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FCN No. 68  Thomas Brendler
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FOREST COMMUNITY NEWS

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No. 68
October 1, 2003

NNFP Annual Meeting
October 28-November 1, 2003
St. Helena Island, South Carolina
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IN THIS ISSUE

NEWS
Senate Passes Interior Appropriations Bill
Additional Funding For Borrowed Accounts
Controversy Over Competitive Sourcing
Recommended Changes To NEPA Announced
NRDC Analysis Of Litigated Hazardous Fuel Reduction Projects
Charitable Giving Act
USDA Reallocates $$ To Conservation Assistance
Reports from the XII World Forestry Congress

NATIONAL COMMUNITY FORESTRY CENTER: RESOURCES & TOOLS
FUNDING
POSITIONS, FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS
MEETINGS & WORKSHOPS
WHERE DO I SIGN UP?

NEWS

SENATE PASSES INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS BILL
The Senate last night passed the $19.6 billion fiscal year 2004 Interior
and Related Agencies appropriations bill (H.R. 2691) by unanimous
consent, including $400 million in emergency firefighting funds for the
Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. Included in the bill is
$400 million in emergency funding for FY 2003 wildfire suppression, to
pay back those accounts that have been borrowed from ($325 for the
Forest Service and $75 for the Department of Interior). Senator Burns of
Montana offered the reimbursement amendment, and has hopes to increase
the emergency funding amount in conference. With 3 million acres already
burned this year and two months remaining in the Western wildfire
season, the Forest Service has been forced to transfer funds from
elsewhere within the agency, including programs designed to prevent
future wildfires. The Forest Service estimates it will need $950 million
in firefighting funds for fiscal year 2003, but Congress only allocated
$418 million. Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), who co-sponsored the
firefighting amendment, criticized the annual practice of forcing the
agencies to borrow from other programs to cover their firefighting
costs.

ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR BORROWED ACCOUNTS
On Thursday, the House and Senate passed the conference report on the
fiscal 2004 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill. The bill includes
$319 million in fiscal year 2003 funds for firefighting ($36 million for
BLM and $283 million for the Forest Service). This money is in addition
to the $400 million emergency funding (included in the FY 2004 Interior
Appropriations Bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday night) to pay back
borrowed accounts in 2003 within the Forest Service and BLM.

CONTROVERSY OVER COMPETITIVE SOURCING
Included in the debate over the 2004 Interior Appropriations Bill was an
attempt by Senate Minority Whip Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to add language to
the bill that would prohibit the use of funds for new competitive
sourcing studies by Interior and the Forest Service. Competitive
sourcing is a program imposed on the Interior Agencies by the Bush
administration that requires the agencies to examine “commercial”
activities performed by the agency for possible outsourcing if
contractors could perform the work at less cost. The Bush administration
has threatened to veto any bill barring competitive sourcing studies.
The amendment failed to pass the Senate vote. Reid noted that the
agencies are spending over $15 million on competitive sourcing studies
this year, without any funding specifically appropriated for this
purpose. In place of the Reid amendment, Senators approved one from Sen.
George Voinovich (R-Ohio) that would require the Interior secretary to
provide a detailed annual report to Congress on the agency's competitive
sourcing program.

RECOMMENDED CHANGES TO NEPA ANNOUNCED
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Task Force released its
final report recommending to the White House Council on Environmental
Quality (CEQ) was to improve NEPA implementation. The report's
recommendations focused on six topics:
* Technology and information management and security
* Federal and intergovernmental collaboration
* Programmatic analyses and tiering
* Adaptive management and monitoring
* Categorical exclusions
* Environmental assessments
The full report is available at http://ceq.eh.doe.gov/ntf/

NRDC ANALYSIS OF LITIGATED HAZARDOUS FUEL REDUCTION PROJECTS
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) recently released an
analysis of the hazardous fuels reduction projects Undersecretary Mark
Rey used as a justification for changes to the judicial system proposed
under the Healthy Forests Restoration at of 2003 (H.R. 1904). Mr. Rey’s
justification included the following points: (a) court-ordered delays in
conducting needed forest restoration justify changes in judicial review;
(b) current case law ignores the costs of inaction, and (c) H.R. 1904
would restore balance to litigation. He also appended a list of cases
said to demonstrate how litigation imposes unwarranted delays on the
Forest Service. NRDC analyzed the 23 litigated projects reported by the
General Accounting Office in an earlier report. NRDC spoke with
litigants and their lawyers, reviewed pleadings, and compiled a chart
describing interim and permanent injunctions in the cases, their
outcomes, project size, and factual backgrounds, and contact information
for each. In summary, NRDC found that:

1. Only 2% of all the acreage slated for fuels reduction in fiscal years
2001 and 2002 by the Forest Service was litigated, and only about 1% was
subject to any interim injunction.
2. Courts regularly consider the factors that the Rey letter claims they
cannot. On a case-by-case basis, they allow the agency to proceed with
logging it says is beneficial, even when they have found that logging
plans were developed illegally.
3. Mr. Rey's list of supposedly delayed projects falls apart on
inspection: nothing he lists as an active fuels reduction project has
been delayed at all by court order.

