Sustainability

Case study: land conservation easements and forest management plans

An article from the Land Trust Alliance explores how a land conservancy dealt with a potential easement violation stemming from whether or not a scheduled cut complied with the Forest Management Plan. The land trust’s leaders believe that even the best managed land trust may be forced to take similar legal action to enforce easement terms.
 

Can wooden skyscrapers transform concrete jungles?

Swapping cement and steel for timber is the vision of a number of environmentally-minded architects who are planning high-rise buildings across the world. "Cutting down trees to make buildings doesn't immediately sound eco-friendly either, but if sourced from sustainably managed forests (like those in Europe and North America), it can be more environmentally sensitive."

Call for participants in the FSC-US Controlled Wood Working Group

The Forest Stewardship Council is coordinating the development of an FSC-US National Risk Assessment for Controlled Wood (CW). A CW Working Group is being formed to develop and provide recommendations to the FSC-US Board regarding all parts of the National Risk Assessment. The chamber-balanced working group will be comprised of nine FSC stakeholders from varied sectors within each chamber and varied geographic regions in the US.

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.