The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is distributing a new report titled Impact of the Global Forest Industry on Atmospheric Greenhouse Gases (www.fao.org/docrep/012/i1580e/i1580e00.htm). The author is Reid Miner, NCASI Vice President for Sustainable Manufacturing.
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In 2009, under contract to IFC (International Finance Company), a member of the World Bank Group, NCASI completed development of the Forest Industry Carbon Assessment Tool (FICAT™). FICAT™ assists companies in calculating the carbon footprints of their facilities or the entire company. It is available to the public, free of charge, at www.FICATModel.org. Since the release of FICAT™, users have identified a number of potential enhancements that would improve the user experience with the tool and increase its flexibility. IFC, with support from the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has extended its agreement with NCASI to allow these enhancements to be made.
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Performance Measure 15.3 of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® requires participants in that program to “broaden the awareness of climate change impacts on forests, wildlife and biological diversity.” To assist Member Companies in responding to this Performance Measure, NCASI is preparing a webcast on climate change and its potential effects on forest health, wildlife and biological diversity. The 60-minute webcast will be presented on July 27, 2010, at 2 p.m.
The 2010 NCASI Southern Regional Meeting will be held June 28-30 at The Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, SC. The meeting will include a full-day forestry session on Tuesday, June 29 focused on forest environmental issues and information of regional and national interest.
The Seventh National Monitoring Conference was held April 25-29, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The conference attracted a record 900 participants and was hosted by the National Water Quality Monitoring Council (NWQMC). As part of the conference, the U.S. Forest Service and NCASI organized a special session to consider nutrient concentrations in waters draining forested watersheds. Many of the presentations from the conference will be posted on the NWQMC website (http://acwi.gov/monitoring/).