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FCN No. 64  Thomas Brendler
 Apr 16, 2003 15:20 PDT 
FOREST COMMUNITY NEWS

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No. 64
April 16, 2003

SAVE THE DATES!

NNFP Annual Meeting
October 28-November 1, 2003
St. Helena Island, South Carolina
More details coming soon.

Week in Washington
June 2-5, 2003, Washington, DC
For more information, contact
Kim Ziegelmayer at ki-@nnfp.org

IN THIS ISSUE

NEWS
Policy Update: National
Bill Would Ban Logging, Roads In Some U.S. Forests Washington
Senate Hears From USDA On Fire Impacts And Outlook For 2003
Administration Proposes Technical Assistance Fund
FY?04 Forest Service Budget
Budget Resolution
Timber Tax Simplification Act Of 2003
Reforestation Tax Act
Draft Energy Package
Energy Tax Incentive Act
FLPMA And The Mineral Leasing Act
Tax Break For Washington State Forest Deal Clears House

Policy Update: Regional
FS Releases Plans For Southern-Appalachian National Forests
Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Amendment Approved
Legislators In California Introduce Numerous Forestry Bills

Imports Splinter Maine Industry
Paper-Industry Expansion Easier In Other States, GP Chief Says
Canada worries that softwood issue may strain U.S. relations
B.C. to Boost Timber for Open Market
Last Large Chestnut Stand Is Threatened
Potlatch Forests To Get Dual Reviews For Sustainability
Knoll's Office Systems Now Available With FSC-Certified Wood

RESOURCES & TOOLS
Spotlight: Ecosystem Workforce Assessment Quick Guide
FUNDING
POSITIONS, FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS
MEETINGS & WORKSHOPS
WHERE DO I SIGN UP?

NEWS

BILL WOULD BAN LOGGING, ROADS IN SOME U.S. FORESTS WASHINGTON
U.S. Democratic senators reintroduced legislation Tuesday April 1 to
prohibit logging and road-building on federal land where lumber removal
could damage the environment and threaten endangered plants and
animals.. The bill, introduced by Sen. Jon Corzine (D-NJ), and three
other lawmakers, would restrict logging in wilderness areas such as
ancient forests, watersheds or land designated as roadless. Similar
legislation was introduced in both the House and Senate last year.
(Reuters News Service, 4/1/03) You can read the full article at
http://www.forbes.com/home_europe/newswire/2003/04/01/rtr927037.html

SENATE HEARS FROM USDA ON FIRE IMPACTS AND OUTLOOK FOR 2003
On Thursday, March 13, 2003, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Committee met to gain an understanding of the impacts of last year's
fires and then look forward to the potential 2003 fire season. Members
questioned David Tenny, USDA's deputy undersecretary for natural
resources and the environment on the Administration?s proposed funding
for wildfire suppression and preparedness. President Bush has proposed
to spend $605 million for wildfire suppression and $610 million for
preparedness within the Forest Service. Legislators were skeptical that
the over $1 billion between the two accounts will be insufficient to
fight the upcoming wildfires this season. Tenny also discussed wildfire
effects on threatened and endangered species and air quality. Linda
Conlin, assistant secretary in the Commerce Department, also testified
before the Committee on the affects wildfire has on tourism. To view
testimonies before the Committee visit:
http://energy.senate.gov/hearings/witnesslist.cfm?id=626 (Society of
American Foresters, Forest Policy Update March 17, 2003)

ADMINISTRATION PROPOSES COMPREHENSIVE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FUND
On Thursday, March 13, 2003, members of the House Appropriations
Agriculture Subcommittee convened to discuss the Natural Resource
Conservation Service budget. Of great interest at the hearing was
technical assistance funding for the conservation programs in the 2002
Farm Bill. Mark Rey, USDA undersecretary, testified before the
Subcommittee stating the Administration?s desire to create a single
account on which to draw funds for technical assistance. The money for
this account would be supplied by taking 15 percent from the mandatory
funding for each of the conservation programs and creating a $432
million technical assistance fund. This fund would be subject to the
annual appropriations process. Members of the Subcommittee questioned
Rey about the Administration?s proposal and voiced concern as to the
viability of these programs when subject to the annual appropriations
process. For information on the Administrations proposal for funding the
technical assistance programs visit:
http://www.usda.gov/agency/obpa/Budget-Summary/2004/10.NRE.htm (Society
of American Foresters, Forest Policy Update March 17, 2003)

FY?04 FOREST SERVICE BUDGET
On Thursday, March 20th the Senate Appropriations Interior subcommittee
met to discuss the Forest Service?s FY ?04 budget. Subcommittee members
questioned Dale Bosworth, Chief of the Forest Service, on the Agency?s
ability to fight wildfires during the upcoming fire season with the
proposed budget and reduction in fire personnel. Members also expressed
their desire to work with the Agency to fix the appeals process and
reduce excess litigation. Bosworth explained that the Healthy Forests
Initiative would eliminate many of these problems through pre-decisional
participation in the planning process. Bosworth also stated that
stewardship contracting is the right tool to answer many of the forest
health problems including insect infestations, fire rehabilitation and
restoration, and invasive species. For Chief Bosworth?s testimony visit
http://www.fs.fed.us/congress/ For SAF's position on hazardous fuels
treatments visit http://www.safnet.org/policy/psst/merge_fuels.htm
(Society of American Foresters, Forest Policy Update March 24, 2003)

