The USDA Forest Service and the Canadian Forest Service of Natural Resources Canada hosted an invitation-only “summit” on June 28, 2012, to examine ways to enhance cross-border collaboration and improve response to the continent’s forest health crises. The day-long event hosted at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC, was convened by the Endowment.
Key leaders with an interest and a role to play in the future of North American rural and urban forests were assembled to establish a vision that will build on past and continuing collaboration between the two countries. The Summit is viewed as a first step in establishing a strategic direction with the details for implementation to be developed subsequently by scientists and other key leaders from the respective organizations and other interested stakeholders. Two-dozen high-level federal and private sector officials with roles and responsibilities that converge around forests participated.
On March 26-27, 2013 the USDA Forest Service and the Canadian Forest Service of Natural Resources Canada hosted a follow-up session to the first-ever Canada/U.S. Forest Health Summit held in June 2012. The follow-on meeting, hosted at the U.S. Embassy to Canada in Ottawa, was convened by the Endowment for the purpose of developing specific recommendations to implement a vision for enhanced, strategic collaboration to address burgeoning forest health threats across both countries.
Four broad issues were considered: Markets; Wildland Fire; Forest Inventory, and Pests.