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FCN No. 56  Thomas Brendler
 Jul 31, 2002 07:32 PDT 
FOREST COMMUNITY NEWS

Published by the National Network of Forest Practitioners


No. 56
July 31, 2002

IN THIS ISSUE
2002 Fire Season Update
FY2003 Interior Appropriations Bills Include Emergency 2002 Fire Money
EAP Funding Restored To FY2003 Appropriations Bills
New Legislation To Expedite Forest Thinning Introduced In The House
FY2003 Ag Bill Passes Committee
PILT Bills Considered In Committee
Stewardship Contracting Considered In Hearing
Gateway Community Collaboration Bill Passes Committee
Majority of Agency Time Spent on Lawsuits
RESOURCES
FUNDING
POSITIONS, FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
GATHERINGS

2002 FIRE SEASON UPDATE
The $321 million allocated to the USFS for fire fighting this year was
spent by July 5 on fires raging throughout the West. As of yesterday,
32 large fires are burning across the country and a total of 3,986,535
acres have already burned this year (more than 2 times the 10 year
average). The USFS now estimates that at least $966 million (almost 25%
of the agency?s entire budget) will be needed by the end of the 2002
fire season. The Forest Service is currently ? borrowing? money from
other accounts. The U.S. Forest Service is also freezing all spending
not directly related to fighting wildland fires or to day-to-day
operations, according to a memo received Wednesday by Arizona officials.
That means campgrounds that need work won't see repairs, Forest Service
employee travel is halted, and pending contracts will be delayed until
at least Oct. 1, when the agency receives its next round of funding from
Congress. The FY2002 Supplemental Appropriations Bill (largely focused
on Homeland Security) does include $50 million in additional funds for
USFS and BLM fire fighting accounts. This bill passed the Senate on July
25 and the funds will be available immediately. Another $700 million in
emergency fire fighting funds for fiscal year 2002 may be included in
the FY2003 budget (see below), however, these funds will not be
available until October at the earliest. For updated information and
statistics on the national fire situation visit
www.nifc.gov/fireinfo/nfn.html

FY2003 INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS BILLS INCLUDE EMERGENCY 2002 FIRE MONEY
On July 17, 2002, the House passed the FY 2003 Interior and related
agencies appropriations bill, HR 5093 by a 377 to 46 vote. The bill
allocates a total of $19.7 billion for the Interior and Related
Agencies, with $700 million for BLM and Forest Service wildfire fighting
in 2002. The Senate appropriations bill, not yet approved by the full
Senate, includes $19.3 billion in spending for FY2003 with $2 billion
allocated for the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management?s
fire fighting programs for fiscal year 2003, ($200 million less than the
amount allocated in the House spending bill). The Senate is expected to
match the $700 million for 2002 emergency wildfire fighting allocated in
the House version of the bill. For more information on the Interior
bill visit: http://www.house.gov/appropriations. For more information on
the Department of Interior?s budget visit: http://www.doi.gov.

EAP FUNDING RESTORED TO FY2003 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS
According to the Capital Press, ?Efforts by Northwest timber-dependent
communities to save federal assistance programs from the budget ax have
partially succeeded. House and Senate appropriations committee members
last week approved funding to continue for another year Forest Service
Economic Action Programs, which President George W. Bush slated for
elimination in his FY2003 budget proposal earlier this year.? However,
the committees cut spending by at least $6 million and agreed to zero
out the Pacific Northwest Assistance program. The House Interior and
related agencies FY2003 appropriations bill restores $19.98 million in
regular EAP and $12.5 million in Fire Plan EAP. This amounts to a total
of $32.39 million ($15.79 million below 2002 enacted). Language included
in the bill states ?The Committee disagrees with the administration's
proposal to eliminate entirely the economic action programs. These cost
share efforts provide vital capacity building for rural communities
which can aid greatly the forest dependent communities. The Committee
has agreed to phase out the Pacific Northwest Assistance specific
funding line item but the funding for economic recovery and rural
development are increased to partially offset this change. Pacific
Northwest area communities may compete for these funds on an equal
footing with other forest dependent communities." The Senate Interior
appropriations bill includes $ 29.5 million for regular EAP programs
($5.98 million less than last year) and $7.472 million in National Fire
Plan EAP, for a total of $36.972 ($11.008 million below last year). The
Senate bill language states, ?The Committee believes that the EAP
programs are crucial to assisting rural timber-dependent communities,
many of which have acute economic problems.?