BUDGET RESOLUTION
In related news, the Senate, passed their version of the FY?04 budget
resolution (S.Con.Res.23) on Wednesday, March 26th. The concurrent
budget resolution, which does not have the effect of law, sets Congress?
revenue and spending goals for the upcoming fiscal year. The resolution
included an amendment offered by Senator Wyden (D-OR) that increases the
allocation for the National Fire Plan in 2004 to $3.1 billion, $500
million above the 2003 proposed level. The House passed a budget
resolution (H Con Res. 95) on March 21. Conferees will now meet to
resolve differences in the two proposals. For additional information
visit http://wyden.senate.gov/media/2003/03212003_firefunding.html
(Society of American Foresters, Forest Policy Update March 31, 2003)

TIMBER TAX SIMPLIFICATION ACT OF 2003
On February 27th, Rep. Collins (R-GA) introduced the Timber Tax
Simplification Act of 2003 (HR 974), that would allow timber sales by
landowners to be treated as a capital gain. The bill is currently
awaiting action in the House Ways and Means Committee. For additional
information visit http://waysandmeans.house.gov/ (Society of American
Foresters, Forest Policy Update March 24, 2003)

REFORESTATION TAX ACT
On March 18, Rep. Jennifer Dunn (R-WA) introduced the Reforestation Tax
Act (HR 1310). This Act would reduce the tax paid on timber for
individuals and corporations by 3 percent each year that timber is held,
up to a maximum reduction of 50 percent and would eliminate the current
$10,000 cap on reforestation expenses to be amortized over seven years,
allow all reforestation costs to be expensed in the year they are
incurred. For additional information visit
http://www.house.gov/dunn/leg/legis.htm For SAF?s position on taxes
visit http://www.safnet.org/policy/statements.htm (Society of American
Foresters, Forest Policy Update March 24, 2003)

DRAFT ENERGY PACKAGE
On Wednesday, March 26th Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Chairman Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) revealed his draft energy package.
Domenici?s draft includes provisions for the use of biomass energy,
including tops, needles and other woody parts of trees and woody plants.
Byproducts, such as wood, brush, thinning, chips, slash, or other
non-merchantable material, that are removed to reduce hazardous fuels,
reduce the disease or insect infestation, contain disease or insect
infestation, or reduce stand density would be used as a source of
biomass energy. Sen. Domenici?s energy package also includes grants to
offset costs for those operations that use biomass energy. To view Sen.
Domenici?s energy package visit:
http://www.eenews.net/EEDaily/Backissues/images/032703dr1.pdf (Society
of American Foresters, Forest Policy Update March 31, 2003)

ENERGY TAX INCENTIVE ACT
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) introduced an
energy tax incentive package in the form of S 597, the Energy Tax
Incentive Act of 2003. The proposal, cosponsored by Senate Energy
Committee Chairman Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) and ranking member Jeff
Bingaman (D-N.M.), would provide approximately $15.5 billion in energy
incentives, including energy from biomass production such as saw dust,
tree trimmings, agricultural byproducts and untreated construction
debris. To view the entire bill, visit:
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:s.00597: (Society of
American Foresters, Forest Policy Update March 31, 2003)

FLPMA AND THE MINERAL LEASING ACT
The House convened on April 1 to discuss 5 bills under suspension.
Included in this discussion is H.R. 762, an amendment to the Federal
Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 and the Mineral Leasing Act.
Sponsored by Rep. Cubin (R-WY) of the Committee on Resources, the bill
clarifies the method by which the Secretary of the Interior and the
Secretary of Agriculture determine the fair marked value of certain
rights of way granted, issued, or renewed under these Acts. To view the
entire bill, visit:
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:hr.00762: (Society of
American Foresters, Forest Policy Update March 31, 2003)

TAX BREAK FOR WASHINGTON STATE FOREST DEAL CLEARS HOUSE
The House on March 19, 2003 passed a package of tax measures (HR 1308)
that includes authority for the Seattle-based Evergreen Forest Trust to
issue tax-exempt bonds to finance the purchase of the 104,000-acre
Snoqualmie Tree Farm. The trust had hoped to buy the land from
Weyerhaeuser Co., which agreed last year to sell the land to the trust
for $185 million. But the trust's option expired in January, and
Weyerhaeuser announced March 10 that it would sell the land to Hancock
Timber Resource Group, an investment company. Washington Rep. Jennifer
Dunn (R), author of the provision, said, "While I had hoped for the
approval of this legislation before Weyerhaeuser
recently identified another buyer for the Snoqualmie Tree Farm, I
believe it is important to continue to pursue this important
legislation. This is an innovative concept that can be a model for other
communities around the nation and potentially for a deal with Hancock."
(Congressional Green Sheets, March 23, 2003)

FOREST SERVICE RELEASES PLANS FOR SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN NATIONAL FORESTS
The USFS released draft management plans for southern Appalachian
forests, to direct forest management on 3.2 million acres and emphasize
the maintenance and restoration of forest health by using the best
available science. The plans seek to reduce risks associated with
insects, disease, and wildfire while maintaining biological diversity.
The forests include the National Forests in Alabama, the Chattahoochee
and Oconee National Forests in Georgia, the Cherokee National Forest in
Tennessee, the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia, and the Sumter
National Forest in South Carolina. For more information visit:
http://www.fs.fed.us/conf/press/030307-dlmp-release-pr.htm (Society of
American Foresters, Forest Policy Update March 17, 2003)

