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Study: mountaintop mining should be banned due to environmental degradation

An article in the journal Science by a team of 12 ecologists, hydrologists, and engineers argues that mountaintop mining should be banned for causing vast and permanent destruction to US environment and health threats to citizens.

Housing growth near protected areas limits conservation

The findings of a study published reently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences show that housing development in the United States may severely limit the ability of protected areas to function as a haven for biodiversity conservation.

Forest Service announces launches collaborative process for new planning rule

The USDA Forest Service has announced a new open, collaborative process to create and implement a modern planning rule to address current and future needs of the National Forest System, including restoring forests, protecting watersheds, addressing climate change, sustaining local economies, improving collaboration, and working across landscapes.

NAFO study on private working forests & the U.S. economy

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.

Spotlight on Missouri State Forester Lisa Allen

Missouri State Forester Lisa Allen is profiled in a feature article about the state's forest resources. Allen says she, like nearly all foresters, chose her profession because of a deep love for forests. For her, she confesses, “Forestry is more of a religion than a job.”

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.

Endowment to host dialogue with conservation thinkers

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities has scheduled two webinar sessions as an opportunity to "bubble up" ideas from a diverse set of conservation thinkers for a potential application to the 2010 round of NRCS (Natural Resource Conservation Service)-CIG (Conservation Innovation Grants) Grant Leveraging Category funding.

Alabama sees increase in theft of timber

In 2008, the Alabama Forestry Commission received reports of more than $500,000 in timber theft. This year, the amount of theft surpassed the half-million dollar mark in October and continues to climb.

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 http://www.sharplogger.vt.edu

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