Conservation Planning Efforts in the United States
Many companies engaged in timber production and/or wood procurement participate in sustainable forestry certification programs that include requirements related to conservation of biological diversity. Current standards ask participants to engage in activities such as protection of imperiled species, consideration for landscape-scale factors, and promotion of wildlife habitat, forest type, and ecological or natural community type diversity. Participants in some certification programs are also required to be knowledgeable about regional conservation planning and priority-setting efforts that involve stakeholders.
To help its member companies identify conservation planning efforts in their areas of operation, NCASI has prepared an updated compendium of information about biodiversity conservation programs, titled A Summary of Conservation Planning Efforts in Forested Regions of the United States (Technical Bulletin No. 1022). First published in 2008 (Technical Bulletin No. 947), the technical bulletin identifies and reviews national, regional, and state conservation planning and priority-setting initiatives that affect 37 states identified as having priority for the forest products industry as evidenced by existence of a logger education program. The compendium was updated in 2011 (Technical Bulletin No. 982), and most recently in 2014.
The compendium presents the following information for all of the national, regional, and state conservation plans that affect or apply to each of the 37 states and meet the selection criteria:
- brief description
- coordinating organization(s)
- states influenced by the program
- primary goals
- general description
- brief summary of the plan results as they relate to forest products industry
- link to the website, if available
For more information about this work, contact Dr. Ben Wigley or Philip Weatherford.