FOREST INFORMATION UPDATE VOL. 10 NO. 9 September 2009 Welcome to this edition of Forest Information Update.

One fire season ends and another begins. The change of seasons is always an exciting time, full of expectations. This year it takes on more poignancy as Australians prepare for another searing summer, Californians and the peoples of the Mediterranean have been battling bushfires. Information and technology are key elements available in fighting bush fires – not only for foresters but also for local and national authorities. A search finds any number of items and articles regarding forest firefighting. Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries about content or sponsorship. Kind regards, Mike Smith, Editor and Director, Trade and Media Services Ltd. Forward to a friend You may wish to download this edition from the Forest Information Update Current Edition web page at http://www.southem.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1031&Itemid=54 or http://tinyurl.com/fiuvol10no8 INTRODUCTION Forest Information Update (FIU) is a free monthly email newsletter sent to people interested in the inventorying and monitoring of natural resources and reaches about 7000 natural resource specialists worldwide. FIU is produced by Trade and Media Services Ltd (www.southem.com) and is supported by organizations, agencies and individuals working in the natural resources field. FIU is sent to each of the following international lists - all are free, low volume and secure: . Conserve Africa Group- send a blank email to: ConserveAfrica-subscribe@yahoogroups.com . Forest list – See http://joyx.joensuu.fi/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=forest-list&A=1 . Global Association of Online Foresters (GAOF) - see http://www.foresters.org/portal/newmember.php . International Forest List (IFL) - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ifl-tech2000/ . Nepalese Foresters - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nepaleseforesters/ . Wetlandfriends – see http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wetlandfriends and http://www.dgroups.org/groups/wetlandfriends/ . Global e-Forum on Climate Change and Global Warming http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ClimateConcern/ . Applied-GIS-RS homepage - http://www.matox.com/agisrs You may receive FIU by joining one of the above. If you wish to receive FIU only - send a blank email to forest_information_update-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. For questions, to submit material, or to sponsor FIU, please contact me at mike.smith@forestinformationupdate.com Mike FIU SPONSORS - This issue of FIU is sponsored in part through the generous support of the follow sponsors – please visit their web sites, learn about what they do and utilize their services: . ESRI - As the leader in GIS technology, ESRI offers innovative solutions that will help you create, visualize, analyze, and present natural resources information better and more clearly. Working with location information, ESRI's GIS software and solutions give you the power to solve problems you encounter every day. Forestry and other natural resource organizations around the world are using this ESRI software to make smart and timely decisions. ESRI provides powerful GIS solutions to more than 300,000 clients in more than 189 countries and offers mapping technology to meet today's global needs. Using ESRI technology, you too can unlock the spatial component of your valuable data and see your organization's information from a new perspective. For more information, contact them at 800-4479778 in the US or 909-793-2853, ext. 1-1235. Or go to the web site at

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http://www.esri.com/industries/forestry/index.html?utm_campaign=forestryinfoupdateforestry&utm_medium=text ad&utm_source=forestryinfoupdate&utm_content=forestry . CONTINUING EDUCATION IN FOREST FINANCE AND ECONOMICS COURSE - The Department of Forest and Wood Science, Stellenbosch University, will again present the “Continues Education in Forest Finance and Economics Course” in 2009. This two week block course will cover the theory of discounting and financial analysis procedures, financial decision tools, land valuation and relevant contemporary South African forestry economic topics. For more information see www.sun.ac.za/forestry or contact Cori Ham at cori@sun.ac.za. . LASER TECHNOLOGY, INC. is the innovator and pioneer of reflectorless distance measurement and the leading manufacturer of pulse-laser products and mapping systems. Introducing the Criterion RD1000, the first patented electronic BAF-scope/dendrometer that displays direct read-outs of heights, diameters and BAF values for IN/OUT determinations. The illuminated and adjustable bar scales is what makes this product so unique! The TruPulse series, a low-cost professional rangefinder that measures horizontal, vertical and slope distance as well as height...and now azimuth! It provides crystal-clear optics and superior performance with +/-1 ft. (30 cm) distance accuracy and +/- 1 degree azimuth accuracy. Visit: http://www.lasertech.com/ for more info! PODCAST: BILL CARR, FOREST AND MAPPING CONSULTANT FOR LASER TECHNOLOGY. Bill discusses some of the forest-based products from Laser Technology, the difference in forest inventorying since he started 51 years ago and how the new tools provide valuable economic savings for forest companies. Go to http://www.southem.com/index.php?option=com_seyret&Itemid=47 INPUT - This month's input comes from: Gyde Lund, Gary Krupnick, Nelson Wong, Lance Olsen, Tina Etherington, Gandhiv Kafle, Artur Gil, Ross Mayhew, Infosylva, Suchith Anand, Jessica Forres, Craig R. Elevitch, Julian Atkinson, Saeid Eslamian. Thank you all for sharing your information!

