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 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
Clearcutting in the National Forests

Clearcutting in the National Forests

Date: July 29, 1992
Creator: Backiel, Adela & Gorte, Ross W
Description: Congressional interest in clearcutting has increased in the past few years. Several bills have been introduced in the current and preceding Congresses to ban the use of clearcutting and/or all even-aged management systems in the national forests. The issue, however, transcends the use of clearcutting and focuses on how to assure the choice of a silvicultural system and the implementation of the management practices that will achieve the stated goals for public land and resource management.
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Illegal Logging: Background and Issues

Illegal Logging: Background and Issues

Date: June 9, 2008
Creator: Sheikh, Pervaze A.
Description: This report discusses the problem of illegal logging worldwide. It gives an overview of the scope and scale, ecological impacts, and socioeconomic impacts of illegal logging as well as international initiatives and institutions, U.S. laws (such as the 2008 farm bill; P.L. 110-246, Food, Conservation, and Energy Act), and foreign policies which address the problem.
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Forestry Assistance Programs

Forestry Assistance Programs

Date: August 10, 2004
Creator: Gorte, Ross W
Description: None
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Deforestation: An Overview of Global Programs and Agreements

Deforestation: An Overview of Global Programs and Agreements

Date: October 21, 1992
Creator: Lyke, Julie & Fletcher, Susan R
Description: In recent years, global environmental concerns have figured prominently on the American political agenda. In particular, tropical deforestation and its implications for global climate change and biological diversity loss have prompted public outcry. Concerns have since grown to include other forest types as well. The Congress has considered a variety of legislation to stem the tide of increasing deforestation and the United States has supported a number of bilateral and multilateral initiatives to assist other countries in managing their forest resources.
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The Chip Mill Industry in the South

The Chip Mill Industry in the South

Date: June 10, 1998
Creator: Gorte, Ross W
Description: Chip mills turn trees into chips for paper, particle-boards, and exports. While the federal government does not collect data on a chip mill industry, chip production in the South has apparently been expanding. The timber supply appears sufficient to allow some increased harvests, but could be depleted by continued industrial expansion. The federal government does not directly regulate timber cutting but could become engaged if requirements of the Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts were triggered. The government also has export promotion programs and export tax incentives. Recently, concerns have been expressed to Congress about the possible effects of clear-cutting for chip exports on water quality and wildlife habitat. This report will not be updated.
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Salvage Timber Sales and Forest Health

Salvage Timber Sales and Forest Health

Date: June 7, 1996
Creator: Gorte, Ross W
Description: None
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Acid Rain: Does it Contribute to Forest Decline?

Acid Rain: Does it Contribute to Forest Decline?

Date: January 24, 1985
Creator: Backiel, Adela
Description: This minibrief describes the major hypothesis explaining why acid rain may be contributing to forest decline, along with the major arguments against this hypothesis. For additional information on acid rain and current legislation for pollutant emissions controls, see IB83016 -- Acid Rain: Current Issues, and IB83005 -- Clean Air Act: An Overview.
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Public (BLM) Lands and National Forests

Public (BLM) Lands and National Forests

Date: January 24, 2003
Creator: Gorte, Ross W & Hardy-Vincent, Carol
Description: None
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Public (BLM) Lands and National Forests

Public (BLM) Lands and National Forests

Date: April 4, 2003
Creator: Gorte, Ross W & Hardy-Vincent, Carol
Description: None
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Public (BLM) Lands and National Forests

Public (BLM) Lands and National Forests

Date: March 7, 2003
Creator: Gorte, Ross W & Hardy-Vincent, Carol
Description: None
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