Forest Action Plans: Guidelines for Forests

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

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SFI issues RFP for Conservation & Community Partnerships grant program

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) has announced a Request for Proposals for its Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program, which funds projects that support partnerships between organizations interested in improving forest management in the U.S.

Decking industry touts benefits of wood vs plastic

The wood industry has launched a marketing campaign on the benefits of wood decking compared to composite materials -- typically a mixture of wood and plastic -- which now account for 26% of the market.

HFF grant application deadline: February 12, 2010

The Hardwood Forestry Fund seeks grant applications for hardwood seedling planting in state forests. Grant deadline is February 12, 2010. Please visit the HFF's website for grant guidelines and application form. Contact the HFF for more information at

Alabama attempting to thwart timber thieves with new regulations

The Alabama Forestry Commission is considering strengthening timber theft regulations but is facing opposition from the Alabama Forestry Association on the proposed changes. Listen to a recent Marketplace radio story with State Forester Linda Casey on the issue.

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.


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