Sustainability

Washington DNR seeks new tool to protect working forestland at greatest risk of conversion

Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark and state lawmakers announced agency-requested legislation that would help prevent conversion of working forests to development-supporting clean air, sustainable working landscapes, and quality of life for communities.

Secretary Vilsack announces general signup period for Conservation Reserve Program

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the next general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program will begin on March 14, 2011, and continue through April 15, 2011. This is the second consecutive year that USDA has offered a general CRP signup.

Maryland Governor releases assessment of state's ecosystem markets

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley released a first-of-its-kind assessment of Maryland's ecosystem markets - an approach that provides industry the opportunity to purchase credits to offset impacts to our natural resources.

Diverse groups come together for NY Environmental Protection Fund

Loggers and environmentalists aren't always on the same page but New York's budget crunch has made for strange, or at least uncommon, bedfellows. That was apparent as one of the state's leading environmental organizations gathered representatives of the timber industry, farmers and other groups to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to restore money to the state's Environmental Protection Fund.

Maryland DNR signs MOU dedicated to healthy and productive forests

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has signed a groundbreaking Memorandum of Understanding with six other federal and state agencies dedicated to keeping healthy and productive forests throughout the State.

Wyoming forestry officials look to forests' future

Nobody has a crystal ball to predict what forests across the Northern Rockies will look like 50 or 100 years from now. But most admit that with millions of acres of trees falling victim to the mountain pine beetle - 3.1 million acres in Wyoming alone - the landscape is going to look a lot different.

SFI Conservation & Community Partnerships Grant Program

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) forest certification program has announced its 2011 Request for Proposals for Conservation and Community Partnerships Grants, inviting applications for projects that address current topics of importance to the SFI program.

Forest Service report spotlights at-risk species on private lands

The U.S. Forest Service recently published Threats to At-Risk Species in America's Private Forests,a report emphasizing how increased housing density near and on private forests is threatening habitat for plants and animals already at risk of decline or extinction.

MORE:  The full report can be found here.

Connecticut forest products now marketed under "Connecticut Grown" label

Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell announced that goods such as furniture, flooring, lumber and fencing made from wood harvested in Connecticut forests will now bear the popular "Connecticut Grown" marketing label.

Ohio State Forests certified under SFI

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced this week that Ohio's 21 State Forests have met the stringent environmental and social standards required for certification under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative program.