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July 19, 2002

Community Based Forest and Public Lands Restoration Bill Hearing
House Appropriations Committee Approves Agriculture Appropriations Bill
Endangered Species Act Reform Bill Passes House Resources Committee
Changes to Northwest Forest Plan Considered
Northern Forest Region Seeks Advisory Council Members

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on
the Community Based Forest and Public Lands Restoration bill (S. 2672)
on July 25 at 2:30 PM.

On July 11, the House Appropriations Committee approved its FY2003
agriculture appropriations bill. The House Agriculture Appropriations
bill, which still needs to be approved by the full House, limits the
Conservation Security Program to Iowa only. The bill also made small
cuts to the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP). House appropriators cut EQIP by $5
million, meaning the program would have $695 million in FY03 instead of
$700 million. They also cut $5 million from WRP by reducing the
program's FY '03 acreage cap by 4,177 acres from the authorized level of
250,000 acres. The bill also increased the Minority Farm Outreach
Program funding for FY 2003 up to $8.243 million - more than double any
past appropriation. Other funding levels in the bill include: $100
million for the Farmland Protection Program; $30 million for the
Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program; $2 million for the Grassland
Reserve Program; and $53 million for the Conservation Reserve Program.
USDA's Conservation Operations -- which provides technical assistance to
farmers who implement conservation measures -- would get $843 million in
FY03, a $2.6 million increase over the president's request and $64.5
million above the FY '02 appropriation.

The House Resources Committee passed HR 4840, a bill to reform the
Endangered Species Act, by a vote of 22-18. The bill, The Sound Science
for the Endangered Species Act Planning Act of 2002, requires the
federal government to rely on field-tested and empirical data in making
major decisions under the Endangered Species Act, including the listing
of species and determinations regarding critical habitat. The bill also
establishes a higher scientific threshold for petitioners wishing to
list a species. There must be clear and convincing evidence the species
is in peril and requires that science used in major ESA decisions be
peer-reviewed by a panel of scientists. Finally, the bill requires the
federal government to take into an account the impact of an ESA mandate
on the economy of a region. For information, visit the House Resource
Committee website at
http://resourcescommittee.house.gov/press/2002/2002_0710ESA.htm. Source:
The E-Forester, Society of American Foresters

The Bush administration is considering changes to the Northwest Forest
Plan that would "maximize volume" of timber cut from public lands,
possibly including some old-growth stands, according to documents
obtained by The Oregonian. A memo prepared for natural-resource agency
leaders in Washington outlines a three-year timetable to boost timber
production from the region while streamlining regulations that industry
officials find costly and burdensome. "Goal is to achieve a balance of
conservation and commodity outputs and to keep the promises made the
local communities as originally intended under the NWFP," according to
the memo, titled "Fixes to the Northwest Forest Plan." The memo is the
work of Portland-based regional executives for the Forest Service and
the Bureau of Land Management, which manage most publicly owned
timberlands in the region. Drafted this spring, it has not been released
to the public. Mark Rey, the undersecretary of agriculture who oversees
the Forest Service, said the purpose of the memo was to identify ways to
boost timber production to levels envisioned when the forest plan was
adopted by the Clinton administration in 1994.

The National Community Forestry Center, Northern Forest Region is
seeking nominations for membership to their Advisory Council. Council
members will provide a link between the Center and rural communities
throughout the region. They will guide Center research priorities and
assist in designing research products useful to communities. The council
will play a key role in selecting communities to partner with the Center
in participatory, community-based research. The National Community
Forestry Center is a network of four regional centers devoted to helping
rural people conduct and use research to inform decision-making about
forest resources. The Northern Forest Region of the National Community
Forestry Center is administered by Yellow Wood Associates, Inc. located
in St. Albans, Vermont. The National Community Forestry Center is a
program of the National Network of Forest Practitioners. For more
information, contact the center at 1-800-727-5404 or 1-802-524-6141 or
visit their website at www.ncfcnfr.net

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created a public
restoration project database and is trying to populate it. The database
currently contains about 300 projects but EPA is hoping to get thousands
of entries- any kind of restoration project, at any location, in any
stage of implementation or development. To view the database, go to
http://www.epa.gov/owow/wetlands/restore/ and click on the Restoration
Inventory link.

