News & Issues

At the close of 2012, Sustainable Forestry Initiative President Kathy Abusow summed up some significant signs that SFI is expanding and gaining credibility as a guarantor of sustainable forest management, pointing out:

In response to concerns by some county commissioners that unidentified loggers in Alabama were not being held accountable for alleged damage to public roads, the state legislature passed what sounds like a very mild piece of legislation allowing (not requiring) counties to require loggers to provide “prior notice of intent” to use county roads or rights-of-way prior to operations.

The Final Report of the Truck Size & Weight Study that Congress authorized in 2012, in place of immediately authorizing truck weight reform along the lines of the Safe & Efficient Transportation Act (HR 612), is due to be delivered to Congress this November, but we anticipate release of the “Technical Report” presenting the DOT study team’s data and its preliminary evaluation sometime during August.
The July 28 Bangor [Maine] Daily News profiles the four-day professional development workshop which the Maine TREE Foundation and Project Learning Tree have co-hosted since 1998, to provide teachers in the state with the insights they need to help students assess career opportunities in forest-related work.
On July 17, FRA joined other sustainable forestry advocates on Capitol Hill for Forest Products Industry Day, staffing a display demonstrating the role of harvesting in forest renewal, with 2014 National Outstanding Logger Anthony Andrews, of Trenton, North Carolina, on hand to interact with Congressional staffers from his field-level perspective and knowledge base.