Guide for green loggers

  The Forest Trust, a non-profit group in Santa Fe, says logging doesn't have to flatten forests. In a new publication, the group describes the work of more than 30 groups that both provide jobs and conserve resources in rural communities. Forest-Based Rural Development Practitioners features mainly non-profit groups in California, New Mexico and eastern states, but it also lists a few in Montana, Oregon, Colorado and Idaho. A common thread of locally controlled development runs through the one-page profiles of each organization. In one innovative partnership, California's Hoopa Tribal Forestry group is writing a 10-year plan for the tribal logging company. The plan spells out how the tribe will harvest fish, basket materials, acorns and mushrooms, in addition to logs, which are the main source of tribal income. Another group, the non-profit Madera Forest Products Association in Vallecitos, N.M., contracts with the Forest Service to control erosion, thin trees and harvest logs for adobe structures, while also providing local jobs. To receive the free booklet, write the Forest Trust, Box 519, Santa Fe, N.M. 87504 (505/983-8992).