SFI Webinar Invitation

SFI Webinar Invitation
SFI 101
Thursday, April 22, 2010
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (eastern)

Please join us for a live, interactive webinar. This webinar is a basic primer on SFI and will cover the Standard, Labels & Claims, and SFI, Inc.

Please forward this invitation to all relevant staff, sales/ marketing teams, graphic designers and training coordinators in your organization. You can join the call individually from your desk or join together in your conference room. Register now!
Visit www.sfiprogram.org/SFI-webinars/ for more information about all sessions in SFI's webinar series.

Webinar Agenda

SFI, Inc. Vice President and COO, Rick Cantrell, will lead this 90 minute live webinar and Q&A period and will:
Provide an overview of forest certification in North America
Introduce the SFI program and key components
Answer your questions on SFI.

RSVP and Contact Information
If you have questions, contact Julia Hershberger.

Educational Opportunities

As the warm weather season approaches, forestry events around Maryland are on the rise! Since so many good educational opportunities are scheduled, we thought it was important to share events with you directly through this communication. Events can also be found on the Forest Stewardship Education website at: http://www.naturalresources.umd.edu/Events.html

Below is a list of events by date. If available, a website or document link for each event has been provided, leading you to more information and instructions for registration.

April 24, 2010, 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Take Charge of Your Legacy - A Workshop for Maryland Woodland Owners:

Discover what opportunities and resources exist to help you care for your land. You will also learn about various techniques and practices to improve your woodland’s health while addressing some of its greatest threats. Brochure and registration form:

May 5, 2010; 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Forest Stewardship Education Live Webinar Series - Evaluating and Choosing
a Natural Resource-Based Enterprise:
Based on the publication, Forest Landowner's Guide to Evaluating and Choosing a Natural Resource-Based Enterprise, this webinar will introduce ideas and resources that will lead potential business owners through an evaluation process to better their chances of launching a successful natural resource-based business. Registration required. Contact Pam
Thomas at 301-432-2767 x315 or pthomas@umd.edu

May 8, 2010; 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Delmarva Forestry Seminar: Woodland Management in a Changing Landscape:
Invasive species cause environmental damages and losses of up to $120 billion per year nationally. Locally, species like Japanese stilt grass crowd out the natural forest understory, robbing native species of crucial food and cover sources. What can you do to understand and stem the invasion on your land? Experts will explain the history of this landscape change and advise woodland owners in invasive species management at this seminar. Attend classroom sessions in the morning and see examples on the ground in the afternoon.
Postcard and Registration Form:

May 11, 18 and 25
Neighborhood Green Training:
Learn how to design a sustainable and environmentally friendly landscape for your property and acquire the tools necessary to make your vision a reality. More details and registration form:

May 12 and 19; 6:30 .m. to 9:00 p.m.
Woods in Your Backyard – Learning to create and enhance the natural areas
around your home:
Owners of even just a few acres can make a positive difference in their environment through planning and implementing simple stewardship practices. Each workshop is two sessions one week apart. The time between is for the purpose of applying lessons. The sessions are designed to go over the manual and provide guidance on how to use the resources.
Brochure and registration form:

May 22, 2010; 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Field Day - Renewable Energy Applications for the Home & Business:
Come join neighbors, friends, farmers and local businesses to enjoy a fun and educational day atop Warrior Mountain. There will be demonstrations of several viable and operational renewable energy systems including: small wind, solar thermal and wood gasification. This is a great opportunity to get answers to your questions and gather insights into possibilities and
limitations for your own applications.
More information and registration instructions:

July 25 – 31, 2010
Natural Resources Careers Conference (an opportunity for high school youth)

Contact me if you have any questions.
Ellen Green
Forestry Extension Assistant, University of Maryland Extension
egreen13@umd.edu 301-432-2767 x307


32nd East Coast Sawmill and Logging Equipment Exposition,
Friday, May 21st and Saturday, May 22nd 2010
Richmond Raceway Complex in Richmond, Virginia.

EXPO RICHMOND 2010 will be the year's largest showcase of sawmill, portable sawmill, dry kiln, firewood processor, logging/harvesting, pallet manufacturing/recycling, trucks/trailers and related machinery and equipment, supplies, softwear and services in the Eastern United States. With over 12 acres of outdoor exhibit space and hundreds of indoor booths, The Richmond Show provides over one-half million square feet for active equipment demonstrations, exhibits and static displays. It will be the most comprehensive, all-encompassing forest products industry exposition of the year.

