Under Secretary Bonnie visits South Carolina to see longleaf partnerships
The longleaf pine ecosystem is one of the most diverse in the world. It provides habitat to nearly 900 plant species and 29 federally-listed threatened or endangered species. It’s prized for its valuable timber and its strength against disease, pests and damaging storms. But longleaf pine forests are now rare since their original range of 90 million acres has waned to just a few million. USDA and other partners are working to change this.
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USDA blog 5/23/14
Joint Forestry Team Meets in Washington, D.C.
Last week, the Joint Forestry Team (JFT) met in Washington, D.C. to hear from leadership and shape a work plan for the coming year. The JFT, established in 2007, consists of representatives from the U.S. Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), National Association of State Foresters (NASF) and NACD. NACD is represented by Johnny Sundstrom (JFT chairman, Ore.) and Charles Holmes (Ala.) and Tom Crowe (Ind.), both of whom also serve on the NACD Forest Resource Policy Group.
In his address to JFT members and guests, NACD President-elect Lee McDaniel stressed the value of working together.
"By having a partnership like this, and a common goal, it gives us an advantage when entering the political arena to seek what we need instead of each of us trying to go it alone," McDaniel said.
The four members of the JFT have shared ideas over the past seven years about program monitoring, technical service delivery, and even worked to draft a common template that multiple agencies can use to shape forest management plans.
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USFS Welcomes Koehn, Lear
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) recently filled two director positions in its Washington, D.C. office. Steve Koehn has accepted the position of Director of Cooperative Forestry and Monica Lear has accepted the position of Director of Forest Health Protection.
Koehn has been with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service for 30 years, having served as the Maryland State Forester the last 13 years. Koehn will report to his post July 6th.
For the past seven years, Lear has served as the Deputy Associate Director in the Urban Forestry Administration, District Department of Transportation and District of Columbia State Forester. Lear will report to her new post on June 1st.
NACD eResource 4/28/14
Register for the EAB Webinar
The NACD Forest RPG and Urban and Community RPG will co-host a webinar on emerald ash borer (EAB) and the challenges the forest pest creates for civic leaders and conservation professionals. The April 24 webinar will include presentations from a U.S. Forest Service expert and conservation districts engaged in EAB planning and cleanup efforts. The webinar is limited to the first 100 attendees to sign up for the event.
To reserve a spot for this webinar, email NACD Forestry Specialist Mike Beacom. To learn more about EAB, visit http://emeraldashborer.info/
NACD eResource 4/22/14
Forest and Conservation Tax Survey
The American Forest Foundation is collecting information on how forestland owners use forest and conservation tax provisions on their land.
To fill out their brief survey to assist them in advocating for continued forest tax exemptions, please click here
NACD eResource 4/15/14
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is still accepting 2014 Requests for Proposals for the Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program.
SFI will invest in conservation research projects and collaborative partnerships that explain or inform the role of sustainable forest management in Carbon and Bioenergy; Forest Health; Water; Capacity Building; and Wildlife, Fish and Biodiversity. SFI announced it will deliver up to $300,000 for forest conservation research projects. The deadline for 2014 requests is Friday, February 21 at 5 p.m. (ET).
To learn more, click here.
NACD eResource, 2/11/14
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) will host a webinar, “Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program,” on Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 2-3:30 p.m. (ET).
The Forest Service's Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) program encourages collaborative, science-based ecosystem restoration of priority forest landscapes and has helped catalyze larger restoration efforts surrounding National Forests. The first speaker will give an overview of the CFLR program, and two CFLR case studies will be shared from different regions of the US.
Webinar registration is open to all and attendance is free. To sign up, click here. Please contact Sara Comas at email@example.com with comments, special accommodations, or to be added to the mailing list.
Society of American Foresters (SAF) Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) credits and American Planning Association (APA/AICP) Certification Maintenance (CM) credits are available for this webinar.
NACD eResource, 2/11/14
Timber Tax Q&A
Forestry Notes is offering conservation district staff and forest landowners an opportunity to ask timber tax questions to one of the country’s leading experts: Linda Wang, the National Timber Tax Specialist for the U.S. Forest Service.
Wang will answer selected questions in the March issue of Forestry Notes. Questions can be submitted via Twitter @forestrynotes or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; please add "Timber Tax" in the subject line.
The deadline to submit questions is February 14.
NACD eResource, 1/28/14
January Forestry Notes
The January Issue of Forestry Notes is now available online.
This edition includes a story about an Oregon SWCD program that is planting trees for a better salmon habitat, as well as a story about an Illinois forest workshop, organized by districts, that is helping to educate landowners on how to manage their forestland.
To read this month’s issue, click here.
NACD eResource, 1/14/14