Farm Bill

Good Neighbor Authority Agreement Signed in Michigan

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that the two agencies are completing another step toward implementation of the Good Neighbor Authority in the state. The parties are signing three Supplemental Project Agreements (SPAs) for timber sale work on the Hiawatha, Huron-Manistee and Ottawa National Forests.

Good Neighbor Authority Agreement Signed in Montana

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed an agreement with the USDA Forest Service this week for the state to play a bigger role in forest management on federal lands, which officials say will speed up backlogged logging projects.

With the Chessman Reservoir as a backdrop, Bullock, Forest Service Regional Forester Leanne Marten and Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Director John Tubbs signed the Good Neighbor Authority agreement, which was authorized under the 2014 federal Farm Bill.

Forest Legacy Program project established in Kansas

On April 30, forestry leaders dedicated the first Forest Legacy Program project in Kansas. 

Thanks to the cooperation of a group of organizations, the Baldwin Woods Forest Preserve, part of the University of Kansas Field Station, has more than doubled from 202 acres to 456 acres, and is now unified as one contiguous tract. A segment of that property will be the first Forest Legacy Program project in Kansas.

State Foresters Host Congressional Briefings about Forest Action Plans

Members of the National Association of State Foresters’ executive committee held Congressional briefings on May 4 to introduce decision makers to state Forest Action Plans and convey the importance of consulting these important documents when making forest management decisions. In attendance were key staff members from the House and Senate Agriculture Committees and member offices, USDA Forest Service staff, and regional state forestry association staff.

Michigan state agency to handle some national forest timber sales

A unique pilot program between the state and federal government will allow Michigan to handle some timber sales on national forest land.

On Wednesday, Oct. 28, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources signed a "Good Neighbor Authority" (GNA) agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to aid timber work in the Hiawatha, Ottawa and Huron-Manistee National Forests.