WFLC strategic plan provides roadmap for western forests

The Western Forestry Leadership Coalition (WFLC) recently released a new publication, "Across the Western Landscape: Priority Issues and Strategies for Western Forests." The publication is based on a synthesis of each western state and Pacific Island Forest Action Plan, which revealed common issues across the West and strategies for achieving success. You can read Across the Western Landscape at


NJ looks at bill to manage state forest lands for timber, forest health

New Jersey Lawmakers are considering a controversial plan to allow commercial logging on state-owned forests. Supporters of the estimated $2.7 million program say it would help the state nurse its 800,000 acres of land back to health by removing trees and allowing sunlight to feed new growth, creating new habitats and reducing the risk of fires. But critics say the forests’ biggest threat are thousands of deer that eat most new plants.

Coalition supports 'hardwood checkoff' product promotion campaign

The Forest Resources Association reports that a coalition of hardwood interests, ranging from primary producers to furniture manufacturers, is drumming up support for a possible "hardwood checkoff" product promotion program, overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, similar to the recently enacted North American Softwood Lumber check-off program approved this spring.

Forest Service to form federal advisory committee for Planning Rule

The U.S. Forest Service has announced that it will form a Federal Advisory Committee that will provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture on the implementation of the new Planning Rule set for finalization this winter. In the coming months the Forest Service will announce its request for committee member nominations in the Federal Register.