For further information, contact: Nathaniel Lawrence: 360-570-9309 or
Amy Mall: 202-289-2365

CHARITABLE GIVING ACT
The House passed the Charitable Giving Act of 2003 (HR 7) on September
17th. HR 7 includes a provision that would allow landowners to exclude
from their gross income any landowner incentive payments from Interior
Department programs (similar exclusions already exist for Agriculture
Department programs). The bill also allows non-profit organizations in
Washington State to purchase forestland with tax-exempt bonds then pay
off those bonds with forest management activities. The Senate companion
legislation (S 476) includes similar provisions for forest conservation
bonds that apply nationwide as well as several other tax related
conservation incentives that are not in the House version.

USDA REALLOCATES $$ TO CONSERVATION ASSISTANCE
Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman today announced the reallocation of
nearly $58.6 million to be used for conservation technical and financial
assistance. The reallocated funds come from unused funds previously
distributed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources
Conservation Service state offices, national level reserves, and the
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) “performance holdback,”
as called for in the EQIP final rule. This performance incentive is
money held back at the national level to be awarded to states that
achieve a high level of program efficiency and optimize environmental
benefits. This redistribution will help additional producers get the
conservation benefits that come from conservation planning and voluntary
conservation programs, such as EQIP, Wildlife Habitat Incentives
Program, Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program and Conservation
Reserve Program.

REPORTS FROM XII WORLD FORESTRY CONGRESS
Reports from the Congress, published by the International Institute for
Sustainable Development, are available by visiting
www.iisd.ca/linkages/sd/wfc12.

NATIONAL COMMUNITY FORESTRY CENTER:
RESOURCES & TOOLS

RURAL AMERICA AT A GLANCE
A six-page brochure that highlights the most recent indicators of social
and economic conditions in rural areas for use in developing policies
and programs to assist rural areas. This brochure is the second in a
series of reports that uses current social and economic data to
highlight important population, labor market, income, and poverty trends
in rural areas. The new metropolitan/nonmetropolitan classification is
also discussed. The format of the report incorporates text bullets with
charts and maps to make the report easy-to-read and visually
interesting. This brochure provides information on key rural conditions
and trends for use by public and private decision makers and others in
efforts to enhance the economic opportunities and quality of life for
rural people and their communities. See
http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/rdrr97-1/


ENGAGING RESIDENTS IN PLANNING FOR MUNICIPAL FORESTS: A CASE STUDY OF
LINCOLN, VERMONT
This report demonstrates how a small, rural town can engage its
residents in planning for town-owned forests. This case study of
Lincoln, Vermont illustrates the steps that can be taken to involve
local residents in an effort to determine appropriate priorities for use
of town forests. Find it online at www.ncfcnfr.net.

SCHOOL-BASED FOREST EDUCATION IN THE NORTHERN FOREST
An updated, downloadable version of the Center's School-based Forest
Education in the Northern Forest can be found on our website at the
following link: http://www.ncfcnfr.net/pubs.html The booklet is now in
its fourth edition and gives brief summaries of forestry focused,
school-based programs throughout the Northern Forest region. If you know
of any educational resources that would be beneficial to share with the
members of this listserv, or that you would like to have included in the
next edition of School-based Forest Education, please email a
description of the resource and how to obtain it to ma-@yellowwood.org.

UTILIZING MUNICIPAL TREES: IDEAS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY
by Stephen Bratkovich, a forest products specialist with the USDA Forest
Service Northeastern Area, St. Paul, MN, has been reprinted and is again
available in hard copy form. To request a copy, call 651–649–5246 or
e-mail sbratk-@fs.fed.us. The publication is also available online
at www.na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/misc/umt/index.htm.

