public comment sought on National Report on Sustainable Forests - 2010

On December 8 the USDA Forest Service released the draft National Report on Sustainable Forests - 2010 for public comment. In addition to extensive coverage of the forest data using the Montreal Process Criteria & Indicators and summaries thereof, the Forest Service has boldly incorporated two new chapters, Broadening and Deepening Commitments to Sustainability (Ch 4), and A Call to Action (Ch 5). You will find MD DNR and Baltimore County discussed on p.4-1, 4-7 and 4-8. The Report is available electronically at:

We would encourage you to review the draft report and, in addition to any comments on the indicator data, recommend support for continuing the good work that the Forest Service is accomplishing with its partners at multiple scales. Information on how to provide comments is contained in the front of the Report. The comment period closes April 10, 2009. Several public review workshops have also been announced by the Roundtable on Sustainable Forests:
  • February 4 and 5, 2009, Denver, Colorado;
  • February 24 and 25, 2009, Athens, Georgia; and
  • March 23, 2009, Washington, DC.
The first two Workshops will be one and a half days long and will be designed to gather input on the content and format for the draft Report. The March 23 Workshop will be a half-day event, designed to review policy implications of public comments received at the two earlier workshops. For more information:

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