Attendees have the opportunity to compare their current equipment to the latest state-of-the-art, most technologically advanced equipment on the market. The extensive amount of equipment displayed, along with active product and machinery demonstrations both indoors and outdoors, provide the unique "hands-on" aspect of the Richmond show.

The exposition is co-sponsored by the Virginia Forest Products Association and the Cooperative Extension Service at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Attendee pre-registration forms will be available in early 2010 in trade publications and direct-mail forms from the exposition office. On-line registration will also be available in early 2010. There will be no charge for any forest products industry member who pre-registers, and a small fee will be collected from on-site registrants.

For more information on attending or exhibiting in EXPO RICHMOND 2010, please contact:

Mike Washko, Exposition Manager
PO Box 160, Sandston, VA 23150-0160
Telephone: (804) 737-5625, Fax: (804) 737-9437

Estate Planning for Forest Landowners: What Will Become of Your Timberland?

The USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station has released Estate Planning for Forest Landowners: What Will Become of Your Timberland? a book that provides private forest owners with practical information about tax and estate planning and techniques involving forest properties.

The book presents a working knowledge of the federal estate and gift tax law with particular focus on the unique characteristics of owning timber and forest land. The book consists of four major parts that:
Develop the practical and legal foundation for estate planning.
· Explain and illustrate the use of general estate planning tools.
· Explain and illustrate the use of additional tools that are specific to forest ownership.
· Describe the forms of forest land ownership, as well as the basic features of state transfer taxes and the benefits of forest estate planning.

The book is posted on the Southern Research Station website at http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/pubs/gtr/gtr_srs112.pdf. A webinar, "Timber Tax Tips for the 2010 Tax Season," which features John Greene and other tax experts, also is available at http://www.forestrywebinars.net/previous-webinars

Western Maryland “Green Energy Day”

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Come and join forest Landowners, friends, farmers, conservationists, local businesses and MFA members for a green energy educational day atop Warrior Mountain in Allegany County. All are welcome on Saturday, May 22, 2010 from 9am to 4pm.

There will be demonstrations on several viable and operational green and renewable energy systems including small wind, solar, thermal and wood gasification. Also view water conservation, gathering, storage and pumping demonstrations. This is a great opportunity to meet with manufacturers and have questions answered about energy conservation products and hear from companies including Bergey Wind Power, Alternate Heating Systems, Stiebel Eltron, Mahoning Outdoor Furnace and ESP Insulation. Qualified contractors knowledgeable about equipment installation will be on hand.

Tree Farmers Henry & Nancy Maier are hosting the event and are anxious and willing to share their valuable real life experiences and results. Also invited are representatives from USDA Rural Development, MD Dept. of Energy, University of MD Cooperative Extension, MD Forest Service, Soil Conservation, Frostburg State University Physics and Engineering Department MD Energy Administration and the Maryland Forests Association.

Come early and stay late! There is a lot to see. Stay for lunch - Kentucky Style Pig Roast by Gary & Cindy Smith and partially supported by the Maryland Forests Association.

For food purposes, you must make a reservation by April 29 MFA members are to contact John Jastrzembski at 301-784-5309 or by email at jjastrzembski@allegany.edu.

Take charge of your legacy - A workshop for Maryland woodland owners

Saturday, April 24, 2010 8:45 — 3pm

Private woodlands do the public good! Do you own woods? Join us for this workshop to discover what opportunities & resources exist to help you care of for your land. You will also learn about various techniques and practices to improve your woodland’s health while addressing some of its greatest threats.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)
647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD 21037
Registration fee is $10 and due by April 12th.
See the registration brochure for details.