Certification Assessments on Public & University Lands: A Field-Based
Comparative Evaluation of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the
Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Programs June 2002, Catherine M.
Mater, Will Price, and V. Alaric Sample. To access the report visit:

Vermont Forest Exchange & Information Bulletin. You may have yourself
put on the mailing list, or view each issue online at the following web
address: http://www.state.vt.us/anr/fpr/forestry/utiliz/bulletin.htm.
The purpose of this bi-monthly publication is to " aid the wood using
industries and wood producers of the State of Vermont." Topics include
business profiles, educational events and resources, news & notes of the
area, free publications that are available, machinery & equipment that
is for sale, services available/wanted, and a section on forest

Gretchen Daily and Katherine Ellison, authors of The New Economy of
Nature: the Quest to Make Conservation Profitable, provide a range of
stories to illustrate the concepts behind marketing ecosystem services.
The book also details the early history of The Katoomba Group,
highlighting several members of the group and Michael Jenkins, President
of Forest Trends.

Comparing Forest Management Certification Systems and the Montreal
Process Criteria and Indicators by Michael Washburn and Nadine Block.

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation will award up to $4 million over
three years to conserve biological diversity in a single 2 - 3 million
acre forested landscape in the United States. Landscapes must be located
within one of 9 eligible ecoregions that have been pre-selected. See the
following website for more information:

Money for Rural Planning Grants: A new $100 million Rural Strategic
Investment Program (RSIP) was
established as part of the recently enacted Farm Bill. RSIP is designed
to provide grants for regional planning and plan implementation through
regional boards. The American Planning Association has created a fact
sheet to explain the RSIP in greater detail. To read the fact sheet,
visit http://www.planning.org/legislation/ruralfactsheet.htm.

The Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership, Inc., located in Flagstaff,
Arizona, seeks a Wood Utilization and Business Development Specialist to
assist in research, development, implementation and outreach activities
in the Partnership?s program areas of utilization of small wood and
other forest restoration by-products and associated business & industry
development & recruitment. The Wood Utilization and Business Development
Specialist is a regular full-time position, benefits eligible, pay DOE.
A minimum of 2 to 3 years in a relevant field is required. Please send a
cover letter expressing your interest in the position, resume, and
salary history to: Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership, ATTN: search
committee, 1300 S. Milton Rd, Suite 218, Flagstaff AZ 86001. For more
information visit www.gffp.org, no phone
calls please.

The Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) invites applications for the
ELP Fellowship Class of 2003-2005. ELP is a non-profit organization that
seeks to transform public understanding of environmental issues by
training and supporting a diverse network of visionary, action-oriented
emerging leaders. Through its fellowship program, ELP provides training
and project support to 25 talented individuals each year from
nonprofits, business, government, and higher education. ELP is committed
to fostering a reflective, diverse community of environmental leaders
capable of responding to our complex social and environmental
challenges. Application deadline: October 1, 2002. Application and
information available at: http://www.elpnet.org

The Aspen Institute located in Washington DC, is seeking a program
associate. The Program Associate will assist with the implementation of
the Community-Based Forestry (CBF) Demonstration Program, including
providing technical assistance to grantees, facilitating peer learning,
and enhancing communications among all parties and with the broader
field. The Program Associate will contribute to the planning and
monitoring of CBF Program activities, including report and proposal
writing, as well as to the development of CSG systems and strategies.
Provides administrative support to the Senior Program Assistant, CSG as
requested. For more information contact Barbara Wyckoff-Baird, The
Aspen Institute, One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 700, Washington, DC.
20036. Interested persons should send a cover letter and CV by the
closing date, July 19th.

The Jefferson Center is seeking applicants for a Program Coordinator.
Help build a multicultural social justice network among immigrant and
other low-income rural people in the Pacific Northwest. The Jefferson
Center for Education and Research, founded in 1994, is a small social
justice non-profit operating in northern California, west/central
Oregon, and west/central Washington. We conduct multicultural "working
people's think-tank" sessions among rural low-income people, designed to
support and encourage social change activism. As a related activity, the
Jefferson Center creates shared learning-for-action sessions among
grassroots groups and established social justice activist organizations.
The applicant must be fully bilingual and biliterate, with speaking and
writing proficiency in both Spanish and English. The successful
applicant will be able to be accepted by and work comfortably within
low-income immigrant groups. Office can be anywhere between South
Seattle and Ashland, Oregon, within one hour of I-5. Location must have
reliable access to phone, email, and fax. For more information contact:
JEFFERSON CENTER for Education and Research POB 279 Wolf Creek OR 97497,
541-955-9705 jeff-@internetcds.com.

New listings are marked with an asterisk (*). NNFP Sponsored events
marked (***) and listed first.

*** SAVE THE DATE. The National Network of Forest Practitioners 2002
Annual Meeting will be held November 6-9 at Chico Hot Springs Resort in
Pray, Montana. More details coming soon. To get involved in planning the
event, send e-mail to in-@nnfp.org.

