Alabama developing forest action "work" plan with interagency task force

State Forester Linda Casey appointed representatives from 7 state and federal organizations to a Task Force to oversee the implementation of Alabama's Forest Action Plan, Forest at the Crossroads. The group is putting the final touches on an FY12 work plan to carry out priority strategies that will focus on the top three threats to Alabama's forest resource (urban development, forest fragmentation and parcelization, and invasive species).

Alabama budget shortfall may threaten wildfire protection and other services

According to a recent press release, the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) is facing a budget shortfall of more than $5 million for fiscal year 2011. In light of this projection, State Forester Linda Casey said the agency is reviewing its entire structure. The AFC will be forced to reduce staffing by nearly one-third, affecting all services provided by the agency, including wildfire protection.

Ag secretary Vilsack op-ed on new vision for America's forests

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack continues to promote his "new vision for America's forests" in an editorial in the Denver Post this week.  "Although the U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of land nationwide, the majority of our country's forests are not within the National Forest System. And so, our new vision for forest restoration seeks to take an all-lands approach and increase the cooperation between public and private forest stakeholders."

AFF seeking nominations for 2009 NRCS award for forest stewardship

The American Forest Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2008 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Award for Forest Stewardship. This award recognizes NRCS State Conservationists for outstanding technical and financial assistance to private forestland owners on forest conservation activities. Any individual, organization, agency, and others may nominate an NRCS State Conservationist for this award.

AFF now accepting comments on revised Standards of Sustainability

The American Forest Foundation is accepting comments on its revised Standards of Sustainability for Forest Certification on Private Lands (2009-2013), May 1 through June 29. The AFF Standards are the basis for its forest certification program, the American Tree Farm System (ATFS). To submit comments on the revised AFF Standards, please visit or email: for more information.