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Forestry is the science of planting, managing, and caring for the forest with practices that are environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous.
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  • Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE)
    Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange is a joint project of Island Press and EcoAdapt. It is aimed at building a shared knowledge base for managing natural systems in the face of rapid climate change. It consists principally of 4 interlinked components – a virtual library, case studies, a directory, and tools – as well as community forums for the discussion of current issues in conservation in a changing climate.

  • Forest Stewardship Council
    FSC promotes environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of forests. Forest products certified by the FSC have met a standard for environmental protection.

  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative
    The Sustainable Forestry Initiative has created standards and certification for sustainable forestry practices. The web site contains the 2012 progress report, SFI standards, certification and certified products as well as conservation research, green building information, a blog and resources.

  • Defining Sustainable Forestry
    A brief paper titled What is Sustainable Forestry? By Peter J. Smallidge, Extension Forester from Cornell Forestry Extension Program.

  • The Trust for Sustainable Forestry
    The vision of this organization is “a world in which we love the forest and act accordingly” and the mission is to “inspire and enable the growth of ecosystem based forestry”.

  • Texas A&M – Forest Resource Development and Sustainable Forestry
    This website is a great resource on sustainable forestry practices in Texas with applicability to other states. Links include information on conservation education, economic development, ecosystem services, forest genetics, forest inventory and analysis, forest legacy, forest taxation, forest conservation, pest management, reforestation and much more.

  • USDA National Agriculture Library
    This website provides links to AGRICOLA – a searchable database for article citations on sustainable forest products from 1995 to present. There is also a link to the Institute for Development Studies, which offers forestry web sites, resource guides, country profiles, news and events.

  • Sustainable Procurement of Wood and Paper-based Products
    The World Resources Institute’s website provides downloadable documents focused on sustainable procurement of wood and paper based products. Additional links include: ten things you should know, sourcing and legality, environmental and social aspects, terminology and additional information.

  • American Forest and Paper Association
    This link to the 2012 Sustainability Report for the American Forest and Paper Association. The Association’s goals for sustainability include: increasing paper recovery for recycling, increase energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promoting sustainable forestry practices, striving for safe worksites and exploring ways to reduce water consumption.

  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development
    The WBCSD forest solutions group provides business leadership in expanding sustainable forest-based solutions. Forest solution tools include a Wood and Paper Procurement Guide and a Forest Investment Screen to screen investments for significant direct and indirect impacts to forests. There is also a 2050 vision, work program, regional network, publications and tools and a newsroom on this website.

  • Engage your Forest Products Business
    The Rain Forest Alliance was one of the founders of the Forest Stewardship Council and this web page discusses certification, verification and validation, supply chain services and marketing resources.

  • Sustainable Forestry and Wood Products
    The Northern Forest Center’s web page on sustainable forestry includes a number of links on topics such as community forest projects, sustainable innovations to increase competitiveness, cut-to-length harvesting techniques and is focused on the northern forests of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York.

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