The World Resources Institute debuted this week an interactive website (http://www.seesouthernforests.org) to raise awareness about the threats to the region's 214 million acres of forest and provide a tool for private landowners, forest managers, conservation groups and others to improve management decisions. The site draws on a range of resources, including GoogleEarth, Microsoft's Bing Maps, NASA satellite images, and ESRI mapping technology and forest data.
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 National Timber Tax Website is offering a webinar for foresters, landowners, agency staff, extension agents, and tax professionals regarding tax filing tips for timber transactions for the 2010 tax season, new tax form and incentives and the latest IRS regulation on timber. For more information on how to participate, visit http://www.timbertax.org/Email%20InvitationJan2010.pdf.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Forests (RSF) has recently developed finalized an Action Strategy that identifies challenges and opportunities within the forest sector and puts forward by nine recommended actions that can be taken now to improve the conservation and sustainable management of the nation’s forests. The RSF is an open and inclusive alliance committed to sustainable forest management on public and private lands in the United States. For more information visit www.sustainableforests.net/whatsnew.php.
Since 2003, a collection of state and local agencies have worked to restore damaged habitat in the Virgin River watershed, digging out invasive plant species, shoring up river banks to protect against flooding, and trying to re-establish the fragile populations of rare plant and animal species native only to the Virgin's flood plain. The multi-state effort engaged forestry agencies in Utah, Nevada and Arizona.
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.
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