NEW LEGISLATION TO EXPEDITE FOREST THINNING INTRODUCED IN THE HOUSE
An agreement among loggers, landowners, community officials, roadless
proponents and the U.S. Forest Service has been written into law as part
of the Defense Department supplemental appropriation bill. The amendment
was introduced by Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle to allow the Black
Hills National Forest in South Dakota a special National Environmental
Policy Act (NEPA) exemption to receive an expedited route to removing
forest overgrowth, while at the same time preserving wilderness status.
The bill was passed by a House-Senate conference committee and now must
be approved by the full House and
Senate, and signed by President Bush. Subsequently, House Forestry
Subcommittee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Montana U.S.
Representative Dennis Rehberg acted to extend the special exemption to
other endangered forests. The National Forest Fire Prevention Act,
introduced Thursday by Montana's Representative in Congress, Dennis
Rehberg, would: 1) Repeat the Daschle language from the Defense bill on
a National scale and allow for active forest management and timber
harvests on fire-prone national forest lands; 2) Authorize the Secretary
to treat timber within or outside the existing cutting units for the
National Forest System timber sales and within the analysis areas for
these sales when treatment is necessary to reduce insect infestation or
fire hazard; 3)Within the timber sale analysis areas, specify certain
criteria that the areas must meet in order to receive additional
treatment. And, require the Secretary to use these criteria in a
priority order; 4) Allow actions authorized under this legislation to
proceed free from bureaucratic gridlock; 5) Protect the future character
of lands treated under this legislation by providing for and/or
preserving wilderness and roadless designations; 6) Provide for future
evaluation of the implementation of this legislation by requiring a
report to Congress three times between this November and November 2003.

FY2003 AG BILL PASSES COMMITTEE
On July 25, the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved the
Fiscal Year 2003 Agriculture Appropriations bill, clearing the way for
consideration by the full Senate. The bill provides an overall increase
of $60 million for the Rural Communities Advancement Programs (RCAP),
which includes assistance for water and waste loans and grants,
technical assistance for full-time rural water circuit riders, and
increased grant funds to the National Drinking Water Clearinghouse,
located at the University of West Virginia. The bill provides $1 billion
for conservation programs, which is an increase of $86 million from the
FY 02 level. The bill rejects an Administration proposal to eliminate
funding ($107 million in FY 02) for the Watershed and Flood Prevention
Operations program. Once filed, the legislation and accompanying
committee report will be available through the Library of Congress web
site, http://thomas.loc.gov. For the Committee approved House version
visit http://www.house.gov/appropriations.

PILT BILLS CONSIDERED IN COMMITTEEE
The House Resources subcommittees on Forests and Forest Health, National
Parks, Recreation and Public Lands, and Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife
and Oceans held a joint hearing on July 25 to consider several land
bills and the Payment-in-Lieu-of-Taxes program. The Subcommittees
examined HR 5081, which would provide full funding for the Payment in
Lieu of Taxes program for the next five fiscal years, and HR 1811, which
would permanently authorize and fully fund PILT at $300 million per
year. These bills are designed to protect local communities against the
loss of property tax revenues when private lands are acquired by a
federal land management agency. Source: Forest Policy Update, Society
of American Foresters.