SIERRA NEVADA FOREST PLAN AMENDMENT APPROVED
On March 19, 2003 Pacific Southwest Regional Forester Jack Blackwell
accepted the Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Amendment (Framework) Review
Team's recommendation, which included an allowance to cut twice the
amount of annual allowable cut and allows trees up to 30 inches in
diameter to be harvested. The plan allows an annual cut of 450 million
board feet of lumber in comparison with the previous plan?s 191 million
board feet allowance. Of the 450 million board feet, 75 percent should
come from areas next to communities to reduce wildfire threats in the
next five years. To view the entire amendment visit:
http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/snfpa/review/review-report/index.html (Society
of American Foresters, Forest Policy Update March 24, 2003)

LEGISLATORS IN CALIFORNIA INTRODUCE NUMEROUS FORESTRY BILLS
California state lawmakers introduced an array of forestry legislation
in the past month. The laundry list of legislation includes proposals
to limit the amount of logging within each watershed during a 10 year
period; impose a tax on timber products sold in California to raise
money for timber harvest plan reviews and forest restoration; and ban
the harvest of trees older than the state of California or larger than
certain diameters. To view the text of these bills visit:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/bilinfo.html (Society of American Foresters,
Forest Policy Update March 24, 2003)

IMPORTS SPLINTER MAINE INDUSTRY
NORWAY, Maine - For decades, the C.B. Cummings & Sons plant buzzed with
scores of employees transforming logs into dowels that were used for
furniture, toys and novelties. The plant even made parts for Tinker Toys
and the tiny wooden hotels and houses on Monopoly board games. Now C.B.
Cummings' aging cinderblock and wooden buildings sit empty, the victims
of cheap imports. The company has auctioned its equipment and is seeking
a buyer for the buildings and four acres of land. For more information
go to:
http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthtribune/5346134.htm

PAPER-INDUSTRY EXPANSION EASIER IN OTHER STATES, GEORGIA-PACIFIC CHIEF
SAYS
Wisconsin will not see much expansion in its paper industry because it
does not offer companies enough incentive to expand here, the chairman
and chief executive officer of Georgia-Pacific Corp. said Friday in an
interview with the Press-Gazette. Georgia-Pacific recently chose to
build new paper machines in Oregon and Louisiana because they are more
attractive places
for investment than Wisconsin, A.D. "Pete" Correll said. For more
information go to:
http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/news/archive/local_8949365.shtml

CANADA WORRIES SOFTWOOD ISSUE MAY STRAIN U.S. RELATIONS
Canadian CEOs say they are worried that tightened borders in this time
of war, as well as the ongoing softwood lumber dispute, could slow trade
between the two nations. Officials estimate that border disruptions
could affect as much as 45% of exports, freight operations and related
investments. For the full article:
http://rdr.sbml.cc/Click?q=0c-_Y5DIc8f3vJCK0WWyonA7JkG

B.C. TO BOOST TIMBER FOR OPEN MARKET
British Columbia is raising the amount of annual timber that it will
sell through the open market by about one third to 40 per cent. This
amount is expected to increase to between 45 and 50 per cent over the
next two decades. The Government is planning to reallocate 20 per cent
of logging
rights (8.3 million cubic meters) from large forestry companies. B.C.
plans to give half of the open-market timber to First Nations, wood lot
owners and community forests before auctioning it off. There are some
concerns about the impact of these decisions on forestry communities.
(Peter Kennedy And Brent Jang, Thursday, March 27, 2003). For the full
story go to:
http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20030327/RFORE/T

PBusiness/TopStories

LAST LARGE CHESTNUT STAND IS THREATENED
Scientists are trying to save the world's largest existing stand of
American chestnut trees in West Salem, Wisconsin from a virulent fungus
that virtually wiped out the rest of the species. The American Chestnut
Foundation awarded nearly $30,000 to two Wisconsin scientists to help
them in their efforts to save and catalog the stand, a 60-acre patch
along West Salem's rural La Crosse County Highway C. For more
information go to:
http://www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/news/local/states/wisconsin/5309089.htm


POTLATCH FORESTS TO GET DUAL REVIEWS FOR SUSTAINABILITY-PROCESS WILL
OFFER DIRECT COMPARISON OF TWO PROGRAMS
Potlatch Corp. has become the first forest products company to agree to
a side-by-side comparison of competing forest certification programs.
The Spokane company announced Thursday that it has agreed to apply both
the Forest Stewardship Council program and the Sustainable Forestry
Initiative to its 670,000 acres of Idaho timberland. For the full
article:
http://www.matr.net/news.phtml?newsid=6265


KNOLL'S OFFICE SYSTEMS NOW AVAILABLE WITH FSC-CERTIFIED WOOD
In January 2003, Knoll, Inc. became North America's largest furniture
manufacturer with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain-of-custody
certification. The certification of Knoll's manufacturing plants in
Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ontario was performed by Scientific
Certification Systems. "All of our standard furniture lines are
available with FSC-certified wood," reports Lou Newett, Knoll's manager
of environmental health and safety. The upcharge for specifying this
option is minimal on large jobs, according to Newett. Using the FSC's
percentage-based claims rules, Knoll can label products as certified as
long as 70 percent of the wood in the overall product is certified. On
large jobs it can be hard to procure enough solid lumber or veneer, so
they make up the difference with certified composite core materials.
Knoll currently has no products for which FSC-certified wood is used by
default, due to difficulties in procuring the quantity of wood they
would need. (Environmental Building News, Apr 2003, Nadav Malin). For
more information on Knoll, Inc. visit: http://www.knoll.com


NNFP?S NATIONAL COMMUNITY FORESTRY CENTER:
RESOURCES & TOOLS

In June 2000, the National Network of Forest Practitioners launched the
National Community Forestry Center, a groundbreaking effort designed to
improve the well-being of communities and forests by helping rural
people access, produce and use information. The NCFC?s four regional
centers use participatory research to solve problems by strengthening
their capacity to ask and answer questions that are important to their
communities, cultures, and forests. At the national level, NCFC serves
as NNFP?s clearinghouse for resources, tools, and practical information
for people involved in community forestry.