HAVE YOU HEARD? NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD . UNMANNED AIRCRAFT MAP NORTHERN WILDFIRES - Staff from Poker Flat Research Range in the US state of Alaska have traveled north to assist fire personnel in mapping the Crazy Mountain Complex fires with unmanned aircraft. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/08/090811091845.htm . THE ROLE OF SPATIAL TECHNOLOGIES IN THE 2009 VICTORIAN BUSHFIRES – A submission from the Interim Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information highlights the role of GIS and GPS in the bushfires of 2009 in the Australian State of Victoria. http://www.royalcommission.vic.gov.au/Submissions/SubmissionDocuments/SUBM-002-030-0248_R.pdf . FIRE SENSING DEVICES – Fire-sensing devices can spot a fire in its earliest stages, up to six miles away, and they can relay the information to emergency responders through a computer network and even automatically alert people living in homes nearby. http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2005/0901-fire_sensors.htm . FOREST FIRES AND OTHER EXAMPLES OF SELF-ORGANIZED CRITICALITY - In this article, the authors review the properties of the self-organized critical (SOC) forest-fire model. The paradigm of selforganized criticality refers to the tendency of certain large dissipative systems to drive themselves into a critical state independent of the initial conditions and without fine tuning of the parameters. http://www.iop.org/EJ/abstract/0953-8984/8/37/004 . AFRICAN FARMERS WILL PLAY MAJOR ROLE IN CLIMATE CHANGE SOLUTIONS - "African

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farmers will play a major part in the solution of climate change mitigation," predicts Dennis Garrity, head of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). http://www.ipsnews.net/africa/nota.asp?idnews=48342 . THE CAMPBELL GROUP’S PLANS FOR EX-WEYERHAEUSER FORESTS - The Portland, US, timberland investment company, The Campbell Group, recently hosted a Community Leaders Forestry Tour of some of the 140,000 acres of industrial forestland it purchased recently from Weyerhaeuser Co in Oregon. http://www.dailyastorian.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=398&ArticleID=64018&TM=19543.2 1 . FORMER U.S. FOREST SERVICE CHIEFS PONDER FUTURE OF AGENCY - Tomorrow's U.S. Forest Service and its new chief forester should take leadership roles in hot-button conservation issues, former chiefs have said at a meeting. A reader raises an interesting discussion point. http://www.missoulian.com/news/local/article_31ca62f6-9dc8-11de-b01d001cc4c03286.html?mode=story . ‘RESPONSIBLE FORESTRY OPERATIONS’ AND SURVIVAL OF GREAT APES - Responsibly managed forests – such as those managed according to Forest Stewardship Council standards (FSC) – play an important role in the conservation of the world’s remaining great apes, according to a new World Wildlife Fund report. http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/media/press/2009/WWFPresitem13619.html . THE CASE OF THE ‘MOVING TREES’ - In what has been dubbed the “moving trees” trial, the former director of the Forestry Department in the Asian country of Brunei has appeared in court to defend himself against corruption charges. http://news.brunei.fm/2009/09/12/ex-forestry-director-enters-his-defence-in-moving-trees-corruption-trial/

BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED... This section is devoted to resource inventory tips and miscellaneous blurbs for whatever uses you care to make. Please limit contributions to one paragraph or so. Thanks, Mike Smith.

