Call for nominations: NFS advisory committee to guide Planning Rule implementation

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced a call for nominations to serve on a newly-formed advisory committee that will guide better management of national forests and grasslands. The National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule will advise and give recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service.

Boy Scouts under fire for logging practices

In a scathing expose, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer details a Hearst Newspapers investigation that found dozens of cases over the past 20 years of local Boy Scout councils logging or selling prime woodlands to big timber interests, developers or others, turning quick money and often doing so instead of seeking ways to preserve such lands. Paul Tauke, Iowa State Forester, is quoted in the article.

BLM to use state, regional data for wildlife and land management planning

The Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management will use state and regional data and maps to help it identify wildlife corridors and crucial habitat in future land-use planning and management efforts. The maps will be available for the BLM to use as a result of the Western Wildlife Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool, known as "CHAT", an initiative of the Western Governors' Association.

Arkansas to plant 100,000 seedlings

The Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC) and the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts (AACD) have joined forces to plant 100,000 hardwood seedlings in communities throughout the state. Seedlings from AFC's Baucum Nursery will be distributed during tree giveaways hosted by area Conservation Districts; the AFC and AACD plan to have all seedlings distributed and planted by May 1.

Arbor Day Foundation issues 2012 state reforestation call for proposals

Since 2008, the Arbor Day Foundation has worked directly with NASF to identify and support reforestation projects throughout the U.S. Since the beginning of this reforestation partnership, we have worked together to fund and plant more than 8.5 million trees. ADF is currently seeking proposals for 2012 plantings that will positively impact the environment, create habitat for wildlife, promote watershed restoration, and other benefits to the public.