SPOTLIGHT: ECOSYSTEM WORKFORCE ASSESSMENT QUICK GUIDE
The transition from resource extraction to ecosystem management on
public lands and the increased interest in private land restoration has
led some rural communities to try to promote an ecosystem management
industry that can provide new types of quality jobs for forest workers
while addressing ecological restoration needs. To accomplish this,
community organizations need to understand the types of forest work that
are being undertaken and the capacity of businesses and workers to do
those types of work. Information about forest restoration work and the
workforce can help community organizations and public agencies link the
needs of landowners and the capacity of contractors and workers. With
this information, they can provide contractor assistance, develop
appropriate worker training, and structure contracts to foster quality
jobs. This quick guide offers a simple approach for conducting a
workforce assessment and offers additional resources including sample
worker and contractor surveys and multiparty monitoring. Copies are
available at: http://ewp.uoregon.edu or call (541) 346-0675.
SCHOOL-BASED FOREST EDUCATION IN THE NORTHERN FOREST
A down-loadable version of the NNFP National Community Forestry Center
Northern Forest Region?s publication School-based Forest Education in
the Northern Forest can be found at: http://www.ncfcnfr.net/pubs.html.
The publication is now in its third edition and gives brief summaries of
forestry focused, school-based programs throughout the Northern Forest
region.
GOOD LOGGER LIST WILL HELP LANDOWNERS IN VIRGINIA
Three environmental groups are collecting a list of "good loggers" who
they'll recommend when citizens come to them looking for help in knowing
who to hire. The Good Loggers List will be made available to the public
later this year and will include information collected from companies
who fill out the groups' questionnaires. They will be asked for details
about their work experience, safety record, water quality protection and
more. Questionnaires are being mailed out this week to 425 loggers
working in southwest Virginia, said Steve Brooks with Virginia Forest
Watch. The Forest Watch, The Nature Conservancy and Appalachian
Sustainable Development are working together to develop the list of
loggers who have good track records for safety, water protection and
professional training. For more information contact Virginia Forest
Watch va-@mounet.com
NEW MINORITY LAND OWNERSHIP DATA AND ARTICLE
An article on minority land ownership appeared recently and is available
on-line at the following
URL:http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/ruralamerica/ra174/ra174h.pdf.
The citation is: Jess Gilbert, Spencer D. Wood, and Gwen Sharp: "Who
Owns the Land? Agricultural Land Ownership by Race/Ethnicity,"
published in ERS/USDA's ?Rural America?. Winter 2002, pp. 55-62. If you
would like a hardcopy of the article, please contact Jess Gilbert,
Department of Rural Sociology, University of Wisconsin ? Madison, 450
Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706. E-mail: gilb-@ssc.wisc.edu, Phone:
(608) 262-9530, Fax: (608)262-6022.

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE TO LAUNCH CENTER FOR CONSERVATION INCENTIVES
The New York City-based Environmental Defense
(http://www.environmentaldefense.org), a national environmental
organization dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all
people, has received a five-year, $5 million grant from the Doris Duke
Charitable Foundation to establish and manage a new center focused on
promoting incentive-based approaches to conservation of habitat on the
nation's private lands. The organization will receive an additional $5
million for the program from a previous challenge grant from Robert W.
Wilson, a private investor who sits on the organization's board. In
partnership with both landowners and conservationists, Environmental
Defense's Center for Conservation Incentives will design and implement
projects that demonstrate how incentive-based strategies can benefit
biodiversity and foster stewardship of private lands; and will build
broad public awareness and support for private land conservation and
incentive programs.
ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS FOR WILDFIRE CASE STUDIES AVAILABLE
Two more case study summaries of community preparedness for wildfire,
which focus on Palm Coast, Florida and the Applegate Valley, Oregon, are
available from the Forest Service?s North Central Research Station. The
summaries focus on (1) keys to wildfire preparedness in the community,
(2) next possible steps to improve wildfire preparedness, (3) lessons
that other communities can take from the experience of the case study
communities, and (4) websites that people can visit to get more
information. These and earlier case studies from the research station
can be obtained from http://www.ncrs.fs.fed.us/4803/Highlights.htm. The
station has completed 4 of 15 case studies. Other case studies that will
soon be completed are: Waldo, Florida; the Northern Black Hills, South
Dakota; Long Island, New York; and Berkeley Township, New Jersey. If
you would like to receive hard copies of any of the case study
summaries, please contact Pamela J. Jake, USDA Forest Service, North
Central Research Station1992 Folwell Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108, (651)
649-5163, fax (651) 649-5285.

GREEN PROCUREMENT GUIDE
The Consumer's Choice Council (www.consumerscouncil.org) has published a
handbook for forest activists, called "How to save forests through
environmentally and socially responsible procurement." The handbook was
developed as a guide for local and regional organizations and activists,
who are interested in promoting the consumption of sustainable,
third-party certified timber and wood products through better
procurement practices. Please send an e-mail to Cameron Griffith,
Director of Government & Labor Relations at the Consumer's Choice
Council, came-@attglobal.net, including your name and mailing address,
if you would like to receive a free copy of the handbook.