Firewise Communities Workshops, sponsored by the National Wildfire
Coordinating Group, will be held in five locations: Hilo, HI (February
20-22), Snowbird, UT (April 29-May 1), Spearfish, SD (May 29-31),
Albuquerque, NM (September 10-12), Bolton Landing, NY (September 24-26)
and Norman, OK (October 23-25). The workshops teach participants from a
variety of disciplines how to protect their communities from wildland
fire loss by engaging local agencies, associations and private citizens.
Participants receive planning tools and programs. Attendance is limited
to 100. See http://www.firewise.org/communities

A five-part workshop is being sponsored by University of Colorado's
Natural Resource Law Center to explore "Living with the Endangered
Species Act in Colorado". It begins April 24 and continues through
September. Sessions will cover overviews of the Act, examine the Act's
impact on land and water
use, and discuss "taking" laws. For more information, contact
203-492-1288 or (email) Jpat-@spot.Colorado.edu.

The Environmental Leadership Institute (ELI) is an intensive 5-day
residential training, a "boot camp" in environmental advocacy.
Participants learn how to run an issue campaign, hone the media,
fundraising, communications and other skills required of a successful
leader. Trainings are planned as follows: Mid-Atlantic ELI:
Harrisburg,PA, April 28 - May 3; Southwest ELI: Tucson, AZ, May 19-24;
New England ELI: Location TBA, June 23-28; Northwest/Alaska ELI:
Troutdale, OR, July 28- August 2. Participants must cover their own
travel costs to and from the training, although some travel scholarships
are available. If you have questions or would like more information and
an application please contact Carolyn Cleveland, Director of Training
for the LCV Education Fund at (202) 785-0730 or at
carolyn_c-@lcv.org. Society for Ecological Restoration and the
Ecological Society of America Conference. Aug 4-8, 2002. Tucson, AZ. For
more information visit http://www.ser.org or http://esa.sdsc.edu

*The Pinchot Institute for Conservation, with support from the USDA
Service, invites you to attend: FARM BILL 2002 FORUM: REVIEW AND
OF FORESTRY OPPORTUNITIES. The forum will be held on Thursday, August 8,
2002 at the Washington Terrace Hotel in Washington, DC. The objectives
of the forum are to highlight the forestry-related provisions of the
2002 farm bill and potential agency strategies for implementing them,
and to provide opportunities for all participants to comment on these
programs. The forum is open to everyone, but is specifically geared
towards private forest landowners, landowner associations, community
organizations, environmental organizations, universities, and federal
and state agencies. You must register by July 24th if you are interested
in attending. Please return the registration form to Stephanie Kavanaugh
by email to skava-@pinchot.org or by fax to (202) 797-6583.
Questions can also be directed to Stephanie at (202) 797-6574.
Information also available at

Yellow Wood Associates, Inc. will be holding a training for measurement
guides on August 12-14 in St. Albans, Vermont. Over the last eight
years, Yellow Wood has developed a process for helping groups identify
goals and measure progress toward them. The process, called You Get What
You Measure SM, is a powerful tool to help people work productively
together toward a common goal. Yellow Wood offers You Get What You
Measure SM in four convenient formats including half-day, full-day, and
two-day applications. Experienced professional facilitators who complete
the August training on Becoming a Measurement Guide, will be licensed to
deliver You Get What You Measure SM to their clients. For more
information on You Get What You Measure SM and Becoming a Measurement
Guide please contact Shanna Ratner at 802-524-6141 or visit the Yellow
Wood website at www.yellowwood.org.

Adaptive Management & Collaborative Processes: Linking Them Through
Resource Management, Jackson, Wyoming, Aug. 12-14, 2002. This workshop,
which will
target natural resource professionals, university students, and
interested members of the public, will focus on the theory and practices
of adaptive management and collaborative decision-making. Contact the
University of Wyoming's School and Institute of Environment and Natural
Resources at 307-766-5080 for more information and to register.

