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Jun 16, 2017
Building Watershed Resiliency in the Upper Delaware River Region
Leaders from around the region recently gathered in New York’s Sullivan County to learn about the impacts of climate change on local water resources and communities and to discuss strategies for reducing vulnerability to these impacts. The workshop, “Building Watershed Resiliency in the Upper Delaware River Region,” was organized by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation and Friends of the Upper Delaware River and hosted by the Sullivan County Division of Planning & Environmental Management and The Nature Conservancy New York Chapter.
May 10, 2017
Carbon Forestry Workshop
In collaboration with a number of partners the Pinchot Institute recently held a workshop for landowners and foresters interested in learning about forest carbon management, carbon markets, and financial and technical resources available to them.

Participants in this workshop included non-industrial forest owners, consulting foresters, state agencies, conservation districts, planning agencies, conservation organizations, a carbon credit development company, and extension foresters. Participants came from the three west coast states.

Read the workshop summary here: http://www.pinchot.org/doc/602.

Mar 14, 2017
Now enrolling: Assistance to forest landowners in Washington and Oregon for accessing carbon markets
Carbon markets can provide a new annual income stream to forest owners. This program provides technical and financial assistance to family forestland owners interested in either the voluntary or compliance carbon market.

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Dec 21, 2016
The Pinchot Wire: How a Growing Timber Business Revived a Forest
How a growing timber business revived a forest
By Nathanael Johnson

The settlement of Cristóbal Colón, like most tiny towns scraped into the backcountry, was rough. There were no jobs in the rural community in western Ecuador, so people were leaving to eek out a meager existence in the capital. Houses were empty and alcoholism was a serious problem, Maria Quezada, a longtime resident of Colón, told me. “For those that remained there was only one option: clear the forest and establish plantations,” she said.
Sep 29, 2016
New York Times: How Small Forests Can Help Save the Planet
More than half of the 751 million acres of forestland in the United States are privately owned, most by people like Ms. Lonnquist, with holdings of 1,000 acres or less. These family forests, environmental groups argue, represent a large, untapped resource for combating the effects of climate change.

Conserving the trees and profiting from them might seem incompatible. But Ms. Lonnquist is hoping to do both by capitalizing on the forest’s ability to clean the air, turning the carbon stored in the forest into credits that can then be sold to polluters who want or need to offset their carbon footprints.

Continue reading at NYTimes.com
Aug 29, 2016
The Pinchot Wire: Private Cash, Public Lands - Why the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Matters
Here’s how President Obama celebrated the National Park Service’s 100th birthday: with the stroke of his pen, he established the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine, one of the most innovative initiatives in U.S. environmental history. That’s because the 87,500-acre park, which encompasses some of the Pine Tree State’s most remarkable forests and waterways, is a gift of the Quimby family and comes with a $40 million endowment, a private-public partnership without parallel.
Aug 26, 2016
New conservation project helps Northwest Oregon family forests unlock their potential
Small woodland owners in Northwest Oregon are unlocking their forest’s potential to sequester carbon, thanks to a new project with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), and the Pinchot Institute.
Aug 24, 2016
Institute advises E.U. on sustainability of wood pellets from Southeast U.S.
Driven by climate and energy policies, European power plants are being fueled by wood pellets imported from the Coastal Plain of the Southeast U.S., a region known for its globally significant biodiversity, carbon storing capacity, and contributions to the international forest economy. The Pinchot Institute is the lead author of a new report tendered by the European Commission to evaluate the environmental effects of this increasing demand and inform the policy debate concerning the role of bioenergy in E.U. climate and energy policies.
Jul 19, 2016
New National Forests Book from Senior Fellow Char Miller
Pinchot Institute University Fellow Char Miller has recently completed a new illustrated celebration of our greatest National Forests, from Alaska to Florida.
Jan 22, 2016
Dr. Jerry F. Franklin to be awarded Pinchot Medallion
Dr. Jerry F. Franklin will deliver the 2016 Pinchot Distinguished Lecture and be awarded the Pinchot Medallion on Thursday, February 18th at 3pm at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC.
Jan 11, 2016
Family-owned forest land may soon change hands
2016 may turn out to be a big year for real estate. In this case, it's forests that are for sale. Over a third of U.S. forest land is owned by private families. And many of those owners are now senior citizens, suggesting that their land may soon change hands.

