Sustainability in NY

Nick Ananin visfor at globalnet.co.uk
Tue Nov 4 18:08:52 EST 1997


In a message from Joan to Nick

I have next to me a brand new report entitled "New York's Sustainable
 Forestry Initiative - Progress Report August, 1997" which contains a
 definition of sustainable forestry based on recommendations of the
Bruntland
 Commission on Sustainable Development adopted by the international Earth
 Summit held in Rio de Janiero in 1992.:

 "Sustainable forestry means: "To meet the needs of the present without
 compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs by
 practicing a land stewardship ethic which integrates the reforestation,
 managing, growing, nurturing and harvesting of trees for useful products
with
 the conservation of soil, air and water quality, wildlife and fish
habitat,
 and aesthetics.'"

  Also in the same report, "The primary goal of New York SFI is to promote
 'sustainable forestry,' which seeks to sustain all forest values,
including
 non-timber values such as wildlife habitat and water quality.  It does
not,
 however, altar (sic) an important fact: production of wood continues to
 provide the financial solvency required for sustainable forest management,
 much of the privately held forest land in New York state could succumb to
the
 pressures of competing economic uses and consequently face conversion to
 non-forest uses."

 Not as global a perspective as you've been working on, but thought you
might
 be interested in the what's going on here.  The New York Sustainable
Forestry
 Initiative Implementation Committee is made up of people from many areas--
 mostly paper and lumber companies, also state environmental conservation
 agency reps, loggers' reps, secondary utilizers, and one "forest landowner
and
 tree farmer."  The one "forest landowner and tree farmer" has been having
a
 major impact on the printed material the group is putting out.






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