Workshop Agenda
8:45 a.m. - Sign-in – Schmidt Conference Center

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
· The changing forest landscape in Maryland
· Developing goals & a plan for your property
· Conservation programs & new opportunities
· Plant invaders—threats to Maryland’s forests
· A new web–based mapping & assessment tool for landowners

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. - Lunch will be provided

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Field tour of SERC’s woodlands
· Forest succession and ecology
· Invasive/exotic plant control methods · Wildlife habitat management

Maryland DNR Forest Service Announces Online Public Meeting Public can comment on State Forest annual work plans

A thriving forest in western Maryland. ANNAPOLIS (March 19, 2010) – The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Service is conducting an online public meeting for 30 days to solicit comments on the proposed 2011 fiscal year work plans for the three western State Forests: Green Ridge, Potomac-Garrett, and Savage River. Public input will help us to ensure that our State Forest’s resources are prudently managed for the benefit of all our citizens and the resource itself. The proposed work plans will be available for public viewing and comments beginning March 22, 2010, and running through April 23, 2010.

These annual work plans identify the work that is to be accomplished on the forest in the next fiscal year within the scope of the forest's long-range management plan. The work that will be accomplished includes silvicultural operations, maintenance and construction projects and other work to be performed on the forest.

This public forum is the third step in a three-step review process to establish the work plan. The first is an internal review by a team of resource professionals from the fields of wildlife, fisheries, heritage, forestry, recreation, water resources, and resource planning. The second step is a review by an appointed advisory committee. After the period of comment, the forest manager will make final adjustments to the plan.

These annual work plans identify the work that is to be accomplished on the forest in the next fiscal year within the scope of the forest's long-range management plan. The work that will be accomplished includes silvicultural operations, maintenance and construction projects and other work to be performed on the forest.

This public forum is the third step in a three-step review process to establish the work plan. The first is an internal review by a team of resource professionals from the fields of wildlife, fisheries, heritage, forestry, recreation, water resources, and resource planning. The second step is a review by an appointed advisory committee. After the period of comment, the forest manager will make final adjustments to the plan.

Participants can offer comments via email for each specific State Forest Annual Work Plan. Each proposal is accompanied with a description, field data summary, objective, and a map of the vicinity. We ask that all comments to please be specific for each annual work plan. Comments, which are too general or vague, may make it difficult to utilize your concerns and expertise in making modifications to the work plan proposals.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 446,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov.

View the work plans for the following forests:

Please direct comments to Jack Perdue, (JPERDUE@dnr.state.md.us) thank you.


Contact: Nevin Dawson 410-827-8056

CHESTERTOWN― The 22nd DELMARVA FORESTRY SEMINAR will be held on Saturday, May 8th, 2010, at Washington College, Chestertown, MD with an afternoon field trip. The focus will be on invasive species—their origin, their effect on the landscape, and their management.
The annual Seminar aims to stimulate excitement about woodland stewardship and give woodland owners the up-to-date knowledge and skills they need to improve their management.

This seminar is open to all woodland owners, businesses and others who have an interest in managing forestland on the Delmarva Peninsula. The opening plenary session will focus on the changes humans have made in the landscape over time that have led to its current condition. Following sessions will go into depth on invasive species management and identification, wildlife habitat changes and management, and woodland pests and pathogens.

Tentative stops on the field tour include examples of grasslands, quail management, and riparian buffer planting, with a focus on successful invasive species management.

The Seminar will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. Early registration is $20.00/person, which covers lunch, refreshments, and instructional materials. After April 30th, the registration fee will be $25.00/person.

The 22nd DELMARVA FORESTRY SEMINAR is sponsored by University of Maryland Extension, University of Delaware Cooperation Extension-Renewable Resources Program, and Washington College Center for Environment and Society.

For a copy of the registration brochure or more information, contact Carol Taylor at 410-827-8056, ext. 135, or carolt@umd.edu. For more information, visit www.naturalresources.umd.edu.

LEED standards should embrace products from state's well-managed forests

By Michael T. Goergen Jr

GREEN building is booming in the United States. Architects, builders and owners strive to design and operate homes and office buildings that save energy, reduce pollution and protect our health.

The success of green building is partly because of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard, which certifies a building's green features and performance. You may have seen signs in lobbies or articles announcing that a building has received LEED certification because building owners are proud of the accomplishment, as they should be.

The LEED rating system encourages the use of responsible materials in construction and renovation, but as a forester, I'm frustrated to see continued ill-treatment of forest products รข€” one of America's greatest natural resources.

Products from well-managed forests in Washington and the nation are a great green building choice, but the Building Council misses this point and has only made halfhearted attempts at necessary changes to their standard. The Building Council currently recognizes wood only if it is certified to the Forest Stewardship Council's forest standard.

