Sustainability

Timber industry in quiet revolution

A quiet revolution is sweeping across Oregon's forests. The stability that timber companies provided communities for more than a century is vanishing. Sawmills and the family-wage employment they have provided are a vanishing species.

ExxonMobil gives $8,000 to Wyoming State Forestry Division and Wyoming Project Learning Tree

ExxonMobil representative Brandy Johnston recently presented checks for $5,000 to Wyoming State Forestry Division and $3,000 to Wyoming Project Learning Tree. Exxon Mobil supports programs that encourage teachers, students and communities to take an active interest in their natural resources. Since 1990, ExxonMobil has been a consistent partner with both programs.

Weeks Act Centennial

March 1st marked the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Weeks Act. The law, introduced by Congressman John W. Weeks, authorized the Secretary of Agriculture to "Examine, locate and recommend for purchase ... such lands within the watersheds of navigable streams as ... may be necessary to the regulation of flow of navigable streams...." The Act further allowed for lands so acquired to be preserved and maintained as national forests.

Chinese appetite for British Columbia lumber could soon pass U.S.

China may well replace the U.S. within two years as B.C.'s largest market for softwood lumber exports, Forests Minister Pat Bell said in Vancouver Tuesday. Bell also said that for the first time, China has surpassed Japan as the No. 1 destination for B.C. lumber in terms of value as well as volume, with 2010 B.C. lumber exports to China valued at about $687 million, more than double the value of shipments in 2009.

Groups sign pact to restore northern Arizona forests

A group of people who had been legal adversaries at times have signed an agreement to help restore northern Arizona's ponderosa pine forest. Conservationists, scientists, timber industry representatives, local officials and the U.S. Forest Service agreed this week to work together to help accelerate restoration in a 2.4 million-acre area along the Mogollon Rim.

Property sales nibbling away at Connecticut's private forests

Across Connecticut in the last decade, hundreds of landowners have sold their forests to developers, pressured by growing economic concerns that have only increased in the past few years, said Mary Tyrrell, executive director of the Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Forestry's economic value recognized as Georgia celebrates Arbor Day

Governor Nathan Deal has proclaimed Friday, February 18 Georgia Arbor Day, and the Georgia Forestry Commission is using the occasion to highlight the new bottom line created by healthy forests.

National Workshop on Climate & Forests

Join leading scientists, foresters, and educators to learn and discuss what needs to be done today to manage tomorrow's forests. The National Workshop on Climate & Forests is coming up May 16-18 at Northern Arizona University. Professional CFE credits approved by the Society of American Foresters. Early registration discount ends April 2.

Agroforestry highlighted at UNFF9 and IYOF launch

Marking the launch of the International Year of Forest by the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF9) in New York on 29 January, Dennis Garrity, the Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre, highlighted the importance of mixing trees with agriculture, the practice known as agroforestry.

USDA Forest Service Unveils Proposed Planning Rule to Provide Science-Based Framework to Support Healthy Forests and Communities

The USDA Forest Service unveiled its proposed Forest Planning Rule this week which would establish a new national framework to develop land management plans that protect water and wildlife and promote vibrant communities.