IssuesTo sustain private working forests, we must sustain the people who own them.
Every year, Congress considers legislation with the potential to enhance or diminish private forest landowners ability to own and manage their land. Additionally, regulatory constraints imposed by federal and state governments hinder forest landowner incentives, discourage industry growth, and drive some landowners to abandon forestry for economic survival by selling their land for development.
Viable markets and reasonable regulations are fundamental to sustaining private forests, forestry-related jobs and forest stewardship.
WASHINGTON, July 30, 2015 - Internal documents released by a House committee show the Army Corps of Engineers questioning the legal and technical basis for the Obama administration's Clean Water Act rule just weeks before its release. An April 27 memorandum that the...
July 29, 2015—On July 27, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, sent a letter to Jo-Ellen Darcy, assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works, requesting confirmation of factual statements made in internal Army Corps of Engineers documents provided to the committee.
Welcome to Forest America, an initiative among family forest landowners, as well as those engaged in all aspects of private forests. Forest America is committed to informing policy makers, the media and the public about how the responsible management and utilization of forests ensures—and not endangers—the sustainability of working forests in America. There’s a reason why we believe this is so important—while our forests are our livelihood, they are also our heritage and our legacy. We are the owners and stewards of America’s private forests.
March 21 is International Day of the Forests, established by the United Nations in 2012. The day celebrates and raises awareness with events around the world to recognize how important the planet’s forests are, and in part to remind people why and how forests are integral to sustainable development. At Forest America, we know that sustainable forests are integral to our community of private landowners. In simplified terms, sustainability is managing our forests so that they will continue to serve as a valuable resource for the nation and for landowners.
It may seem obvious, especially coming from people who are the caretakers of America’s private forests, but wood is good—good for the environment, as a component in new houses and as a construction element. This is often overlooked, especially when considering alternatives. In fact, wood has benefits that make it the best material compared to its alternatives, such as steel or concrete, and with good reason.
The US. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is proposing to list the black pinesnake (BPS) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) with a proposed section 4(d) rule. This ruling is vital to forestry stakeholders because it has the potential to set a precedent on forestry management restrictions not only for the BPS, but for all future ESA listings as well.
For the first time in a decade, the House is set this week to vote on a bipartisan bill to repeal the Federal estate tax. This has been a priority legislative issue for Forest America’s Caretakers for many years. The death tax, quite simply, places an immense...
The Washington Post last week published an editorial questioning the EPA’s direction on new rules that would provide credits for alternative energy sources, including bio-energy and the use of wood pellets as a fuel source. The editorial contends that EPA’s position...
On April 2, 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced that it would be listing the northern long-eared bat as threatened, rather than endangered, as it had initially proposed in October of 2013. The listing gives the bat new protections but does not enforce all of the requirements that would have been relevant had the bat been listed as endangered.
The US Fish & Wildlife Service designated the Northern Long-Eared Bat (NLEB) a threatened species, but attached an interim special rule that it states removes uncalled-for regulatory requirements for landowners, land managers, government agencies, and others in the bat’s multistate range. The listing is seen by some as FWS’s most restrictive designation to date with the potential to affect a number of US industries, including forestry.
Both the interim rule and the final rule regarding the bat’s status will take effect May 4, 2015.
EPA’s Policy Direction on Biomass Carbon Emissions is a Step in the Right Direction but Uncertainty Remains
The EPA has taken a step in the right direction, but it is not a win for forestry yet. The new draft accounting framework and guidance memo released shows EPA recognizes the overall sustainability without additional regulations. EPA is confirming what we already...