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5-Year Report Released on America's Efforts to Meet International Sustainable Forestry Guidelines
Jun 21, 2006

The Institute today released a report summarizing 5 years of research into the sustainable forest management activities of American industry, conservation groups, government, and other organizations.

In 2000, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Forests (IPF) developed a set of international guidelines for sustainable forest management, called the IPF Proposals for Action. The Institute has led a comprehensive national process to assess U.S. progress on the guidelines to date, and to identify issues and strategies for future improvement.

The final report, Advancing Sustainable Forest Management in the United States, summarizes actions currently underway across the nation. More importantly, it evaluates the adequacy of those efforts and recommends priorities for future action, based on the views of a diverse group of forest experts and stakeholders convened by the Institute.

The Institute was invited to do the 5-year review by the U.S. Department of State and the USDA Forest Service's Office of International Programs. Advancing Sustainable Forest Management in the United States constitutes part of the agencies' response to the United Nations' international guidelines. It is also a companion volume to the Forest Service's National Report on Sustainable Forests -- 2003.

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