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FCN No. 61  Thomas Brendler
 Jan 27, 2003 06:10 PST 
FOREST COMMUNITY NEWS

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No. 61
January 27, 2003

IN THIS ISSUE
Practitioners Weigh In On National Fire Plan
Bush Administration Proposes Revised Forest Rules
2002 Farm Bill
Scientists Write Letter To President Bush And Members Of Congress
As The Debate Rages, U.S. Exports To Canada Increase
U.S. Revises Wetlands Conservation Guidelines
Maine Educates Landowners On Forest Management
Northeast And Southeast Regional FSC Standards Approved
Canada: British Columbia Introduces New Forestry Legislation
Resources
Funding
Positions, Fellowships, Awards
Gatherings

NEWS

Practitioners Weigh In On National Fire Plan
On January 14 & 15, some twenty community forestry practitioners from
around the country descended on New Orleans, Louisiana for the National
Fire Plan Conference. With a theme of ?Successes Through Local
Collaboration? and some 400 attendees, the conference was an ideal
opportunity for practitioners to learn, network, and showcase their work
and ideas. A highlight of the conference was a panel organized by
practitioners that focused on the nature of collaboration,
community-based fire planning, and the economic impacts of the National
Fire Plan. Practitioners also organized side meetings with Forest
Service Chief Dale Bosworth, BLM fire czars Corbin Newman and Tim
Hartzell, and Colorado State Forester Jim Hubbard. The meetings were
forum for practitioners to discuss some of their ideas and concerns,
including the need for agencies to commit to and invest in community
capacity-building, to improve the quality and availability of
information on the National Fire Plan, to make information and
opportunities more accessible to underserved and low-capacity
communities, and to strengthen monitoring efforts. Among the ideas for
next steps are regular regional meetings between regional and national
agency leadership and communities and forest workers, and working
together to address the needs of lower capacity communities so they can
access fire plan work. To get involved or for more information contact
the Naureen Rana at 202-797-6584 or nra-@pinchot.org.

Bush Administration Proposes Revised Forest Rules

Categorical Exclusions

On January 8, the Forest Service announced a proposal for three
Categorical Exclusions under NEPA for small timber sales. The first
proposal would allow for a categorical exclusion for timber harvesting
of live trees on no more than 50 acres with no more than a half mile of
temporary road construction. This would not be used for even-aged
regeneration harvest or vegetative type conversion. The second proposal
categorically excludes from NEPA documentation, salvage harvesting of no
more than 250 acres and no more than a half mile of temporary road
construction. The third Categorical exclusion would allow for removal of
any trees necessary to control the spread of disease or insects, not to
exceed 250 acres and with no more than a half mile of temporary road
construction. The Agency is accepting comments on these proposals until
March 10, 2003. For the Federal Register notice visit
http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fedreg/a030108c.html


Update of Proposals and Dates to Remember

Over the past month, the Administration has released numerous proposals
to amend regulations for both the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land
Management. The proposals are part of a larger effort, the Healthy
Forest Initiative, which recommends actions by the Legislative,
Executive, and Judicial branches. Below is a list of the various
proposals, along with the deadlines for submitting comments.


Proposal, Date of Federal Register Publication, Comments Due
USFS Planning Regulations, 12/6/02, 3/6/03
USFS Categorical Exclusions for Fire Management , 12/16/02, 1/15/03
USFS Regulations for Notice Comment, and Appeal of Projects, 12/18/02,
2/18/03
BLM Regulations for Appeals of Wildfire Management Decisions, 12/16/02,
2/14/03
USFS Categorical Exclusions for Small Timber Sales, 1/8/03, 3/10/03

Also available for comment, although not part of the Healthy Forest
Initiative, is the Natural Resource Conservation Service?s proposal for
Technical Service Provider guidelines for Conservation programs in the
2002 Farm Bill. This notice was published in the Federal Register on
November 21, 2002. Comments are due February 19, 2003. All of the above
proposals can be found in the Federal Register under the dates noted at
http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces140.html

2002 Farm Bill
The recent changes in Congress could result in significant changes to
the farm bill as a result of action on the budget. It looks possible
that the new powers that be will propose a "budget reconciliation"
(which may translate into large cuts to domestic spending) to make up
for new tax cuts and to pay for the war. New trade agreements
negotiated by the Administration could have some impact on farm bill
programs.

If cuts to farm bill programs are proposed, it is likely that the
commodity programs will suffer the least and the other program areas -
conservation, research, nutrition, rural development, and those items
contained within the "miscellaneous" title - will take the biggest hits.
On the appropriations front, the battle over 2003 and 2004
appropriations
will heat up early in 2003, which means the appropriations organizing
machine
coordinated by Margaret Krome (mkr-@inxpress.net) of the Michael
Fields Institute has begun. Key states (with key appropriators) include
New York, Ohio, Missouri, Virginia,
Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Idaho and Wisconsin.

There is also the question of how USDA proposes to implement programs
included in the new farm bill. Highlighted programs include the:
Conservation Security Program (CSP) which will reward farmers and
ranchers of all types and sizes throughout the nation for good
stewardship practices on working land - was proposed and advocated for
by the grassroots; and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program
(EQIP), which has provisions in the new farm bill that allow large
confined animal feeding operations to apply for funds to subsidize
their waste management. For more information e-mail Chris Campany with
the National Campaign chr-@sustainableagriculture.net

Scientists Write Letter To President Bush And Members Of Congress
A group of fire researchers and ecologists sent a letter to President
Bush and the members of Congress concerning the scientific basis for
efforts to reduce risks from the kinds of forest fires that have
attracted so much media and political attention in the western United
States this year. The scientists caution that responding effectively to
this fire situation requires thoughtfulness and care, as the fires are
traceable to differing factors in different regions and forest types.
The continue by pointing out that the most debated response to
alleviating destructive fires in the future ? mechanically thinning
trees ? has had limited study, and that has been conducted primarily in
dry forest types. Thinning of overstory trees, like building new roads,
can often exacerbate the situation and damage forest health. They
conclude by stating that whatever restoration measures are undertaken,
preventing the re-emergence of fire problems will require a commitment
to manage with fire rather than simply trying to exclude it in the
future.

