The whole idea of the Internet is connections: making connections and using them to share information. The effect is potentially a significant
decentralizing and democratizing of the control of information. While information is still predominantly controlled by large corporations and governments, now anyone with a personal computer and an ISP
account can publish whatever he/she wants. By registering with search engines, he/she can be found as easily as Weyerhauser or Boise Cascade--or the US Forest Service or the Massachusetts Bureau of
The first section of Forestry Web Sites is actually mostly from a fellow consulting forester, Joe Zorzin of Housatonic, MA, aka Der Yankee Forestmeister. Joe's web site has been up since early 1997.
The second section on Agroforestry Web Sites is from a search I did last winter. This page will be updated soon. The page on The Big Picture gives some background and lists some of my favorite political,
economic and environmental sites. The Books & Periodicals page will provide links to selected books and publications on forestry that you can order online.
The Internet offers many online open forums for questions and answers, discussion and debate. There are two Usenet forestry
newsgroups: alt.forestry and bionet.agroforestry. The former has been online for about two years, and is frequented by consulting foresters, loggers, landowners, and the occasional
government or academic forester. Discussions are generally of a practical nature, with people writing in questions for which they receive professional answers. Other discussions tend to be about
the broader environmental, political and economic aspects of forestry.
Bionet.agroforestry has been around for over five years. Soon after its inception, discussions moved from exclusively
agroforestry issues to more general forestry issues. This was due to the relative lack of interest in agroforestry, and the absense of Usenet forestry newsgroups at the time. With alt.forestry
now well established, bionet.agroforestry seems to be going back to its original mission.
See the online instructions
on how to subscribe to Usenet newsgroups. Then call up your ISP for more specific instructions on how to connect to their newsgroup server. When you want to read postings to the newsgroups, you can just click on their names and receive all the messages that are on the server.
List servers send messages from subscribers to all the other subscribers via email. Saf-news
is the list server of the Society of American Foresters, and is open to anyone. While most subscribers are foresters and members of SAF, there are also some very vocal environmental advocates. Debates and discussions focus on the mission of forestry and forest policy issues of all sorts. To subscribe to saf-news, go to the
SAF web site and sign up.
is the international list server for forest scientists from all around the world. Most questions and answers are of a technical nature. There are also announcements of publications and job openings, plus some debates on broader policy issues. There are online
instructions on how to subscribe. Past postings to this list are archived at this same site.
The Northeastern Forestry Reformation is a list server for northeastern forestry issues. You can subscribe directly from this page by going to the nefr-list web page at Topica
(the company that host this list) and clicking on the "subscribe" button
. For more information on this list, see the NEFR List page on this web site.
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