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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 can be directed to Al Abee, Chair, SDIT, at


Spring 2005

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    In "We're Growing Online--and Strengthening Our Relationships," Al Abee, Chair of the Sustainable Development Issues Team, introduces this first issue of SDe-News, noting that sustainable development requires innovation and the creation of alliances between partners who may not have worked together in the past. More . .

    Special Feature

    In an interview with SDe-News, Joel Holtrop, Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry, uses the phrase "triple bottom line" to describe sustainable development. That means environmental health, social well-being, and economic prosperity. Holtrop says that natural resource managers should harmonize all three bottom lines and recognize that they are not mutually exclusive, but mutually dependent. More . . .


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

    Minerals and Energy Roundtable:
    Range Roundtable:
    Water Roundtable:
    Montreal Process:

    International conferences:

    Second International Conference on Sustainable Planning and Development, September 12-14, 2005, Bologna, Italy.

    Eleventh Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference, June 7-8, 2005, Helsinki, Finland.

    Third Dubrovnik Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water, and Environment Systems, June 5-10, 2005, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

    First International Congress on Successful Cases of Sustainable Development in the Tropics, May 2-4, 2005, Veracruz, Mexico.

    Fifth International Conference on Ecosystems and Sustainable Development, May 3-5, 2005, Cadiz, Spain.

    Thirty-sixth Annual Conference and Expo, Internation Erosion Control Association, February 20-23, Dallas, Texas.


    The Sustainable Development Issues Team seeks ideas on possible changes to the Montréal Process Criteria and Indicators. Send your comments to Al Abee, Chair, SDIT, at, by February 4, 2005.


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