STEWARDSHIP CONTRACTING CONSIDERED IN HEARING
On July 18, 2002, The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Department
Operations, Oversight, Nutrition and Forestry held a hearing to examine
the implementation of stewardship contracting pilot projects. Forest
Service Chief Bosworth; Pinchot Institute program associate, Andrea
Loucks; Defenders of Wildlife Natural Resources Counsel, Michael T.
Leahy; Brett Brownscombe of the Hells Canyon Preservation Council; and
NNFP members Carol Daly and Lynn Jungwirth provided testimony on
stewardship contracting pilots projects around the country. Chairman
Goodlatte (R-VA) and other Members of Congress asked whether witnesses
would like to see permanent authorization for stewardship contracting.
Many witnesses were hesitant to support permanent authority because the
Forest Service has yet to fully implement most of the projects. Members
also inquired about the perception that stewardship contracting, with
its provisions for receipt retention and goods for services contracting
creates perverse incentives for agency employees to cut large timber to
pay for restoration projects. Most witnesses disagreed with this
perception, though those in the environmental community remain cautious
about these authorities. Stewardship Contracting is an authority that
Congress first granted to the Forest Service in FY 1999, where the
Agency was allowed to enter into up to 28 pilot projects to conduct
restoration and management
activities, testing various new authorities. Since then, Congress has
authorized an additional 56 projects. For additional information visit
the Pinchot Institute?s web page at
http://www.pinchot.org/pic/cbf/pilots.html Also see the Forest Service
website at
http://www.fs.fed.us/land/fm/stewardship. For Chief Bosworth?s testimony
visit http://www.fs.fed.us/congress. Source: Forest Policy Update,
Society of American Foresters.

GATEWAY COMMUNITY COLLABORATION BILL PASSES COMMITTEE
On July 18, 2002, the House Resources Committee on National Parks,
Recreation and Public Lands approved several bills including HR 4622,
which requires federal land managers to support and cooperate with
designated gateway communities to improve the ability of those
communities to participate in federal land management planning conducted
by the Forest Service and Interior Department agencies, and to respond
to the impacts of public use of federal lands. Source: Forest Policy
Update, Society of American Foresters.

MAJORITY OF AGENCY TIME SPENT ON LAWSUITS
In a new report, the General Accounting Office says that U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service staff spend more than 50 percent of their time on
paperwork for litigation or trying to avoid it. Staff in the agency's
seven regional offices spend just over a quarter of their time
recovering endangered species, according to the report. An agency
spokesman said it did not disagree with the report's findings. The
complete report can be found at www.gao.gov


RESOURCES

The USDA Forest Service's National homepage for Landowner Assistance
Programs provides details on forest Legacy and other agency programs
that help private landowners protect and manage their forests.
www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/loa.htm

The Forest Service North Central Research Station's "Forestry Landowner
Cooperative Update" provides a two-page status report on the private
landowner cooperatives emerging across the nation, with literature and
web site references. It is available online at
www.nrcs.fs.fed.us/4803/Highlights.htm Hard copies are available from
Pam Jakes at 651-649-5163, or at USDA Forest Service, North Central
Research Station, 1992 Folwell Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108.


New report available -- Forest Service: Scope and Methodology Used to
Determine Number of Appeals and Legal Challenges of Fiscal Year 2001
Fuel Reduction Projects. GAO-02-920R, July 9.
http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-02-920R

OIK/OS is a website at http://www.eco2eco.net that is a map-based tool
for discovering valuable economic trends information for any region
within 32 eastern states. Using an active mapping interface, the user
selects the county, counties, state or states of interest in and, with a
few more clicks, the OIK/OS website generates tables, graphs, charts and
thematic maps for the geographic area selected. OIK/OS offers a
point-and-click creation of custom economic profiles for use in
conservation, sustainable development and other planning efforts. The
website can help users discover the fastest growing industry, the major
sources of employment, changes in the economy over time, and much more.
OIK/OS users can also create thematic maps that display economic
indicators through graduated shading of counties or states.