Low Value Wood Resolution Sent To Congressmen From Maine, Vermont, New
Hampshire, And New York
The Advisory Council of the NNFP?s National Community Forestry Center,
Northern Forest Region has drafted a low value wood resolution that has
been sent to the congressional members served by the Center. The
resolution asks that the U.S. Congress take action that will reduce and
eliminate the loss of the domestic forest industry and its employee jobs
that provide that critical low-value market which is necessary for
non-industrial private forest landowners to practice sustainable
forestry.

As The Debate Rages, U.S. Exports To Canada Increase
Battles over Canadian lumber imports are nothing new. Stakes have always
been high on both sides of the border. Historically, there has been a
dramatic difference in how each side has viewed the dispute. Although
U.S. and Upper Midwest industries complain about Canadian imports,
Canada remains the biggest export customer for American goods, along
with those produced regionally. By Craig Lincoln. For the full article
go to: http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthtribune/4799321.htm
(cfc-12-27-02)

U.S. Revises Wetlands Conservation Guidelines
In response to criticism that the federal government was failing to meet
its goals for wetlands conservation, the Bush administration has revised
its guidelines to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for mitigating the
loss of wetlands from development. For more than a decade, developers
have been allowed to destroy wetlands if they create substitute patches
through a process known as mitigation. The new policy is a response to
the corps' critics and a set of recommendations made last year by the
National Academy of Sciences, which found that some mitigation projects
were never started, some were not completed and others failed to provide
the benefits of natural wetlands. The new guidelines require a
"watershed-based" approach in which the wetland needs of an entire
watershed are taken into account, rather than only the site of the
development. For example, if a developer destroys 10 acres of wetlands,
he can no longer just plant 10 acres of trees nearby. Instead, the corps
must advise the developer if other, more potentially valuable areas in
the watershed need replenishing, even if the acreage does not match
precisely what would be lost. (From The New York Times, 28 Dec 2002, p
A11, by Katharine Q. Seelye, and The Columbus Dispatch, 28 Dec 2002, by
Michael Hawthorne) For more information go to:
http://www.epa.gov/owow/wetlands/guidance/index.html#mitigation

Exotic Worms Take a Bite Out of Northern Forest Floor
Although it sounds like the plot of a low-budget science fiction film,
scientists at the Institute for Ecosystem Studies are investigating an
exotic earthworm invasion of northern temperate forests. For more
information go to: http://www.safnet.org/archive/0103_exoticworms.htm
From the January 2003 issue of The Forestry Source (cfc-12-27-02)

Maine Educates Landowners on Forest Management (Kennebec Journal
November 5, 2002) Maine Forest Service has taken steps to educate
landowners on sustainable forestry and land management strategies. The
program 'Be Woods Wise' provides free advice from foresters and a free
educational kit that illustrates woodlot management techniques. 5.5
million acres of Maine forest land is owned by private individuals, with
a growing percentage of that land in smaller parcels. To see Maine's
program, see http://www.maine.gov/doc/mfs/woodswise/. To learn more
about forest
management legislation, see
http://www.serconline.org/forestrystateinfo.html.

MeadWestvaco to consolidate packaging operations; company to close plant
in Greenville, Mississippi (PRNewswire-FirstCall) MeadWestvaco
Corporation today announced that it is continuing the consolidation of
its packaging operations by closing a plant in Greenville, Mississippi
and shifting its activities to facilities located closer to major
customers. For the full article go to:
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/021216/nym153_1.html (cfc-12-20-02)

Biotech Startup Arborgen Establishes Headquarters Near Charleston, South
Carolina.
(PRNewswire) ArborGen, LLC, a startup company focused on the
commercialization of research and development for forest biotechnology,
today announced its new corporate headquarters near Charleston, South
Carolina. For the full article go to:
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/021218/cgw023_1.html (cfc-12-20-02)

North Carolina State Forest Earns FSC Certification.
Carolina State Forest totaling 32,237 acres has been FSC-certified as
well managed for environmental, social and economic viability. Bladen
Lakes Forest near Elizabethtown joins Duke University?s 7,830 acre
forest which was FSCcertified in 2001 and North Carolina State
University?s 4,750 acre forest which is likely to finish the
certification process in December 2002. DuPont State Forest near Brevard
in the Southern Appalachians has also undergone a certification
assessment by Smartwood and may be certified once their management plan
is completed. North Carolina is the second Southern state to have state
forestland certified, behind Tennessee. For more information go to:
www.fscus.org.

Making Market Linkages Work
It is clear that the FSC community in general should focus its attention
on thinking strategically about market linkages, creating more
coordination and synergy between marketing efforts, and improving
communication between market campaigners and others in the FSC family.
Some interesting new models of collaboration are out there, such as the
TFT?s productline specific approach for retail garden furniture
worldwide; the Rainforest Alliance?s landscape-centered market linkage
efforts in the Northern Forest and Southern Appalachians, connecting
certified producers with market opportunities inside and outside the
regions; and CWPA?s new region-specific approach to market linkage in
various regions of the USA. For more information go to: www.fscoax.org.