HOMEOWNERS, COMMUNITIES, AND WILDFIRE: SCIENCE FINDINGS FROM THE
NATIONAL FIRE PLAN
This report (General Technical Report NC-231) was recently published by
the USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station. The publication
is a collection of papers highlighting research findings from studies
focusing on the human dimensions of wildfire. Perceptions and actions of
individuals, homeowners, and communities as they try to make sense of,
live with, and be proactive about wildfire management are presented. The
full text of the publication is available online at
www.ncrs.fs.fed.us/pubs/gtr/gtr_nc231.pdf. To request a hardcopy,
contact Pam Jakes by phone (651–649–5163), fax (651–649–5285), or e-mail
(pja-@fs.fed.us).

SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS: BUILDING ASSETS FOR EMPOWERMENT AND SUSTAINABLE
DEVELOPMENT
The Environment & Development Affinity Group at the Ford Foundation
announce publication of 14 case studies from their Asset Building and
Community Development Programme. To access visit:
http://www.livelihoods.org/post/ABCD1-postit.html

INVESTING FOR PROSPERITY
The Sierra Business Council recently published a new book, Investing for
Prosperity, which offers hundreds of ways to achieve long-term
prosperity in America’s rebounding rural regions. The 148 page book --
prepared by a unique regional business organization, based in the Sierra
Nevada region -- brings together many of the latest innovations that
rural communities across North America are using to grow their
economies, improve their towns, and build their “social capital.”
Investing is available through the Sierra Business Council by phone
(530/582-4800) or on the Web (http://www.sbcouncil.org/publications) for
$25 per copy.

THE CERTIFIED WOOD AND PAPER ASSOCIATION (CWPA)
A new resource for information on recycled, reclaimed, and certified
wood. As a nonprofit business association, CWPA works directly with
green building project teams to research product availability and
connect projects with qualified and motivated vendors. According to
CWPA, wood, as a renewable, biodegradable, nontoxic, energy-efficient,
recyclable, and reusable product, has many inherent sustainable
attributes, particularly when certified as recycled, reclaimed, or
coming from well-managed forests. For more information about the
services offered by CWPA, call 503–224–7696 or visit www.cwpa.info.

NEW REPORT ON FLORAL GREENS POLICY
In Spring 2002, the Institute of Culture and Ecology conducted research
on floral greens policy on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, USA.
This study, written by Kathryn A. Lynch and Rebecca J. McLain, was
commissioned by the US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station
and is now available free to the public online at:
http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/gtr585.pdf    

PARTICIPATORY FIELD TOOLS
A searchable database of participatory tools, methods and approaches for
practitioners developed or used by the UN Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO). See:
http://www.livelihoods.org/info/tools/FAOppn.html

“UP IN SMOKE”
A biweekly report available via e-mail from the American Forest & Paper
Association that provides statistics of wildland fires and
state-by-state summaries of fire activity, including the number of fire
year-to-date, the number of fires contained, and a comparison of those
numbers to previous years’ statistics. To receive a free subscription,
send an e-mail to Up_In_-@afandpa.org with the word SUBSCRIBE in the
subject or message field.


FUNDING
VALUE-ADDED PRODUCER GRANT PROGRAM
The USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service is inviting applications for
the Value-Added Producer Grant Program (VAPG). VAPG is a competitive
grants program administered by USDA's Rural Business Cooperative Service
that makes funds available to help producers enter into value-added
activities. Grants are awarded for both the marketing and processing of
an agricultural product. Grants may be used to (1) develop business
plans and feasibility studies (including marketing plans or other
planning activities) needed to establish viable marketing opportunities
for value added products; or (2) for acquiring working capital to
operate a value-added business venture or an alliance. Applications are
due on Monday, October 20, 2003, and electronic submission of proposals
is strongly encouraged. The Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) is
available at
http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/03-22506.htm.


NEW EPA GRANTS FOR CAPACITY BUILDING
EPA's Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) has created an exciting new
grant program called the "Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem
Solving Grant Program." The grant 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. Only non-profit, 501(c)(3)
organizations are eligible to apply. The grants are due September 30,
2003, and will be awarded at $100,000, for a project period of up to
three years. This information and other info resources are also
available online at: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/recent/ej.html

FIREFIGHTER SCHOLARSHIP
Inherent in fighting wildfires is the possibility of death or injury to
those in harm’s way. The National Forest Foundation, through a generous
grant from the Citicorp Foundation, has established the Firefighters’
Scholarship. The fund will provide for the continued education of
firefighters or the dependants of firefighters who have been
significantly disabled or killed in the line of duty fighting wildfires
after January 1, 1990. For more information on how to apply, please
contact Cindy Pandini at the NFF’s Montana office at 406-542-2805 or
cpan-@natlforests.org.

