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FOREST COMMUNITY NEWS

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No. 65
July 10, 2003

SAVE THE DATE!

NNFP Annual Meeting
October 29-November 1, 2003
St. Helena Island, South Carolina
More details coming soon.

IN THIS ISSUE

NEWS
2004 Interior Appropriations
Supplemental Wildfire Funding For 2003?
Myriad Forest Health Bills Introduced
Comment Period For Stewardship Contracting Guidelines
Administration Announces Wildfire Administrative Reforms
SBA Redefines Small Business
Western Governors Forest Health Summit
Feds Encouraging Biomass Energy
Restoration Vision For Nation's Forests Unveiled By Conservation Groups
And Restoration Practitioners

RESOURCES & TOOLS
FUNDING
POSITIONS, FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS
MEETINGS & WORKSHOPS
WHERE DO I SIGN UP?

NEWS

2004 INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS
The House Appropriations Committee completed its markup of the Interior
and Related Agencies spending bill, appropriating $19.6 billion in
discretionary money. For the Forest Service as a whole, the bill would
provide $4.18 billion, lower than current funding of $4.59 billion due
to supplemental funding for firefighting repayments. The bill includes
$2.5 billion for DOI and Forest Service wildfire fighting and national
fire plan activities --$115 million above the Administrations? budget
request. Also included is $1.4 billion for the National Forest System, a
$47 million increase over 2003 funding level and $40 million for Forest
Service wildfire rehabilitation and restoration accounts that were
zeroed out in the President?s request.

Yesterday, the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee completed its
markup. American Forests reports that the bill includes the following
highlights:

- $289 million to repay accounts at the U.S. Forest Service and the
Bureau of Land Management, which were depleted by borrowing to meet
emergency forest firefighting expenses.

- $2.24 billion for the Forest Service and BLM for wildland fire
management, which is $221 million more than current base funding; that
includes $417 million for work to clean up dead wood and other fire
fuels in forests.

- Language that would direct the Forest Service to cease spending that
money until the agency submitted a reprogramming request describing
where the funds came from and how they would be used, and received
approval from the Appropriations committees. The House version of the
bill has broader language applying to all the agencies funded by the
bill and limiting the initiative to activities already under way; it
would require a report on the studies and recommended actions by March
1, 2004.

- $85 million for the Forest Legacy program, less than the $91 million
the administration sought, but more than the $46 million the House
committee approved and $17 million more than current funding

The full Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to mark up the
interior funding bill today. For additional information visit
http://www.appropriations.senate.gov/


SUPPLEMENTAL WILDFIRE FUNDING FOR 2003?
President Bush asked Congress on Monday for an additional $1.9 billion
to cover more of this year's costs of rebuilding from natural disasters,
combating wildfires and investigating the space shuttle Columbia
disaster. The request includes $289 million for the Forest Service and
Bureau of Land Management for fighting wildfires, on top of $511 million
already approved. Wildfires have been milder so far this year than they
were during the intense fire season of 2002; the 923,000 acres burnt so
far are less than one-third of last
year's total to date. It is unclear at this time whether the money would
come through a supplemental appropriation or within a section of the
2004 Appropriations.

MYRIAD FOREST HEALTH BILLS INTRODUCED
Several bills designed to address forest health issues have been
introduced in the Senate. Sen. Bingaman introduced S 1314, the
Collaborative Forest Health Act and the bill was referred to the Senate
Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Sen. Wyden introduced S 1352,
the Community and Forest Protection Act, which has been referred to the
Senate Agriculture Committee. Also last week, the Senate Agriculture
Committee held a hearing on the House passed Healthy Forests bill, HR
1904. Discussions at the hearing centered on the implications of HR 1904
for both wildfire risk reduction and insect infestations. The Senate
Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on July 23 to
discuss several Healthy forests related bills including the House passed
bill, HR 1904 and S 1314.

