By: James M. Vose, David L. Peterson, and Toral Patel-Weynand, Editors
This report is a scientific assessment of the current condition and likely future condition of forest resources in the United States relative to climatic variability and change. It serves as the U.S. Forest Service forest sector technical report for the National Climate Assessment and includes descriptions of key regional issues and examples of a risk-based framework for assessing climate-change effects. Read More »
By: Chandler Van Voorhis
With GreenTrees, participating landowners now have the potential to sit back and watch their forest grow while revenues increase. Read More »
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This public hearing by the House Committee on Agricultural discusses national forest management and it's impacts on rural economies and communities. Click link below to view video. Read More »
By: Char Miller"One of the foundational principles of the U.S. Forest Service is water." This observation was made in reference to the impact of the Clean Water Act on the importance to watershed management within the national forests. This insight is now a matter of heightened concern as a shifting climate alters the levels of precipitation across the country. Read More »
By: Bruce Vincent
Rural America and the rest of the nation are experiencing a collision of visions. Rural Americans seek the conservation of their natural resources in combination with economic stability, while urban American visitors to these lands use political pressure to keep these lands pristine. Read More »
The forests of the southern United States are a vital natural asset for the region, the country, and the world. Southern Forests for the Future seeks to raise awareness about this important natural resource and the ecosystem services forests provide, such as fresh water, timber and recreation. Learn more about these forests by exploring the interactive mapping data and other information to highlight key features and trends for southern forests.
Explore the forests with an interactive map application developed by the World Resources Institute's Southern Forests for the Future project.
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By: Butler, B., Tyrrell M., Feinberg, G., VanManen S., Wiseman L., Wallinger S.
Social marketing—the use of commercial marketing techniques to effect positive social change—is a promising means by which to develop more effective and ef?cient outreach, policies, and services for family forest owners. A hierarchical, multivariate analysis based on landowners’ attitudes reveals four groups of owners to whom programs can be tailored: woodland retreat, working the land, supplemental income, and ready to sell. A prime prospect analysis segmenting landowners according to their level of engagement and interest in land management can be used to improve the ef?ciency of program implementation. Landowners showing low levels of engagement but high levels of interest are of special interest because they are likely to be receptive to a social marketing message and therefore should be a priority target for any such efforts. Using the demographic pro?le of the average family forest owner, newspapers and television were identi?ed as important means for mass communication. Read More »
Since its last release in March 2008, Arkansas has witnessed the closure (including both temporary and permanent closures) of over 93 wood processors according to Directory listings. However during this same period several new mills have begun operation. The March 2011 directory lists a total of 349 wood processors operating in Arkansas.
Every effort has been made to include all wood processors operating in Arkansas in this directory.
This issue published March 2011. Read More »
GreenTrees sucessfully completes planting over 4 million trees
. In addition to planting over 4 million trees with 6 million more to be planted in the next few years as part of the NS contract, C2I has done more to change policy than anyone in recent years. For example, in 2008 we got CP31, 23, 23A and 37 incentives changed. The increased incentives announced in this Notice for CP 31, CP23A, CP23 and CP37 (Continuous CRP) are:
A. A one-time Signing Incentive Payment of $100/Acre.
B. A Practice Incentive Payment totaling 40% of the FSA-authorized establishment (tree planting) costs.
C. An additional 20% increase in the per acre soil rental rate paid each year of the contract.
The Arkansas Forestry Commission's guidelines for a prescribed burn and contract for burning. Read More »
On September 9, the Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC), Arkansas Forestry Association (AFA) and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Arkansas (NRCS) formalized and sealed with a signing ceremony in Little Rock a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Read More »
Check out the Arkansas Timber Law blog
The Arkansas Timber Law blog focuses on news and issues concerning timberland owners, forestry, forest preservation, timber processors, and timber products.