NEW LIST OF GRANT SOURCES
The Interagency Wildland Fire Communications Group, Rocky Mountain Area,
has developed a list of grant sources that emphasizes private
foundations. While some of these relate to wildfire mitigation,
restoration and suppression, many are much broader to include
collaboration with communities. Criteria for who may qualify for these
grants vary widely, so check the list carefully. To view the list, see:
http://www.rockymountainwildlandfire.info/grants.htm

TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE FOR NON-PROFITS
TechFoundation is a Cambridge-based, nonprofit organization that
delivers technology, expertise and capital to help nonprofit
organizations serve humanity. They offer funding for technology needs,
discounted and donated technology hardware, software and services, and
technical assistance. For more information visit www.techfoundation.org/

POSITIONS, FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS

HUBBARD BROOK SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Hubbard Brook Research Foundation (HBRF), a nonprofit organization
headquartered in Hanover, NH, seeks Executive Director. For information
about the job, how to apply, and background on HBRF, visit their web
site at www.hubbardbrook.org/hbrf.

FIREWISE RECOGNITION FOR COMMUNITIES
If your community would like to be recognized for its Firewise
accomplishments, visit http://www.firewise.org/usa and learn how to do
so.


MEETINGS & WORKSHOPS

New events are marked with an asterisk (*).

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.
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- Januray 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

BIOPHYSICAL MONITORING TRAINING SESSION
The Forest Stewards Guild is planning an intensive training session in
forest biophysical monitoring techniques with instructor Richard Hart
for September 29-October 3, 2003 on the Atlas Timberlands, near
Craftsbury Common, Vermont . The course limit is 12 people. For more
information, contact Steven A. Harrington, Forest Stewards Guild
Coordinator, 505-983-3887 x16, www.foreststewardsguild.org

A SYMPOSIUM ON MANAGING LOGGING RISK AND LIABILITY
Thursday, October 2, 2003, The Bryce Jordan Center, University Park
Campus of Penn State. Topics to be covered include legal considerations
for landowners, loggers, foresters and mills, written contract language,
insurance, site disturbance and changing conditions, risk management,
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Standards for
logging operations, and more. $65.00 per person (includes lunch,
parking, and materials).
For further information call the SFI of PA office (814) 867 – 9299.

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

*MANAGING LAND AND VISITORS: STEWARDSHIP CHALLENGES OF NATURAL AND
HISTORIC PLACES
Will be held October 8th in Boylston, MA. Workshop topics include:
determining access & carrying capacity, conflict resolution, cultural
resources, creating management plans, and volunteer recruitment and
management. Sponsored by the Putnam Conservation Institute - a new
program of The Trustees of Reservations. To receive complete conference
and registration information, see the Website
www.thetrustees.org/conservationinstitute.cfm or contact Andrea Freeman,
Putnam Conservation Institute Director, via e-mail: afre-@ttor.org or
telephone: 978-537-4458 x315.

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/

6TH ANNUAL COMMUNITY RESEARCH NETWORK CONFERENCE
"Powerful Collaborations: Building a Movement for Social Change",
OCTOBER 16-19, 2003, The Audubon Center of the North Woods, Sandstone,
Minnesota. To register, apply for scholarships, and/or make a
presentation proposal, please go to www.loka.org.

LAND TRUST ALLIANCE RALLY
The LTA Rally will be held October 16-19, 2003 in Sacramento, CA. For
more information, including the schedule of events as well as exhibit
and sponsorship opportunities, and to register, please visit the Land
Trust Alliance Web site at www.lta.org/training/rally.htm .

SOCIETY OF AMERICAN FORESTERS 2003 NATIONAL CONVENTION
Will be held October 25–29 in Buffalo, NY. The event includes
professional development workshops, technical field workshops, a job
fair, and a panel discussion by research leaders from Canada and the
United States on the current state of forestry research, including an
examination of the science and practice relationship between the two
countries. For detailed convention information, including registration
and lodging, visit the 2003 SAF National Convention website
(www.safnet.org/convention/index.cfm).

NNFP ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING
October 28-November 1, 2003, St. Helena Island, South Carolina. More
details available at www.nnfp.org

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/

UNDERSTANDING APPEALS AND NEPA: A WORKSHOP DESIGNED FOR COMMUNITY-BASED
FORESTRY GROUPS
November 12-13, 2003, Kennedy School McMenamins, Portland, Oregon. This
workshop will provide Community-based Forestry organizations with a
working knowledge of the NEPA and appeals process and ways to identify
how the collaborative process can be used to improve implementation. For
more information contact Maia Enzer, men-@sustainablenorthwest.org   
(503) 221-6911 ext. 111. Register by September 19, 2003. Space is
limited.

