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Moody's downgrades outlook for paper and forestry products industry

Moody's Investors Service changed its outlook for the paper and forestry products industry to negative from stable as price and demand of products in the industry are expected to weaken over the next 12 to 18 months, the credit rating agency announced yesterday.

SFI launches continuing education unit for architects and builders

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has partnered with McGraw Hill to launch a continuing education unit for architects and builders to promote the benefits of using certified wood in green building projects. "Certified Wood Branches Out: Forest Certification's Evolving Role in Green Building Rating Systems" reinforces the growing acceptance of all certification standards by the green building community and government agencies.

NASF submits comments to USGBC on LEED

NASF recently submitted formal comments to the U.S. Green Building Council regarding the draft LEED 2012 standard, which continues the practice of rewarding one forest certification program at the expense of other credible programs.

Pushing for awareness of smart forest management in NJ

The Press of Atlantic City looks at the challenges of managing New Jersey's forests:

With paper and lumber prices increasing with demand, endangered species struggling and forest fires an annual event, the need to take active steps in managing forests is becoming more evident.

Housing market decline acutely felt in WV timber industry

Sawmill operators in West Virginia are telling State Forester Randy Dye these are some of the worst times in recent memory for the state's $4 billion timber business. Dye blamed the demise of so many sawmills on a downturn in the housing market and a decline of imports coming into the United States. There are about 65 fewer sawmills running than there were only two years ago, according to the Division of Forestry, and certified loggers in the state declined from 1,141 in 2004 to 932 this year. 

 

38 million trees destined for Appalachia

A group promoting reforestation on Appalachian surface mines is taking a leading role in the United States in a campaign to plant 7 billion trees globally. The Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative announced a pledge last week to plant 38 million trees in Eastern Kentucky and six nearby states in reclaimed mine areas.

WFLC and Intertribal Timber Council sign joint policy statement on cross-boundary authorities

Press release: The Western Forestry Leadership Coalition (WFLC) and the Intertribal Timber Council (ITC) have joined forces in supporting legislative authorities that promote opportunities for forest management to span across ownership boundaries, in a recently released joint policy statement.

NY Times: Loggers Try to Adapt to Greener Economy

The New York Times looks into alternative approaches taken by timber interests to keep their industry alive in the context of a struggling but environmentally-minded economy, from providing alternative energy from wood byproducts to work thinning federal forests as part of the stimulus package.

Ag secretary Vilsack op-ed on new vision for America's forests

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."

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