Nature Magazines Challenged For Using Virgin Paper
Enviro publishers ask National Geographic, Smithsonian to use recycled
paper. Last year 737,809 trees were logged to print four of the leading
nature magazines, publications that ironically celebrate the world's
forests with lavish photo spreads. That's why the publishers of nine
independent environmental magazines have written to the publishers of
National Geographic, Smithsonian, Sunset, and Condé Nast Traveler
magazines asking them to discontinue their use of 100% virgin fiber
paper and to switch to paper containing a minimum of 10% post-consumer
content. For the complete article, visit:
http://www.ecopaperaction.org/news4.html

Beyond Bare-Ground: Organic Christmas Trees In The South
Folks normally think about Christmas trees once a year, when they pick
out their holiday centerpiece at the local tree lot. But some of us who
live in Christmas-tree-growing country contemplate these green pyramids
daily. For the full article go to:
http://www.forestrycenter.org/cfrc/News/news.cfm?News_ID=253

Woodlot Stewardship Co-operative Ltd. receives Forest Stewardship
Council
Certification, First FSC group certification in Atlantic Canada.
Knowlesville, New Brunswick - The Eco-Cert Program of the Silva Forest
Foundation has granted a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Group
Certification of Joint Forest Management and Chain of Custody.
Consisting of five members, representing over 480 acres of forestland,
this is the
first FSC Group Certification in Atlantic Canada. For the complete
article:
http://www.forestrycenter.org/cfrc/News/news.cfm?News_ID=251 For more
information contact: Simon J. Mitchell, Manager, Woodlot Stewardship
Co-operative Ltd., 125 South Knowlesville Road, Knowlesville, New
Brunswick, E7L 1B1 Tel: 506-375-4310, Fax: 506-375-4221, email:
sim-@fallsbrookcentre.ca

Northeast and Southeast Regional FSC standards approved
On December 3, 2002, The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) International
Board of
Directors has approved the regional certification standards for the
Northeast and Southeast U.S. regions. Regional standards provide
specific indicators for application of the FSC Principles and Criteria,
adapting them to address region-specific ecological, economic, and
social needs.

Final endorsement of the Northeast and Southeast standards is the
culmination of many hours of effort by the volunteer members of the
regional working groups. This stakeholder-based method of standards
development is unique to FSC and provides a voice to a broad range of
groups and individuals in each region. The Northeast and Southeast
standards join the Lakes States and Rocky Mountain standards as regional
standards that have been endorsed previously by the FSC International
Board of Directors. The Pacific Coast, Southwest and Ozark-Ouachita
have been completed and approved by the FSC-US Board and are at various
stages in the endorsement process at FSC-International. The Appalachian
standard and the Mississippi Alluvial Valley standard are currently out
for public comment with endorsement by the FSC-US Board expected this
December. For more information see http://www.fscstandards.org .

FSC-Certified Firewood At A Convenience Store Near You
Many homes in the New England area will be kept warm this coming winter
thanks to the first FSC-certified firewood company, Ossipee Mountain
Land Company. Their certified wood is kiln-dried, packaged in bundles
and prepared for sale in such retail outlets as Shaw?s Supermarkets,
Cumberland Farms, A&P and Whole Foods Market. Ossipee has been selling
firewood for 15 years, but became certified in 2002 and expects to sell
approximately 3,000 cords of their certified wood per year. The
certified firewood is specially marked on the package, so customers know
that they are buying FSC-certified wood. The President and Manager of
Ossipee, Jeffery Coombs, explains that the wood is a low-grade product
that would otherwise be used as pulpwood. ?We remove the lower quality
stems to redirect growth onto the higher quality trees,? he said. The
idea behind the packaging, he adds, is ?to educate the public about
certified wood.? Coombs has also recently become an FSC Resource
Manager, responsible for some 15,000 acres of certified land in New
Hampshire.

Canada: British Columbia Introduces New Forestry Legislation
British Columbia today introduced legislation to make forest practices
more efficient and effective while maintaining environmental standards.
The new Forest Practices Code represents a shift from government
micro-management to a smarter system of forest management that is more
in keeping with current circumstances. Government will determine the
specific standards and rules that forest companies must meet to conserve
biodiversity, old growth, wildlife habitat and other values. For full
text:
www.ewire-news.com/wires/8E8FE69E-72A0-4A39-9AB24E7279D66179.htm



RESOURCES

Dot co-op offer Through Dec. 31, co-ops will receive one FREE Internet
address with the domain name .coop for each address they registera $198
saving for a 2-year registration. For more information: http://www.coop
(cfc-12-27-02)

Shaping the future of rural America - Banks and economic development
A new publication issued this week by the Office of the Comptroller of
the Currency (OCC) ?Shaping the Future of Rural America - Banks and
Economic Development? highlights the key role banks can play in
strengthening rural economies. Articles in the newsletter describes the
steps that banks have taken to strengthen rural communities, frequently
in partnership with nonprofit organizations, such as community
development venture capital funds, land trusts and many others. The
newsletter is available at OCC's web site:
http://www.occ.treas.gov/cdd/resource.htm#CD. An accompanying resource
guide lists a number of rural community development financing programs:
http://www.occ.treas.gov/cdd/Rural.htm. (cfc-12-27-02)

The Forest Landowners Guide to Internet Resources: States of the
Northeast is now available at:
http://www.na.fs.fed.us/pubs/misc/ir/index.htm.

