The White Mountain Stewardship Project, a 10-year project that began in 2004, has thinned more than 40,000 acres in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests while creating jobs, enhancing rural development and resulting in healthier forests.
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) forest certification program has announced its 2011 Request for Proposals for Conservation and Community Partnerships Grants, inviting applications for projects that address current topics of importance to the SFI program.
March 1st marked the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Weeks Act. The law, introduced by Congressman John W. Weeks, authorized the Secretary of Agriculture to "Examine, locate and recommend for purchase ... such lands within the watersheds of navigable streams as ... may be necessary to the regulation of flow of navigable streams...." The Act further allowed for lands so acquired to be preserved and maintained as national forests.
The Forest Stewardship Council is coordinating the development of an FSC-US National Risk Assessment for Controlled Wood (CW). A CW Working Group is being formed to develop and provide recommendations to the FSC-US Board regarding all parts of the National Risk Assessment. The chamber-balanced working group will be comprised of nine FSC stakeholders from varied sectors within each chamber and varied geographic regions in the US.
USDA will conduct a four-week Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup, beginning on March 12 and ending on April 6. CRP is a voluntary program available to agricultural producers to help them use environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits.
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has released a SFI 2010-2014 Standard based on 14 core principles that promote sustainable forest management, including measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk, and Forests with Exceptional Conservation Value. For more information, read a news release about the launch of the new standard, a summary of significant revisions from the previous version, and
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