HELP! FEEDBACK TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE – “Pay it forward!” If you can help with any of the requests below, please take the time to do so. Your kind assistance will be appreciated and rewarded. . PHOTO MONITORING QUESTIONNAIRE - Ned Horning writes: “The American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation is working on developing software tools to support photo monitoring of natural environments. We are in the process of contacting colleagues to get a better idea of the types of tools that they would find most useful. If you are interested in filling in one of our questionnaires or sending it to colleagues let me know and I will send it to you as an email attachment.” e-mail: horning@amnh.org . LANDUSE CLASSIFICASTION ANALYSIS - Vivid Viet writes: “I am looking for literature focused on the uncertainty analysis of landuse classification. It is normal practice to compare classification results with so called "ground truth" data. But ground truth data is not always updated, so how one can evaluate

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uncertainty.” vividviet@GOOGLEMAIL.COM . A PHD IN FOREST MANAGEMENT IS AVAILABLE FOR NEW PROJECT ASSIGNMENT - Indra Sapkota from SLU, Umeå, Sweden writes: “I am in final stage of my PhD education and got SIX papers published. I am now looking for a position to lead projects related to biodiversity monitoring, forest management, ecosystem management, climate change adaptation (CDM, REDD), PES, social forestry etc. I would welcome the opportunity, if any; you have currently or may unfold in due course of time. I would be glad receiving your call or your email so as to discuss my CV along with my future research interests.” Email: isapkota@gmail.com . TRANSFORMING NDVI IMAGE - Zuze Dulanya writes: “I am doing soil erosion modeling using GIS and Remote Sensing data using the SLEMSA model. I am wondering if there is a way how an NDVI image can be transformed directly to corresponding rainfall interception values based on the vegetation cover in the study area. Secondly I would also want to learn how one could derive the slope length using a DEM.” Replies can be made via: zuzedulanya@YAHOO.COM . QUESTIONS ABOUT TOPOGRAPHIC CORRECTION - Shaenandhoa García Range, PhD Candidate, Wildlife Research Group, WRITES: “University of Cambridge I am trying to run a topographic correction on Spot 2 and Spot 5 images, for this I have a DEM of my study site. I am using Envi 4.5 and Idrisi Andes but I have not been able to find algorithms on any of these two programs for this type of correction. I have also read Fahsi et al 2000 and I would like to follow their approach using the equation proposed by Yang et. al. 1993, but I have had difficulties trying to estimate some of the parameters needed.” Email: bioshaena@GMAIL.COM . ULTRA RUGGED PDA LAUNCHED - Handheld (Oregon, USA) has announced the worldwide premier of the ultra rugged Nautiz X7 PDA. The IP67 rated Nautiz X7 is a one of a kind, ultra rugged PDA with lightning fast processor and more advanced integrated features than any ultra rugged product on the market. http://www.handheldgroup.com/global/files/2009_0908_Handheld_US_Introduces_Nautiz_X7_ultra_rugged_PDA.pdf . STATE OF EUROPE’S FORESTS 2007 - QUESTIONNAIRE - The UNECE/FAO Timber Section has prepared a questionnaire to review and evaluate the use of the report State of Europe’s Forests 2007 (SoEF 2007, available at: http://timber.unece.org/index.php?id=33) as well as to assess the level of satisfaction of its readers in order to provide recommendations for the next report. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=HXxTV8n1brFCGkI5AWnq_2bA_3d_3d OPPORTUNITIES - Several readers of FIU are seeking employment in the forestry field. If you have jobs available and are in need of good people, please consider posting your vacancies in FIU (there is no charge for this service) and the following outlets: http://lists.topica.com/lists/wood http://stateforesters.org/news.html http://www.canadian-forests.com/job.html http://www.cyber-sierra.com/nrjobs/forest.html http://www.devnetjobs.org http://www.foresters.org/portal http://www.forestryusa.com/jobs.htm http://www.HigherEdJobs.com http://www.postdocjobs.com/jobseekers/search_fellowships.shtml http://www.safnet.org/careercenter/classifieds.cfm http://www.careerjet.com http://www.mygreeneducation.com/ http://www.getforestryjobs.net/

