AFF now accepting comments on sustainability standards

The American Forest Foundation is now accepting comments on its 2004-2009 Standards of Sustainability for Forest Certification on Private Lands. The AFF Standards are the basis for the American Tree Farm System program and are currently being reviewed by an independent panel. Comments from family forest landowners, tree farmers, volunteer inspectors, natural resource and forestry professionals and Project Learning Tree educators are encouraged. Deadline is December 30 at 5:00 PM EST.

AF&PA sets sustainability goals for forest products industry to meet by 2020

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has announced a set of sustainability goals for the forest products industry, dubbed  "Better Practices, Better Planet 2020." The program lays out a number of goals to reach by 2020, including increasing the paper recovery for recycling rate to exceed 70%, reducing the intensity of the industry's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 15%, and increasing the amount of fiber procured from certified forest lands.

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