Friday ACF update.

Don Staples dstaples at livingston.net
Fri Oct 24 15:05:53 EST 1997


The following is an update from the National Office regarding its
activities for the past week. Chapter Chairs please distribute this
information to your chapter members.  This is Update is being
transmitted
by electronic mail to all ACF members who have electronic mail
capabilities.  If you are currently receiving this via fax and would
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so.

Activities for this week:


      National Council on Private Forests Meeting

       The National Council on Private Forests held its monthly meeting
October 16.  The first part of the meeting was devoted to preparing and
planning for a high level meeting between members of the NCPF and the
Secretary of Agriculture - Dan Glickman.  The purpose of this meeting is
to
provide the Secretary and key members of his staff information about the
importance of nonindustrial private forests and their role in the U.S. 
The
Department of Agriculture currently does not understand the commercial
role private forests play, as demonstrated through funding for research
and
other programs aimed at agriculture.
       Private forestry research currrently receives less than 2% of all
the dollars spent on Agriculture research.  A tentative date for the
meeting is set for November 17.  It is possible that several landowners
and
consulting foresters will be invited to come to Washington, D.C. to
discuss
issues with the Secretary during the meeting.

       ADDITIONAL INPUT ON FOREST CERTIFICATION
       The second half of the NCPF meeting was a continuation of the
last
meeting.  Representatives of the various member organizations were asked
to
provide their organizational position on Forest Certification.  Mike
Higgs
, USDA Forest Service, presented the position of the State and Private
       Forestry section.  The FS is currently evaluating Forest
Certification for a number of reasons.  The Forest Stewardship Council
approached the FS and offered to possibly certify some National Forest
System lands that are adjacent to lands owned by Collins Pine in
California.
       This prompted the FS to take an in-depth look at Certification. 
As
a result, they notified FSC that they appreciate their position,
however,
the FS needs more time to discuss the ramifications of such a move, both
legal and regulatory.
       The process for certifying the FS would be similar of that
currently
being done in Minnesota and Pennsylvania.  State Foresters in both
states
are seeking certification to help relieve the complaints, etc.,
generated
every time a timber harvest is planned on state lands.  Scientific
Certification Systems is looking at Pennsylvania and SmartWood is
looking
at Minnesota.  The latest is that Minnesota has been offered to be
certified by SmartWood.
       The FS, meanwhile, was approached over four years ago to certify
their lands.

       Also within the FS, the Sustainable Development Initiative being
pushed by the Clinton Administration.  Sustainable Development folks are
looking for avenues to get private lands into sustainable management. 
As
for a definition of
       Sustainable Management, this has yet to be defined.

       The Tree Farm Director, Bob Simpson, stated that Tree Farm is the
oldest and largest certification program in the U.S.
       For the interim, Tree Farm is observing and fashioning itself to
work well with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.  However, they are
trying to keep from becoming a prescriptive program like the SFI and
place
burdens on their members.

       The Forest Landowners Representative, April Hendley, stated that
FLA
was not in favor of certification due to the costs involved.  They would
be
especially concerned if the program somehow became mandatory for
landowners.

       The Society of American Foresters Representative, Mike Goergen,
stated that the SAF has no opinion on the program at this time.
-- 
Don Staples

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