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. PROGRAM MANAGER FOR THE WORLD FOREST INSTITUTE - The World Forest Institute (WFI) is seeking a qualified person to fill the position of program manager for its international fellowship program. This is a truly unique fellowship program housed within one of Oregon's beloved non-profit educational institutions-the 45-year-old World Forestry Center. For more information, go to: http://wfi.worldforestry.org/news/4/182/Now-Hiring-Program-Manager-for-the-World-ForestInstitute/d,Homepage%20Display%20Template.html . POSTDOCTORAL POSITION - LANDSCAPE CONNECTIVITY / SPATIAL GRAPH THEORY at the University of Toronto. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Postdoc in landscape connectivity/spatial graph theory with applications in habitat connectivity and landscape genetics. The project will involve developing spatially explicit graph analysis methods relating genetics data and landscape heterogeneity. Ph.D. in Ecology or a related area with expertise in spatial ecology, spatial modeling and quantitative skills (statistics, GIS, programming, modeling). http://www.earthworks-jobs.com/ecology/toronto9081.html Or contact: Marie-Josée Fortin: mariejosee.fortin@utoronto.ca . HEAD OF HARAPAN RAINFOREST, SUMATRA, INDONESIA. Harapan Rainforest is seeking an experienced team leader to lead the implementation of an innovative, large-scale rainforest conservation and restoration initiative in south central Sumatra, Indonesia. The position will entail management of a 100,000ha site (two former logging concessions) now held on long licences for “ecosystem restoration” by a consortium of Burung Indonesia, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, and BirdLife International, collaborating through the Yayasan KEHI foundation. For a detailed job description, please contact Yayasan KEHI, attention Ms. Claudia Stephani c.stephani@harapanrainforest.org. . CONSERVATION GIS INTERNSHIP AT THE SMITHSONIAN - The Conservation GIS Lab at the Smithsonian Conservation & Research Center (CRC) is seeking an intern, to start immediately. The Lab focuses on developing remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications to conservation problems. Contact Melissa Songer at: songerm@si.edu . POST-DOCTORAL SCIENTISTS IN GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY MODELLING (m/f)(01-09-09). UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre – Cambridge, UK. For more information on this role please go to vacancies at www.unep-wcmc.org . FORESTRY OFFICER (WOOD ENERGY), FAO. Location: Rome, Italy. Closing Date: 1 October 2009. FAO is seeking a forestry officer with specialization in wood energy. S/he would be responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing the wood energy program of the FAO’s Forestry Department. http://www.mailprosx.com/mp/link.php?M=115574&N=900&L=3541&F=H . MANAGING DIRECTOR – Timberlands Pacific Ltd is inviting applications for the position of Managing Director based in TP’s new offices in Launceston. TP manages 45,000 hectares of pine plantations in Tasmania and its sister company, Timberlands Ltd, manages 180,000 hectares of plantations in New Zealand. For more information, call Belinda Bird: +64 7 343 1080, email Belinda.bird@tll.co.nz . ERASMUS MUNDUS MASTERS DEGREE PROGRAMME IN EUROPEAN FORESTRY - The MSc EF programme at the Faculty of Forestry, University of Joensuu in Finland, is a 2-year double degree programme and is open to students and professionals from all countries. Minimum requirements for applying to the MSc EF are a good level of English, and a Bachelor's degree in forestry or other related discipline. The next application period to the course that begins in August 2010 will start in autumn 2009. Deadline for applications from non-European nationals is 31 November 2009. For more information go to: http://www.europeanforestry.net . CALL FOR PROPOSALS: GSDI SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM - The Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association is pleased to announce its Small Grants Program for the year 2009-10. * Awards for spatial data infrastructure or EOS-related activities in economically disadvantaged nations.

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Application deadline of 1 October 2009; 4000 words maximum; and, awards of $2500 USD in cash and/or contributed volunteer professional services for the project. For more information, contact grants@gsdi.org . POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER - Lunds University, Sweden Release date: 26 Aug 2009 Lunds University announces a vacant position for a Postdoctoral Researcher (full-time) on Ecosystem Modelling. E-mail address for application copies: registrator@lu.se . POSTDOCTORAL, VEGETATION MODELLING - Leipzig, Germany Release date: 11 Aug 2009 The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ is a research institution within the Helmholtz Association. More detailed information, please, contact PD Dr. Karin Frank, Phone: ++49/ 341/235-1279; E-Mail: karin.frank@ufz.de

HAVE YOU READ? Obtain from your local library or from the sources provided.

THE PUBLICATION LIST . Ecosystem Services Experts Directory - The World Resources Institute (WRI) and other leading international environmental organizations today launched the Ecosystem Services Experts Directory, a public online directory that allows journalists, business leaders, and governments to locate and contact specialists in ecosystem services. http://wri.pr-optout.com/Url.aspx?520356x2850890x1406752 . The Overstory #222. Forests and human health in the tropics: some important connections. By C.J.P. Colfer, D. Sheil, D. Kaimowitz and M. Kishi. September 14, 2009. Email: overstory@agroforestry.net . Asia-Pacific Forestry Sector Outlook Study Papers - Publisher: FAO, 2009. Papers submitted for the second Asia-Pacific Forestry Sector Outlook Study (APFSOS II), coordinated by FAO, have been made available on the FAO website. Documents include country case studies from Asia-Pacific and analysis papers that focus on current issues and trends in the region’s forest sector. http://www.mailprosx.com/mp/link.php?M=115574&N=900&L=3540&F=H . Call for Papers on "Hydro-ecological and Eco-environmental Frequency Analysis and Copula" for a special issue of International Journal of Ecology and Development (IJED). Deadline for Full Paper Submission: 20 November 2009. For more information, contact: Prof.eslamian@gmail.com

