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International Year of Forests

The 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, ecosystems, 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.” 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.

U.S. National Campaign Web site

The Forest Service has partnered with the National Association of State Foresters to create a national campaign with the tagline, “Celebrate Forests. Celebrate Life.” A comprehensive website, community toolkit to support celebrations of forests across the country and a list of national events and resources to aid organizations and families nationwide in their celebrations of forests is available at www.celebrateforests.com.


News Release: The UN International Year of Forests 2011 Kicks Off

"Celebrate Forests. Celebrate Life." US Campaign Gears Up

Use of the UN IYOF LOGO

The Forest Service has obtained approval to use the International Year of Forests logo. For reporting purposes, the UN will be informed of Forest Service events and informational materials for which the logo is used. The International Year of Forests logo is primarily intended for three kinds of promotional use: information, fundraising and use by a commercial entity. Parties outside the UN system(e.g. partners and stakeholders) may use the logo after obtaining approval from the UN Forum on Forests Secretariat in accordance with the requirements outlined in the UN Logo Use Guidelines.


UN Calendar of Events for IYOF

The Forests 2011 website www.un.org/forests will host a searchable calendar of events. All organizations are encouraged to organize activities to be showcased on this website. For more information, email forests@un.org

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