Forest Resource Coordinating Committee to hold first meeting

The Forest Resource Coordinating Committee (FRCC), a federal advisory committee established under the 2008 Farm Bill, will hold their first meeting on January 20 in Washington, DC. The committee will advise the Secretary of Agriculture on priorities and issues related to non-industrial private forestry. Applications for eight vacant positions will be accepted through March 2.

Sustaining young forest communities

The recent publication "Sustaining Young Forest Communities: Ecology and Management of Early Successional Habitats in the Central Hardwood Region" from the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station provides an in-depth look by ecologists, conservationists, and land managers, the book defines early successional habitats and explains why the plants and animals associated with these habitats may be declining.

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.