NONTIMBER FOREST PRODUCTS IN THE UNITED STATES
The Institute for Culture and Ecology is donating royalties earned on
the new book, Nontimber Forest Products in the United States, toward the
purchase of copies for low income groups and individuals. If you would
like to be considered for a free copy please send a request with a short
statement of need and your street mailing address to: ifc-@ifcae.org.
All requests will be considered and the books will be mailed until the
fund is used. Read about the book at:
http://www.kansaspress.ku.edu/jonnon.html, for information on nontimber
forest products visit: www.ifcae.org/ntfp/, for information on the
Institute for Culture and Ecology visit: www.ifcae.org
GREEN MEDIA TOOLSHED PROVIDES MEDIA OUTREACH TOOLS
Green Media Toolshed is a nonprofit organization that provides media
outreach tools to the environmental community. They currently work with
79 member organizations in the United States and Canada. These include
national and regional groups such as The Wilderness Society, Sierra
Club, and the Dogwood Alliance. The organization collaborates with
environmental groups to provide an advanced media contact database, an
image management system, online press rooms, and content for media
training content and valuable intellectual property. More information
about the organization can be seen at
http://www.greenmediatoolshed.org/.

WHO WILL OWN THE FOREST? ORIGINS AND IMPLICATIONS OF CHANGING OWNERSHIP
The World Forestry Center Summit, which took place from January 21-23,
2003, was a provocative examination of how forest ownership patterns are
evolving and changing with the emergence of investment-oriented owners
as major players - specifically within the large, industrial forestland
sector. The audience was a mix of senior leaders and executives from the
forest industry, the conservation, investment and legal communities and
the public sector. Proceedings and videos are now available for order.
For more information, please visit our website at
www.worldforestry.org/conferences

NATIONAL INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER-WILFIRE OUTLOOK FOR 2003
The National Interagency Fire Center has determined the wildfires for
the upcoming wildfire season will be above normal in many regions of the
country; however, there predictions state that the upcoming season will
not be as devastating as the 2002 wildfire season. High tree mortality
due to drought and insect infestations is the main cause for increased
potential for fires in many of these regions. The Southwest, where many
of last years devastating fires occurred, is expected to have a later
fire season this year due above normal rainfall this year. To view
NIFC?s Wildland Fire outlook visit:
http://www.nifc.gov/news/intell_predserv_forms/season_outlook.html

GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE
Green Infrastructure is the Nation's natural life support system - a
strategically planned and managed network of wilderness, parks,
greenways, conservation easements, and working lands with conservation
value that supports native species, maintains natural ecological
processes, sustains air and water resources, and contributes to the
health and quality of life for America's communities and people.
Sponsored by the Conservation Fund and the U.S. Forest Service, for more
information go to: www.greeninfrastructure.net

MINORITY ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
The Minority Environmental Leadership Development Initiative (MELDI),
being developed at the University of Michigan's School of Natural
Resources and Environment (SNRE), focuses on minority environmental
students and professionals as well as career and leadership development
among minorities. The resources on the site will be of use to all
environmental students and professionals.
http://sitemaker.umich.edu/meldi

SEEING THE COMMUNITIES THROUGH THE TREES: REBUILDING COMMUNITIES IN THE
NORTHWEST ? AN ANALYSIS OF THE NORTHWEST ECONOMIC ADJUSTMENT INITIATIVE
The Northwest Economic Adjustment Initiative that pumped $1.2 billion
into Northwest communities to offset the decline in timber harvests.
More than that, these projects highlight the importance of building
local skills and catalyzing community efforts that lead to additional
projects and that may leverage millions more for local community
development. The Northwest Economic Adjustment Initiative is the
socioeconomic companion plan to the Northwest Forest Plan. To see case
studies from the report go to: www.fcresearch.org/neai To obtain a copy
of the report contact: Jonathan Kusel, kus-@fcresearch.org, (530)
284-1022 x.12.

THE STATE OF THE WORLD'S FORESTS 2003
The 2003 version of the bi-annual State of the World's Forests from FAO
has a more policy orientated focus than previous reports . Looking first
at recent changes in the forestry sector, the reports broader
recommendations call for stronger integrated policies and better
linkages across sectors, such as agriculture, transportation and trade.
It particularly recommends innovative partnerships among governments,
organizations, the private sector and civil society. Available online
at: http://www.fao.org/DOCREP/005/Y7581E/Y7581E00.HTM

EARTHSCAN PUBLICATIONS
Publishers of a number of books on forestry including: Tapping the Green
Market: Certification and Management of Non-Timber Forest Products,
editors: Abraham Guillen, Sarah A Laird, Patricia Shanley and Alan R
Pierce as well as Selling Forest Environmental Services: Market-based
Mechanisms for Conservation and Development, editors: Stefano Pagiola,
Joshua Bishop and Natasha Landell-Mills. For information on these and
other titles go to: http://www.earthscan.co.uk/

NON-WOOD FOREST PRODUCTS FROM TEMPERATE BROAD-LEAVED TREES
Temperate broad-leaved trees grow in very different ecosystems in the
northern and southern hemispheres, but are also extensively found in
many tropical and subtropical mountain areas. A wide range of non-wood
products are derived from temperate broad-leaved trees, and their
description is organized in this volume according to the part of the
tree from which they
are obtained (whole tree, foliage, flowers, etc.). The intended audience
of this publication
ranges from interest groups in the forest, agriculture and rural
development sectors to conservation agencies in developed and
developing countries. Copies of this publication (number 15 in the NWFP
series) ISBN 92-5-104855-X, can be purchased from FAO's Sales and
Marketing Group: publicati-@fao.org

THE PULP INVASION. THE INTERNATIONAL PULP AND PAPER INDUSTRY IN THE
MEKONG REGION
Written by Chris Lang, this book provides a detailed analysis on the
situation regarding pulpwood
plantations in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. Non Governmental
Organizations and Indigenous Peoples Organizations can ask for a free
copy of the book. To do so, please contact WRM International Secretariat
at: tere-@wrm.org.uy and send your postal address.