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By: Jay Braunscheidel
"More family woodlands will change hands and be sub-divided in the next 10 years than at any point in America’s history." That fact struck me as I was reviewing the newly revised estate planning resource available from the USDA Forest Service entitled: "Estate Planning for Forest Landowners: What will become of your Timberland?" Read More »
By: Brenda Lind
FOR DECADES, CONSERVATION easements have protected open space values such as wildlife habitat, ecologi- cal diversity, recreational access and aesthetics. Working forest landscapes present an opportunity to protect not only these open space values, but also the economic and community benefits that arise from a forest’s production of goods and services. Read More »
A message from the North Carolina State Forester in December 11, 2002, James W. Garner, still prescient today. Read More »
By: Jon E. Barry
Professional forest management can provide tremendous benefits to landowners. Landowners have the opportunity to produce income from timber sales, develop better wildlife habitat, enjoy more hunting opportunities and provide a better environment for all of us by protecting soil and water resources. Unfortunately, far too few landowners realize that they can have these benefits. As a result, much of the privately owned forestland in Arkansas is not actively managed. Many of the potential benefits to the landowners and to society are being lost.
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By: T.J. McEvoy
Almost everyone in forestry has heard of land trusts since they have become a common fixture especially in areas that are rapidly urbanizing. But the unfortunate perception of many forest and farm owners is that land trusts are not to be trusted because their real purpose is to steal private property and pull lands out of production. Nothing could be further from the truth, but critics rely on false ‘private property’ threats to turn land owners away from land trusts even before owners understand how they work. A forest owner who knows how land trusts operate is more inclined to protect lands from development than owners who know little about this highly innovated to protect forest lands from development. Read More »
By: Amos Eno
Recently I made a presentation to the Society of American Foresters (SAF) at their annual conference. My overall theme was that working forests, not wilderness areas and parks, are the prospective foundations of our prosperity in the 21st century. Professional foresters are well aware of this point. The challenge is convincing urban America and policymakers of the urgent need to reverse an overburden of regulation and wilderness designations that has turned once glorious forests into tinder kegs of off-limits timber.
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By: K Gregg Elliott
In the world of forest carbon offsets, it’s absolutely essential to understand seven general terms with very precise meanings.
These concepts apply to all offset projects, but each type of project has its own methodology for calculating offsets. In the case of California’s Cap & Trade program, which allows qualified forest carbon offsets from anywhere in the U.S., projects may consist of reforestation, improved forest management, and avoided conversion (i.e. easements). No matter what the type of forest offset project, this simple ”improved forest management” example serves to demonstrate how these important concepts apply. Read More »
By: K Gregg Elliott
The first U.S. market for forest carbon offset projects implemented anywhere in the U.S. will open in 2012. The state of California, as in so many things, is poised for a for a first. Under its Global Warming Solutions Act, known as AB32, the Golden State will establish the nation’s first compliance carbon market to allow forest carbon offsets. California’s carbon market, which opened in January 2012, will be the second largest in the world, after the European Union, and the largest in North America. New England’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, is currently North America’s only compliance market for carbon emissions but does not allow forest carbon offsets. Read More »
Tree Planting Program
Dovetail Partners, Inc.
has created an interactive map of organizations that provide resources, information, and assistance for people interested in planting trees. Each organization offers opportunities to get involved, whether it’s planting trees or making donations for trees and seeds. Click here.
It’s no secret that planting a tree is one of the best actions that you can take to improve and protect the environment. What you may not know, however, is that there are already hundreds of programs and efforts dedicated towards planting trees. By planting trees, we can improve air quality, harbor wildlife, and reduce carbon emissions that affect our climate.
Leveraging the Landscape: State of the Forest Carbon Markets 2012
By: Forest Trends
Over the last three years, projects that address the relationships between carbon and forests have moved from the sidelines of international climate action to center field. Forestry’s recent advancements are the product of decades of ongoing collaboration among market and environmental experts seeking to strike an ideal balance between forestry projects’ market risks and shared benefits.
A record number of forest project developers and secondary market suppliers from around the world shared data about their projects and transactions. This third annual State of the Forest Carbon Markets tracks, reports, and analyzes trends in these responses. This information is primarily based on data collected from respondents to Ecosystem Marketplace’s 2011 forest carbon project developer’s survey, combined with data from the 2012 State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets report.
Respondents represented 215 individual forest carbon projects, half of which transacted credits in 2011 – totaling 451 projects analyzed in all survey years.
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