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.

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.