ARTICLES OF INTEREST

BIODIVERSITY . Corey J.A. Bradshaw, Ian G. Warkentin, Navjot S. Sodhi. Urgent preservation of boreal carbon stocks and biodiversity. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. p541. http://www.cell.com/trends/ecology-evolution/abstract/S0169-5347(09)00189-X . The economics of ecosystems and biodiversity – an interim report. European Communities, 2008. http://www.unep.org/greeneconomy/docs/TEEB_English.pdf

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. Two Extinct Bat Species Discovered in Museum Collections. Biological Conservation Newsletter. No. 297. September 2009. http://botany.si.edu/pubs/bcn/issue/latest.htm . Marc-André Villard, Bengt Gunnar Jonsson. Biodiversity as Patient: Diagnoses and Treatment (p 34). Conservation Biology. Volume 23 Issue 1, Pages 1 - 239 (February 2009). http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/121572131/HTMLSTART . Adrian C. Newton, Luis Cayuela et al. Toward Integrated Analysis of Human Impacts on Forest Biodiversity: Lessons from Latin America. Ecology and Society. Volume 14, No. 2, 2009 – Synthesis. http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/articles/2847.html CLASSIFICATION/MAPPING . Mapping Tropical Forest from Space. How best to map tropical forest biomass from space using radar is the focus of ESA's Tropisar airborne campaign. GIM International. August 2009. http://www.gim-international.com/news/id4028-Mapping_Tropical_Forest_from_Space.html . Andy C. Stirling and Ian Scoones. From Risk Assessment to Knowledge Mapping: Science, Precaution, and Participation in Disease Ecology. Ecology and Society. Vol. 14, No. 2 (2009). http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/articles/2980.html

CLIMATE CHANGE/CARBON . Heads Up! Early Warning Systems for Climate, Water and Weather-related Hazards. United Nations 2009 Price: USD $19.00. Binding: Hardback 120 pages. Stock Number: UN117. ISBN: 9789280811698. http://www.earthprint.com/productfocus.php?id=UN117&q=9789280811698 . Jeff St. John. California-Based Forestry Carbon Offset Rules Go National. Carbon Management . September 8, 2009. http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/california-based-forestry-carbon-offset-rules-go-national/ . Jeff St. John. Finite Carbon, Forest Carbon Credit Specialist, Opens Shop. Carbon Management. July 14, 2009. http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/finite-carbon-forest-carbon-credit-specialist-opens-shop/ . Review: Forest Project Protocol v3.0. Climate Action Reserve. 1 September 2009. http://www.carbonpositive.net/viewFile.aspx?FileID=155 . Georgia Forestry Commission and Oglethorpe Power Partner to Replant Wildfire-Devastated Forest. Presser. http://news.prnewswire.com/DisplayReleaseContent.aspx?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-262009/0005083701&EDATE=

INVENTORY/MONITORING . ImageTree, GeoEye and MJ Harden Sign Agreements to Develop Cost-Effective Forest Inventory Solutions. The three companies have signed an agreement enable them to cooperatively create, market, sell and deliver management inventory solutions to the forestry industry. Presser. Details are in the attached and following news release at. http://www.imagetreecorp.com/pressreleases/7_1_2009.html

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. Value of Satellites for Conserving Wetlands. GIM International. November 2008. http://www.gim-international.com/news/id3421-Value_of_Satellites_for_Conserving_Wetlands.html . Finn Danelsen, Neil D. Burgess et al. Local Participation in Natural Resource Monitoring: a Characterization of Approaches (p 31-42). Conservation Biology. Volume 23 Issue 1, Pages 1 - 239 (February 2009). http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/121411028/abstract . Abel G. Wolman. Measurement and Meaningfulness in Conservation Science. Conservation Biology. Volume 20, Issue 6, Date: December 2006, Pages: 1626-1634. http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/120829722/abstract

