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U.S. Endowment releases community resilience report

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities has announced the release of Community Resilience and Wealth: The challenges and opportunities for rural communities in a rapidly changing world, a report developed by Shanna Ratner and Dr. Susanne Moser. The report is intended to better define resiliency in the community context and to aid understanding of how resiliency applies to communities.

Timber tax tips webinar March 17

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.

Alabama budget shortfall may threaten wildfire protection and other services

According to a recent press release, the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) is facing a budget shortfall of more than $5 million for fiscal year 2011. In light of this projection, State Forester Linda Casey said the agency is reviewing its entire structure. The AFC will be forced to reduce staffing by nearly one-third, affecting all services provided by the agency, including wildfire protection.

USDA issues final rule for Conservation Stewardship Program; deadline extended

The USDA has released the final rule for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) that contains a number of new changes. The sign-up period for CSP has been extended to June 25, 2010.

Two Chiefs' Partnership Awards nominations deadline extended

The deadline to submit nominations for the Two Chiefs' Partnership Awards has been extended to September 30, 2010. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service and the U.S. Forest Service are requesting nominations for their fifth annual Two Chiefs' Partnership Award.
Nominations should be submitted to the Joint Forestry Team website by September 30.

Study: Pay owners to save forestland

Swaths of forests the size of North Carolina could be lost to suburbs in the South within 20 years, new studies suggest. To stem that loss, landholders will need to be paid to leave their forest land undeveloped, the World Resources Institute concludes.

Celebrate Forests. Celebrate Life. U.S. Campaign for IYOF Gears Up

The U. S. Forest Service, with partner organizations, the National Association of State Foresters and the American Forest Foundation, announce the U.S. celebration of the official United Nations International Year of Forests 2011. The theme of the U.S. campaign is "Celebrate Forests. Celebrate Life."

AF&PA sets sustainability goals for forest products industry to meet by 2020

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has announced a set of sustainability goals for the forest products industry, dubbed  "Better Practices, Better Planet 2020." The program lays out a number of goals to reach by 2020, including increasing the paper recovery for recycling rate to exceed 70%, reducing the intensity of the industry's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 15%, and increasing the amount of fiber procured from certified forest lands.

USDA releases agroforestry plan

USDA unveiled a plan this week that will help farmers, ranchers and woodland owners enhance productivity, profitability and environmental stewardship by using the practice of agroforestry.

Wisconsin officials start work on timber clearing plan

Wisconsin state forestry officials are moving ahead with a multi-front plan to salvage hundreds of thousands of downed trees across far northwestern Wisconsin that were toppled after severe storms in July. The storms left about 2 million cords of wood on the ground, equivalent to a year's worth of logging.

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