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The process of thinning – removing smaller trees in fire-prone areas to save the entire forest from going up in flames – has increased in national forests more than 34 percent over the last decade. The shift, according to The Journal, is due to findings on the part of the Forest Service that thinning is the most effective way to reduce the likelihood of forests that can wipe out an existing forest.

 

The primetime for political activism is here! Your senators and representatives will be in their home districts for the entire month of August to listen to you, their constituents. This is your opportunity to make sure your elected officials are doing their jobs representing you.

Congressman Glenn Thompson represents the 5th District of Pennsylvania, located in Central Pennsylvania. As a descendent of a long line of dairy farmers, Representative Thompson is a proud and active member of the House Agriculture Committee, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Conservation & Forestry. Representative Thompson also serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Education & the Workforce Committee.

The US. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is proposing to list the black pine snake (BPS) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) with a proposed section 4(d) rule.   This ruling 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 financial and emotional burden on the families who own and manage America’s private forests at a time of grief for families.

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.

 

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.

 

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 bioenergy and the use of wood pellets as a fuel source. The editorial contends that EPA’s position on bioenergy and the use of wood pellets as a fuel source would result in the mass exploitation of our nation’s forests.

 

Forest America is committed to providing information about how the responsible management and utilization of forests ensures the sustainability of working forests in America.

As the Australia Parliament currently debates legislation to fight illegal logging, it’s worth considering the impact of the American and European laws on which the Australian effort is modelled. We may…

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