With funding help from a number of private organizations and public agencies, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will purchase the state’s largest remaining privately-owned block of consolidated forest available for permanent protection. Located 75 miles southeast of Columbus, the forest is one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the country and is home to more than 50 years of ongoing forest research.
The Natural Resouces Conservation Service (NRCS) has issued the call for proposals for the 2010 Healthy Forests Reserve Program. State forestry agencies have been active partners in this program. The deadline for proposals is November 1 with selection of new projects by December 1. Click here for the 2010 Guidance.
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.
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