Many Voices -- A Common Vision

News of activities following the
Seventh American Forest Congress


Current Events

Updated 7/8/98


This section of the Seventh American Forest Congress homepage highlights news of the activities of the national implementation committees and local initiatives following on the Forest Congress. New information is added on a continuous basis, with the most recent updates highlighted on the following list of committees and states. Check in here regularly to keep abreast of what's happening around the country!

If you know of activities in your area that are not listed here, please pass the news on to the Forest Congress Information Center via phone (203-432-5117), fax (203-432-3809), or e-mail (yff@yale.edu), and we'll update the homepage. The Forest Congress Information Center is also ready to provide you with guidance if you would like to initiate new activities in your area.

National Implementation Committees

[Click HERE for background information on the National Implementation Committees]
Forest Communities Committee
Forest Education Committee
Forest Management Committee
Forest Policy Committee
Updated5/6/98
Forest Research Committee

State and Local Activities

Alabama
Alaska
Arkansas
Arizona
California
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York Updated 3/27/98
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming


Forest Communities Committee

The purpose of the Communities Committee is to focus attention on the interdependence between America's forests and the vitality of rural and urban communities, and to promote:

  • Changes in political and economic structures to enhance local community well-being;
  • An increasing stewardship role of local communities in the maintenance and restoration of ecosystem integrity and biodiversity;
  • Participation by ethnically and socially diverse members of urban and rural communities in decision making and sharing benefits of forests;
  • The innovation and use of collaborative process, tools, and technologies; and
  • Recognition of rights and responsibilities of diverse forest landowners.

    Several members of the Communities Committee serve on a task group formed by the new Chief of the U.S. Forest Service, Michael Dombeck, charged with making recommendations as to what the Forest Service can do to use collaborative stewardship as a means of accomplishing ecosystem management. Besides utilizing the Committee's contacts to solicit information from its affiliate groups, the Forest Service has asked the Communities Committee to serve as a focus group to review the initial recommendations drafted by the task group. Implementation of the findings of this process is planned to begin next fall.

    The Communities Committee held a meeting in Baltimore, Maryland on November 14 - 17, 1996. The meeting was coordinated by Sandra Hill, chief forester for the District of Columbia. The meeting focussed on the connections between urban forest resources and community empowerment and development, and give Committee members the opportunity to interact with local community organizers, neighborhood groups, and project implementation teams. The group learned about the grassroots activities of Baltimore's Parks and People Foundation and the Revitalizing Baltimore project, which is a joint undertaking of the U.S. Forest Service and local agencies. The meeting included tours of local project sites, a workshop on environmental justice, and presentations by representatives of the Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. A number of commonalities between urban and rural forestry were identified during the course of the meeting, including the need for reinvestment in both forests and communities combined with the buy-in and support of the local community; the recent trend of citizen involvement in decision making and implementation; and the need for good water quality and quantity.

    The Communities Committee business meeting held as part of the Baltimore gathering featured a discussion of how to better involve the full Communities Committee membership (currently about 170 people) in the work of the Committee. Active participation of committee members will be solicited through a series of phone calls planned for February or March 1997. During the business meeting, It was also decided that the Communities Committee would collaborate with other groups on some upcoming meetings, such as the American Forests workshop on defining community-based forestry in the United States, which will be held later in 1997. [Note: the November 1997 issue of American Forests magazine will be devoted to exploring community forestry issues in the U.S.]

    Researchers affiliated with the Communities Committee are conducting eighteen case studies of community-based forestry efforts. This case research will examine the links between community well-being and forest ecosystem health, in both rural and urban communities across the United States. The principles extracted from the case studies will be drawn together in a published monograph that will identify what community forestry is, the organizational and group processes people have used in these efforts, and the project elements that have made a positive contribution to community well-being and ecosystem health.

    More information about the Communities Committee is available on the Community Committee's World Wide Web homepage. The Communities Committee also prints the informative newsletter Communities and Forests, which is available free upon request to Watershed Research and Training Center (see address below).