The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) will be held in
Johannesburg, South Africa, from August 26 to September 4, and will
offer the international community a chance to address the state of the
world's forests as part of a much larger agenda that will range from
practicable ways to reduce poverty to expanding access to freshwater and

National Rural Development Partnership's Annual Leadership Conference,
August 25 - 28, 2002 in French Lick, Indiana. Numerous workshops,
networking sessions, information available from community leaders,
farmers & others working on rural issues. Contact NRDP Annual
Conference, 301.652.7001 or email acha-@scicomm.com

ProForest and the Oxford Forestry Institute are pleased to announce the
development of an exciting program of intensive training courses, which
will be held in Oxford on September, 2002. The Program provides a range
of up-to-date courses dealing with current issues for those involved
in sustainable natural resource management. The suite of courses has
been designed to provide comprehensive coverage of key topics such as
certification, standards development, ecology, and
sustainable forest management. All the courses are based on up-to-date
practical experience and are designed to bring together key players in a
range of fields to provide a unique training opportunity. For further
information please contact: in-@proforest.net or visit our website

The Rocky Mountain Summit celebrates 2002 as the International Year of
Mountains on September 22-26 in Whitefish, MT. The Summit will bring
together community leaders, resource managers, policy makers,
scientists, educators and the general public to increase awareness and
understanding of the social, cultural, economic and ecological
significance of mountain ecosystems. Major themes include human
dimensions of mountain cultures and ecosystems; sustainable mountain
development; mountain ecosystems and resources; and mountain protected
areas. See http://www.cares.missouri.edu/rms2002.

SAF's 2002 National Convention, October 5-9 in Winston-Salem, North
Carolina. For further convention information and to register online, go
to: http://www.safnet.org/calendar/natcon.htm.

"Rural Matters: Making Place and Culture Count!" October 16-18, 2002,
Nebraska City, NE. Seeking contributions from a wide range of
perspectives, orientations and disciplines for the symposium. Seminal
papers will be commissioned with a minimum stipend of $2,500/paper.
Other types of scholarly and creative proposals are encouraged.
Contributors will be selected competitively, based upon a 1-2 page
prospectus. Prospectus review will begin April 15. If you are
interested, for additional information and guidelines for submitting a
prospectus go to http://www.rupri.org/ruralmatters or, contact Dr. Sam
Cordes, Symposium Coordinator, 58 Filley Hall, Lincoln, NE 68583-0947,
402/472-1772, fax: 402/472-0688, e-mail: scor-@unl.edu

Forest Owner Cooperation: Balancing Ecology and Economics, November 1 &
2, 2002, Clarion Hotel, Northampton, Massachusetts. Landowners and
resource management professionals who attend will learn
about:- Ways landowners are working together for their common benefit-
Success and challenges landowner associations, cooperatives and informal
collaborations have encountered- Ways landowners can work together to
sustainably manage their forests, improve wildlife habitat, enhance
recreational opportunities and aesthetic value, secure forest
certification, and increase income from forest products- Resources
available to help landowners get a cooperative or association up and
running. For more information: Call 413-774-7599 x 114, fax:
413-773-3948, email: in-@cooplife.com.

*Fire Science And Fire Management In Southern Forest, November 5-6,
2002, Sarasota and Myakka River State Park, Florida. This workshop's
purpose is to bring together research who are conducting
research on fire ecology/management and the forest managers who face the
ongoing problems of
fire management/suppression in the region. The workshop affords
opportunities to: (1) provide
managers with early results from research projects, (2) provide
researchers with feedback on the
potential usefulness of findings, (3) discuss future research efforts
that could address management
and policy needs, and (4) develop closer ties between the fire research
and fire management
communities. For information contact Pat Outcalt at 706-559-4312
(pout-@fs.fed.us) or visit website www.srs.fs.fed.us/fireconference.

2002 Fire Conference: Managing Fire and Fuels in the Remaining Wildlands
and Open Spaces of the
Southwestern United States, December 2-5, 2002. Hyatt Regency Islandia
Hotel and Marina, San Diego, California. The 2002 Fire Conference
(Conference) will consider the many issues confronting scientists, land
managers, policymakers, and the public who address or are affected by
management of fire and fuels across the southwestern United States
(Utah, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and California). For more
information visit: www.tws-ws.org

*Symposium on Sustainable Natural Resource- Based Enterprises,
Mississippi State University, May 28- 31, 2003. First Call for Papers.
SYMPOSIUM THEME: Sustaining biodiversity and wildlife habitat on private
lands in an economically viable manner to meet public demands. If you
are interested in presenting a paper, prepare an abstract to be
submitted on or before August 16, 2002. Abstracts and manuscripts should
follow The Wildlife Society guidelines for abstract submission that can
be found on their web site: http// www. wildlife. org/ conference/ 2002/

The 12th World Forestry Congress, September 21-28, 2003 in Quebec City,
Canada. Call for voluntary papers. Abstracts of papers and posters due
June 30, 2002 for early consideration or no later than September 30. See
information at www.wfc2003.org/

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Editors: Wendy Gerlitz and Thomas Brendler.

Special thanks to: Andrea Bedell Loucks of the Pinchot Institute,
Michael Goergen of SAF, ENN, National Forest Foundation, and Community
Forestry Connections.

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