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 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.

Communities help pay for ecosystem services provided by forests

Denver Water and the USDA Forest service signed a $33 million cost-sharing agreement for watershed restoration in hopes of avoiding future expensive wildfires. The average residential water user will pay an extra $27 over the course of five years to match the Forest Service's $16.5 million allocation. The money will fund tree-thinning and prescribed burns on 38,000 acres.

Forest Service releases 2011 timber tax FAQ guide

The Forest Service recently released the 2011 edition of "Federal Income Tax on Timber: A Key to Your Most Frequently Asked Questions," (PDF) a quick-reference guide to timber tax laws impacting woodland owners. It gives a concise and easy-to-understand explanation of the most commonly asked tax questions geared toward consulting foresters, woodland owners, and loggers who need a basic understanding of Federal income tax rules on the management of woodland property.

USDA's Blazer says nation's forests are number one priority

USDA Deputy Under Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment Butch Blazer was promoting his "forest health" agenda in California this week, speaking at the California Forestry Association annual conference in Sacramento. His efforts seek to bridge deep differences over how logging, grazing, mining and other uses of forests should be managed.

Ohio paper manufacturer to let go of 330 workers

Ohio's Appleton Papers Inc. plans to let go three-quarters of its 400 person staff and cease making paper, following a $3 billion deal with a Canadian supplier. "Nonintegrated" paper mills - mills that don't produce pulp from logs or wood chips gathered on site - are "distinctly disadvantaged and no longer competitive," according to a release from the company.

Forest Service chief says 'Lorax' is opportunity for dialogue about forests

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell will travel to California for the premier of the animated movie Dr. Seuss' The Lorax. "Given the many threats to America's private and public forests due to a changing climate, pests and pathogens, and land conversion, this children's story can spur conversations about what has to happen today to restore the health and productivity of America's forests," Tidwell said.