Forest Information Update (FIU) is a free weekly email newsletter sent
to people interested in the inventorying and monitoring of natural
resources. FIU is produced by Forest Information Services
(http://home.att.net/~gklund/) and is supported by organizations,
agencies and individuals working in the natural resources field. All the
FIUs are now posted on the GAOF portal www.foresters.org/portal under
Topic (Forest Information Update). Currently FIU is sent to about 6,000
email addresses world-wide including distribution through the Forest Net
(run out of Finland), Global Association of Online Foresters (UK),
International Forestry List (Malaysia), the Forestry Forum, Biomonitor,
ConserveAfrica, and Desertification Group (Africa), the Society of
American Foresters Members list and Forest Inventory (USA). Many
recipients forward FIU to their own mailing lists. To subscribe,
unsubscribe, change your email address, or sponsor, contact me at
gkl-@att.net.

Gentle logging teleconference videos available. On 20 March, 2002, a
video conference on gentle logging practices was broadcast from the
public television studios of Northern Michigan University in Marquette,
Michigan to about 60 locations in more than 12 states. A half-hour
"Question and Answer" session provided an opportunity for participants
in the live audience and at remote sites to ask questions. The Community
Forestry Resource Center has one copy of each of the 2-hour 15-minute
"Gentle Logging" videos that we would be happy to loan to anyone
interested. For information, contact Barb Spears at spe-@iatp.org or
612-870-3407. For additional information, please visit
http://forestry.msu.edu/msaf/wercdemo/mainpage.htm.

ForestryUSA.com is a website dedicated to being the most comprehensive
source of Internet information on America's forestry and the forest
products sectors. Our directories contain up-to-date links to the major
forest-related websites and our services include forestry employment
opportunities, forestry news, and business opportunities.
http://www.forestryusa.com.


FUNDING

PG&E National Energy Group is accepting applications for its annual
Environmental Education Grant Program. Grants ranging from $5,000 to
$10,000 will be awarded for innovative programs that encourage and
support educating young people about the environment...
http://www.pnnonline.org/article.php?sid=430

Tom's of Maine Corporate Giving Program - Ten percent of the
Corporation's pretax profits address community concerns in Maine and
around the globe. The grant program supports the following areas of
interest: the environment; human needs; the arts; and education. Grants
ranges from $500 to $5,000, and priority is given to project-driven
requests that demonstrate a level of integration of the previously
mentioned categories, as well as opportunity for involvement by Tom's of
Maine employees. The annual deadline for applications is September 1.
For more information, contact Gail Burgess, Grant Program Manager:
800-775-2388, gai-@toms-of-maine.com.

Stern Family Fund - This private foundation supports policy-oriented
government and corporate accountability projects. August 15 is the
deadline for one of the two grantmaking programs offered through the
Fund. Strategic Opportunity Grants are designed to support organizations
at critical junctures in their development and are intended for small
nonprofit organizations in situations when a one-time grant could have a
significant impact on the success of that organization. Grants range
between $5,000 and $20,000. Campaign finance reform proposals are of
special interest. Learn more at the above website, call 703-527-6692, or
email the Fund at stern-@starpower.net.


POSITIONS, FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

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 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.

GATHERINGS
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.

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
Forest Service, invites you to attend: FARM BILL 2002 FORUM: REVIEW AND
DISCUSSION 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
http://pinchot.org/pic/farmbill/index.html.

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
Natural
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
sanitation.

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
www.proforest.net

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.

*Contemplative Forestry: Finding the Ground of Enrichment, October
11-14, 2002, Sustainable Woods Cooperative, Lone Rock, WI. In this
three-day program we will establish the ground of practicality of
woodlot management. To gain an understanding of how enrichment forestry
relates to better-known systems of so-called alternative forestry, we
will examine and compare the principles and methods of ecoforestry, new
forestry, and restoration forestry and its principle of nothing missing
as the most beneficial starting point for practicing productive and
sensitive forestry. Contact: SWC, 608-583-7100, Email: sw-@mhtc.net,
http://www.sustainablewoods.com

"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/
papers.htm

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, Christina Cromley of American Forests, ENN,
National Forest Foundation, and Community Forestry Connections.

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by supporting individuals and groups that build sustainable
relationships between forests and people. NNFP is a grassroots alliance
of rural people who are striving to build a forest economy that is
ecologically sound and socially just. As one of the leading community
forestry organizations in the United States, the NNFP provides
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