The latest edition of the Redesign Update is now available and provides information on the latest activities related to the national guidance for state assessments, performance measures, and the membership of the Redesign Implementation Council. The update is available on the Redesign webpage or can be downloaded here: http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/redesign/nov.pdf
As power is slowly restored to the region's customers and roads grow more passable, residents and business owners will attempt to salvage trees - ranging from small saplings to century-old native species in Arkansas and Kentucky.
International delegates gathered today for the final day of the 19th session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO) and World Forest Week at FAO headquarters in Rome. The week-long event tackled issues including climate change, forestry research and education, and the impacts of economic turbulence on the forest sector. NASF President and State Forester of Kentucky Leah W. MacSwords was struck by the many similarities between the issues state forestry agencies face in the U.S and those of other nations.
The amount of forestland in Tennessee remains stable, but is changing in terms of species, age and ownership according to a newly released report by the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry.
A new study, commissioned by the National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) and conducted by Forest2Market, quantifies the economic impact of private, working forests on the U.S. economy. The study found a significant gap between the contributions made by privately-owned forests over other ownership types. On average, they generate $277,000 in state GDP per 1,000 acres, while public forests generate just $41,000.
The Oregon Board of Forestry has approved the purchase of 43,000 acres of forestland in Central Oregon, creating the first new state forest in about 70 years. The OR Department of Forestry will manage it to restore the densely packed young stands and to create a forest that eventually provides many benefits, including diverse wildlife habitat, ongoing flows of clean water, and recreation opportunities, in addition to forest products and revenues.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released the 4th draft of their forest certification benchmarks open for public comment. Deadline for input is 5:00pm PST, July 4. If approved by USGBC, the Benchmark will be the collection of criteria against which forest certification systems will be evaluated to determine which are recognized in the LEED green building certification program.
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