Continue reading at Marketplace
Aug 11, 2015
Gifford Pinchot to be Inducted into World Forestry Center Leadership Hall
The World Forestry Center and the Pinchot Institute for Conservation are pleased to announce that the World Forestry Center will induct Gifford Pinchot into its Leadership Hall. Pinchot’s ethic of “the greatest good, for the greatest number, in the long run” still resonates today, the 150th anniversary of his birth.
Jul 31, 2015
25th Anniversary of the Grey Towers Protocol
This year will mark the 25th anniversary of the Grey Towers Protocol, which established a set of guiding principles for forest managers, based on the “moral imperative” of land stewardship. It also came to define in the minds of many the values, mission, and purposes of the Pinchot Institute. The Grey Towers Protocol was the outcome of a two-day symposium held at Grey Towers in November 1990, in conjunction with the centennial of the Forest Reserve Act of 1891.
Jul 8, 2014
Kent Connaughton, Wade Mosby Elected to Pinchot Institute Board of Directors
The Pinchot Institute for Conservation has announced the election of Kent Connaughton and Wade Mosby to its board of directors. “Wade and Kent bring exceptional knowledge of forest conservation and management to the Institute, with broad experience in economics and policy matters on both public and private lands,” said board chair Nels Johnson.
Jun 12, 2014
Takeaways from the UC-Berkeley Summit on Forest Science Education
This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the Forestry Program in the College of Natural Resources at the University of California–Berkeley. As part of its centennial celebration, the college hosted the North American Summit on Forest Science Education May 7–9. The three-day event brought together employers, students, and university faculty from the United States, Canada, and across the globe to produce recommendations on eight themes in forest science and forestry education.

Ultimately, summit organizers hope the recommendations will provide input to the forestry accreditation process, help guide the development of university curriculum, and be used to critically evaluate the role of education in forestland stewardship.

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Jun 4, 2014
Pinchot Institute Opens Western Regional Office
The Pinchot Institute for Conservation announced the opening of its new Western Regional Office today, naming Brian Kittler as its founding director.  Kittler was formerly with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.   “The Western Regional Office will allow the Pinchot Institute to work more closely with our federal, state and regional partners throughout the West to improve the conservation and sustainable management of forests on both public and private lands,” said Institute President Al Sample.
Feb 14, 2014
Forest-health ‘ATreeM’ cards offset health care spending

The spirit of rebirth is as evergreen in Columbia County, Ore. as the timber that has sustained the county’s economy for centuries.

Perhaps nowhere is that more apparent than in the city of Vernonia, which endured two 500-year floods in 11 years — 1996 and 2007 — and in many ways is still recovering. The most recent flood caused $120 million in damage in rural Vernonia (pop. 49,300), according to county Commissioner Tony Hyde, the city’s former mayor.

Continue reading at County News...

Dec 17, 2013
Experiment to manage federal lands through local collaboration gets mixed review
An Independent Science Panel has issued its evaluation of a decade-long experiment with locally-driven management of three National Forests in northern California, finding that the experiment fell short of goals set for the number of projects completed, expected timber volume, and associated employment.  The experiment was mandated by federal legislation spearheaded by Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and former Congressman Wally Herger (R-CA), involved environmental groups, timber companies, county governments, and others in US Forest Service decisions on the management of parts of the Lassen, Plumas, and Tahoe National Forests.  The Independent Science Panel report, also mandated as part of the Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group Forest Recovery Act of 1998, was released today by the Pinchot Institute, a conservation think tank based in Washington, DC, which coordinated the study and prepared the report to Congress.
Oct 29, 2013
Stakeholders Address Sustainability at Critical Moment in the Growth of Wood Energy Trade
Europe is expected to import up to 60 million tons of wood pellets annually in the next 20 years, most coming from the U.S. South. To address this growing trade in wood energy, over 60 experts and stakeholders representing conservation organizations, government agencies, universities, and the forest and renewable energy industries in nine different countries gathered in Savannah, Georgia, last week.
Oct 25, 2013
V. Alaric Sample Address at the 20th Anniversary of the European Forest Institute (EFI)
Pinchot Institute President V. Alaric Sample addressed the Annual Conference of the European Forest Institute at its 20th anniversary in Nancy, France, on September 24, 2013.

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