The Stewardship Council's standard is respectable, but the Building Council excludes other U.S. systems like the American Tree Farm System and Sustainable Forestry Initiative. I've seen what these standards do on the ground. They promote responsible forestry.

A Forest Stewardship Council-only stance is not based on science, and severely limits the amount of U.S. wood that can be used in LEED projects. That is not good for green building, our environment or states like Washington that are rich in forestland.

The only solicited comments the Building Council seems to be heeding are coming from groups bent on promoting a monopoly and others in the building sector who have very little, if anything, to do with forest products. I don't understand why they ignore American foresters, who live and breathe forestry and go to school for years to understand how best to preserve and maintain one of our most precious natural resources.

There are important economic reasons for LEED to open the standard. Forest Stewardship Council-certified lumber is not as prevalent in the U.S. as it is overseas. The American Tree Farm System and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative are standards designed with American forests in mind.

Green builders trying to gain LEED certification may be forced to buy from the limited amount of Forest Stewardship Council-certified forest products here or make their purchases from Stewardship Council sources located overseas, which are often certified to lower standards.

With our nation suffering from a recession and high unemployment, the last thing we want to do is hurt Americans who make their livelihood from our forests. Opening LEED to the other standards will be good for our economy.

Expanding demand for forest products certified to other standards will also benefit forests. As green building grows, demand for forest products from certified forests will also increase. That will provide an incentive to owners of forestlands to get certified, bringing even more acres under broader environmental requirements.

The choice is clear: For the benefit of green building, our forests and the U.S. economy, the Building Council needs to see the forest for the trees, look at the science, and open up its standard now.

Michael T. Goergen Jr. is executive vice-president and CEO of the Society of American Foresters. He also chairs the Sustainable Forestry Initiative's External Review Panel, an independent group of 15 distinguished volunteer experts representing conservation, environmental, forestry, academic and public/government organizations.

Sightline Express – The Latest Tree Farm News

1. USGBC’s LEED Program: Update

Our partners, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI Inc) have launched an online petition (http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/leed) urging the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to recognize all credible certification systems, like ATFS, in their LEED programs. We need your help to send a message to USGBC that there is a large community of family forest owners and foresters that are not happy with the current LEED program. Please urge your fellow inspectors, friends and family to sign the petition. The more names we gather, the louder our collective voice and the harder it will be for the USGBC to ignore.

ATFS has been working with the U.S. Green Building Council for a number of years to encourage them to recognize all credible forest certification systems under their LEED program for rating green buildings. USGBC recently completed a third public comment period for the certified wood credit. ATFS staff submitted comments to USGBC about the need to recognize all credible forest certification programs. Staff comments were supported by some great contributions from state Tree Farm committee members, other volunteers, AFF Grassroots Leaders, and Tree Farmers. We will notify our partners of the results of the comment period when they are posted by USGBC.

2. Inspector Training

Trained facilitators are now available to host inspector training workshops! Please contact your state committee for more information on available workshops in your state.

Please look for more information in coming weeks on the availability of the online refresher course for current inspectors.

3. What Acreage do you count?

We have been asked recently, “What acreage do you count as certified on a given Tree Farm?” Tree Farm acreage should be the eligible forested acres. You cannot exempt a portion of a contiguous forest management unit that does not meet the AFF Standards. Forested acres may include features such as food plots, water resources (lakes, ponds, streams), and other non-forested areas as long as these are small enough that they remain a part of the forest system.

Please encourage Tree Farmers to contact the state Tree Farm committee when they have a change in their acreage

Need a 004 form?

Electronic copies of the 004 inspector form and the auditor verification form are always available on the ATFS website. Visit www.treefarmsystem.org>Tree Farm in Your State>Inspectors Corner for this and other resources for inspectors.

Or contact your state program if you are meeting with a specific landowner and you would like to have an electronic copy to print that is pre-populated with the Tree Farm and landowner information. All state contacts are listed on the Tree Farm website.

As always, check out the latest news of what’s happening at the American Forest Foundation on our website – www.forestfoundation.org.

Victoria Lockhart
Certification Manager, American Tree Farm System American Forest Foundation 1111 19th St., NW Washington, DC 20036 (T) 202 463 2738 (F) 202 463 2461