    The Communities Committee has also established a listserve to provide a discussion forum for individuals interested in community-based resource management. To subscribe to the list, send the following e-mail message to Majordomo@ag.arizona.edu

    subscribe community

    Contact: Lynn Jungwirth, Watershed Research & Training Center, Hayfork, CA 96041, Phone: 916-628-4206, E-mail: lynnj@tcoe.trinity.k12.ca


    Forest Education Committee

    The Education Committee held a strategy session on November 12, 1996 during the national convention of the Society of American Foresters in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Committee decided to concentrate its efforts on two key activities to support improvements in forest education in the U.S.--i.e., raising money for selected, existing, high priority educational programs that deal with forest issues and supporting the further development of one or more existing educational homepages on the World Wide Web.

    Contact: Dennis LeMaster, Department of Forestry, Purdue University, W.Lafayette, IN 47907, Phone: 317-494-3590, E-mail: dclmstr@forest1.fnr.purdue.edu


    Forest Management Committee

    The executive board of the Society of American Foresters has agreed that the SAF will serve as the host organization of the Forest Management Committee in 1997. The members of the committee are to appointed by the Forest Congress Legacy Committee. Some thought has already been given as to the specific on-the-ground management issues the committee might constructively address and what sort of assistance the committee might give to the other national implementation committees.

    Contact: Bill Banzhaf, Society of American Foresters, 5400 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814, Phone: 301-897-8720, E-mail: banzhafb@safnet.org


    Forest Policy Committee

    The Policy Committee has been active in carrying the Seventh American Forest Congress vision and principles into the U.S. forest policy arena. Most recently, the Policy Committee sent a copy of the Final Report of the Seventh American Forest Congress to each member of the Committee of Scientists, a group convened by US Department of Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman in 1997 to provide the Department with scientific and technical advice on improvements that can be made in the National Forest System Land and Resource Management planning process. The members of the Committee of Scientists were invited to contact the Policy Committee to discuss how the results of the Forest Congress might contribute to their work.

    The Policy Committee also recently sent a letter and copy of the Final Report of the Seventh American Forest Congress to U.S. Senators Frank Murkowski and Larry Craig, and U.S. Representatives Don Young and Helen Chenoweth in response a letter they sent in February 1998 to USDA Forest Service Chief Mike Dombeck asking him to describe the effects of halting vegetative management on the National Forest System. The Policy Committee's letter highlights the broad agreement reached at the Forest Congress on the values Americans want from their forests, values which the Committee does not believe can be adequately provided on the National Forest System under a regime of custodial management. The letter concluded by urging the lawmakers to considered the implications of the Seventh American Forest Congress results as they proceed with their review of management practices on the national forests.

    Prior activities related to the Policy Committee's mission have included the participation of Committee chair Perry Hagenstein in several meetings since the Forest Congress that have considered the National Forest Management Act and other forest policy issues. The Pinchot Institute for Conservation, which is hosting the Policy Committee, sponsored a conference on November 19 - 20, 1996 entitled "Evolving Toward Sustainable Forestry: Assessing Change in U.S. Forestry Organizations" which used the results of the Forest Congress as a basis for some of the discussions.

    Contact: Perry Hagenstein, Institute for Forest Analysis, Planning, and Policy, Box 44, Wayland, MA 01778, Phone: 508-358-2261, E-mail: hagenstein@aol.com


    Forest Research Committee

    The Research Committee met in Portland, Oregon, in late September 1996. The meeting reaffirmed that the committee should be a mix of researchers and users of science-based information. The committee began a diagnostic about what is working and what is not working in the nation's forest research system. Among the topics considered were the agenda for research, the mechanisms for transferring research findings, funding levels and sources, and organizational structures.

    A related development that has occurred since this meeting is the establishment of the Forest Research Community website, which is designed to facilitate communication between forest ecosystem researchers, funders of research, and users of research. The Forest Research Community website provides a gateway to important sources of forest research information, an opportunity for interested parties to join a database of research workers and on-going projects, and electronic bulletin board forums on jobs, conferences, research funding, etc.

    The second Forest Research Committee meeting took place in Washington, DC in October which brought federal, university, industrial, and NGO research specialists together to discuss partnerships as a structural device to improve the targeting of forest research, the quality of results, and the quantity of available resources. The group also conducted a diagnostic of the total forest research system. The meeting was cosponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Pinchot Institute, and Yale Forest Forum.