MISCELLANEOUS . Bhutan: E-forestry for Forest Clearances by 2010. Source: southasianmedia.net. August 29, 2009. http://www.unpan.org/PublicAdministrationNews/tabid/115/mctl/ArticleView/ModuleID/1467/articleId/1985 1/default.aspx . C.J.P. Colfer, D. Sheil, D. Kaimowitz and M. Kishi. Forests and human health in the tropics: some important connections. Unasylva No. 224. Vol. 57, 2006/2. FAO, Rome. http://www.fao.org/docrep/009/a0789e/a0789e00.htm . Bob MacCuish. Does money grow on trees? Clearwater Times. 7 September 2009. http://www.bclocalnews.com/bc_thompson_nicola/clearwatertimes/opinion/57383517.html

REMOTE SENSING/GIS . Russell G. Congalton and Kass Green, Assessing the Accuracy of Remotely Sensed Data— Principles and Practices (Second edition), CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL (2009) ISBN 978-1-4200-5512-2 183 pp., Price: $99.95. Reviewed by Jan Clevers in: International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, In Press, Corrected Proof. Available online 28 August 2009. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6X2F-4X3MRD41&_user=10&_coverDate=08%2F28%2F2009&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&_docanchor=&vie w=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=249e5752db097de765ac932e9 28be69e . A. P. J. De Roo. Modeling runoff and sediment transport in catchments using GIS. Hydrological Processes. Volume 12, Issue 6, Date: May 1998, Pages: 905-922. http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/4197/abstract . Milan Tung-Wen Sun, Yun-Tung Tsai, Mei-Chiang Shih, Jessica Yu-Wen Lin. Public participation and the concept of space in environmental governance: An application of PPGIS. Public Administration and Development. Volume 29, Issue 3, Date: August 2009, Pages: 250-261. http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/122386159/abstract RESOURCE ANALYSIS/MODELING . Kumar, S., and Stohlgren, T. J. (2009). Maxent modeling for predicting suitable habitat for threatened and endangered tree Canacomyrica monticola in New Caledonia. Journal of Ecology and Natural Environment 1(4): 94-98.

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http://www.academicjournals.org/jene/PDF/Pdf2009/July/Kumar%20and%20Stohlgren.pdf . Hayri Önal. A computationally convenient diversity measure: Theory and application. Environmental and Resource Economics. Volume 9, Number 4 / June, 1997. http://www.springerlink.com/content/w02724118586r881/?p=4448fbecfa0c488ba3062a4a7b8f2b67&pi=6 . Erfu Dai, Shaohong Wu, Wenzhong Shi, Chui-kwan Cheung and Ahmed Shaker. Modeling ChangePattern-Value Dynamics on Land Use: An Integrated GIS and Artificial Neural Networks Approach. Environmental Management, Volume 36, Number 4 / October, 2005. http://www.springerlink.com/content/b241168w421n1460/fulltext.pdf

SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT . Jeff Duda. Evaluating Teak and Timber Investment Opportunities. NuWire Investor. Published on: Friday, September 04, 2009. http://www.nuwireinvestor.com/howtos/evaluating-teak-and-timber-investment-opportunities-53585.aspx . Abensperg-Traun, M. 2009. CITES, sustai nable use of wild species and incentive-driven conservation in developing countries, with an emphasis on southern Africa. Biol. Conserv. 142(5):948-963. . Menton, M. C. S., F. D. Merry, A. Lawrence, and N. Brown. 2009. Company–community logging contracts in Amazonian settlements: impacts on livelihoods and NTFP harvests. Ecology and Society 14 (1): 39 http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol14/iss1/art39/ . Conversion of forests, farms, and rangeland to development slows overall. Detail from the recently-released study – Forests, Farms, & People: Land Use Change on Non-Federal Land in Oregon, 1974-2005 – is published by the Oregon Department of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station. http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/RESOURCE_PLANNING/docs/Low_Res_Forest_farms_8_9_09.pdf . ECO2 Forests Inc. is now publicly traded Under the Symbol 'ECOF'. Presser. http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/news.html?d=172808

CAPTURED ON VIDEO Download videos from the web or from the sources provided.

PUTTING OUT FOREST FIRES One method firefighters used to counter the 2005 Volcan Fire in California was to drop flame retardant from a helicopter.

