Timber Harvesting/Transportation Report Available

The Endowment today released a report — Timber Harvesting and Transportation: The State of the Industry — that resulted from a January 30-31, 2008 workshop convened to explore the state of timber harvesting in the U.S. “We appreciate the great input, insights and candor that participants shared in helping us scope the state of this […]

Endowment to Gain Help from Retired Forest Service Professionals

The National Association of Forest Service Retirees (NAFSR) and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (the Endowment) today announced an informal partnership whereby NAFSR members will assist the Endowment with certain research, planning or programmatic initiatives on a project basis as either advisors or short-term unpaid staff. Carlton Owen, Endowment President said of the […]

Spring ’08 Intern a Familiar Face

Cameron Tommey a Furman University double-major in Earth & Environmental Sciences and Political Science becomes the fifth person to join the Endowment’s staff through our Internship Program. Tommey assisted the Endowment in a short-term assignment as a recorder in the Focal Initiatives Workshop in November 2007. He hails from Columbus, Georgia.

Consortium to Study Community-based Forestry/Community-owned Forests

An incredible array of groups and individuals has come together under the leadership of Dynamic Coaching and Capacity Building (Silver Spring, Maryland) along with the Watershed Research and Training Center (Hayfork, California) to implement work outlined in Endowment RFP 2008-001. The work will highlight a broad spectrum of community-based forestry and community-owned forest models and […]

Team Selected to Study Commodity “Check-offs”

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities has selected Phoenix Strategic Solutions, Inc. to lead a team which includes Kelly McCloskey & Associates, Ltd. and the Artemis Strategy Group to deliver services in response to Endowment RFP 2008-002. Expected outputs will yield a comprehensive feasibility report with implementation options examining the potential for coordinated “check-off” […]

Owen to Co-Chair 4th Small Log Conference

Carlton Owen, President of the U.S. Endowment has been named Co-Chair of the 4th National Small Log Conference to be held March 2009 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. This will be the fourth biennial conference held to look at the potential to develop local and global markets for small wood from both public and private lands […]

Third RFP Seeks to Study “Ecosystem Approach” in Business Development

Today, the U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities released its third Request for Proposals (RFP). This RFP seeks to shed light on the status of business “clustering”within the forest products sector with a goal of identifying and encouraging further application of this model where appropriate. The notion of creating economic “clusters” is not a new […]

Today, the U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities released its third Request for Proposals (RFP). This RFP seeks to shed light on the status of business “clustering”within the forest products sector with a goal of identifying and encouraging further application of this model where appropriate. The notion of creating economic “clusters” is not a new idea in many sectors. In fact, before the age of cheap energy and global product transfer, clustering was common. Today, economic development circles promote “innovation clusters” or “sector clustering.” This RFP seeks to review clustering internationally and then identify opportunities and challenges for increased clustering within the U.S. forest products sector. “We are interested in understanding the extent to which an ‘ecosystem approach’ to clustering may exist,” said Diane Snyder, Vice President-Community Development. An ecosystem approach is seen as one that operates within a given area and within a given activity chain where the residuals or by-products from higher value products become the raw materials for a second set of products and so on until the final residual is used for fuel and/or energy production. For details view Requests for Proposals RFP 2008-003.

The Endowment today released its latest request for pre-proposals (RFP) as it seeks to add depth and inform direction for its focal initiatives. “If one is concerned about retaining working forest landscapes it is impossible to escape the foundational reality of the need for viable markets for wood and fiber,” says Endowment President Carlton Owen. […]

Groups to Gather to Discuss Conservation Data Needs

With perhaps as much as 2.2 million acres of open spaces — farms, forests and rangelands — being converted to developed uses each year, it is critical that conservation interests (federal, state, local and not-for-profit) employ the latest and most powerful tools for planning and targeting limited financial resources. This need met head-on with reality […]

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