COMMENT PERIOD FOR STEWARDSHIP CONTRACTING GUIDELINES
The comment period for public input on the interim guidelines jointly
developed to
implement the stewardship end result contracting provisions as
authorized by section 323 of P.L. 108-7, the Consolidated Appropriations
Resolution, 2003 (16 U.S.C. 2104 note) is currently underway. Public
input must be received in writing by July 28, 2003. Public input on
these interim guidelines may be submitted via facsimile to (202)
205-1045 or by e-mail to stewar-@fs.fed.us. For a copy of the
guidance visit the June 27, 2003 issue of the Federal Register at
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html

ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES WILDFIRE ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS
In late June, the Administration announced several new or revised
policies including the final revisions to the USDA and DOI NEPA process
that will allow the agencies to categorically exclude from further NEPA
analysis certain wildfire and rehabilitation and restoration projects,
the final rules regarding changes to the Forest Service and the DOI?s
appeals process, and a new rule pertaining to consultation required of
the land management agencies under the Endangered Species Act. For more
information on this and other Healthy Forest Initiative proposals visit:
http://www.fs.fed.us/projects/HFI.shtml For the text of the rules (when
published) visit www.regulations.gov

SBA REDEFINES SMALL BUSINESS
In the beginning of June, the Small Business Administration adopted a
final rule changing the definition of a "small business" from $6 million
in average annual receipts to $15 million for "fire suppression and
fuels management services." This ruling increases the businesses
eligible for Federal small business assistance programs.

WESTERN GOVERNORS? FOREST HEALTH SUMMIT
The Western Governors Association hosted a three-day Forest Health
Summit in
June. The purpose of the Summit was to accelerate locally driven
projects that will prevent catastrophic wildfires by reducing fuel loads
and restoring lands. In a June 18 letter, Western governors asked the
Senate to recognize the importance of collaborative efforts to expedite
fuel treatments, while giving priority to communities at high risk of
fire and the watersheds that supply them. Western governors wrapped up
the Summit after receiving 25 recommendations from diverse interests on
how to improve forest health through locally driven efforts.
Recommendations were made on the following topics: Improve Fire
Prevention and Suppression, Reduce Hazardous Fuels, Restore Fire-adapted
Ecosystems, Promote Community Stability, and Collaboration Challenges.
The full recommendations can be found at
www.westerngov.org/wga/initiatives/fire/forest-summit-recs-fin.pdf

FEDS ENCOURAGING BIOMASS ENERGY
The Senate began discussions on the Energy Policy Act of 2003 (S 14)
during the week of June 2. The bill includes a renewable energy title
that encourages energy production from biomass and requires federal
consumption of renewable energy to be not less than 3 percent during FY
2005-2007 and not less than 7.5 percent during and after FY 2011.
Sources of biomass energy include products from pre-commercial thinning,
mill residue, slash and other non-merchantable material. S 14 also makes
available grants to any person who owns or operates an eligible
operation that utilizes biomass as an energy source. Senator Ron Wyden
(D-OR) is expected to introduce an amendment that would provide federal
assistance to local governments and private entities to restore
forestland and maintain forest conservation for carbon sequestration. To
view the entire text of the bill visit: http://thomas.loc.gov/. In the
agencies, Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman, Energy Secretary Spencer
Abraham and Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton announced an initiative to
encourage the use of woody biomass byproducts as sources of renewable
energy. The officials signed a memorandum or understanding (MOU) that
establishes consistent policies and procedures across the three agencies
to support the use of these byproducts.

RESTORATION VISION FOR NATION'S FORESTS UNVEILED BY CONSERVATION GROUPS
AND RESTORATION PRACTITIONERS
On June 6, 2003 one hundred and twenty local and national organizations
unveiled the "Citizen's Call for Ecological Restoration: Forest
Restoration Principles and Criteria." The Restoration Principles are the
result of a 2-year bridge building effort between conservation groups,
community forestry advocates and restoration practitioners to develop
agreement on a common sense, scientifically based framework for
restoring our nation's forests. For more information:
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/swcbd/press/restoration5-21-03.html


NNFP?S NATIONAL COMMUNITY FORESTRY CENTER:
RESOURCES & TOOLS

MODIFYING WILDFIRE BEHAVIOR: THE EFFECTIVENESS OF FUEL REDUCTION
TREATMENTS
A new study by the Southwest Community Forestry Research Center of the
Forest Trust examined the evidence for the hypothesis that fuel
reduction treatments change wildfire behavior. The authors, Henry Carey
and Martha Schumann, reviewed more than 250 of the most current
scientific studies about fire behavior, fire effects, and forest
structure. The report can be downloaded from www.theforesttrust.org.