    The most recent Research Committee meeting took place in early January 1997 in Charleston, SC. The group recommended that a Forest Research Council be established, new mechanisms for the funding of forest research be developed, and that both the existing producers of forest research and the kinds of users of forest research be identified. A number of action steps aimed at achieving real progress toward these goals by the middle of 1997 have been set in motion. One of the action steps is to assist the local roundtables that are reconvening to review the recommendations of the Forest Research Committee and identify locally important research needs.

    The next meeting of the Forest Research Committee is scheduled for December 10 - 11 (noon to noon) in Washington, DC. The final report of the Committee will be ready for distribution in early 1998.

    Contact: William R. Bentley, Chair, Faculty of Forestry, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 320 Bray Hall, 1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY 13210, Phone: 315-470-6534/6536, Fax: 315-470-6535, E-mail: wbentley@esf.edu


    Alabama

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    Alaska

    Alaskans have proceeded on several fronts following the February 96 Seventh American Forest Congress gathering in Washington, DC. The results of the 7AFC were conveyed to the state's U.S. Congressional delegation through a series of briefings. On January 24, 1997, the state chapter of the Society of American Foresters sponsored a roundtable in Anchorage at which more than 70 diverse participants discussed the spruce bark beetle epidemic that is severely affecting millions of forested acres in south-central Alaska. A more detailed report on this meeting will be posted here in the near future. A follow-up meeting at which options for an action program to control the epidemic and restore the affected forests will be considered is planned for April 1997.

    The Juneau Chamber of Commerce's Resource Committee will hold a roundtable discussion on March 5-6 to consider resource development alternatives for southeast Alaska. This meeting will use a variation of the format employed at the pre-Forest Congress roundtables in Alaska and the January 24th spruce bark beetle meeting.

    Contact: John Sandor, P.O. Box 21235, Juneau, AK, 99802-1135, Phone: 907-586-2497, Fax: 907-586-2490, E-mail: jsandor@ptialaska.net


    Arkansas

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    Arizona

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    California

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    Colorado

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    Connecticut

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    Delaware

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    District of Columbia

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    Florida

    A statewide roundtable to follow up on the Seventh American Forest Congress occurred on January 18, 1997 at the Lake City Community College in Lake City, Florida. The University of Florida School of Forest Resources and Conservation took the lead on organizing and facilitating this session. The group considered the Sustainable Forestry Initiative being promoted by the American Forest and Paper Association. After a briefing on the background, structure, and progress to date of the program, and the underlying principles of sustainable forests, the group was asked to objectively evaluate the program, its accomplishments, and its relevance to the sustainability of Florida's forests. A more complete report on the roundtable will be posted here in the near future.

    Contact: Dr. Wayne H. Smith, Director, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, 118 Newins-Ziegler Hall, P.O. Box 110410, Gainesville, FL 32611-0410, Phone: 352-846-0850, Fax: 352-392-1707.


    Georgia

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    Hawaii

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    Idaho

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    Illinois

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    Indiana

    The committee that organized the two pre-Forest Congress roundtables in Indiana held several facilitated meetings following the Seventh American Forest Congress, and decided to reconvene the pre-Congress roundtables in the same locations and using the same format. The Jasper roundtable reconvened on November 9, 1996 and the Wabash roundtable reconvened on November 16th. The roundtables were sponsored by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources--Forestry Division, Purdue University's Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Indiana Hardwood Lumberman's Association, the Sycamore Chapter of the Audubon Society, Indiana Society of American Foresters, and Aristocraft Inc. Participants included both people who attended the pre-Forest Congress roundtables and some folks who are new to the process.

    Fragmentation and destruction of forest land and/or fragmentation of ownership patterns ranked as the issue of greatest concern among the nine issues identified by the roundtables. Land-use planning and zoning were action items listed by all roundtable groups as strategies to focus on to address this issue. All of the small working groups at each of the roundtables called for forest interests to be represented on local planning commissions or at least have forest resource concerns recognized by these regulatory bodies. Other high-priority issues were the need for better forest management on private property, finding the appropriate balance between landowner property rights and governmental regulations, providing stronger incentives for forest stewardship, and the need for a clear forest policy for the state.