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YOU'RE INVITED! For a more complete listing of upcoming inventory and monitoring related meetings, see:

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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/infomeets/ http://www.agnic.org/mtg/index.html http://www.asprs.org/asprs/meetings/calendar.html http://www.conferencealerts.com/ http://www.efi.int/events http://www.efi.int/portal/news___events/events/event_calendar/ http://www.etfrn.org/etfrn/resource/frames/agenda.html http://www.fao.org/forestry/for/forc/free/education/courses.asp http://www.iufro.org/events/calendar-of-meetings/ http://www.safnet.org/meetings/index.cfm www.conferencealerts.com . SDplanNet-Asia & Pacific would like to invite you to participate in the network’s first annual conference to be held from 16-18 September 2009 at the Conrad Hotel Bangkok, Thailand. For further information and registration, please contact network coordinator at coordinator@sdplannet-ap.org . 21-25 September 2009. Conference on Spatial Information Theory: COSIT '09. Location: France. COSIT aims to bring together researchers from different disciplines for intensive scientific exchanges. The ninth International Conference on Spatial Information Theory, COSIT 2009, is especially concerned with theoretical aspects of space, time, and spatial information. For more information, go to http://www.cosit.info/ . 21-22 September 2009 - 11th Annual BIOECON Conference on Economic Instruments to Enhance the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity. Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli Venice, Italy. http://www.bioecon.ucl.ac.uk/04_11_ann-conf.htm . 30 September 2009 – A repeat offering for those who missed Remsoft’s Tracking changes in carbon stocks in live biomass & wood products and carbon credits under an emissions trading scheme webinar on Wednesday August 13th. Time is 1:00 pm EDT / 10:00 am PDT. https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/398273936 . 5 to 15 October 2009. International Training Course on Participatory Integrated Watershed Management; at Godavari, Kathmandu, Nepal. http://www.forestrynepal.org/event/4255 . 12-16 October 2009. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is hosting a celebratory scientific conference on 12-16 October 2009, Plant Conservation for the Next Decade: A Celebration of Kew's 250th Anniversary. Kew now invites interested parties to submit abstracts for posters and oral presentations, to be considered for inclusion in this exciting conference. http://botany.si.edu/pubs/bcn/issue/latest.htm#call . 13-16 October 2009. 2nd International Conference on Wind Effects on Trees. Freiburg, Germany. http://www.wind2009.uni-freiburg.de/ . 14-16 October 2009. Silvilaser 2009, the 9th international conference on lidar applications for assessing forest ecosystems. Texas A&M University (Campus Map), Rudder Theatre. College Station, TX, USA. http://silvilaser.tamu.edu/ . 14-16 October 2009. Processing and Classification of Satellite Imagery. Thematic Session within the VipIMAGE2009 - II ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Computational Vision and Medical Image Processing. Porto, Portugal. www.fe.up.pt/~vipimage and

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http://paginas.fe.up.pt/~vipimage/conference/thematic_sessions.html . 18-23 October 2009. XIII World Forestry Congress. Buenos Aires – Argentina. http://www.wfc2009.org/en/index.asp . 21 October 2009. In preparation for Copenhagen 2009, the XIII World Forests Congress invites the global forest community to a Forum on Forests and Climate Change, a unique occasion for debate which aims to produce a recommendation of a technical nature, which will be presented to the UNCCC COP 15. http://www.fao.org/forestry/foris/wfc/15e.pdf . 22-22 October 2009. 6th International Oak Society Conference. Puebla, Mexico. Contact: Maricela Rodriguez-Coombes, herbario.jardinbotanico(at)mail.buap.mx http://www.internationaloaksociety.org/home . 20-23 October 2009. The international conference, Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G), will be held in Sydney, Australia, and is now open for registration. http://2009.foss4g.org/ . 27–28 October 2009. 2nd Call for Papers: Decentralization, Power and Tenure Rights of ForestDependent People. Sadguru Foundation, Gujarat, India. Submission deadline: 10 August 2009. Download details at: http://www.mailprosx.com/mp/link.php?M=115574&N=663&L=2199&F=H . 28-30 October 2009. Introduction to Wetland Remote Sensing and Mapping. Abdalla Hall, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. For more information contact Lindsey A. Broussard: Intern, National Wetlands Research Center/USGS. 337-266-8502. Email: lindsey_broussard@usgs.gov . 3 November 2009. 2009 International Workshop on Location Based Social Networks (LBSN 09). Seattle, WA, USA. Held in conjunction with the 17th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems. Adding a location dimension to online social networking. http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/xingx/LBSN2009.htm and http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/xingx/LBSN2009.htm . 6 November 2009. Forum on non-timber forest resources. Nanaimo, British Columbia. E-mail: bcwild@royalroads.ca Website: http://buybcwild.com/2009-ntfr-forum . 23-27 November 2009. The East Asian Seas Congress 2009. Manila, Philippines. The international conference theme is "Partnerships at Work: Local Implementation and Good Practices". Email: Congress@pemsea.org Website: www.pemsea.org/eascongress . 26 to 28 November 2009. VII International Pensa Conference Economic Crisis: Food, Fiber and Bioenergy Chain. Sao Paulo, Brazil. Contact email/website: ipc@pensaconference.org http://www.pensaconference.org . 13 December 2009. Forest Day 3. Copenhagen, Denmark. Forest Day 3 will take place alongside the 15th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and will be hosted by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, the Government of Denmark, and CIFOR. http://www.mailprosx.com/mp/link.php?M=115574&N=784&L=3173&F=H . 14-18 December 2009. NH03: Remote Sensing of Natural Hazards during the Fall AGU meeting to

