January 15, 2019 -- 2019 Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program Challenge -- Pre-Proposal Deadline Extended To February 8
The deadline for the 2019 Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program Challenge has been extended. Preproposals are now due Friday, February 8 at 8 p.m. EST. Pre-proposal applicants will be notified by Friday, March 8, and invited full proposals are due Friday, May 3, no later than 8 p.m. EST. The Request for Pre-Proposals and the downloadable PDF pre-proposal form are available on the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Community’s webpage or by contacting Peter@usendowment.org.
Interested applicants are requested to check the REPI webpage or the Endowment’s webpage for deadline updates resulting from the government shutdown.
January 14, 2019 -- Forest2Market Report Shows Changing Demand for Wood Fiber is Impacting Residuals Markets
"As global consumer trends and demands continue to shift at an escalating pace, a new Forest2Market report shows that both structural and temporal market shifts in recent decades have impacted the markets for wood fiber residuals. The report, Changes in the Residual Wood Fiber Market 2004 to 2017, analyzes data from the US Forest Service, Forest2Market’s proprietary database of timber transactions and other scientific research to understand the relationship between the supply and demand of wood residual materials over a 14-year period.
The report was commissioned by Resources for the Future (RFF), the US Endowment for Forestry & Communities, Inc. (Endowment) and the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA). The geographic scope for the study was divided into two broad regions of the United States: the US South and the Pacific Northwest (PNW)." -Forest2Market News
January 8, 2019-- Endowment Launches FIRz, a Forum for Innovation about Forests, Forest Products, and Forest-Rich Communities
The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) today announced the first annual Forest Innovation Reviews (FIRz) to be held on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 in Athens, Georgia. FIRz is a forum for innovative ideas for solving some of today’s most significant natural resources challenges. The inaugural FIRz event will create a space for presenting well-formed ideas about forests, forest management, forest products and forest-rich communities, conveyed through short, powerful talks.
Innovative thinkers from around the world will gather for a day of breakthrough thinking and sharing about the biggest challenges — and potential solutions — that face forests and forest health. Selected speakers will share their ideas with an audience open to the new, innovative, and in some cases utterly unheard-of thinking. Then those ideas will be shared around the world via video. The presentation voted by FIRz attendees as “most likely to make a lasting difference” will be awarded $10,000.
“As the nation’s largest public charity dedicated to working forests, the Endowment has a consistent and proven track record of successful ventures that link to at least one of seven strategic initiative areas: traditional markets, non-traditional markets, wood-to-energy, innovation, asset creation, forest health and forest retention,” said Endowment President and CEO Carlton Owen. “We expect that over time, FIRz will emerge as the signature annual event for unearthing sector innovation and revolutionary thinking in all of these areas and more.”