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Forest Service releases 2011 timber tax FAQ guide

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.

Number of mid-Atlantic forest owners increasing due to parcelization

Officials in PA, MD and VA report that the number of private citizens owning forestland in the Chesapeake region has reached an all-time high, with millions now holding title to relatively small tracts of forest, often less than 10 acres of land.

UNECE/FAO Forest Products Annual Market Review highlights decline in U.S. construction, consumption

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) recently released the UNECE/FAO Forest Products Annual Market Review, 2007-2008. Its 12 chapters cover all forest products market sectors as well as interlinked policy developments in the UNECE region of Europe, North America and the CIS. Among the study's main findings:

Endowment announces selection of Forest Investment Zones

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities has announced the selection of three areas as "Forest Investment Zones" under a multi-million dollar initiative designed to advance healthy working forests and vibrant forest-reliant communities across America.

Boy Scouts under fire for logging practices

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.

Conservation buffers: design guidelines for buffers, corridors, and greenways

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.

Joint Forestry Team launches website

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.

Spotlight on Missouri State Forester Lisa Allen

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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