Working Forests Caucus Convenes on Capitol Hill

By: Jessica Hernandez

On Wednesday April 20th, Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-Arkansas) and a bipartisan group of members of Congress launched the Working Forests Caucus.

The caucus, which is co-chaired by Rep. Westerman and charter members Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Washington), Sanford Bishop (D-Georgia), and Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota) was created to promote the benefits of America’s working forests and support policies to promote this renewable resource.

New Documentary about Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment

The Forest History Society’s new film, America's First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment, will be airing during April on public television stations around the country in conjunction with Earth Day. 

The 1-hour film examines the work of forester Carl Schenck and the important role he played in revitalizing the forest landscape around the Biltmore Estate while laying the foundation for forest conservation in the United States. 

May 3 Workshop for Mississippi and Alabama Landowners

The USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station and Minority Landowner Magazine will host a free forest landowner workshop in Lauderdale County, Mississippi on May 3, 2016.

The free workshop based in Meridian will take place from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Registration begins at 8:00 AM. Download the informational flier.

Attendees will learn about several topics including:

New Rating Approach for Green Building a Step Forward for Healthy Forests

WASHINGTON (April 7, 2016)—The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) applauds Tuesday’s announcement by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to expand opportunities for using wood products in green buildings, including wood certified by the American Tree Farm System®, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®, and programs that are endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

FY 2017 Appropriations: NASF Delivers Coalition Letters

The National Association of State Foresters provided coalition letters in support of fiscal year 2017 appropriations levels for priority USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry (S&PF) programs. 

State and private forests make up more than two thirds of our nation’s forests and provide a host of public benefits including jobs, clean air and water, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities and forest products.

Read NASF's FY 2017 Appropriations Recommendation Letters:

Read the 2016 REPI Report to Congress

The Department of Defense (DoD)’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program is a key tool for combating encroachment that can limit or restrict military training, testing, and operations.

The REPI Program protects these military missions by helping remove or avoid land-use conflicts near installations and addressing regulatory restrictions that inhibit military activities.

Through Fiscal Year 2015, REPI has protected 437,985 acres in 88 locations across 30 states.