WILDLAND FIRES: BETTER INFORMATION NEEDED ON EFFECTIVENESS OF EMERGENCY
STABILIZATION AND REHABILITATION TREATMENTS
Short-term emergency treatment to stabilize burnt land that threatens
public
safety, property, or ecosystems or long-term treatments to rehabilitate
land unlikely to recover naturally is the subject of a recently released
General Accounting Office report.
Post-fire analysis involves assessing the damage and potential risks
burnt land poses and developing emergency stabilization and
rehabilitation plans that identify needed treatments to reduce or
eliminate those risks. available online at:
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d03430.pdf


INTELLIGENT CONSUMPTION REPORT
The Intelligent Consumption Project bridges the gap between conservation
and consumption, taking forest resource use as a model. A wide range of
people in forestry nationwide?from loggers and environmentalists to
representatives from business, agriculture, and academia?are working to
formulate a viable consumption ethic.
http://wisconsinacademy.org/programs/icp/index.html

CHINESE NETWORK ON LINE
Forestry and Society Network, established in 1992, is a nationwide
community forestry network in China. The goal of Forestry and Society
Network is to collect, disseminate and exchange the experience, mode and
relevant information of community forestry. The English website of the
Network is now available: www.cfnetwork.com.cn

FIVE STEPS TO SUSTAINABLE WOOD
Although we're proud of our great forests, Americans also chew through
27 percent of the wood commercially harvested worldwide. For those
consumers who'd like to reduce that share, a little time spent weighing
the eco-impact of that new dining table, say, is worth its weight in . .
. well, wood. To aid your purchases, try our five-point plan:
http://www.thegreenguide.com/doc.mhtml?i=96&s=wood

UMBRELLA CERTIFICATION SYSTEM DOCUMENTS
Over the past three years, the CFRC has been developing and piloting an
"umbrella certification system" as an innovative way to help private
landowners overcome some of the economic and capacity barriers of FSC
certification. This model of 'group certification' will make it easier
for landowners to produce FSC certified products, while providing the
benefit
of access to CFRC staff for help with tracking and evaluating management
planning and implementation in relation to the FSC standards. The
Operations Manual and other documents associated with the project are
available in the Library of the CFRC Website:
http://www.forestrycenter.org/cfrc/library/listcontent.cfm

COMMUNITY RESPONSES TO WILDLAND FIRE THREATS
Dr Toddi Steelman and Ginger Kunkel at the Department of Forestry at
North Carolina State University recently completed a yearlong study
investigating the scope of actions taken by four communities in New
Mexico to address their wildfire risk. The case studies explore how each
community improved fire prevention and suppression, reduced hazardous
fuels, restored fire-adapted ecosystems and promoted community
assistance. The completed case studies are available on a web site
titled Community Responses to Wildland Fire Threats in New Mexico and
can be viewed at www.wildfirecommunities.ncsu.edu. The research project
is now turning to case studies in Colorado and future research includes
communities in Arizona. If you have any questions regarding the project,
please email either Ginger Kunkel at ms08-@alltel.net or Toddi
Steelman.tod-@ncsu.edu.

COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS FOR WILDFIRE CASE STUDIES
The Forest Service?s North Central Research Station has completed two
more case study summaries of community preparedness for wildfire. The
new case studies focus on the Northern Black Hills of South Dakota and
Waldo, Florida. 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 our case study communities, and (4) websites that people
can visit to get more information. These and earlier case studies at
our website: http://www.ncrs.fs.fed.us/4803/Highlights.htm
under the heading "Community Preparedness for Wildfire." If you would
like to receive one or more hard copies of any of the case study
summaries please contact Pam Jakes, USDA Forest Service, North Central
Research Station, (651) 649-5163, fax (651) 649-5285.

PEOPLE AND FIRE IN WESTERN COLORADO
People and Fire in Western Colorado: Focus Group Attitudes, Beliefs,
Opinions, and Desires Regarding Wildfire in the Wildland-Urban Interface
of Colorado's West Slope, by Fort Lewis College's Office of Community
Services, is now available at www.southwestcoloradofires.org.

