It has been a busy few weeks for forestry news. Stay up to date on the latest policy and market developments related to forestry in Georgia.
🐢 The National Alliance of Forest Owners and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service signed a MOU formalizing collaborative efforts of the Wildlife Conservation Initiative. The Initiative focuses on advancing the conservation of at-risk and listed species within private working forests. gfagrow.org
🦇 The USFWS recently released Voluntary Guidance for the Northern Long-Eared Bat, providing forest owners with an understanding of habitat modification practices that support compliance with the species’ “Endangered” listing on March 31. gfagrow.org
🌲 In wood’s continued journey as a solution to a broad range of challenges, Finnish wood supplier Stora Enso is developing wooden blades for wind turbines. globalconstructionreview.com
🏠 U.S. Census data released Thursday shows housing starts on single-family and multi-family homes surged 9.8% last month to 1.45 million units as prices for lumber continue to fall. markets.businessinsider.com
🤔 In today’s edition of things that make you scratch your head: U.S. became the largest importer of Swedish lumber after UK in 2022. lesprom.com
🌲 USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack testified in the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry this week as Congress prepares to work on the Farm Bill.
- At the outset of the meeting, Chairman Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) reiterated the importance of competitive programs through the U.S. Forest Service to fund source water protection and landscape scale restoration projects. agriculture.senate.gov