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Youth Conservation Corps Programs Make a Difference

GFIS - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 16:00
As a young man, Tom Tidwell had a summer job with the Forest Service as a member of a Youth Conservation Corps crew.  Today, he is Chief of the Forest Service, overseeing an agency of forty thousand employees that honors a mission to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands [...]

REDD in the news: 20-26 April 2015

GFIS - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 14:52
REDD-Monitor’s weekly round up of the news on REDD, forests and climate. The links are organised by date (click on the title for the full article). REDD-Monitor’s news links on delicious.com are updated regularly. For past REDD in the news posts, click here.   What is the potential for a … read more

Associate Editors For Forest Science

GFIS - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 14:07

SAF is seeking Associate Editors for Forest Science (looking for international professionals – ideally from Latin America, Asia, and Africa). Interested individuals can apply by sending a CV to Matt Walls (wallsm@safnet.org).

Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.

Forest Science currently has an editorial board comprised of 1 editor-in-chief, 3 applied research editors, and over 75 associate editors specializing in 18 areas of forestry and natural resources. Associate editors are responsible for assisting the editor in soliciting and developing articles of interest to forestry and natural resource researchers, academicians, and professionals, land managers, and policy makers; obtaining competent, timely reviews of assigned papers; and ensuring that the topics covered in Forest Science are balanced across discipline and employment categories.

In more specific terms, there are two broad areas of responsibility. The first is the peer-review process, coordinating the review of scientific and technical manuscripts in the associate editor’s field that have been submitted to Forest Science for publication—generally by distributing them to three authorities in the relevant subject areas. To fulfill this task, associate editors must know the different subfields within his or her specialty, and who practices in these subfields, so that papers can be sent to appropriate, knowledgeable reviewers. Associate editors will be notified by the web-based peer review system, Rapid Review, that a manuscript has been sent for review. It is expected that the associate editor acknowledge the assignment and assign reviewers within 4 business days of receipt. Reviewers are asked to accept or decline a review assignment within 2 business days and return completed reviews within 15 business days; associate editors are expected to ensure that assignments are acknowledged and comments are returned in a timely manner. Associate editors are asked to review reviewer comments and ensure that they are delivered in a professional and constructive manner, then synthesize these comments for the Forest Science editor. If the reviewers should disagree markedly, the associate editor should recommend which course to take (accept, ask for revision, or reject), and provide guidance that the authors can follow when preparing their revision.

The second area concerns the broader, less-defined role of consulting with and advising the Forest Science editor-in-chief in determining the content, direction, and focus of Forest Science, particularly in the specialties that he or she is responsible for. This would include being aware of new developments in the field, current controversies, and subjects that have not been adequately covered in Forest Science. Associate editors are encouraged to suggest possible topics and authors for appropriate articles.

SAF 2015 Gregory Award Announcement

GFIS - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 14:01

Gregory Award is a scholarship which helps bring students and young professionals from outside the US and Canada to the SAF Convention. The application is attached.

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APF 2016 - Open for Business at Ragley Estate

GFIS - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 13:24
We are delighted to announce that APF 2016 will be held on the 15/16/17 th September 2016 and we are returning to exactly the same site as last year.   ...

The Indonesia-Australia Forest Carbon Partnership: A Murder Mystery

REDD monitor news - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 08:51
By Robin Davies, Center For Global Development, 20 April 2015 This paper describes the truncated life of IAFCP in its political context and interrogates a number of possible reasons for its demise. It concludes the main culprit was neither political change nor mismanagement, but rather the failure of the project developer, the Australian government, to engage single-mindedly with the central thesis of REDD+: that the provision of proportional financial incentives to relevant actors can achieve sustained, costeffective reductions in land-based carbon emissions, thus creating the conditions for public and private investment in the production of internationally tradeable REDD+ credits. Under a more effective KFCP, performance-based payments for measures to protect and rehabilitate peatlands, tied to rough, proxy indicators for emission reduction, would have been provided as early as possible to both communities and sub-national government agencies.

CIFOR joins policy dialogue on landscape approach

GFIS - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 05:34
Liz Deakin, a post-doctoral fellow at CIFOR, spoke at an international seminar on the landscape approach, part of a global...

That tricky gender thing: lessons from Amazonia

GFIS - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 05:17

There are enormous gaps in our knowledge about how gender relations shape the lives of people living in the forests of the Amazon, a new study has found – but on the ground, remarkable changes are happening across the region as women begin to organise and empower themselves. In the Brazilian state of Pará women... Read more

Ambitious plans to boost agriculture in Bangladesh

GFIS - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 04:19

Bangladesh is set to implement 2 major agricultural development programs that are aimed at pulling one-fifth of the country out of poverty.

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Punjab to expand agroforestry program

GFIS - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 03:12

A major agroforestry program in the Indian State of Punjab is being boosted with 9 million clonal Eucalyptus seedlings to be distributed free to interested farmers.

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Soil Week and how agroforestry can reverse degradation

GFIS - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 03:02

Global Soil Week, held from 19-23 April 2015, provided an opportunity to raise the profile of “the forgotten resource – soil” on the global

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Photo-film highlights soil research in Tanzania

GFIS - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 02:49

The importance of soil and its preservation is the subject of a photo-film, titled: The Ground Beneath Your Feet launched by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) during

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Texas Nature Challenge 2015: Get Outside and Start Exploring

GFIS - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 01:12
It’s that time of year again—Texas Nature Challenge 2015 begins this weekend and lasts through July 31. Time to round up the family, get outside and reconnect with nature.

“Famous Trees of Texas” Authors to Hold Book Presentation in College Station

GFIS - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 01:12
Texans are fortunate to have a rich and colorful heritage. One book puts an elite group of trees together that have witnessed exciting events in Texas' frontier history.

Texas A&M Forest Service Displays 100 Years of Service with New Museum Exhibit

GFIS - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 01:12
The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station has a new temporary exhibit on display titled History in the Making: Texas A&M Forest Service.


GFIS - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 01:12

Aggies to Help Plant Trees at Bastrop State Park for Third Year

GFIS - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 01:12
Hundreds of Aggies are once again heading to Bastrop State Park to help replenish trees lost during the devastating 2011 wildfire season—which destroyed an estimated 96 percent of the park. 

Texas A&M Forest Service Celebrates a Century of Service

GFIS - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 01:12
Over the past 100 years, Texas A&M Forest Service has accomplished many feats, including establishing itself as a premiere entity in both forestry and all-hazard response.

Wildland Fire Response Courses Offered at Academy in Brownwood, TX

GFIS - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 01:12
Emergency responders are invited to hone their wildland firefighting skills at the 14th annual Central Texas Wildfire Academy, February 11–15.

Wildland Fire Response Courses Offered at Mile High Wildfire Academy

GFIS - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 01:12
Emergency responders are invited to hone in their wildland firefighting skills at the 17th annual Mile High Wildfire Academy held at the Fort Davis Fire Department, February 19–22.


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