LESSONS FROM INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY FORESTRY NETWORKS
The results of the International Community Forestry Network Study have
been posted on their website. Please click http://www.cgiar.cifor.org/
and go the Forestry Highlights: Lessons from International Community
Forestry Networks or directly go to this site:
http://www.cifor.org/scripts/default.asp?ref=highlights/cf.htm

LEADING FORESTRY RESEARCH JOURNAL FOCUSES ON REMOTE SENSING
The Society of American Foresters has published a special issue of
Forest Science that showcases how remote sensing is being used by
foresters to meet ever-increasing demands on forests. The 288-page, soft
cover special issue costs $30 for SAF members, $37.50 for nonmembers.
For information about the special issue and to order online, visit the
SAF Store at www.safnet.org and go to the Books section, or call (301)
897-8720, ext. 106.

NORTHERN SKY NEWS
A monthly newspaper covering the environment of New England and the
Canadian Maritimes. The region spans six states and several provinces,
but it is not huge-Oklahoma, Missouri and 18 other states are larger
than the six New England states combined-and the entire region is facing
similar environmental challenges. Subscriptions cost $20 annually. For a
free sample copy, contact NSN: ma-@northernskynews.com

BLUE RIDGE PRESS
Blue Ridge Press syndicates columns on environmental issues affecting
communities from the Southern Appalachians to the South's Atlantic
shores. http://www.blueridgepress.com/

RURAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: OWNERSHIP AND FUNCTIONING
This article by Zvi Galor discusses the economic effects of two
contrasting approaches
to financing rural community development. Focusing primarily on the
differences between capitalist and cooperative methods, Galor assesses
the impact of these theories on the economic success of different
communities.
http://www.alternative-finance.org.uk/cgi-bin/summary.pl?id=306&view=html&language=E&sourcelang=E


THE ESSENTIAL TRIANGLE OF PRODUCTION (ETP).
By Zvi Galor. The essential triangle of production' (ETP) is composed of
credit, supply
of inputs, and marketing. This article describes the relationship
between these three factors, and investigates how each can be targeted
and used complimentarily to achieve successful developmental objectives.
http://www.alternative-finance.org.uk/cgi-bin/summary.pl?id=305&view=html&language=E&sourcelang=E



FUNDING

NATIONAL FOREST FOUNDATION COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
This program promotes the creation of locally based forest partnerships
with basic start-up costs, materials and equipment, technical
assistance, training, community outreach, program development, nonprofit
management skill building, and communications with grants up to $15,000.
See http://www.natlforests.org/2003/index.html.

GREEN BUILDINGS DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION ASSISTANCE GRANT
The Renewable Energy Trust, administered by the Massachusetts Technology
Collaborative (MTC), invites applications for its Design and
Construction Assistance Grants. The grants support the costs, up to
$500,000 per project, of eligible renewable energy technologies, and
related renewable energy and energy efficiency features, in new green
building construction
or major renovation or rehabilitation projects. The next grant round
ends September 19, 2003.
http://www.masstech.org/Grants_and_Awards/GBP/02GB02Info.htm

WESTERN SARE (SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE RESEARCH AND EDUCATION)
Western SARE invites proposals for its 2003-3004 competitive grants
program. Research & Education pre-proposals due June 9, 2003;
Farmer/Rancher proposals due October 1, 2003; Agriculture Professional
& Producer due October 1, 2003; Professional Development due October 15,
2003. States included in this area: Alaska, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV,
NM, OR, UT, WA, WY. Details at http://wsare.usu.edu or call 435-797-2257

THE SUSTAINABLE FORESTS AND COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE
Seeks to promote forest conservation and environmentally sustainable
economic development at the local level. Eligible applicants must be
working within the three program
components of ecology, economy, and community. Funded projects must
focus on these regions: northern California, Idaho, Minnesota, western
Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin. Locally based organizations
within the targeted geographic areas are eligible to apply. Regional and
national organizations working to promote the integration of ecology,
economy, and community, and who are working with local partners
operating within the targeted geographic area, are also eligible to
apply. The Initiative is directed toward new or recently started
projects. For further information, go http://www.wfamilyfoundation.org/

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE COLLABORATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING GRANT PROGRAM
The grants program provides financial assistance to community-based
organizations who wish to engage in capacity-building initiatives, and
also utilize constructive engagement and collaborative problem-solving
to seek viable solutions for their community?s environmental and/or
public health issues. http://www.epa.gov/compliance/recent/ej.html or
call 1-800-962-6215.

