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FIA symposium planned for October in Baltimore, MD

October 2012 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Report of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA). This report expanded the focus of the national forest inventory in the United States to include monitoring of the forest resource trends on a more frequent time interval. In recognition of this milestone, the theme of the 2012 FIA Science Symposium is "Moving from Status to Trends." For more information about the symposium and the call for papers, visit

World Forestry Day: 24 ways forestry improves our lives

On World Forestry Day (March 21), the ShadeFund, a program of The Conservation Fund and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, teamed up with the Forest Guild, Dovetail Partners, The Pinchot Institute for Conservation, and Forest Business Network to celebrate the abundance of resources provided by our forests.Check out their slideshow, "24 Ways Forestry Improves Our Lives."

National Conservation Innovation Grants awarded

On Monday, June 23, USDA Secretary Ed Schafer announced that the 2008 national Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) were awarded to 45 projects in 40 states, $14 million in all. Several forestry-related projects were awarded funds.

Hardwood Forestry Fund seeks applications for 2009 tree planting

The Hardwood Forestry Fund seeks applications for 2009 tree planting and hardwood management. The Fund supports sustainable forestry by funding selective tree planting, direct seeding, natural regeneration, management, and hardwood research requests.

AFF now accepting comments on sustainability standards

The American Forest Foundation is now accepting comments on its 2004-2009 Standards of Sustainability for Forest Certification on Private Lands. The AFF Standards are the basis for the American Tree Farm System program and are currently being reviewed by an independent panel. Comments from family forest landowners, tree farmers, volunteer inspectors, natural resource and forestry professionals and Project Learning Tree educators are encouraged. Deadline is December 30 at 5:00 PM EST.

Another 50,000 trees in the ground through NASF-Arbor Day partnership

Efforts to replenish the forested area neighboring Chadron State College in Nebraksa have received a major boost from the reforestation partnership between NASF and the Arbor Day Foundation. The partnership aims to fund 3 million trees for reforestation efforts in 11 states this year. A $50,000 grant from the Foundation will fund 50,000 conservation grade seedlings to be planted in an area that was scorched by a 2006 wildfire.


Southern Forest Futures Project welcomes comment on the Draft Study Plan


The Southern Forest Futures Project is welcoming comments on the Draft Study Plan. The Plan lays out how the group intends to address the issues raised through a series of public meetings last year. To ensure all comments are considered prior to beginning the analyses, comments are due by April 30.

Alaska researchers study the science of fire

Fire managers, forestry scientists and firefighter crews teamed near Fairbanks, AK, this week for the first leg of a project aimed at deciphering more about how fire behaves in Alaska’s boreal forests. The project’s conclusions will help managers recommend and follow policies aimed at guarding wildland from human activity and guarding cities and populated neighborhoods from wildfires.

2010 Healthy Forests Reserve Program call for proposals

The Natural Resouces Conservation Service (NRCS) has issued the call for proposals for the 2010 Healthy Forests Reserve Program. State forestry agencies have been active partners in this program. The deadline for proposals is November 1 with selection of new projects by December 1. Click here for the 2010 Guidance.

Decking industry touts benefits of wood vs plastic

The wood industry has launched a marketing campaign on the benefits of wood decking compared to composite materials -- typically a mixture of wood and plastic -- which now account for 26% of the market.


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