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Sustainable Development e-News

Sustainable Development e-News is a quarterly electronic newsletter for employees and friends of the Forest Service. Comments, suggestions, and questions about Sustainable Development e-News may be directed to Al Abee, Chair, SDIT, at

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    To encourage sustainable practices, argues Tony Erba of the Ecosystem Management Coordination Staff in the Washington Office, we need to focus on systems rather than on products. "We can urge each generation to manage its resources in a sustainable manner," he writes. "Creating a process for constructive dialog can move the sustainability idea from semantics into action." More . .

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    "Sustainability education can help a community become aware of the value of sustainable operations and set sustainability goals," says Denver James, retired Forest Service Sustainability Education Coordinator. "When that happens, education can then be used as a tool to help accomplish those goals." More . .


    For information on local conferences and workshops in your area, please visit the following sites:

    Minerals and Energy Roundtable:
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    International conferences:

    For information on meetings and workshops that will be held through July 2007, go to


  • The Rocky Mountain Region of the USDA Forest Service hosts a Sustainable Operations Summit on Nov. 7-9, 2005, in Fort Collins, Colo.

    Participants will (a) define sustainable operations from a global scale to what it means to the Forest Service; (b) discover the impacts associated with Rocky Mountain Region's "ecological footprint," that is, energy used, miles driven, and waste generated in support of the Forest Service Mission; and (c) develop projects and strategies for reducing the Forest Service's "ecological footprint" by exploring common barriers, current actions, and implementation opportunities.

    Each forest may nominate up to three individuals to attend the summit. Nominees should contact Anna Jones Crabtree, Bighorn National Forest, by e-mail at or by phone at 307-674-2615

  • Multiple Perspectives Workshop and Roundtable Meeting will be held on December 13-14, 2005, in Washington, D.C. The workshop will be based on the Multiple Perspectives Project, a special effort of the Roundtable on Sustainable Forests to solicit stakeholder perspectives on the National Report on Sustainable Forests--2003. Stakeholders may submit comments and opinions anonymously through Friday, November 19, 2005, at, where additional information on the roundtable and on the meeting is available.

    At the December meeting, authors or groups from various stakeholder perspectives will present papers on issues such as gaps in our understanding of the data in--and share their responses to the online feedback on--the National Report.
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    Understanding Key Issues of Sustainable Wood Producation in the Pacific Northwest.

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