Welcome, Society of Environmental Journalists!
NAFO is a proud sponsor of the Society of Environmental Journalists. We look forward to meeting you at our exhibitor table or at the Thursday night independent hospitality reception.
The question that folks are often afraid to ask: WHAT’S A WORKING FOREST?
The term “working forests” refers to forestland carefully managed to supply a steady, renewable supply of timber for more than 5,000 essential forest products that consumers use every day.
Approximately 360 million acres – or 70% – of the working forests in the U.S. are on private land, owned by individuals, families, small and large businesses, and an increasing number of Americans who invest in working forests for retirement. In case you were wondering, 360 million acres is approximately two Texases… or is it Texi? No, definitely Texases.
ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS REPORT
At this year’s SEJ conference, we are excited to launch NAFO’s inaugural Environmental Benefits Report. Think of this report as a Forestry 101 crash course grounded in extensive data and metrics from the largest forest owners in the U.S.
Forestry can often be more complicated than one might assume. This report can help you get up to speed on the ins and outs of modern, sustainable forest management in the United States. In it, you’ll find national and state-level metrics across four categories: sustainable forest management, carbon, water, and wildlife. You’ll also find in-depth explanations of key concepts and real-world examples to help you understand the positive impacts of sustainable forest management.
Come by our both to pick up your copy of the Environmental Benefits Report!
FORESTRY STUFF IN THE NEWS
Wildlife Conservation Initiative | NAFO, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the National Council for Air and Steam Improvement, Inc. (NCASI) signed a ground-breaking Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalizing the Wildlife Conservation Initiative as a programmatic partnership for voluntary and proactive collaborative conservation benefiting common, at-risk, and listed species. At the White House “Conservation in Action” Summit on March 21, 2023, President Biden announced major new actions to conserve and restore lands and waters across the nation, which included this Wildlife Conservation Initiative MOU.
→ Read the AP News article, Regulators, Landowners Form Habitat Protection Partnership (3.21.23)
U.S. Forest Service & NAFO Wildfire Partnership | As we face our nation’s wildfire crisis, we need to use every available resource to defend lives, homes, jobs, infrastructure and the natural landscape. We are proud to announce a new memorandum of understanding between NAFO and the U.S. Forest Service in a first-of-its-kind firefighting partnership to enhance cooperation between private working forests and public land managers during wildfires.
→ Find out more in our press release, USDA Forest Service and National Alliance of Forest Owners Agree to Enhance Cooperation During Wildfires (3.27.23)
GET IN TOUCH
No matter what you call modern forestry – The Forestry Sector, The Forest Industry, Big Timber, Little Timber, It’s-Going-Down-I’m-Yelling-Timber, Forest Products Companies, wood manufacturing, logging, loggers, sawmills, papermills, pulp mills – the forestry and forest products value chain is not a monolith.
If your coverage touches the forest, it can be difficult to know where to look for a knowledgeable source. As the beginning of the supply chain, we’re happy to help you find what you’re looking for or direct you to a subject-matter expert.
Reach out to us at media@NAFOalliance.org.