Industry hopes deregulation will help bring GM eucalyptus to southeast pinelands

Two industry giants, International Paper Co. and MeadWestvaco Corp., are planning to transform plantation forests of the southeastern United States by replacing native pine with genetically engineered eucalyptus. The effectiveness of the fertility system used by companies' joint biotech venture, ArborGen LLC, is raising many questions among scientists, however, particularly about controlling the plants' spread.

Redesigned offers reforestation resources

The Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetics Resources program within the USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, has recently revamped its website ( to supply people who grow forest and conservation seedlings with the very latest technical information, and to provide links to other organizations and individuals with similar interests.

Longleaf pine restoration efforts continue across the South

Coordinated efforts among non-profit groups and state and federal agencies in the Southern U.S. are working to restore the longleaf pine to its native range.

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.