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE PARTNERSHIPS FOR COMMUNICATION
See http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-03-007.html


POSITIONS, FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS

SENIOR LEADER IN FARM AND RURAL POLICY ADVOCACY AND ORGANIZING
The Center for Rural Affairs of Walthill, NE is seeking a person to
devote his/her professional life to building a better future for rural
America. For more information, visit:
http://www.cfra.org/center/current_jobs.htm

RURAL ACTION SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PROGRAM COORDINATOR
The full-time Program Coordinator will serve as a liaison with agency
partners, growers, members, and other groups and organizations involved
in Sustainable Agriculture. For information regarding position contact:
Barbara Willis, Human Resources Director, 740/767/4938 or
bar-@ruralaction.org

WATERSHED FORESTRY COORDINATOR FOR THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI
RIVER BASIN
This position will represent the six state forestry agencies in the
Upper Mississippi River Basin (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana,
Iowa and Missouri) and serve as a liaison for the state foresters in
these states to federal and state agencies, conservation districts, and
various nonprofit organizations. Contact: Rebecca Gass, Division of
Forestry, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, phone: (608)
261-0754 , fax: (608) 266-8576 e-mail: Rebecc-@dnr.state.wi.us


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

*NATURE AND HERITAGE EXPLORATIONS
Wallowa Resources is proud to introduce Nature and Heritage Explorations
- working vacations in Wallowa County. Working with two local
outfitters, Cooley River Expeditions and Millar Pack Station, we have
developed three trips for the summer of 2003: Raptors Above the Zumwalt
Prairie, Wildflowers on the Grande Ronde River, and Wilderness Cabin
Restoration. for more information visit:
www.wallowaresources.org/heritage.htm

*COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY 2003
July 20-24, 2003, Ithaca, NY. Community Development practitioners will
have an exceptional opportunity to meet with and learn from over 400
seasoned community development professionals and scholars from across
the nation and world at the 35th
annual conference of the Community Development Society, held on the
campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. For full conference
information and registration, please visit: http://www.cds2003.org

*TRAINING OPPORTUNITY: BECOMING A MEASUREMENT GUIDE
August 4-6th, St. Albans, VT. In development for over ten years, You Get
What You Measure recognizes the importance of values in group work,
incorporates systems thinking, and creates a culture of group learning.
You Get What You Measure explores in detail the connections between
goals, indicators, measures, and the assumptions about how or whether
specific actions will affect progress towards the goal. For more
information, please visit our website at www.yellowwood.org/BMG.htm,
call us (802-524-6141), or email us (yel-@yellowwood.org).

*LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE FOR PEOPLE INVOLVED WITH NATURAL
RESOURCES IN THE SOUTHEAST
The first Natural Resources Leadership Institute (NRLI) for the
southeastern region of the U.S. will be held in Fall 2003 for leaders
drawn from 13 states in the southeast. Funded by a special grant from
the U.S. Forest Service, the Southeast NRLI will focus on environmental
issues that transcend state boundaries and are regional in nature, it is
designed to help leaders from the Southeast address difficult
environmental and community issues. For further information,
http://www.virginia.edu/ien , email ckb-@virginia.edu or call 434/
924-1970.

