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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.”

U.S. Endowment releases community resilience report

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities has announced the release of Community Resilience and Wealth: The challenges and opportunities for rural communities in a rapidly changing world, a report developed by Shanna Ratner and Dr. Susanne Moser. The report is intended to better define resiliency in the community context and to aid understanding of how resiliency applies to communities.

Endowment to host dialogue with conservation thinkers

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities has scheduled two webinar sessions as an opportunity to "bubble up" ideas from a diverse set of conservation thinkers for a potential application to the 2010 round of NRCS (Natural Resource Conservation Service)-CIG (Conservation Innovation Grants) Grant Leveraging Category funding.

Alabama sees increase in theft of timber

In 2008, the Alabama Forestry Commission received reports of more than $500,000 in timber theft. This year, the amount of theft surpassed the half-million dollar mark in October and continues to climb.

Virginia Tech program provides sustainability and safety training for forest products industry

The Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation has partnered with the Virginia Department of Forestry to offer a series of online courses as part of the Sustainable Harvesting and Resource Professional (SHARP) Logger program. To learn more about the program or the training schedule, visit

State and federal forestry partners to develop Montana Joint Forestry Strategic Plan

Five forestry organizations in Montana are joining forces to make it easier for private landowners to tap into their expertise in forestry-related research and science, forest practices policy and in service, education and program delivery.

Website: Tools for Engaging Landowners Effectively

A new website, Tools for Engaging Landowners Effectively, has been developed for natural resource professionals by the Sustaining Family Forests Initiative (SFFI) using data from the National Woodland Owner Survey.

Ohio partnership to conserve largest remaining undeveloped forest

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.

2010 Healthy Forests Reserve Program call for proposals

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.


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