    The Indiana planning committee met for a final time on February 19, 1997. They decided then, that for now, the roundtable process had fulfilled its purpose and the only remaining tasks were to publish and distribute the report to participants, the individuals and organizations roundtable participants felt have the potential to address the issued they had identified, and other interested parties. In addition, some of the committee members made commitments to establish links between various organizations to begin addressing specific items identified in the report.

    Contact: Ron Rathfon, 11371 Purdue Farm Rd., Dubois, IN 47527, Phone: 812-678-3401, Fax: 812-678-3412, E-mail: ronr@purdue.edu


    Iowa

    A multi-state meeting of Society of American Foresters chapters in the Midwest took place in Amana Colonies, Iowa on October 4-5, 1996. The SAF members from Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota who attended reviewed the results of the Forest Congress and then considered what actions they should initiate in individual states and the region--and the steps needed to avoid duplicating efforts--in order to advance the vision and principles developed at the Forest Congress.

    Following on the October meeting, a liaison committee was formed to facilitate subsequent activities in Iowa. As of early 1997, the liaison committee plans to invite 10 - 15 Iowa forest stakeholders from the range of viewpoints to join a state steering committee. The steering committee, which should be established by April 1997, will be charged with deciding how to proceed in addressing the state's forest issues (e.g., hold another statewide roundtable or a series of regional roundtables).

    Contact: Brent Olson, Chair-Iowa Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, Loess Hills State Forest, Box 158, Pisgah, IA 51564, Phone: 712-456-2924, E-mail: brentoly@aol.com


    Kansas

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    Kentucky

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    Louisiana

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    Maine

    Judith Berg, one of the organizers of the pre-Forest Congress roundtable that took place in Maine, reports that there was no direct follow up to the Maine roundtable or the Forest Congress in Maine in 1996 because everyone's energy was focussed on the clearcutting referendum that was voted on in November. She says folks are still working on this issue, and is unsure if or when any follow up to the Forest Congress will take place in Maine.

    Contact: Judith Berg, Small Woodland Owners Association, 153 Hospital Street, Augusta, ME 04332, Phone/Fax: 207-336-2396.


    Maryland

    Three individuals from Baltimore who participated in the Seventh American Forest Congress reported on the Forest Congress process and results to a Baltimore Community Forestry Association meeting in the late summer of 1996. The participants reported the Congress to have been a very interesting experience, although they had a tough time convincing some of the other participants that there's such a thing as an "urban forest". They thought that while the overall vision and principles from the Forest Congress may not be very applicable or useful in the urban context, they thought is was a valuable accomplishment that the Congress did pay attention to and acknowledge urban forest issues.

    Although no other direct follow up to the Forest Congress is currently planned in Baltimore, the Forest Congress Communities Committee held their November meeting in Baltimore and the local groups made presentations and gave tours of their activities.

    Contact: Paul Jahnige, Urban Resources Inititative, 2600 Madison Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217, Phone: 410-396-0718, Fax: 410-396-7945, E-mail: pjoool@epfl2.epflbalto.org


    Massachusetts

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    Michigan

    Kathleen Halvorsen reports that she is coordinating a public participation project that will follow in the spirit of the Seventh American Forest Congress. The project, which is being conducted in collaboration with the Haiwatha and Ottawa National Forests, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, will focus on five communities in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The project will gauge community interests and concerns regarding the management of the local national forests. Public input will be solicited through meetings with established community groups (e.g., Rotary Clubs) and a series of community suppers open to the general public. The information gathered will be compared to that usually gathered through the traditional methods of soliciting public comments on national forest management.

    Contact: Kathleen Halvorsen, Department of Social Sciences, Michigan Tech University, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931-1295, Phone: 906-487-2824, Fax: 906-487-2468, E-mail: kehalvor@mtu.edu


    Minnesota

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    Mississippi

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    Missouri

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    Montana

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    Nebraska

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    Nevada

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    New Hampshire

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    New Jersey

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    New Mexico

    The second New Mexico Forest Roundtable was held July 30, 1996 at Santa Fe Community College. Invitations for the day-long event were sent to everyone who attended the first (i.e., pre-Seventh American Forest Congress) roundtable in New Mexico, plus others with long-standing interests in New Mexico forest issues.

