The nonprofit Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has faced a stiff challenge in the marketplace from rival certification system the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). This week lawyers for ForestEthics filed administrative complaints with the Federal Trade Commission and the Internal Revenue Service challenging the credibility of the SFI label.
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack continues to promote his "new vision for America's forests" in an editorial in the Denver Post this week. "Although the U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of land nationwide, the majority of our country's forests are not within the National Forest System. And so, our new vision for forest restoration seeks to take an all-lands approach and increase the cooperation between public and private forest stakeholders."
The Roundtable on Sustainable Forests (RSF) is pleased to invite you to register for the National RSF Meeting: Stakeholder Action Strategy for the future, in the Washington, DC area on October 14 and 15, 2009.
The Oregon Board of Forestry voted in June to open up to 70 percent of Oregon's state forests to clear cuts. Environmentalists charge that increasing the cut will endanger habitats, while struggling timber counties argue the new management plan will provide more timber revenue and create jobs.
A new video from the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition offers information and insight into the complex interactions among the forest products industry, community economics, forest health and wildfire protection. An accompanying handout lays out the issues and offers clear, practical recommendations. Contact the WFLC to request handout copies.
The American Forest Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2008 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Award for Forest Stewardship. This award recognizes NRCS State Conservationists for outstanding technical and financial assistance to private forestland owners on forest conservation activities. Any individual, organization, agency, and others may nominate an NRCS State Conservationist for this award.
Research from the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) and the Mississippi Forestry Commission have announced findings of the 2006 Forest Inventory and Analysis report, titled "Mississippi's Forests, 2006." The report shows, among other things, that despite heavy damage from Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi's total tree volume increased by 25 percent since the last inventory was conducted in 1994, while forestland area increased by 6 percent.
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