In keeping with the Endowment's desire to make information available to all with an interest, we provide the following publications. The views presented are those of the authors and may or may not represent the views of the Endowment, its staff or individual board members.
Community Resilience and Wealth (October 2009)This report explores the “state-of-the-issue” of community resilience of rural, often forest-based communities in the U.S. It draws on the evolving research literature and the experience and interpretations of resilience by practitioners of rural community economic development.
The Status of Community-Based Forestry in the United States (September 2008)Forests owned by municipalities, counties, or community-based nonprofit organizations are being used to drive economic development and forest conservation. This report offers an assessment of community needs, the needs of supporting institutions, and the state of the current infrastructure for purchase of community forests.
Forest Value Streams
State of the Sector
A New Model for Forest Sector Research and Development in the United States (January 2014)In tough times companies and governments look to cut costs. Unfortunately, those cuts may come at the expense of future opportunities, such as new product development. A new report authored by Dr. Robert Kellison, Professor Emeritus, North Carolina State University, finds that the forest products manufacturing industry invests less than one-seventh as much as the average U.S. manufacturing sector, seriously undermining the industry’s capacity to remain viable in the face of intense, global competition.
The State and Future of the U.S. Forest Industry (May 2013) Results from a convening in Washington, D.C. to discuss this changing context and implications for forests and forestry sponsored by the USDA Forest Service and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities. The goal of the dialogue was to develop a roadmap for positive change to yield a brighter future for this important sector. The leaders focused on five priority issues that included: 1) forest product markets; 2) forest land tenure and ownership; 3) the health and integrity of the current supply chain in forest products; 4) ecological health of federal forests (including issues of disease and vulnerability to catastrophic wildfire); and 5) tax policy and forest land tenure.This report summarizes trends in the five priority issue areas and presents proposed action items in each.
The State of Information Databases Tracking Wood-to-Energy Facilities (February 2013)The Woody Biomass Joint Venture (JV) – a partnership between the USDA Forest Service and the Endowment - hosted a roundtable of knowledgeable professionals to explore the content and quality of information tracked by existing woody biomass infrastructure databases. This report provides an overview of current databases and contacts for wood-to-energy facilities and points to the need for a single inclusive database.
Applying Pathways to Sustainability (November 2012)Intended to be a resource for pellet producers, forest management professionals, landowners, and others concerned with the conservation and sustainable management of U.S. forests, this report describes four potential pathways for making sustainability claims. Each represents a different approach to mitigating environmental and other risks in the supply chain.
Case Studies: Best-in-Class Wood-to-Energy Systems (May 2010)The Endowment and USDA Forest Service State & Private Forestry worked with, the Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC) to develop a series of case studies illustrating the development and operational experiences of various community-scale facilities that employ biomass systems. The work includes a review of "best-in-class" applications in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Scandinavia.
The Endowment and the National Association of State Foresters share an interest in advancing sustainable forestry in the U.S. The organizations collaborated on creating “Issues in the Forest” briefs intended to inform public dialogue on sustainable markets and forests.
Commodity Check-off: Full Report (July 2008)A comprehensive feasibility study and implementation options that examine the potential for unified or coordinated “check-off” programs for softwood lumber in the U.S. and Canada. Check-offs – known as “research and promotion programs” operated under USDA authority-- allow commodity producers to jointly fund efforts to grow their respective markets.
Using Forest Carbon Offsets for State Revolving Fund Loan Repayment.(January 2016)This report assesses the potential for using forest carbon offsets (also known as forest carbon credits) to repay loans from Clean Water State Revolving Funds (Clean Water SRFs) and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (Drinking Water SRFs). The report is part of a larger research effort examining how to expand opportunities to use SRF funding to pay for largescale land conservation.
Canada/U.S. Forest Health Summitt III (June 2015) This report documents the actions at the Third Canada-U.S. Forest Health Summit. At the summit, the co-chairs emphasized that science, technology, and innovation in the forest sector are integral to the economic and social prosperity of both countries and that collaboration can strengthen environmental sustainability and industry competitiveness. Report also available in French.
Canada/ U.S. Forest Health Summit II (March 2013) This document provides the results of an Endowment convening sponsored by the USDA Forest Service (USFS) and the Canadian Forest Service (CFS) of Natural Resources Canada to address specific opportunities to enhance cross-border collaboration in research and development to advance forest health to the first-ever Canada/U.S. Forest Health Summit held in June 2012.
Canada/ U.S. Forest Health Summit I (June 2012)This is the report of the first-ever meeting between the USDA Forest Service (USFS) and the Canadian Forest Service (CFS) of Natural Resources Canada to plan ways to collaborate on forest health issues; it was sponsored by the Endowment. The first-ever such meeting.
The Rural Compact (May 2008)This report explores the “state-of-the-issue” of community resilience of rural, often forest-based communities in the U.S. and offers a framework for which those interested in collaboration can rally around.