The New RECOFTC Website
The Regional Community Forestry Training Center?s website has now been
redesigned to better reflect RECOFTC's new strategic vision as well as
offer you a wider range of information, news and resources relevant to
community forestry development in general and in the Asia Pacific region
in particular. The new website offers a number of new features as well
as improvements to older ones. This includes: ?Community Forestry
information resource section?
(http://www.recoftc.org/04resource/home.html ): which focuses on
providing readers with access to ?fluid? information like news, stories,
events and activities related to CF development; the RECOFTC regional
web-based information system that provides CF practitioners with access
organizations, projects, experts and outputs in CF
development:(http://recoftc.ku.ac.th); ?Add your own news? An
opportunity for you to shape how the website evolves! The idea is that
users can add in their own news, information and content.
(http://www.recoftc.org/04resource/addnews.asp). Please let us know what
you think of the new website, specifically: What do you find useful and
would like to see expanded?; What information are you looking for but
cannot find as of yet on the website?; What other mechanisms can we
provide to help you communicate with other CF practitioners in the
region more effectively? You can either send an e-mail to:
in-@recoftc.org or fill in the feedback form.

National Web-Based Learning Center for Nonfederal Forests and Range
Lands
The University of Tennessee (UT) Agricultural Extension Service has been
selected by the USDA to lead the development and implementation of the
new National Web-Based Learning Center for Nonfederal Forests and Range
Lands. Natural resource management information will be available to
landowners, managers, and other interested persons to access through
interactive online programs, articles, and references. Content
development for the website is underway. Requests for preproposals and
the membership of the Advisory Board may be viewed online at
http://web.utk.edu/~fwf/proposal.html. The Center's website is expected
to be operational in mid-2003. For more information, contact Samuel
Jackson (samja-@utk.edu), Patricia McDaniels, or Bonnie Douglas
(bdou-@utk.edu) at 865-974-7141. (cfc-12-20-02)

Timberland Harvesting Software. Sustain 1.1 software predicts how forest
harvesting affects the sustainability of a forest, and whether
harvesting one particular stand of
trees is a better choice than harvesting another stand. The Natural
Resources Research Institute (NRRI) in Duluth pulled together decades of
forest data during 2002 to create this free tool to help public land
managers make better informed ecological decisions about forest
harvesting on the scale of a small county. Currently the GIS-based
(geographical information systems) program covers only Northeast MN and
Northcentral MN (Northern Superior Uplands and the Drift and Lake
Plains). Future versions of the software may
cover additional areas in MN and may address individual landowner needs.
Software downloads are available at the web site. More information is
available by contacting Terry Brown of NRRI at tbr-@nrri.umn.edu or go
to: http://www.nrri.umn.edu/sustain/

Small diameter wood utilization report. The Greater Flagstaff Forests
Partnership (GFFP) has released the Small Diameter Wood Utilization
Report, which documents the result of a study aimed at identifying and
assessing options for productive use of the
small-diameter trees currently choking many Southwestern ponderosa pine
forests. The study looked at a number of technologies for efficiently
processing small-diameter wood and the markets associated with the
products from these technologies. To view the report, visit
http://www.gffp.org/smalldiameter/default.htm.

Importation of solid wood packing material, draft environmental impact
statement
Available from the APHIS website at:
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ppd/es/swpm.html.

Forest service southern research station recent publications catalog is
available in HTML format on our Web site at:
http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/pubs/rpc/2002-12/
All publications listed in this catalog are in PDF and available for
printing from our Web site. Our Web site also contains instructions on
how to order hard copies of Station publications from this catalog.
Please send e-mail to rd-@srs.fs.usda.gov if you have any problems
viewing or printing these publications.

Fire Management Today (founded in 1936 as Fire Control Notes) serves as
a clearinghouse of information to help wildland fire professionals stay
abreast of the latest developments in wildland fire management. To learn
more about this magazine or to view back issues, visit the USDA Forest
Service Aviation and Fire Management website at
http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/fmt/.

The Status Of Timber Resources In The North Central United States is
published by the USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station in
St. Paul, Minnesota provides an excellent summary of forest conditions,
growth, removals, consumption, and opportunities for the seven-state
region including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,
and Wisconsin. Interesting and thought-provoking comparisons with other
regions of the United States are also provided in the text and through
the use of colorful graphics. The publication is available online at
http://www.ncrs.fs.fed.us or copies can be obtained from the Forest
Products Laboratory (608-231-9200 or
mailroom_forest_pr-@fs.fed.us ).

Review Of Log Sort Yards (FPL-GTR-132) This report provides a general
overview of current log sort yard operations in the United States,
including an extensive literature review and information collected
during on-site visits to several operations throughout the nation. Log
sort yard concepts and analyses described in the report have broad
applications. The potential application of log sort yards to improve the
viability of forestland restoration and fuels reduction activities on
public and private forests is the current focus of the author's work, so
specific questions regarding log sort yards can be directed to him at
608-231-9326 or jdr-@fs.fed.us. To request copies of the report,
contact the Forest Products Laboratory at 608-231-9200 or
mailroom_forest_pr-@fs.fed.us. This report
will soon be available online at http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us.

