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Sustainable Forests Roundtable

The Sustainable Forests Roundtable is an open and inclusive process committed to the goal of sustainable forest management on public and private lands in the United States. Roundtable participants include public and private organizations and individuals committed to better decision-making through shared learning and increased understanding.

The purpose of the Roundtable is to serve as a forum to share information and perspectives that will enable better decision making in the United States regarding sustainable forests. The Roundtable serves to promote shared leadership and responsibility in contributing toward achievement of sustainable forests on public and private lands throughout the United States. This purpose is actualized through efforts to:

  • Provide a forum for dialogue about sustainable forest issues, including national and sub-nationalcriteria and indicator efforts;
  • Broaden and deepen public understanding and adoption of sustainable forest management practices;
  • Facilitate the coordinated assessment and reporting of the sustainability of the Nation’s forest resources;
  • Communicate and coordinate data and programs within the sustainable forest community;
  • Serve as a venue for connecting domestic and global forest issues; and
  • Demonstrate on-the-ground benefits of sustainable forest management through the efforts of local and regional champions.

The fundamental approach of the Roundtable in carrying out its purpose is based on the belief that better data will lead to better dialogue about the sustainability of the nation’s forest resources, which will in turn lead to more informed, better decisions by stakeholders.

Since its inception in 1998, the Roundtable's primary focus has been the domestic implementation of an internationally agreed upon set of criteria and indicators (C&I) contained in the Santiago Declaration of the Montreal Process for the purpose of developing a shared understanding of current forest conditions and a baseline against which to mark future progress toward sustainability and was instrumental in the development and release of the National Report on Sustainable Forests in 2003 and 2010. Roundtable efforts since completion of these reports have focused on stimulating stakeholder dialogue on the meaning of the reports, actively engaging local and regional champions in their implementation of C&I at sub-national scales, and preparing for the next national report in 2015.

The ownership and management characteristics of the nation’s forest resources present uniquely difficult challenges in adopting and reporting on sustainable forest management in the United States. Because there is no national program or policy for sustainable forests on all lands, the Roundtable fulfills a critical role by providing a venue for all stakeholders to share perspectives and develop implementation ideas in order to broaden and deepen the application of sustainable forest management on the ground.

The Roundtable is not a decision-making body, but rather an open forum comprised of voluntary participants to share information and perspectives about the sustainable management of the nation’s forests. The overall goal is to engage federal, state, private, and non-profit organization leadership in committing to collaborative capacity building that will improve the forest sector’s ability to promote sustainable forest management. This work includes making linkages to international sustainable forest issues and other roundtables, forums, and processes focused on other natural resources.
 

 

Texas Forest Information Portal

Through Texas Forest Info, Texas A&M Forest Service provides landowners, managers, government officials, local community groups, and the public state-of-the-art access to information about trees and forest lands across the state.

Here, you’ll find applications to help you view forest type distributions across the state, timber supply within an area of interest and the location of forest product manufacturing facilities.  

 

Texas Forest Sector Economic Impact Summary Tool

Texas Forest Service Texas Forest Sector Economic Impact Summary Tool is an interactive tool to summarize estimated economic impacts of the forest sector in East Texas. The tool allows users to show economic impacts of a selected set of counties. In addition to providing values for each of the selected counties, totals are given for the entire selection. To use the tool go to Texas Forest Sector Economic Impact.

 

Texas Longleaf Taskforce

The Texas Longleaf Taskforce was created in 2010 to promote the restoration of Longleaf pine on private and public forestlands in the state of Texas. The Taskforce started as a broad stakeholder group of private landowners, state and federal agencies, and industry members. It included non-profit organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, Texas Forestry Association, and the National Wild Turkey Federation.  Check it out here »

 

Texas Plant Protection Assn

For the past 24 years, the non-profit professional Texas Plant Protection Association (TPPA) has sponsored educational conferences for those involved in production agriculture. These conferences include the Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference and the TPPA Precision Ag Expo. These events have been successful due to the broad support of many leaders in Texas agriculture that represent academia, Extension, research, consulting, agribusiness, farmers and regulatory. Click Here.

 

TexasLawHelp

TexasLawHelp.org is a website dedicated to providing free, reliable legal information to low-income Texans.  It is part of a broader effort within the national legal aid community to use technology, specifically the Internet, to enhance and expand the delivery of legal aid. In 2016, more than 1.5 million users accessed TexasLawHelp.

TexasLawHelp is a joint effort of legal aid, courts, and nonprofit organizations throughout Texas. It is completely free to use. You will never be charged for using any resources on this website. 

 

The Business Case for Green Building

The WorldGBC launched its new report, "The Business Case for Green Building" in March 2013. Miles Keeping introduces the report and its findings at Ecobuild in London.

 

The Climate Corporation

The Climate Corporation offers insurance and land consulting by means of a sophisticated computer modeling system. The Climate Corporation has developed protection against a variety of weather perils that can have an impact on crop yield, including precipitation, heat, drought, and freeze through a system that assesses risk and determines crop insurance premiums using historic, simulated and forecasted climate and weather data. Click here to learn more!
 

The Global Invasive Species Database (GISD)

The Global Invasive Species Database (GISD) aims to increase awareness about invasive alien species and to facilitate effective prevention and management activities. It is managed by the Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) of the SSC- Species Survival Commission of the IUCN -International Union for Conservation of Nature. The GISD was developed as part of the global initiative on invasive species led by the Global Invasive Species Programme GISP and was/is supported through partnerships with the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII), Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research and the University of Auckland.

