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.

A forester's perspective on The Lorax

A forester's perspective: In "The Lorax," when the Once-ler cut the first truffula tree and the Lorax appeared from the stump to "speak for the trees," Mr. Once-ler argued: "I chopped just one tree." A better response would have been to present a plan to replace that tree and to know the ecological impact of different harvesting methods. 

From saws to skidders: changes in Montana forest industry

A recent look at how Montana's logging industry has changed over the years, on the landscape and in the economy. The lessons there are reflected in many other states in the West and across the country.

USDA announces CRP general sign-up

USDA will conduct a four-week Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup, beginning on March 12 and ending on April 6. CRP is a voluntary program available to agricultural producers to help them use environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits.

FIA symposium planned for October in Baltimore, MD

October 2012 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Report of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA). This report expanded the focus of the national forest inventory in the United States to include monitoring of the forest resource trends on a more frequent time interval. In recognition of this milestone, the theme of the 2012 FIA Science Symposium is "Moving from Status to Trends." For more information about the symposium and the call for papers, visit