Want updated environmental content for your web site? Download LGEAN's
Web Page Template. LGEAN has designed environmental liability Web pages
that can be easily downloaded and included on your Web site. The
environmental liability Web page template includes fact sheets, state
and federal regulatory information, links, and other resources. The
template also features environmental liability news that LGEAN keeps
updated for you behind the scenes. For more information, click on the
following URL: http://www.lgean.org/html/elo_template_intro.cfm

Policy Planning and Implementation, Series No. 17. 'National Forest
Programs'
National forest programs (nfp?s) are a globally adopted framework for
forest policy, planning and implementation at the country level. They
cover a wide range of implementation approaches to sustainable forest
management, aiming to achieve the conservation and sustainable use of
forest biodiversity and an equitable sharing of forest resources, in
accordance with a country?s specific priorities, needs and context.
Nfp?s are acknowledged by the Convention on Biological Diversity and
other forest-related agreements as a key mechanism supporting the
development of sustainable forest management in all countries. To
download the paper go to:
http://www.odifpeg.org.uk/publications/policybriefs/keysheets/17.html

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate -- anyone listening?
Communications manual with CD-Rom attached. Dan Chirpich from IUCN's
Asia Regional Office in Bangkok, Thailand, has edited a "Communications
Manual," with CD-Rom attached. The manual also includes valuable
material on communicating the message of environmental conservation and
the role and nature of IUCN itself by focusing on writing, photography,
design, publishing, media work and online communications. The attached
CD-Rom contains photos, powerpoint presentations, web templates, and
media contacts in addition to copies of the manual itself. Contact Dan
Chirp at: da-@iucnt.org.

Habitat Management Guidelines for Amphibians and Reptiles of the
Midwest. B. Kingsbury and J. Gibson, project leads. 2002. A PARC
Publication, ISBN
0-9667402-1-1. For more information, visit the Partners in Amphibian and
Reptile
Conservation website: http://www.parcplace.org/

Private Forestland Management Discussion Group. Visit a new discussion
group on Private Forestland Management at ConserveOnline.org! The group
is for those interested in the issues, needs, and concerns of private
forest landowners. The Discussion Group is for
exchanging information, asking questions, offering advice, and
announcing events, training courses, and other opportunities. To Access
Discussion Groups: 1) Browse to http://www.ConserveOnline.org, click on
discussion groups under communities.
2) If not registered on the discussion groups, register as a new user.

D. Stubby Warmbold. D. Stubby Warmbold is an innovative manufacturer of
Smartwood Rediscovered and FSC certified wood products. Smartwood
Rediscovered represents products that are 100% recycled. In other words
for every piece of lumber purchased
through our program, this saves the need to harvest certified or even
non-certified living trees. For more information go to:
http://www.stubbywarmbold.com/pages/companyprofile.html

Sustainable Forestry Cooperatives in the Midwest, by Jody Padgham , UWCC
Bulletin, July 2002. For more information go to:
http://www.wisc.edu/uwcc/info/uwcc_bulletins/bulletin_07_02.pdf

Agmatters E-News Debuts! The first edition of AGMATTERS E-NEWS is an
effort to keep partners better informed. These e-mail updates will
consist of National Campaign related information that is more timely
than the pieces in our quarterly printed newsletter. We are excited
about this new effort and look forward to your comments and suggestions
about its content. An HTML formatted version of this newsletter is
available at:
http://www.sustainableagriculture.net/enews1.php

Sustainable Agriculture Movement Database Debuts! The long-awaited
Sustainable Agriculture Movement Database is now up and running. The
database is accessible to official National Campaign partners with the
proper password access from any internet-enabled computer. The system is
also actively facilitating the sharing of data between the National
Campaign, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group and the Ohio
Ecological Food and Farm Association. Additional partner participation
is expected in the near future. To learn more about the system, contact
Devin, dev-@nacredata.com. To
become a participating partner, contact the National Campaign,
camp-@sustainableagriculture.net

New American Communities website focuses on how to strengthen and
sustain community-led entrepreneurial development. This is part of a
national pilot project that is combining face-to-face roundtable
meetings in rural communities with web supported interactive E-Search
Conference activities. The purpose of the project is to explore creative
strategies for enhancing community prosperity among our nation's rural
communities. An important element for promoting prosperity involves a
careful look at community-led entrepreneurial development. A recent
report prepared by the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC) titled
"Creating Vibrant Communities and Economies in Rural America," noted
that entrepreneurship is likely to represent one of the most viable
economic development strategies available to rural communities today.
Please visit and log on the newly created website
http://www.newamericancommunities.org, we are seeking your input. This
USDA/CSREES initiative is being coordinated by the Southern Rural
Development Center (SRDC). For more information please contact: Anthony
E. Smith, PhD, National Program Leader, Community-Based Entrepreneurial
Development
USDA/CSREES/ECS, Tel: 202-720-4564, Fax: 202-690-3162, email:
tonys-@reeusda.gov

Reinvestment Works, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition's Fall
2002 issue is now available on line in PDF format at http://www.ncrc.org

Wild Logging: A Guide to Environmentally and Economically Sustainable
Forestry by Bryan Foster. Private forestlands make up half of the
nation's forested acres and hold a
third of all standing timber. The literature has seldom spoken to these
small woodlots that are so valuable both for timber production and land
protection. With "Wild Logging" - smart, close to the ground and
brightly written - Bryan Foster offers a charter for the management of
our private forests. This blend of practical economics, stewardship
practices suited for particular places, and a passion for wild things is
exactly what Aldo Leopold had in mind. 176 pages, paperback $16.00,
ISBN 0-87842-448-2 Item No. 334. Ordering information: Contact Mountain
Press at 1-800-234-5308, in-@mtnpress.com ,
http://www.mountain-press.com

The Community Based Conservation Network? (CBCN) is sponsored by the
Sand County Foundation. The CBCN is a growing set of people and their
ecological landscapes from North America and Africa that are creating
win-win outcomes: better land health with direct local benefits. The
Foundation?s role is to learn from, encourage, and where appropriate,
assist community based conservation projects that incorporate multiple
landowners, a commitment to ethics & incentives, monitoring, and
independent review. Simultaneously, Sand County Foundation ensures that
the successes and challenges of Network members? conservation
experiences are shared among other landholders, with policy makers, and
environmental funders. If you are interested in more information about
the CBCN, please visit the Sand County Foundation web site at
www.sandcounty.net or contact Kevin McAleese at 608-663-4605.