    The agenda for the day included:

  • Brief summary of Seventh American Forest Congress
  • Moderated testimonials of 7AFC participants, followed by questions and answers
  • Keynote address by NM state forester Toby Martinez focussing on status of fires in New Mexico's forests, followed by discussion on how citizens can become more involved in collaborative processes to improve fire prevention and reforestation programs.
  • Concurrent workshops on cross-cultural research, woodworking, cooperatives, and other topics. The roundtable coincided with a Santa Fe Community College exhibit Conservation by Design, a collaborative effort of outstanding examples of contemporary studio furniture designed to create awareness of global conservation issues, promote responsible art and design, and still provide a museum-going public with aesthetic enjoyment.

    The planning committee for this roundtable included community organizers, a former board member of the Seventh American Forest Congress, and state and federal forest managers. Organizer Rosemary Romero says the meeting went well. The group focussed on the relation of forests to local economic and community development, with an emphasis on low-impact means of forest utilization (wood certification, woodworking techniques). Although the 30 person turnout was somewhat disappointing, everyone stayed for the whole program. Rosemary says the attendees were "hungry for information", and they came away from the meeting saying they'd learned a lot. One recommendation was to hold similar roundtable discussions around the state.

    Contact: Rosemary Romero, Western Network, 811 St.Michael's Drive, Suite 106, Santa Fe, NM 87505, Phone: 505-982-9805, Fax: 505-983-8812, E-mail: 72733.775@compuserve.com


    New York

    Daniel W. Weller, Chief of the Bureau of Forest Resources of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, convened a "catalyst meeting" in the late spring of 1996 to discuss the merits of developing a "New York Forestry Roundtable" patterned after the approach taken in the Seventh American Forest Congress. The group concluded that it is worth pursuing the concept of a roundtable aimed at developing a "sustainable dialogue" within the forestry community of New York. Following on this meeting, Mr. Weller sent a letter to a larger group of people inviting them to get involved in planning for the roundtable.

    The NYS-DEC facilitated a meeting of forest stakeholders in November 1996. This "Conveners Group" focused on the details of a possible statewide roundtable. Their planning culminated in the New York Forest Roundtable, which was held March 23 -24, 1998 in Liverpool, NY. Approximately 70 people took part in the roundtable. Participants reviewed the vision elements and principles produced at the Seventh American Forest Congress, analyzed and developed actions to address the key issues facing New York's forests, and planned their next steps. The sense of the meeting was that it would be worthwhile to hold New York Forest Roundtable meetings in the future, and a small working group was formed to flesh out the details of these future meetings. It was also agreed that the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry will produce a summary report on the latest roundtable, and will continue to serve as the roundtable's institutional contact point for the time being.

    Contact: William Bentley, ESF Faculty of Forestry, 320 Bray Hall, 1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY 13210, Phone: 315-470-6534/6536, Fax: 315-470-6535, E-mail: wbentley@esf.edu


    North Carolina

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    North Dakota

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    Ohio

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    Oklahoma

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    Oregon

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    Pennsylvania

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    Rhode Island

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    South Carolina

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    South Dakota

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    Tennessee

    David Ostermeier, contact person for the pre-Congress roundtable in Tennessee, has convened an organizing committee to determine how to go about taking advantage of the interest in following up on the Forest Congress. The organizing committee met in October 1996 and January 1997, and is working with several group process experts to develop a process that the committee and larger roundtable group can use to move toward agreements. The group envisions this to be the beginning of a comprehensive, multi-year effort that will bring all Tennessee forest stakeholderrs to the table to work collaboratively on the state's forest issues. The organizing committee is making a concerted effort to broaden the interests represented on the committee to help insure that the full range of stakeholders are involved in the roundtable. The group plans to meet again in early May 1997, by which time a charter and mission for the initiative will have been developed, and a grant proposal to attract funding for the effort will be ready to send out.