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

*NORTH AMERICAN FIRE LEARNING NETWORK WORKSHOP
The fourth North American Fire Learning Network (FLN) workshop will be
held December 2-4, 2003, in Pensacola, Florida. Upwards of 100 people
representing The Nature Conservancy, federal and state agencies, and
other private institutions are expected to attend. The primary topic of
the workshop is monitoring and adaptive management. Contact Ayn Shlisky
(ashl-@tnc.org) or Douglas Zollner (dzol-@tnc.org) if you are
interested in attending this meeting. More information about the network
and this workshop is available at http://www.tnc-ecomanagement.org/fire.

*WORKSHOP ON GLOBAL COMPETITION
“Forest Product Imports/Exports: How Will These Affect Your Future?” is
the theme for this workshop sponsored by the Lake States Lumber
Association, Inc. (LSLA). It will be held February 24, 2004, in Wausau,
WI. The keynote address by Ed Pepke, a forest products marketing
specialist for the Timber Branch of the United Nations Economic
Commission for Europe (UNECE) located in Geneva, Switzerland, will focus
on the global outlook for supply and demand for wood products in the
world and how this relates to the Lake States. Peter Ince, an economist
at FPL, will provide insight into pulpwood markets and their
relationship to demand for fiber with his talk on the global trend and
regional impacts of forest products and the outside factors affecting
them. Dan Meyer, with HARDWOODReview magazine, is slated to talk on
market and trends. Contact Terry Mace, forest products specialist with
the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, for workshop information
(608–231–9333, mac-@dnr.state.wi.us) or LSLA for registration
information (906–774–6767).

*THE 1ST EASTERN OREGON SMALL DIAMETER WOOD PRODUCTS FAIR
Will be held March 2–3, 2004, in LaGrande, OR. This event is aimed at
helping eastern Oregon become a leader in ecosystem restoration,
wildfire risk reduction, and wood products utilization. Workshops, panel
discussions, exhibits, product design competitions, and networking
events will provide attendees with information on the available supply
of raw materials in the eight-county region of eastern Oregon, financial
assistance, and techniques and approaches to handling small-diameter and
underutilized species, as well as offering examples of desirable wood
products made from this material. Entrepreneurs, forest products
business owners, timber harvesting enterprises, conservation groups,
wood-processing equipment vendors, builders, engineers, and wood
enterprises are encouraged to attend. Contact Anette Christoffersen at
541–426–2311 or achristo-@eoni.com for more information.

*2ND PROMISE OF PLACE CONFERENCE
Place-based Education in the Northern Forest, March 25-27th, 2004 at the
Bethel Inn, Bethel, Maine. Presented by the Northern Forest Center and
Shelburne Farms. On March 25-27th, 2004, educators, administrators,
resource experts and policy makers from across Maine, New Hampshire,
Vermont and New York, are invited to gather in support of place-based
education. More detailed information will be available this fall at
www.northernforest.org or www.shelburnefarms.org. To learn more about
the first Promise of Place conference, visit
http://www.northernforest.org/tech_programs.htm.

*1ST CONFERENCE ON THE UTILIZATION OF SMALL LOGS
Sponsored by TimberWest Publications, LLC, will be held March 31–April
2, 2004, at the Coeur d’Alene Resort in Idaho. Forests have become
dangerously overstocked with small-diameter timber. The need for
intensive forest management to reduce overstocking and opportunities for
processing small-diameter logs removed from overstocked stands will be
the focus of the conference. In addition to two full days of speakers, a
Supplier’s Showcase will profile technology and products of more than 25
companies involved in the utilization of small logs. For more
information, contact Jan Raulin, Conference Manager (1–886–221–1017 or
ten-@telus.net).

*CREATING SOLUTIONS FOR USING SMALL TREES
SmallWood 2004 will be held May 18–21 in Sacramento, CA. Tours, both
before and after two full days (Wednesday and Thursday) of technical and
poster presentations, discussions, and tabletop exhibits, are planned.
The pre-conference tour (Tuesday, May 18) will visit mill sites, biomass
energy facilities, and small forest products businesses in the Redding
area. The post-conference tour (Friday, May 21) in the Sacramento area
will include several facilities utilizing wood energy, a
state-of-the-art small log sawmill, and related forest products
businesses. For more information on the conference, complete the form at
www.forestprod.org/smallwood04info.html or call Julie Lang at
608–231–1361, ext. 208 (fax: 608–231–2152; e-mail:
confer-@forestprod.org).

WHERE DO I SIGN UP?

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. 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: Kate
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
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