Wisconsin Woodland Leadership Institute. Are you or someone you know a
leader or interested in becoming a leader in your community on forestry
issues? If yes, than maybe you are a candidate for the Wisconsin
Woodland Leadership Institute! The Institute is designed to educate and
build the capacity of Wisconsin's woodland owners to become leaders in
their local communities on issues related to forestry, sustainable
forest management and public policy. The participants will hopefully
become more active in
these issues on the local, regional and state levels. For more
information, please contact: Suzanne Wade, suzann-@ces.uwex.edu ,
920-674-7443.

Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center is an outdoor school
designed
to provide environmental education and outdoor experiences to people of
all ages. Prairie Woods provides several different programs including:
hands-on environmental education on a variety of natural history
subjects; challenge programs that teach communication, problem solving,
and critical thinking; outdoor skills. For more information go to:
http://www.seek.state.mn.us/compact2.cfm?ItemId=1191

Managing Global Resources: Challenges of Forest Conservation and
Development, by: Uma Lele. The book summarizes six country studies and
uses them to draw general
conclusions about forests as a global resource. The authors argue that
governments in developing countries with lots of valuable forest such as
Brazil, Cameroon, and Indonesia generally want to use their forest to
finance economic growth and to provide patronage to
their friends. If people in developed countries want these forest-rich
developing countries to conserve their forests to provide global
benefits such as biodiversity conservation and carbon sequestration they
will have to pay them. The real challenge is to figure out how to do
that. In contrast, forest-poor countries like China and India now
recognize the need to conserve and even restore forests to protect their
watersheds and to meet poor people's demands for fuelwood, fodder, and
other forest products. These countries and their have been willing to
invest in planting and managing forests provided they could source funds
at a reasonable cost. You can purchase the book electronically through
Amazon.com and can send comments or questions to Uma Lele herself at:
Ule-@worldbank.org

Wildfire Suppression: Strategies for Containing Costs The National
Academy of Public Administration released this report which examined
ways to reduce the costs of fighting wildland fires. The study evaluated
six large fires during the 2001 season, and found that there is a need
for better cooperation between federal, state, local and tribal
jurisdictions. In addition, improved cooperation should be complimented
by reducing hazardous fuels, improving fire prevention, and managing
fires more cost effectively through a federal incentive program. Panel
Chairman Frank Fairbanks also identified the need to make communities
fire-resistant. For more information visit
http://www.napawash.org/resources/news/news_11_15_02.html?OpenDocument
.To read the report, visit
http://www.napawash.org/Pubs/FireSuppression_September_2002.pdf


FUNDING

Sustainable Forestry And Biodiversity: 2003 Request For Proposals
The National Commission for Science on Sustainable Forestry (NCSSF) is
soliciting Letters of Intent (due January 31, 2003) for our competitive
awards process. NCSSF will fund six specific projects in 2003 on forest
management and biodiversity related to: the impacts of land use history
on biodiversity; calibrating conservation theory and practice;
evaluating
economic drivers and global tradeoffs from changes in ownership and
management intensity; and developing risk management tools. Based on the
Letters of Intent, three candidates for each project will be invited to
submit proposals for external review. Final awards are expected by June
2003 and will range from $45,000 to $150,000 each depending on the
project. Further information, project descriptions and instructions are
available at: http://www.ncssf.org (cfc-12-27-02)

Grants Available For Environmental Education In The Chesapeake Bay
Watershed.     The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) has invited the public to submit proposals for funding to
implement environmental education projects in the Chesapeake Bay
Watershed. The funding is available for two priority areas: "Meaningful"
Chesapeake Bay or Stream Outdoor Experience, and Professional
Development in the Area of Environmental Education for Teachers within
the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. For more information, click on the
following URL: http://www.lgean.org/html/whatsnew.cfm?id=520

New Fund Offers Grants For Sustainable Affordable Design.
The Oak Hill Fund, formed this year after the W. Alton Jones Foundation
was split into three separate foundations, is seeking grant applications
from nonprofits with 501c(3) standing for its Environmentally
Sustainable Affordable Design program. The program offers grants in four
areas intended to encourage sustainability and affordability in
residential design: 1) educational initiatives; 2) initiatives that
incorporate sustainability and affordability in residential design and
construction; 3) efforts to provide the public in the Southeastern U.S.
with access to green building technologies; and 4) local grants for
nonprofits in the Charlottesville, Virginia area. The Oak Hill Fund
expects to disburse $1.5 million during its first year. More:
http://www.oakhillfund.org. (from: Environmental Building News, Nov
2002, p 4.)



POSITIONS, FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS

Appalachian Forest Resource Center Coordinator, Rural Action Research
and Education Center, Rutland, Ohio. The Appalachian Forest Resource
Center (AFRC) is a research and education project funded by a 4-year
grant from Fund For Rural America. It is established by National
Network of Forest Practitioners, in cooperation with Rural Action, as
part of the NNFP?s National Community Forestry Center. The NCFC was
created out of a desire to develop options for rural communities that
sustain communities economically and socially but also sustain healthy
forest ecosystems. For more information contact Barb Willis, Human
Resources Director, Rural Action. 800-351-5074 or bar-@ruralaction.org.

