PUBLICATIONS

  Financial Costs and Reduced Impact Logging Relative to Conventional Logging in the Eastern Amazon: A new report by Tom Holmes et al. on the financial costs and benefits of reduced impact logging in the eastern Amazon is now available. The major conclusion of the analysis is that reduced impact logging can be financially more profitable than conventional logging while decreasing damage to standing trees and forest soils and reducing the amount of wood wasted. The study was a collaboration between the USDA Forest Service, USAID, the Center for International Forestry Research, and the Tropical Forest Foundation.
Issue Briefs Series:  You can download staff articles which explore current and emerging issues related to international forest policy and management such as the impact of NAFTA on U.S. Forest Products Trade with Canada and Mexico or the relationship between forests and human health.  The issue briefs provide background, analysis and references and are not meant to advocate positions of the Forest Service or the U.S. government.
Field Operations Guide:  The Field Operations Guide for Disaster Assessment and Response (FOG) has been developed by OFDA, the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (U.S. Agency for International Development/Bureau for Humanitarian Response) as a reference tool, for individuals sent to disaster sites to perform initial assessments or to participate as members of an OFDA Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART).
A Guide to Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarships in International Forestry and Natural Resources:  This guide contains a detailed description of grants, fellowships, and scholarships available to university students, scholars, and professionals seeking funding to undertake studies or research in forestry or natural resources.
Santiago Declaration:  Criteria and Indicators for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Temperate and Boreal Forests (Montreal Process).   Elements the characterize sustainable forest management at the national scale.   The elements consist of seven criteria and sixty-seven indicators countries will use to measure progress made toward the goal of sustainable forest management.
1st Approximation Report:  Report of the United States to test its capability to report on the Montreal Process. "Criteria and Indicators for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Temperate and Boreal Forests".  The United States was one of 12 tempered boreal countries of the world that produced similar reports.
U.S. Forests in a Global Context:  World forest resource data as of 1990 are summarized, and patters of forest use are briefly described.  Forest resource conditions and use in the United States are compared to global data.  Global forestry issues for developed and developing countries are discussed, and two issues specific to the United States are examined.  the first is whether U.S. forest resource policies cause environmental problems in other countries.  The second in consideration of the elements of U.S. experience with forests that can be transferred to benefit other countries, especially developing countries.
Practitioner's Guide to the Implementation of the IPF Proposals for Action:   Following the 1992 meeting of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was developed in order to continue dialogue among nations and NGOs on the matter of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM). In 1995, CSD created the Intergovernmental Panel on Forests (IPF) to discuss issues important to the conservation and sustainable use of the world's forests.  The result of this international panel is a document entitled "Report of the Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Panel on Forests on its fourth session."  This report included 134 "proposals for action" addressing measures to be taken at international, regional and national levels in order to achieve SFM.  "A Practitioner's Guide to the Implementation of the IPF Proposals for Action"" was prepared as a supplement to the IPF proposals for action.  It is intended to be more "readable" and user-friendly than the proposals for action.  This publication was prepared by the Six-Country Initiative in Support of the UN Ad-Hoc Intergovernmental Forum on Forests (IFF).  Persons and governments with a vested interest in natural resource management will find this document useful as a means of implementation of SFM tactics. 
International Transferable Development Rights for Conserving Terrestrial Biological Diversity: The U.S. government and the USDA Forest Service are committed to conserving global biological diversity. To date, most major conservation efforts have focused on regulating the overexploitation of particular species through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES), though this approach is not cost effective compared to concentrating on conserving habitats. Habitat conservation, however, has been addressed largely through the establishment of protected areas, which have historically been identified for reasons other than biodiversity conservation and have therefore also failed to effectively address conservation goals. 
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