CROP TREE MANAGEMENT HANDBOOK
Much of the timber management information in this publication is based
on long-term crop tree release research conducted by the Timber
Management Research Project at the Fernow Experimental Forest in
Parsons, West Virginia. This work was started in the mid 1960's.
Integration of wildlife and aesthetic concepts began in Morgantown in
1987 when Forest Resources Management personnel of the Northeastern
Area, State and Private Forestry, were looking for a means of
accomplishing multiple landowner objectives on the private,
non-industrial forest. In 1990, the Crop Tree Management concept was
expanded to include accomplishment of water-quality objectives. To
access the report online:
http://www.fs.fed.us/na/morgantown/frm/perkey/ctm/ctm_index.html

WISCONSIN MANUAL OF CONTROL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ECOLOGICALLY INVASIVE
PLANTS
These guidelines primarily refer to control methods in natural areas,
but are not restricted to such areas. Native plants should be protected
and encouraged to grow in urban, suburban, and rural lands, not just in
protected natural areas. Individual involved in land management, from
parks personnel and public land managers to road crews to private
landowners, will find these recommendations useful in efforts to promote
balanced and diverse ecological communities from state parks and scenic
riverways to roadsides and backyards.
http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/land/er/invasive/manual_toc.htm

2002 INVASIVE AND EXOTIC SPECIES COMPENDIUM
The 2002 Invasive and Exotic Species Compendium is now available from
the Natural Areas Association on CD-ROM! It features 93 journal articles
on invasive and exotic species and references to relevant websites. It
costs $22 for NAA members and $32 for non-members. To order send your
name and address with a check or money order to: Natural Areas
Association, P.O. Box 1504, Bend, OR 97709.

BIODIVERSITY FOR FORESTS AND FARMS VIDEO
Useful to anyone who wants to protect and enhance habitat for fish and
wildlife and the many ecological services upon which we all depend.
Introduces the technologies of GAP analysis and geographic information
systems. 28 min. Video 147VBFFF $26.25. For more information:
http://www.cce.cornell.edu/publications/natural-resources.cfm

GLOBAL PUBLIC GOODS NETWORK
gpgNet intends to serve researchers, policymakers, business and civil
society as a platform for information exchange and discussion on issues
concerning the theory, policy design and practice of providing global
public goods. Visit gpgNet at http://www.gpgNet.net

TWO FAO ONLINE DATABASES
http://www.fao.org/forestry/finance-sources - Sources of funding for
sustainable forest management.
http://www.fao.org/forestry/valuation - Forest valuation database.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA) WEBSITES
Go to: http://www.epa.gov/epahome/whereyoulive.htm to access EPA
databases that include: Envirofacts: Provides access to several EPA
databases to provide you with information about environmental activities
that may affect air, water, and land anywhere in the United States;
Window to My Environment: Use interactive maps and tools to answer
popular questions about environmental conditions affecting air, land and
water in your community; and learn what is being done locally to protect
the environment.
AIRNOW: Search the Air Quality Index and find ozone maps to learn more
about air quality and air pollution.
Toxic Release Inventory: Search the TRI and find formation regarding
toxic chemicals that are being used, manufactured, treated, transported,
or released into the environment.
National Superfund Sites (NPL): Get information about Superfund sites in
your community; Watershed Information Network: Get involved in your
watershed.
Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) : Go to Pilot database
to search for facilities in your community to see if an agency has
conducted air, water or hazardous waste compliance inspections,
violations were found, or enforcement actions were taken.
The Environmental Justice Query Mapper (EnviroJustice Mapper): Developed
as a resource for the general public for information on EPA permitted
facilities and their surrounding communities, EnviroJustice Mapper uses
a combination of facility and Geographic Information System (GIS) data
to create a facility profile which is then illustrated through the use
of GIS maps.


FUNDING

COASTAL RESTORATION GRANTS
Approximately $500,000 is available through the Wisconsin Coastal
Management Program (WCMP) to enhance and restore coastal resources
within the state's coastal zone - all counties adjacent to Lakes
Superior and Michigan, with their 820 miles of shoreline. Coastal
Restoration Grants are available for coastal land acquisition, habitat
restoration, nonpoint source pollution control, and other projects
designed to protect and restore coastal resources. Pre-proposals are
due March 31, 2003, with a final application deadline of April 21,
2003. Pre-Application, Grant Application, Instruction materials and the
Request for Proposals are available on the WCMP website at
http://coastal.wisconsin.gov

COMMUNITY-BASED ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION GRANTS
Running through June 30, 2003 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
National Wildlife Refuge System and National Conservation Training
Center, in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation,
the National Wildlife Refuge Association, and the Keystone Center, are
accepting applications for conservation education grants to support The
Nature of Learning, a community-based environmental education
initiative. For more information go to:
http://www.nfwf.org/programs/tnol.htm

WEYERHAEUSER FAMILY FOUNDATION
This foundation offers grants through a Sustainable Forests and
Communities Initiative, whose mission is to promote forest conservation
and environmentally sustainable economic development, along with
community building, at the local level. Applicants must be located in
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, northern California, or
western Montana. Letters of Intent are due by May 1, 2003. Detailed
information about the application process can be found on the web site:
http://www.wfamilyfoundation.org/


POSITIONS, FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS

COORDINATOR, Southwest Community Forestry Research Center, Albuquerque,
NM. Contact Barbara Hoehne, barb-@theforesttrust.org, (505) 983-8992.