Various Forestry Positions, Clark Forestry, Inc., Baraboo, WI 53913,
(608) 356-2801, fcl-@clarkforestry.com.

Wisconsin School Forest Education Specialist.
http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr/leaf/schforjb.htm.





GATHERINGS

XII World Forestry Congress, September 21-28, 2003, Quebec City, Canada.
The theme is ?Forests, source of life.? For more information: call (414)
694-2424, sec--@wfc2003.org or go to:
http://www.wfc2003.org/page.php?c=/en/index.html.

Indigenous Peoples' Forum at the World Forestry Congress, September
21-28, 2003, Quebec City, Canada. First Annoucement of the Indigenous
Peoples' Forest Forum
September 19-20, 2003 (TENTATIVE), Quebec, Canada. The XII World
Forestry Congress is being organized and hosted by Canada under the
auspices of United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The
National Aboriginal Forestry Association (NAFA) of Canada, a member of
the organizing committee of the XII World Forestry Congress, is hosting
and organizing an Indigenous Peoples' Forest Forum as an official side
event. The Indigenous Peoples' Forest Pavilion will showcase diverse,
innovative and leading Indigenous Peoples' sustainable forest management
initiatives at the XII World Forestry Congress. There will be
approximately 30 initiatives selected from around the world to be a part
of the Pavilion for the duration of the Congress. Applications will be
accepted until January 31, 2003. Limited funding will be available for
up to 2 individuals from each initiative to attend the WFC. Further
information will be available at: National Aboriginal Forestry
Association (NAFA), 875 Bank Street - Ottawa ON K1S 3W4   CANADA, Tel:
(613) 233-5563 / Fax: (613) 233-4329, Email: iki-@nafaforestry.org,
Web: www.nafaforestry.org

Wind and Solar Power on the Farm, February 27, 2003, La Crosse,
Wisconsin. Discover the power renewable energy can bring to the farm.
This workshop offers information about renewable energy systems,
technical assistance, financial assistance, wind energy for water
pumping, electricity, farm uses for solar electric panels, hybrid
wind/solar electric systems, energy efficiency opportunities and the
chance to speak with renewable energy
professionals. To register online please visit
www.focusonenergy.com/calendar and click on Wind and Solar on the Farm.
If you would prefer to register off-line, please contact Erin Freund at
800.466.4631, efre-@ecw.org for more information.

Tri-State Forestry Conference scheduled in Keokuk, March 22, 2003 at
Grand Theatre in Keokuk, IA. Forest landowners from SE Iowa, NE Missouri
and eastern Illinois interested in learning how to better manage their
forested land are encouraged to attend the 3rd Annual Tri-State Forest
Stewardship Conference. The conference will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will
conclude at 5:00 p.m. More information is available at:
http://www.forestrycenter.org/cfrc/Calendar/detail.cfm?whichevent=498,
It is also available at:
http://www.ag.iastate.edu/departments/forestry/ext/fep.html
(cfc-21-27-02)

2nd Annual Living Green Expo, April 12 - 13, 2003 in St. Paul,
Minnesota. A coalition of government, business, and non-profit
organizations anticipates 200 vendors and 80 workshops, plus a wide
variety of arts displays, kids activities, food and entertainment. The
deadline for the early-bird registration discount for vendors and
exhibitors is January 31, 2003. For more information go to
http://www.livinggreenexpo.org or contact Jeff Stuhr:
jeff.-@moea.state.mn.us or at (651) 215-0218. (cfc-12-27-02)

Conserving Biodiversity in Working Forests, May 28-31, 2003, Sewanee,
Tennessee. The Forest Stewards Guild 2003 Annual Meeting and Conference
will be held at the University of the South in Sewanee Tennessee. For
more information contact: the Forest Stewards Guild, PO Box 8309, Santa
Fe NM 87504, (505) 983-3887, (505) 986-0798 or
in-@foreststewardsguild.org, www.foreststewardsguild.org.

Making Standards And Practices Come Alive: A Foundation For Growing Your
Land Trust, January 25, 2003, Carmel, Indiana. This daylong workshop
will show how to use the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices and
the new assessment workbook as a foundation for a strategic planning
process. The brochure is available to download at this link
http://www.lta.org/training/lct_mw.htm#s_and_p. For more information,
contact the Land Trust Alliance/Midwest office at 269-324-1683 or
lta-@lta.org.

Woodland Owners Conference, February 22, 2003 in Madison, Wisconsin,.
The conference will feature presentations concerning new Woodland
management programs and
developments. The conference will be held at the American Family
Insurance Headquarters Training Center. If you would like to receive a
registration brochure or are interested in
having an exhibit at the conference, contact Connie Curran at the Dane
County UW-Extension office (608)224-3704.

18th Annual Wood Machining Institute Workshop on Design, Operation, and
Maintenance of Circular and Band Saws, March 17-18, 2003, Portland,
Oregon. For more information, contact Dr. R. Szymani at 925-943-5240 or
szym-@woodmachining.com or check WMI's website
http://www.woodmachining.com.