    Contact: David Ostermeier, University of Tennessee, P.O. Box 1071, Knoxville, TN 37901-1071, Phone: 423-974-8843, Fax: 423-974-4714, E-mail: daveo@aesrs4.ag.utk.edu.


    Texas

    The "Forest Issues Council of East Texas" was formed following the 7AFC to bring representatives of a diverse group of organizations together on a regular basis to discuss Texas forest issues in an effort to resolve conflicts before they lead to litigation. Contact person Paul Risk says "Nothing like this has been done before in Texas". The groups represented on the Committee are a cross section of the groups that attended the pre-Congress roundtable in Texas and include the TX Forest Service, TX Committee on Natural Resources, local forest products industry and forestry consultants, Audubon, and the US Forest Service.

    FICET met on a regular basis throughout 1996. Issues discussed included taxation of forest land, use of outdoor recreational vehicles on public and private land, and logging practices. The group is looking ahead to moving beyond discussion of these and other local forest issues in 1997.

    Contact: Paul Risk, College of Forestry, Steven F. Austin State University, P.O. Box 6109, Nacogdoches, TX 75962, Phone: 409-468-2492, Fax: 409-468-2448, E-mail: f_riskph@titan.sfasu.edu


    Utah

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    Vermont

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    Virginia

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    Washington

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    West Virginia

    The West Virginia roundtable reconvened in Flatwoods WV on November 12, 1997. Approximately 90 people attended the meeting, where they worked to identify and prioritize the most pressing issues facing West Virginia's forests. Following are the top ten issues identified, listed in descending priority order:

    1. Education issues: public knowledge, forest management concepts/definitions, industry/forest management/ecology, better tools for outreach and education, quality of forest after logging, different views of what is sustainable development.
    2. Forest Health (regeneration, sustainability, disease, pollution, deer, fire, insects).
    3. Sustainability of forest resource: water quality, air quality, biodiversity, forest health.
    4. Dissemination of factual information and raise the level of understanding of scientific data, principles, and goals among forest stakeholders, woodland owners, general public, policy makers.
    5. Increase value-added manufacturing, improved labor force, keep control of timber industry in WV.
    6. Private property rights and associated responsibilities (sediment, logging, buffer zones).
    7. Private property rights issues: Taxation.
    8. Determine if harvesting practices are sustaining current forest values; i.e., products, wildlife, habitat, recreational opportunities.
    9. Public interests in WV forests. Public concerns for biodiversity/old growth are appropriately addressed.
    10. Private landowners lack knowledge and education about forest management options.
    In their small groups, the roundtable participants developed action plans for a number of the forest issues they had identified. At the end of the day, individual participants volunteered to work on the issue(s) they were most interested to address.

    In their evaluation of the roundtable, the participants indicated that they want to continue the process. The organizing committee therefore plans to meet in January 1998 to determine how best to proceed.

    Contact the Forest Congress Information Center for more information.


    Wisconsin

    Early in the summer of 1996, the state forester of Wisconsin sent a letter to about 120 people who had participated in the pre-Congress roundtable in Wisconsin and/or the Seventh American Forest Congress inquiring whether they were interested in pursuing local follow up to the Forest Congress. As of late June, about 1/4 of the people contacted had responded, and over 90% of these people said they did want to proceed. The focus of the follow-on efforts will be determined by the people who get involved.

    The Wisconsin roundtable, originally scheduled to reconvene on March 14-15, 1997, has been postponed to as-yet undetermined date. Many of the people who had planned to attend the weather-delayed March meeting participated in a conference call instead. The group got an update on national-level activities from Forest Management Committee chair Bill Banzhaf, then brief reports on the forest management, communities, education, policy, and research status in Wisconsin. The group decided that they wanted to keep the process going, so planning for a face-to-face meeting has begun.

    Contact: Kirsten Held, Issues/Outreach Coordinator, Wisconsin Bureau of Forestry, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707, Phone: 608-264-6036, Fax: 608-266-8576.


    Wyoming

    Either no follow on activities to the Seventh American Forest Congress are underway in this state or the record for this state is in the process of being updated. Please contact the Forest Congress Information Center for more details.


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