The GISD focuses on invasive alien species that threaten native biodiversity and natural ecosystems and covers all taxonomic groups from micro-organisms to animals and plants in all ecosystems. Species information is either supplied by or reviewed by expert contributors from around the world.

As the database is continually being populated with species information, please check back on a regular basis for updates

 

The Greenhorns

The Greenhorns is a non-traditional grassroots non-profit organization made up of young farmers and a diversity of collaborators. Their mission is to recruit, promote and support the new generation of young farmers. This is done by producing avant-garde programming, video, audio, web content, publications, events, and art projects that increase the odds for success and enhance the profile and social lives of America’s young farmers. Click Here.

 

The Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative

USDA is working with landowners in five states to protect an increasingly rare bird and its habitat.

 

The NRCS episode on the Lesser Prairie Chicken.

Learn how the Working Lands for Wildlife partnership provides landowners with voluntary incentive programs to help keep working lands in production while providing beneficial habitat for wildlife.

 

The Southern Forest Futures Project

The Southern Forest Futures Project provides a science-based “futuring” analysis of the forests of the 13 States of the Southeastern United States. With findings organized in a set of scenarios and using a combination of computer models and science synthesis, the authors of the Southern Forest Futures Project examine a variety of possible futures that could shape forests and the many ecosystem services and values that forests provide. The science findings and modeling results could inform management and policy analysis of the South’s forests. In the chapters of this technical report, the authors provide detailed findings and results as well as sets of key findings and implications.

 

The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns - Identification key to weeds

A sedgeThis key includes the most common weeds found in California lawns. Other species may occur but are not of major importance in turf. Because flowering parts are often mowed and not seen in turf, this key was developed using vegetative characteristics. Identifying weed species is essential for choosing appropriate management practices.

 

  • Click on illustrations that resemble your weed.
  • Work through the key until you get to a summary page of your weed.
  • Link to Pest Notes from many summary pages to see specific management practices.

 

Begin key

Identification tips :

Already know your weed problem? Go directly to your species:

Weeds in key

 

The USA National Phenology Network

The USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN) monitors the influence of climate on the phenology of plants, animals, and landscapes. We do this by encouraging people to observe phenological events like leaf out, flowering, migrations, and egg laying, and by providing a place for people to enter, store, and share their observations. We also work with researchers to develop tools and techniques to use these observations to support a wide range of decisions made routinely by citizens, managers, scientists, and others, including decisions related to allergies, wildfires, water, and conservation.
 

Timber Prices

Looking for timber prices in your area? Wondering what mills are offering for delivered logs? Want to know what loggers are paying for stumpage? Use this page to find links and explanations of what free information is available for your state. Also included is contactimage map of United States with links to states where price information is available information for state authorities on timber prices, where available. If you're selling timber be sure and also check our general advice for selling timber.

 

 

Tools and Information to Protect Your Property From Wildfires

Download this document to find tools and information to help you prepare your home and property for protection against wildfire threats.

 

Tools for Engaging Landowners Effectively (TELE)

Tools for Engaging Landowners Effectively (TELE) is a project of the Sustaining Family Forests Initiative (SFFI), an ad hoc collaboration of universities, government agencies, industry, conservation organizations, certification systems, and landowners.
America’s family lands present our biggest conservation challenge.  Nearly one million acres of our forests are being converted to development each year.  Forty-one percent of the forest in the contiguous United States is owned by families, and it is the forest most at risk of being fragmented and converted for development. Decisions made by 10 million family forest owners collectively enhance or degrade the landscape.  How they manage their forests and whether or not they convert them to other uses is of significant public interest. Reasonable estimates are that only 20-30% of them are being served by current programs aimed at conservation and sustainable forest management.

The goal of this multiyear project is to provide a practical set of tools to help conservation and forestry professionals reach more landowners with effective stewardship messages and develop programs that serve the needs and values of the landowners.  Landowners and natural resource professionals have been intimately involved in all phases of the project. We strongly believe that our work must be useful to a wide array of organizations and agencies, and grounded in solid data about the landowners.

 

Tools to Manage Agriculture and Soil Resources

Environmental Health and Safety provides a list of freeware containing information and tools for helping farmers manage agricultural and soil resources. Some of the available tools include: 
Cool Farm Tool- a greenhouse gas calculator that is free for growers to help them measure the carbon footprint of crop and livestock products. 
DecAID- an advisory tool to help managers evaluate effects of forest conditions and existing or proposed management activities on organisms that use snags and down wood. Landscape Management System- assists in landscape level analysis and planning of forest ecosystems by automating the tasks of stand projection, graphical and tabular summarization, stand visualization, and landscape visualization.

To see all click here. 
 

Track the threat of Hungry Pests.

Help keep Hungry Pests from spreading. Know the threats in your area.   Use the Pest Tracker map to see where invasive species have been identified and what areas in the United States are at greatest risk.  This interactive map is a joint effort of the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and state and county agencies throughout the country. The Pest Tracker is updated frequently and provides an easy to use overview of the latest local invasive species spread information. You can also use the map to find state-specific contact information to report a pest.  You'll find county-level views as well as maps for all 50 states.