Pacific Islands Forestry Committee Convenes in Yap, Micronesia

Foresters from across the United States' affiliated Pacific Islands met in Yap, Micronesia this month for their annual collaboration meeting.

From March 1-6, about 50 attendees took part in Yap Days cultural observances; field visits to forest, fire and watershed restoration sites; and coordination meetings with partners in the USDA Forest Service, Western Forestry Leadership Coalition (WFLC) and executive director of the Council of Western State Foresters, Micronesia Conservation Trust, and Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

The Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife provided training for more than 30 teachers in the Project Learning Tree curricula during the meeting.  

The WFLC Pacific Islands Forestry Committee (PIFC) leaders endorsed new efforts to develop a monitoring program in support of the Micronesia Challenge for conserving 20 percent of terrestrial forests by 2020 and elected new members of the PIFC Executive Committee. 

Learn more about forestry in the Federated States of Micronesia through its Forest Action Plan.

Thanks to Sherry Hazelhurst of the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Regional Office for submitting this post.