The Forest Service recently released the 2011 edition of "Federal Income Tax on Timber: A Key to Your Most Frequently Asked Questions," (PDF) a quick-reference guide to timber tax laws impacting woodland owners. It gives a concise and easy-to-understand explanation of the most commonly asked tax questions geared toward consulting foresters, woodland owners, and loggers who need a basic understanding of Federal income tax rules on the management of woodland property.
In a scathing expose, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer details a Hearst Newspapers investigation that found dozens of cases over the past 20 years of local Boy Scout councils logging or selling prime woodlands to big timber interests, developers or others, turning quick money and often doing so instead of seeking ways to preserve such lands. Paul Tauke, Iowa State Forester, is quoted in the article.
The USDA National Agroforestry Center has released the latest tool for planning and designing buffers in rural and urban landscapes. Conservation Buffers: Design Guidelines for Buffers, Corridors, and Greenways provides over 80 illustrated design guidelines that describe a specific way that a vegetative buffer can be applied to protect soil, improve air and water quality, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, produce economic products, provide recreation opportunities, or beautify the landscape.
NASF, the U.S. Forest Service, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the National Association of Conservation Districts have launched a new website (http://www.jointforestryteam.org) as part of their partnership in the Joint Forestry Team. The Team's mission is to work together to improve forestry and conservation assistance and resources to increase the number of state and local-level partnerships and enhance existing cooperative activities.
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.”
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