Urban wood utilization case study

Dovetail Partners has put together a case study of urban wood utilization in the Twin Cities region of Minnesota. The report focuses on an emerging urban wood-based industrial (business) cluster in the Minneapolis-St. Paul (Twin Cities) metropolitan area. Recommendations for advancing wood utilization activities on a community-wide basis are offered.

SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships grant program

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has awarded several projects as part of its new Conservation and Community Partnerships grant program, which funds initiatives that support partnerships between organizations interested in improving forest management in the U.S. and Canada, and supporting responsible procurement globally. Click here for more about the program and the list of winning projects.

New England losing forest cover, report shows

After almost 200 years of natural reforestation, forest cover is declining in all six New England states, according to a new report by Harvard Forest, the forest ecology research center of Harvard University.

New report on forest health conditions in Alaska

Region 10 of the USDA Forest Service has released a 73-page report on the health of Alaska's forests, which include some of the largest unbroken swaths of forest in the United States. Based on aerial surveys, the report found that 660,000 acres of forest has suffered damage from insects, disease, and other forms of decline, out of a total of 33.6 million acres surveyed.

Genetically engineered eucalyptus trial cleared by USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a permit for ArborGen to field trial 200,000 genetically modified trees in seven states stretching from Florida to Texas. The purpose of the test is to see if the trees, eucalyptuses with a foreign gene meant to help them withstand cold weather, can become a new source of wood for pulp, paper, and biofuels in the Southern timber belt.

Mississippi storms cause $3.7M in timber damage

State forestry officials now estimate the damage to timber in north Mississippi by last week’s storm system to be more than $3.7 million. The Mississippi Forestry Commission says the costliest damage was to hardwood, valued at more than $2.8 million.

Conservation Stewardship Program enrollment now open

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is inviting landowners nationwide to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, CSP offers payments to producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and who agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland and non-industrial forestland. The deadline to be considered for the next ranking and funding period is June 11, 2010.

Recent storms damage thousands of trees in Mississippi

A strong storm system last weekend damaged thousands of trees in Mississippi. Forestry officials are still surveying the damage and calculating the potential loss to the state's timber industry.