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The National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry (NCSSF) was created to improve the scientific basis for the design, conduct, and evaluation of sustainable forest practices in the United States. Using interactive stakeholder dialogues as an integral part of planning and conducting the NCSSF science program, the NCSSF sponsored over 40 projects addressing the issues currently limiting the advancement of sustainable forestry and biodiversity conservation:
  1. crucial gaps in scientific understanding;
  2. insufficient transformation of research results into usable information;
  3. lack of tools to measure and evaluate progress; and,
  4. inadequate communication between researchers and practitioners.

The resultant reports are of the highest technical quality and are relevant to the urgent needs of forest managers, practitioners, and policymakers.

As part of its Science Program, SAF is supporting the distribution of the six primary NCSSF publications (below).

Guidebook Illustrated Sustainable Forestry Guidebook
"Conserving Biodiversity Through Sustainable Forestry: A Guide to Applying NCSSF Research" highlights the practical significance of the research the National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry (NCSSF) has sponsored on biodiversity and sustainable forestry — in a useful form for practitioners and managers. The fully illustrated Guidebook offers practical tools to apply science in the field and is accessible for anyone interested in forests and the practices associated with forest management. The goal of this publication is to help improve forest management by making biodiversity science easier to understand and illustrating on-the-ground applications. Available in spiral bound water proof version for field use.
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Report "Forests for Tomorrow" Addressing the National Policy Challenges
NCSSF has concluded that without changes to forest policy in the U.S., implementation of sustainable management practices based on the best available science will be difficult or impossible to achieve. As a result, the Commission convened a diverse group of forest stakeholders to share ideas and deepen thinking on the challenges facing U.S. forests, the potential responses to those challenges and the options for next steps to move policy forward. This statement outlines the challenges facing the U.S. and contains the Commission's recommendations for tackling them based on discussions at the stakeholder meeting. The NCSSF statement calls for a national dialogue to raise awareness of the value of forests to our quality of life and to begin framing new policies that ensure forests can continue providing these essential benefits to future generations.
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OldGrowth Beyond Old Growth: A New Look Nationwide
NCSSF's report "Beyond Old Growth: Older Forests in a Changing World" defines the characteristics, functions and strategies for protecting and perpetuating our older forests. The richly illustrated document synthesizes overarching commonalities and significant differences among five regional workshops held in the Northeast, the Great Lakes, the Southeast, the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest.
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GlobalMarkets Global Markets Forum: U.S. Forest Industry and Worldwide Competition
Globalization of the world's forest industries has raised questions about the competitiveness of the U.S. timber industry in the face of lower production costs from oversees competition. NCSSF brought together a diverse group of leaders from conservation groups, industry, government, and academia to examine the potential impacts of shifting markets on U.S. forest biodiversity. The results of these discussions are summarized in the "Global Markets Forum" report.
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Indicators Selecting and Appling Indicators for Sustainable Forestry
NCSSF's project report "Considerations in the Selection and Use of Indicators for Sustaining Forests" reflects the lessons gleaned from participants at a "Think Tank" workshop. The report by the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences sheds light on a number of issues in choosing and applying indicators. This publication will help groups planning to develop forest sustainability indicators for their community, state, ownership, region, or nation.
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Findings NCSSF Summary of Research Findings Report
The National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry published an interim report on the results of the first half of projects completed in its 7 year program to advance the science and practice of biodiversity conservation and forest sustainability. This report presents the Commission's first findings based on NCSSF-funded projects and Commission deliberations on the significance of the research for practice, management and policy.
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