The House and Senate Agriculture Committees approved their versions of a Farm Bill this week that include new policies and programs that will help conserve and sustain America’s family-owned forests and the clean air and water, wildlife habitat, rural jobs, and recreational benefits that every American enjoys from these lands.Read More >
American Forest Foundation, a top-rated forest conservation non-profit, is a new partner of 1% for the Planet, an alliance of more than 1,300 member companies in 43 countries that give one percent of revenues to environmental causes.Read More >
United States Senators Pryor and Blunt, along with Representatives Thompson and Schrader, authored the Forest Products Fairness Act of 2013 (H. 979/S. 463) so that American-made, home-grown forest products can qualify for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) BioPreferred® program. The BioPreferred® program is designed to set a federal government purchasing preference and a voluntary label to promote markets for biobased products.
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Sally Jewell is the top pick for the position of Secretary of Interior, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday.Read More >
Two representatives of the American Forest Foundation (AFF) have been appointed by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to the committee that provides advice about private forestry in the United States.Read More >
There are some significant aspects of the fiscal cliff agreement that will help conserve forest resources. The real ‘green lining’ in the deal is the permanent fix on estate taxes which will help reduce forest loss, forest fragmentation, and parcellation of America’s forestlands.Read More >
Unfortunately, Congress was unable to pass comprehensive, 5-year Farm Bill legislation before the end of the 112th Congress, meaning none of the policy changes and improvements we fought to include in both the House and Senate Farm Bill proposals were enacted. The fiscal cliff legislation, passed by the House and Senate yesterday, included an extension of current Farm Bill provisions. What does this really mean for forest owners?Read More >
Unless action is taken to reverse the trends predicted by the US Forest Service in a new assessment, we’ll see significant loss of America’s privately owned forests, which should concern every American. Families own more of America’s forests than the federal government and private industry.Read More >
The Impact of Estate Taxes on Forest Stewardship
AFF's new report “The Impact of the Estate Tax on Forest Stewardship”, details the impact of estate taxes on family forest owners, including new data on the potential blow to Minnesota’s family forest owners who own 5.3 million acres of forestland in the state.Read More >
The Congressional supercommittee failed to reach an agreement on our nation’s deficit reduction package. This has obvious consequences for all aspects of federal government, including the 2012 Farm Bill.Read More >
New USDA Study: Wood is the Greenest Green Building Material
The American Forest Foundation today welcomed a new study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture showing that wood is truly the green building material, with environmental benefits that dwarf other common building materials.Read More >
A bipartisan effort lead by Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and 79 representatives from 35 states is calling on the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to change its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system to give credit to all of the major third-party forest certification systems in the U.S.Read More >
Family-owned Forests Essential to Efforts to Protect America’s Great Outdoors
On Thursday, July 15 the Obama Administration will visit Asheville, North Carolina as part of the Americas’ Great Outdoors Listening Tour. The administration wants to learn more about working land, open space, and landscape conservation. The listening session will be held at Asheville-Buncombe County Technical Institute in Asheville, North Carolina from 1:00p.m.-4:00p.m.
In a landmark step, the U.S, House of Representatives today passed climate change legislation, HR 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, by a 219-212 vote, creating a cap and trade system and other incentives for carbon emissions reduction.
Private Forests Could Do More to Offset Carbon Emissions - New Industry-Conservation Coalition CallsRead More >