Sustainability

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 http://www.HEEForestStudy.org

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