Forest Action Plans: Guidelines for Forests

Forest action plans provide an analysis of forest conditions and trends in your area.

Find your state.


One month left to comment on the draft 2010 National Report on Sustainable Forests

The Draft National Report on Sustainable Forests-2010 describes the state of forests in the U.S. and the indicators of national progress toward the goal of sustainable forest management. The public comment period closes on April 10.

Harvard Forest looks to private owners for stewardship, conservation

David Foster, director of the 3,500-acre experimental Harvard Forest, helped to develop a plan called Wildlands and Woodlands that suggests preserving 2.5 million acres in Massachusetts from development by conserving large, aggregated chunks of private land. According to the New York Times article this "radical" plan proposes that the land "stay in private hands, allowing it to be used for limited purposes, like logging or recreation, as a way to encourage land stewardship rather than strip malls."

Oregon calls for public input in state assessment and resource strategy process

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has begun work on its assessment of the state’s current forest resources and is seeking public involvement in the process during 2009. ODF issued a press release to get the word out and promote awareness of the project. Every state will produce a Forest Assessment and Resource Strategy as part of the 2008 Farm Bill requirements for federal cooperative programs.

Virginia Tech program provides sustainability and safety training for forest products industry

The Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation has partnered with the Virginia Department of Forestry to offer a series of online courses as part of the Sustainable Harvesting and Resource Professional (SHARP) Logger program. To learn more about the program or the training schedule, visit

Industry hopes deregulation will help bring GM eucalyptus to southeast pinelands

Two industry giants, International Paper Co. and MeadWestvaco Corp., are planning to transform plantation forests of the southeastern United States by replacing native pine with genetically engineered eucalyptus. The effectiveness of the fertility system used by companies' joint biotech venture, ArborGen LLC, is raising many questions among scientists, however, particularly about controlling the plants' spread.

USDA announces $25M in Conservation Innovation Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the availability of approximately $25 million in FY 2010 through its Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). CIG projects are  designed to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. CIG, a component of NRCS's Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), is administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Forest Legality Alliance targets illegally harvested timber

The newly launched Forest Legality Alliance brings together conservation groups, government agencies, and corporations including Staples Inc. and several other wood and paper products retailers to reduce demand for illegally harvested forest products.

Voluntary Public Access-Habitat Incentives Program, deadline Aug. 23

The Voluntary Public Access-Habitat Incentives Program (VPA-HIP) provides grants to states and tribes working with private landowners willing to open their land to public access for wildlife-dependent recreation. States have until August 23 to submit 2010 proposals. Click here for a factsheet on the program (PDF) or here for application information.

SC Forestry Commission, industry join to enhance forest products economy

The South Carolina Forestry Commission and the South Carolina Forestry Association are partnering with Georgia-Pacific to launch their 20/15 initiative, aimed at increasing forestry's economic impact in South Carolina.

Diverse groups come together for NY Environmental Protection Fund

Loggers and environmentalists aren't always on the same page but New York's budget crunch has made for strange, or at least uncommon, bedfellows. That was apparent as one of the state's leading environmental organizations gathered representatives of the timber industry, farmers and other groups to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to restore money to the state's Environmental Protection Fund.


Educational Materials Store

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Please enter your email