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be held in San Francisco, USA. You are invited to submit your abstract for presentation (oral and poster) by September 3, 2009. For more details, go to: http://www.agu.org/meetings/fm09/program/scientific_session_search.php?show=detail&sessid=269 . 28-30 December. ICECS - Dubai 2009: The 2nd International Conference on Environmental and Computer Science http://www.icecs.org/ . 2 February 2010. World Wetlands Day 2010 - Wetlands, Biodiversity, and Climate Change. http://ramsar.org/wwd/10/wwd2010_advance.htm . 10-15 February, 2010. GEOProcessing 2010: The Second International Conference on Advanced Geographic Information Systems, Applications, and Services. St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles. Submission deadline: October 5, 2009. General page: http://www.iaria.org/conferences2010/GEOProcessing10.html Call for Papers: http://www.iaria.org/conferences2010/CfPGEOProcessing10.html . 8–19 March 2010. International Training Event: Third Executive Forest Policy Short Course – Enhancing Forest Policy in the Greater Mekong Subregion. RECOFTC, Bangkok, Thailand, Registration deadline: 31 December 2009> http://www.mailprosx.com/mp/link.php?M=115574&N=900&L=3523&F=H . 12-14 April, 2010. International Conference on the Efforts in Response to Forest-Related Natural Disasters. The 1st Forest Science Forum. Beijing, China. http://www.gfsf2010.org/ . 23-28 August 2010. XXIII IUFRO World Congress "Forests for the Future: Sustaining Society and the Environment", Seoul, Republic of Korea. Invitation: http://www.iufro.org/auth/events/congresses/world-congress-2010/ 1st Announcement: http://www.iufro2010.com/text/upload/1st_Announcement.pdf . Forestry Information Session - At the World Forestry Congress there will be a session on “The evolving role of information specialists in today’s rapidly changing world: are libraries still relevant?” Visit: http://www.cfm2009.org/ Contact: vanda.ferreira(at)fao.org . 4-6 May 2010. International Biomass Conference & Expo. Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. http://www.biomassconference.com/ . 11-14 May 2010. 13th AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science: “Geospatial Thinking”. Guimarães, Portugal. Call for Papers. Go to: http://agile2010.dsi.uminho.pt . July 20-23, 2010. Accuracy 2010. International Spatial Accuracy Research Association (ISARA). Ninth International Symposium on Spatial Accuracy Assessment in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. Leicester, UK. http://www.accuracy2010.org/ . 27 September-1 October 2010. Recent Advances in Quantitative Remote Sensing, to be held in Valencia, Spain, from. For further information please visit the website at http://ipl.uv.es/raqrs

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WHILE SURFING THE WEB…INTERESTING LINKS For a complete listing of links go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/forest_information_update/ . The World Spatial Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is the most comprehensive global spatial dataset on marine and terrestrial protected areas available. http://free-gis-data.blogspot.com/2009/04/world-spatial-database-on-protected.html . ConserveOnline is a ‘one-stop’ online public library created and maintained by The Nature Conservancy in partnership with other conservation organizations. The library makes conservation tools, techniques, and experience available to a broad community of conservation practitioners. http://www.mailprosx.com/mp/link.php?M=115574&N=900&L=3559&F=H

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