DIRECTOR, Office of Tribal Relations, USDA-Forest Service, Washington,
DC. Contact Rita Stevens at (202) 205-1384.

SUPERVISORY RANGELAND TECHNICIAN, The Payette National Forest, New
Meadows, ID. Contact Pete Grinde, Supervisory Rangeland Management
Specialist, (208) 347-0338, pgri-@fs.fed.us or New Meadows Ranger
District, P.O. Box J, New Meadows, ID 83654.

PROJECT MANAGER, Sonoran Institute. For more information please visit:
http://www.sonoran.org


MEETINGS & WORKSHOPS

New events are marked with an asterisk(*).

SAF FIELD SEMINAR SERIES 2003
Seminar participants will use GIS applications to map forestland; edit
databases; evaluate and track stand history; perform forest
implementation and tracking; and run database queries and reports. For
information on the SAF Field Seminar Series, contact Terry Clark, 5400
Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814-2198; (301) 897-8720, ext. 123; fax
(301) 897-3690; cla-@safnet.org, or
http://www.safnet.org/meetings/fsspmg.htm

10TH ANNUAL WORKSHOP ON FOREST PRODUCTS MARKETING
April 24-25, 2003, Blacksburg, Virginia. Topics include forest products
marketing overview, definition of marketing, distribution, pricing,
promotion, strategy, and marketing research and trends. For registration
materials or additional information, contact Bob Smith, Center for
Forest Products Marketing and Management, Virginia Tech, by phone
(540-231-5876), fax (540-231-8868), or e-mail (rsmi-@vt.edu).

*FOREST MANAGEMENT GUIDELINE EDUCATION
April 28, 2003. This session of the Minnesota Logger Education Program's
will include: cultural
resources, forest soils, riparian areas, and wildlife habitat in the
context of timber harvesting and forest road building. Field exercises
will explore ways to apply Guidelines to achieve landowner objectives.
For more information, contact: Chris DeRosier, p: (218) 722-5442,
f:(218) 722-5196 or chris.d-@mlep.org, http://www.mlep.org

*PROTECTING SITE QUALITY: FOREST MANAGEMENT & TIMBER HARVESTING
April 29, 2003. This session of the Minnesota Logger Education Program
is a one-day training session that will provide participants with both
classroom and field site opportunities to better understand and further
assist implementation of the site-level guidelines within Minnesota. For
more information, contact: Chris DeRosier, p: (218) 722-5442, f:(218)
722-5196 or chris.d-@mlep.org, http://www.mlep.org

SOUTHWEST FIRE INITIATIVE CONFERENCE
April 29, 2003, Northern Arizona State University, Arizona. The results
of two years research will be presented on topics ranging from
ecological effects of severe wildfires to ways in which western
communities are developing collaborative restoration projects.
Registration and program information are available at www.eri.nau.edu

LEAN MANUFACTURING
May 5-6, Blacksburg, Virginia. Simply defined, lean manufacturing is a
method of doing more with less. This Virginia tech workshop is designed
for upper and mid-level production managers who want to learn how to
successfully implement lean manufacturing concepts in their business.
For all details visit: www.conted.vt.edu/leanman/

CONSERVATION EASEMENT WORKSHOPS
May 16, and June 6, 2003. Conservation Easements and Other Land
Preservation Techniques, in Elizabeth City, NC, the Pitt County Center
in Greenville, NC, and the Wake County Center in Raleigh, NC. Go to
http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/lpn/ for more information

*NORTHEAST FOREST OWNER COOPERATION THINK TANK SESSION
May 16, 2003. The Northeast Forest Owner Cooperation Think Tank Session,
Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA. For More Information:
Contact Jen Gutshall at the Cooperative Development Institute, Phone:
413-774-7599 x. 118 Fax: 413-773-3948 Email: jguts-@cooplife.com

NORTHEASTERN FOREST PRODUCTS EQUIPMENT 2003 EXPO
May 16-17, 2003, Bangor, Maine. The Northeastern Forest Products
Equipment Expo will showcase logging, sawmilling, and pallet equipment
show in the Northeast. Seminars on chainsaw maintenance and safety,
ethics and images, and basic hydraulics will also be held during the
Expo. For more information: www.nefpexpo.com or contact the Expo main
office at 315-369-3736 (ne-@telenet.net).

