Sustainability

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.

WI State Forester and NASF President to Participate in FAO's Committee on Forestry Sessions

The biennial sessions of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) will take place in Rome, Italy from July 18-22. Follow along on social media using the hashtag #COFO23.

COFO is the highest forestry-related statutory body of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Wisconsin State Forester and NASF President Paul DeLong will represent state forestry issues on behalf of NASF.

Building Skyscrapers Out Of Wood

 

New York City is home to some of the most famous skyscrapers in the world, from the Chrysler Building to the Empire State Building—structures of concrete and steel that, when built, seemed to defy both the bounds of human innovation and the laws of physics. But visitors to New York City’s West Chelsea neighborhood might have another surprising building to admire in a few years—a ten-­story residential high-­rise built from wood.

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.