of the International Year of Forest by the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF9) in New York on 29 January, Dennis Garrity, the Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre, highlighted the importance of mixing trees with agriculture, the practice known as agroforestry.
The Southeast State Forest in Alaska will double in size with passage of a bill that adds about 23,000 acres to the forest, bringing it to nearly 49,000 acres. Governor Parnell said the additional land under the Southeast State Forest designation would "revitalize Alaska's timber industry."
NASF and several partner organizations recently submitted comments to the Green Building Advisory Committee (GBAC) as it reviews green building certification systems. The groups urged the use of wood as a preferred green building materialand laid out principlesfor wood in green building certification systems.
"The main purpose is responsible forestry. I don't think you do certification for the market. You do certification because you care about responsible forestry. From that, you get marketplace benefits." Kathy Abusow, president of Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Inc.
U.S. Forest Service scientists have released an assessment that shows forest land has expanded in northern states during the past century despite a 130-percent population jump and relentless environmental threats. According to the Forests of the Northern United States report, forest coverage in the United States has increased by 28 percent across the region.
Remote-sensing techniques can make forests more productive, offsetting increased carbon-dioxide (CO2) concentrations in the atmosphere and oceans, according to Dr. Randolph Wynne, a NASA investigator and Virginia Tech professor of forest biometry and geomatics.
An Associated Press article looks to New York state forests for examples of forest management that improve the landscape's ability to provide a numer of ecosystem services. "North America's growing forests of the past century or more have been credited by scientists with absorbing as much as half of the manmade carbon that otherwise would be in the atmosphere," according to the article.
"Maintaining the extent and condition of the urban forest through programs and policy is important, but canopy cover goals are useful in and of themselves. They set a target for a community that is measurable, observable and appealing....Whether it is 30 percent or 50 percent, setting a community tree canopy goal is a worthwhile course of action for any urban area." --Steven Scott, State Forester of Tennessee
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