CONSERVING BIODIVERSITY IN WORKING FORESTS
May 28-31, 2003, Sewanee, Tennessee. The Forest Stewards Guild 2003
Annual Conference will include technical workshops, tours, and
discussions on the role of the working forest landscape in biodiversity
conservation. For more information: (505) 983-3887;
in-@foreststewardsguild.org; www.foreststewardguild.org

*PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING IN SPECIAL FOREST PRODUCTS
June 6, 2003, Camp Oty'Okwa, Ohio. This training is a follow-up to one
held last year that provided an introductory overview of special forest
products. It's open to all professionals interested in learning more
about special forest products such as ginseng and other high value plant
species native to Ohio. For more information please call Rural Action
Forestry @ 740-767-2090 or email fore-@ruralaction.org

4TH ANNUAL LANDOWNER CONFERENCE: INCOME OPPORTUNITIES FROM FIELD &
FOREST
June 8-9, 2003, Hocking County, OH. Forest management, special forest
products, business development, and more. For more information: (740)
767-2090; fore-@ruralaction.org, www.ruralaction.org/conference.html

*2003 LAND CONSERVATION LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
The Land Trust Alliance and The Conservation Fund are pleased to
announce the following courses as part of the 2003 Land Conservation
Leadership Program: June 8-11, Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific
Grove, CA "Conservation Options: The Land Protection Toolbox"; June
22-25, Hostelling International, Chicago, IL "Conservation Easement
Stewardship"; September 21-24, Aqueduct Conference Center, Chapel Hill,
NC "Conserving Land with Conservation Easements." Complete information
about all three courses, including the registration and scholarship
forms, is available on LTA's Web site at
http://www.lta.org/training/lclp.htm

2ND ANNUAL SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT SUMMIT
June 9-11, 2003, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. The goal of this
meeting is to provide a broad forum to critically discuss emerging
forest resource issues in the Great Lakes Region and a venue for natural
resource professionals and stakeholders to exchange views and network on
sustainable forestry issues. For more information call Wendy Hinrichs
Sanders, P.O. Box 722, Hayward, WI, phone: (715) 634-2006, email:
fore-@lsfa.org, www.lsfa.org

*PLANTS IN HUMAN AFFAIRS
June 16-27, 2003, Hawaii. A 12-day course exploring the science of
ethnobotany, ethnomedicine, and plants and civilization through
lectures, field trips, and diverse presentations by local experts.
Contact the Center for Spirituality and Healing at (612)624-5166 for all
the details.
http://www.cce.umn.edu/summer/programs/summerlearning

FOREST HEALTH SUMMIT
June 17-19, 2003, Missoula, Montana. The meeting will review and discuss
the latest scientific efforts to assist forest health projects,
implementation of the 10-year strategy and the President's Healthy
Forest Initiative, budgetary and legislative issues, and the status of
the 2003 fire season. For more information see
http://www.westgov.org/wga/meetings/forest_health_summit.htm

NATIONAL URBAN AND COMMUNITY FORESTRY EDUCATION AND OUTREACH CONFERENCE
FOR MINORITY AND UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES
June 18-20, 2003, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The goal is to increase the
involvement of minority and underserved communities in urban and
community forestry. For more information visit:
www.urbanforestry.subr.edu/nucfac or email zni-@subr.edu

PATHWAYS TO FOREST SUSTAINABILITY: PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER
June 30-July 2, 2003, Jacksonville, FL. This conference aims to bring
together foresters, loggers, landowners, and wildlife biologists to
discuss common sense ideas of sustainable forest management. For more
information on the conference, visit the E6 Working Group's website at
www.safnet.org/science/e6.htm or contact Terry Clark, SAF's science and
education manger at cla-@safnet.org or (301) 897-8720, ext. 123.

*PROFOREST - THE 2003 FOREST AND CERTIFICATION SUMMER TRAINING PROGRAM
July 7-11, 2003, Oxford, England. The program provides a range of
up-to-date courses dealing with current issues for those involved in
forest management, certification and sustainable natural resource
management.. For more information visit:
http://www.proforest.net/Training/index5.htm

ENHANCING THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN FOREST RESOURCE
October 2-3, 2003, Hendersonville, NC. The symposium will have three
topic areas: Innovative Approaches, A New Look at Traditional
Approaches, and The Forest in the Community. Contact Susan Moore at
susan_-@ncsu.edu, (919) 515-3184, or go to
www.ncsu.edu/feop/symposium

NNFP ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING
October 28-November 1, 2003, St. Helena Island, South Carolina. More
details coming soon.


WHERE DO I SIGN UP?

2003 FORESTRY PROGRAM FOR OREGON
The Oregon Board of Forestry has released their draft plan, the 2003
Forestry Program for Oregon, and is seeking public comment. The plan
summarizes the board?s strategies, vision, values and the policies and
priorities it plans to focus on over the next eight years. Comments may
be submitted via oral or written communication through Saturday, May 31,
2003. Details for comment submission are available at
http://www.oregonforestry.org/fpfo/methods.htm

CONSERVATION SECURITY PROGRAM
The Natural Resource Conservation Service is seeking comments on the
proposed rules for implementation of the Conservation Security Program,
established in the 2002 Farm Bill. This program provides financial and
technical assistance for the conservation, protection, and improvement
of soil, water, and related resources on private and tribal lands. For
additional information visit
http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/farmbill/2002/ For a copy of the
proposed rules and to submit comments electronically visit
http://www.regulations.gov/

SUSTAINABLE LIVING EXPOSITION AT ECO-FAIR 2003
May 23-26, 2003, Fairfield, Iowa. Commercial booths are available for
$50 each. Attendance at the Eco-Fair 2002 was over 2,100 and this year's
event promises to be much bigger. Proposals must be submitted by May 7.
If you have any questions, please call Charisse Lown at 641-472-7000,
ext. 4803, or eco--@mum.edu

__________________________________________________________________________


Editors: Kim Ziegelmayer and Thomas Brendler. Special thanks to: Kate
Fernholz of Community Forestry Connections, Michael Goergen and Mila
Alvarez of Society of American Foresters, and Natasha Sitarz at American
Forests.

The mission of the National Network of Forest Practitioners is to
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by supporting individuals and groups that build sustainable
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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
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