2003 National Community Involvement Conference and Training, July 22 -
25, 2003 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is calling for presenters for its
annual national conference, which will bring together public
participation and community involvement professionals from EPA programs
and EPA's federal, state, tribal, and local partners. The application
receipt deadline is January 20, 2003. To download the brochure and
associated application forms:
http://www.epancic.org/2003/CallPresenters.cfm

Harvester Involvement In Inventorying And Monitoring Of Nontimber Forest
Products (aka Special Forest Products) in the southeastern region.
February 27, 2003, Atlanta, Georgia. The project?s goal is to assess the
relationships between forest management practices, nontimber forest
products (NTFPs), and biodiversity in the U.S. For more information and
to pre-register, please contact Katie Lynch no later than February
20th, 2003 at ktly-@ifcae.org, (503) 320-1323. This is the second of
four regional workshops. For more information, visit our website:
www.ifcae.org

Participatory Monitoring And Evaluation, March 10 to 28, 2003, Silang,
Cavite, Philippines. (An optional M&E preparatory session will be held
on March 6 to 8, 2003). The PM&E course examines PM&E at the community,
program and organizational levels. Selected cases are presented and
discussed. PM&E concepts and theories and methods, tools and techniques
that have been tested and used in the field are shared. For more
information e-mail: Education-@iirr.org, go to:
http://www.iirr.org/html/International.htm, or call: (63-46) 414 2417
local 402.

First World Congress of Agroforestry, June 27-July 2, 2004, Orlando,
Florida. The theme is ?Working together for sustainable land-use
systems.? For more information contact: Mandy Padgett (352) 392-5930,
mrpad-@mail.ifas.ufl.edu.

SAF National Convention, October 25-29, 2003, Buffalo, New York. The
call for presentations for the 2003 convention is being conducted
online. Visit the SAF website at
http://www.safnet.org/calendar/conv2003/2003call.htm

New Training Course on Managing Conflict in Forest Resource Management
May 7-23, 2003, location. For more information visit:
http://www.retcoftc.org/03region/courses/conflict/intro.html

Wood and Fiber Supplies: Now and the Future February 3-5th, 2003,
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. For more information, contact: Katie
Fernholz, kfern-@iatp.org,
612-870-3415 or visit http://www.maplelag.com and http://www.mnsaf.org

National Community Reinvestment Coalition's (NCRC) Annual conference,
March 12-15, 2003, Washington, DC. Registration information is also
available on line at www.ncrc.org. Don't relay your registration -
register now to take advantage of the early bird discount! For more
information go to: http://www.ncrc.org/Conference/confindex.html




MISCELLANEOUS

The Minnesota Environmental Initiative. Each year the Environmental
Initiative Awards recognize five innovative projects that exemplify the
Minnesota Environmental Initiative's focus on collaborative approaches
to environmental improvement. Nominations are now
being accepted for the 2003 Environmental Initiative Awards. The
nomination categories include environmental education, energy efficiency
and renewable energy, private sector environmental management
excellence, public sector environmental management excellence and land
use. The nomination form and instructions are available on MEI's web
site at
http://www.mn-ei.org. Nominations are due January 31, 2003. Questions
can be directed to Tracy Nordquist at tnord-@mn-ei.org or
612-334-3388 ext. 101.

FSC National Boreal Standard Draft 1.0 The FSC National Boreal Standard
Draft 1.0 is now available for input at:
http://www.fsccanada.org/boreal/pdf_document/Draft_1.pdf.
We invite people interested in commenting the draft to use the online
form at: http://www.fsccanada.org/boreal /inputs.shtml . For people not
having access to e-mail, we can send them a hard copy by regular mail.
For more information contact: Marc Thibault, National Boreal Standard
Coordinator, Coordonnateur de la Norme Boréale Nationale, FSC Canada, 1,
Eva Road, Suite 205, Toronto, Ont., M9C 4Z5, Canada, tel: 418-828-1438,
fax: 418-828-1439, e-mail: mthib-@fsccanada.org, web site:
www.fsccanada.org. (cfc-12-27-02)


2002 Forest Planning Regulations. On November 27, the Administration
released revisions to the regulations that guide the National Forest
System Land and Resource Management Planning process. These rules are
designed to emphasize public involvement, sound science, sustainability,
and to make the planning process more efficient. The rules are available
for public comment at
ch.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2002/02-30683.htm
The public comment period ends on March 6, 2003.


Second Annual Sustainable Forest Management Summit, Meeting Emerging
Ecological, Economic, and Social Challenges, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario,
Canada, June 9-11, 2003. Call for Presentations: The Great Lakes Forest
Alliance (GLFA) is a forum to foster and facilitate cooperative efforts
that enhance management and sustainable use of the
public and private forest lands in Michigan, Minnesota, Ontario and
Wisconsin. Please review the detailed call for presentations, and
submit your abstract by January 31, 2003. Further details can be found
on the meeting website http://www.lsfa.org/about.html

In conjunction with RUPRI's Rural Matters: Making Place and Culture
Count Symposium, the Rural Policy Forum is asking America to reflect
upon the importance of place and culture in rural America and the
policies that affect rural America. Participate in an online survey. It
will only take about 10 minutes! Click on this link to begin the survey
http://www.ruralpolicyforum.org/ruralmatters/online_survey.htm. Results
will be posted on the Rural Policy Forum website and will be reflected
upon in finalizing the Nebraska City Declaration. This Declaration, an
outcome of the symposium, will provide a framework for
thinking about a place-based rural policy. An initial version of the
document is available for review at
http://www.ruralpolicyforum.org/ruralmatters or the symposium site
http://rupri.org/ruralmatters


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Editors: Kim Ziegelmayer and Thomas Brendler. Special thanks to: Natasha
Sitarz at American Forests, Michael Goergen of SAF, Community Forestry
Connections, Greenlines, The Wilderness Society, the Center for
Biological Diversity, and Forest Trust.

The mission of the National Network of Forest Practitioners is to
promote the mutual well being of workers, rural communities, and forests
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
information and technical assistance, a forum for networking and
organizing, and a meaningful role in national discussions about forests
and rural communities. To join the network or to obtain more
information, send an email to in-@nnfp.org and include your regular
mail address.

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