Roundtable on Sustainable
The NIFA-supported Sustainable
Forests Partnership (SFP) has been
appointed co-chair of the Roundtable on Sustainable
Forests. The SFP is composed of members
from Oregon State University, Penn State
University, Auburn University, and NIFA.
Its mission is to document and promote
innovation in sustainable forestry and
integrate this innovation broadly into
both policy and practice. The Roundtable
on Sustainable Forests is an open and inclusive
process committed to the goal of sustainable
forest management on public and private
lands in the United States. It acts as
a venue for communication, discussion,
and dialogue about sustainable forest management.
Roundtable participants include public
and private organizations and individuals
committed to better decision-making through
shared learning and increased understanding.
Joel Holtrop, Deputy Chief of State and Private Forestry, USDA Forest Service,
and a co-chair of the Roundtable, appointed the SFP to be co-chair in the Fall
2004. The SFP is represented by Dr. James Finley from Penn State University and
Dr. Richard Brinker from Auburn University.
The decision to appoint the SFP as co-chair
of the Roundtable was based on several factors.
The partnership brings an objective, science-
and education-based approach to sustainable
forestry, and has well-established working
relationships and communication channels
with the Land-Grant University System and
the Cooperative Extension System. It has
a six-year history of working with and supporting
the Roundtable on various projects, including
preparation of the USDA
National Report on Sustainable Forests,
and has been actively participating in various
Roundtable work groups.
The partnership’s work with the Roundtable on Sustainable Forests is
part of its effort to expand a national network with other partners, including
university faculty, industry experts, non-government organization representatives,
government agencies, and individuals. Its goals are to identify key sustainable
forestry issues and trends, design and conduct sustainable forestry research,
develop education and training materials and events, and provide assistance
services to organizations and individuals interested in sustainable forestry
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