2011 - The International Year of Forests

The United Nations has dubbed the year 2011 the International Year of Forests. The year will be dedicated to raising awareness about the challenges facing the world's forests today like deforestation and calling to action much needed forest conservation. The global campaign will aim to give the public more motivation to help sustain and manage forests for the future.

2010 Healthy Forests Reserve Program call for proposals

The Natural Resouces Conservation Service (NRCS) has issued the call for proposals for the 2010 Healthy Forests Reserve Program. State forestry agencies have been active partners in this program. The deadline for proposals is November 1 with selection of new projects by December 1. Click here for the 2010 Guidance.

2007 Redesign Report Card now available

The members of NASF and the U.S. Forest Service have been collaborating on the development of a new, "Redesigned" State and Private Forestry. Published by NASF with support from the Forest Service, the inaugural edition of the Redesign Report Card is a guide to the development of the Redesign approach, introduces the primary components of Redesign, and provides examples of landscape-scale work currently underway.

100-year study of forest management underway

A group of researchers led by Purdue University has begun to sample data for a planned 100-year study designed to develop better forest management methods and measure how such practices affect resident plant and animal species. Results will inform a decision support tool to help people like forest managers and landowners predict the likely effects of specific management decisions. More information is available online at

FL population boom could wipe out vast wildlife habitat areas

The expected doubling of Florida's population by 2060 will consume an estimated 7 million acres of wildlife habitat, according to an analysis by state wildlife officials.

New National Timber Tax website publications

The National Timber Tax website was developed as a reference source for questions regarding the tax treatment of timber related activities. The site added two new publications recently related to tax year 2008: Timber Tax Management for Family Forest Owners, by Timber Tax LLC, and the article "Income Tax Deduction for Timber Casualty Loss," by Dr.

SFI releases new SFI 2010-2014 Program standard

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has released a SFI 2010-2014 Standard based on 14 core principles that promote sustainable forest management, including measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk, and Forests with Exceptional Conservation Value.  For more information, read a news release about the launch of the new standard, a summary of significant revisions from the previous version, and

World Forestry Day: 24 ways forestry improves our lives

On World Forestry Day (March 21), the ShadeFund, a program of The Conservation Fund and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, teamed up with the Forest Guild, Dovetail Partners, The Pinchot Institute for Conservation, and Forest Business Network to celebrate the abundance of resources provided by our forests.Check out their slideshow, "24 Ways Forestry Improves Our Lives."

NASF submits comments to USGBC on LEED

NASF recently submitted formal comments to the U.S. Green Building Council regarding the draft LEED 2012 standard, which continues the practice of rewarding one forest certification program at the expense of other credible programs.

NASF participates in White House conference on conservation

This week NASF participated in a White House Conference on Conservation convened by President Obama and members of his Cabinet to strengthen partnerships and identify next steps in advancing community-driven conservation and outdoor recreation initiatives that are building strong local economies and healthy lands, waters and wildlife across America. The event is part of the President's America's Great Outdoors initiative.