International Year of ForestsThe United Nations (UN) General Assembly has declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to bolster efforts to promote sustainable management, conservation and development of forests worldwide. In 2011, the U.S. Forest Service – in partnership with other organizations -- will host/coordinate many activities to celebrate the International Year of Forests.
The International Year of the Forest provides an excellent platform to increase awareness of the connections between healthy forests, ecosytems, people and economies, said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. It also is an opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments, reach out to new audiences, and work with partners across all landscapes, he said. Chief Tidwell goes on to say that the Forest Service will incorporate the International Year of the Forest theme "into plans for annual public events such as Earth Day, Arbor Day, National Get Outdoors Day, National Public Lands Day, Weeks Act Commemorations or other appropriate community gatherings."