The USDA Forest Service approached the Endowment about their interest in identifying the most critical bottlenecks that if addressed would lead to a more robust future for the mostly rural-based forest manufacturing sector. In response, the Endowment organized a convening to identify key bottlenecks and propose strategies for each.
The Convening was held on May 29-30, 2013 with the final report released on September 15, 2013. The Society of American Foresters and Resources for the Future led program development with Endowment staff. More than 100 leaders from all aspects of the forestry community participated. Based on issues identified though a pre-meeting Delphi process, leading authorities made 22 presentations in five breakout sessions that challenged participants to discuss solutions to the most pressing challenges before the forest sector.
The report contains recommendations in five areas:
Land tenure and ownership;
Ecological health of federal lands; and
Specific recommendations are:
Increased use of “check-off” or USDA commodity research and promotion programs;
New public/private partnerships to produce new environmentally-friendly products;
Retooled approaches to support America’s family forest owners;
Strengthening the timber harvesting system;
Expanded work in biotechnology to address burgeoning forest health issues; and,
A focus on the importance of wood in green building initiatives.