*COMMUNITY BASED COLLABORATIVES RESEARCH CONSORTIUM?S NATIONAL
CONFERENCE
September 14-16, 2003, Salt Lake City, UT.
The CBCRC Conference will present research findings and environmental
outcomes concerning community based collaborative projects. The
Conference will feature the results of research projects funded by the
Consortium http://cbcrc.org/grants.html as well as emerging developments
in the field of community based collaborative approaches to environment
management. For more information: cbcrc-@virginia.edu 434-924-1970;
FAX: 434-924-0231.
*WORKSHOPS ON SUSTAINABILIY PRACTICES
Beginning in Fall 2003, Bob Doppelt, Director of the Program for
Watershed and Community Health, Institute for a Sustainable Environment,
University of Oregon, will be directing a series of professional
development workshops on sustainability practices in Eugene, Oregon.
This workshop series addresses the redesigning of production models and
organizational systems to produce sustainable economic, social, and
environmental outcomes for both public and private sectors. The topics
for this year's cycle of workshops are: Leading change toward
sustainability (sustainability change management)- September 25-26;
Systems thinking for sustainable organizations- November 7; Green
building - November 7; Sustainable governance for high-performance
organizations- January 8-9 2004; Zero-waste management - March 5, 2004;
Leadership skills for sustainability - May 13-14, 2004. For more
information or to register, please visit
http://center.uoregon.edu/sustainability

*INVASIVE PLANTS OF THE UPPER MIDWEST SYMPOSIUM
Sept. 27, 2003, Madison, WI. This symposium is part of the larger
Natural Areas Conference being held in Madison, WI from Sept 24-27,
2003. The symposium will be the main event
for Saturday, Sept. 27. More details and registration info will be
coming on the websites of the Natural Areas Association
(www.naturalarea.org and the Invasive Plants Association of
WI www.ipaw.org

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

*INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP FOR THE PRESERVATION OF MEDICINAL AND
AROMATIC PLANTS; "Sustainable Sourcing Environmental, Social and
Business Benefits -Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Industry". October
14-15th, 2003, Philadelphia. To register:
Please contact Natasha Hall, AHPA, 8484 Georgia, Avenue, Suite 370,
Silver Spring, MD 20910 Phone: 301 588 1171 ext. 106, Sheraton
Rittenhouse Hotel, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia.Symposium Web site:
http://www.plantconservation.org/mpwgconference/

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

*INVASIVE PLANTS IN NATURAL AND MANAGED SYSTEMS LINKING SCIENCE AND
MANAGEMENT
November 3-7, 2003, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The 7th International
Conference on the Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions,. For
more information: http://www.esa.org/ipinams-emapi7/

*NORTHERN FOREST LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE
November 13 & 14, 2003, Burlington, Vermont, Partnerships for the
Northern Forest: 2ndAnnual Northern Forest Leadership Exchange & 1st
Northeastern States Research Conference. A joint conference of the
Northern Forest Center (NFC) and the Northeastern States Research
Cooperative (NSRC). For more information, contact Melody Brown Burkins
(NSRC) at 802-649-5732 or Heather Cowenhoven (NFC) at 603-229-0679.

*FORESTRY COOPERATIVES: WHAT TODAY'S RESOURCE PROFESSIONALS NEED TO KNOW
November 18th, 2003. A satellite conference will be conducted for
natural resource, Extension, and cooperative development professionals
on November 18, 2003. Cooperative
members, consultants, service providers, and researchers will provide a
framework for better understanding forestry cooperatives and their
potential role in helping private forest landowners achieve their
objectives. For more information:
http://www.wisc.edu/uwcc/forestcoops/index.html


WHERE DO I SIGN UP?

THE HUMAN DIMENSIONS OF FAMILY AND FARM FORESTRY
Call for Papers and Posters. The Human Dimensions of Family and Farm
Forestry Symposium will be held March 29 - April 1, 2004, at Washington
State University in collaboration with IUFRO (International Union of
Forest Research Organizations). The objective of this symposium is to
bring together scientists and practitioners from all corners of the
world to discuss research problems, results, and practical applications
related to human dimensions of family, farm, small-scale, nonindustrial
private, and community forestry. If you are interested in presenting a
paper or a poster at the seminar, you are most welcome to submit an
abstract up to one page in length. First Call for Papers: August 1, 2003
deadline with September 1, 2003 notification of acceptance. Second Call
for Papers: October 1, 2003 deadline with November 1, 2003 notification
of acceptance. For more information visit:
www.familyforestrysymposium.wsu.edu


__________________________________________________________________

Editors: Wendy Gerlitz and Thomas Brendler. Special thanks to: Katie
Fernholz of Community Forestry Connections, Michael Goergen of Society
of American Foresters, and Mila Alvarez at American Forests.

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.

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