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Policy Update Week of October 11, 2010

SAF ACTIONS

  1. SAF Submits Comments for EPA Call for Information Regarding Biogenic Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    To read SAF's submission click here: http://www.eforester.org/fp/positionstatements.cfm#cc

  2. SAF Sent a Letter From 114 Scientists and Academics to the US Congress Expressing Concerns Regarding Biomass Energy

    To read the letter click here: http://www.eforester.org/fp/policy.cfm

  3. SAF has launched a new Application for Smart Phones (i.e. Droid, iPhone). The link to purchase it is on our homepage. It features common forestry formulas including interest calculations, basal area, growth percentage, relative spacing, log scales acres/hectare conversions and more.

    For more information on the application click here: http://www.eforester.org/apps/

In the Administration

  1. EPA Lays Out Five-Year Plan on Agency Priorities
      U.S. EPA Newsroom, October 7th

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued its fiscal year (FY) 2011 to 2015 strategic plan, which provides a blueprint for advancing EPA's mission and Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's priorities.

    This plan presents five strategic goals for advancing the agency's environmental and human-health mission, accompanied by five cross-cutting fundamental strategies that seek to adapt the EPA's work inside and outside of the agency to meet the growing environmental protection needs of the day. The plan will guide the agency to foster a renewed commitment to new possibilities for achieving the vision of a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable environment.To read more of this article link to: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/60a5ce970092692e852577b5005c4ff3?OpenDocument

  2. Agency Cuts Back Logging in Oregon Roadless Area
      The Associated Press, Published by Jeff Barnard, October 6th

    The U.S. Forest Service announced Wednesday it is going ahead with plans to log inside a roadless area in Oregon to reduce the danger of wildfire, but over a much smaller area than originally planned.

    The Umpqua National Forest announced it will publish Friday the final environmental impact statement on the D-Bug timber sale, which is designed to reduce wildfire danger around the Diamond Lake and Lemolo Lake resort areas. To read more of this article link to: http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9IMDJ701.htm

  3. Cost Concerns Weakened Forest Service's Assault on Station Fire, Study Says
      The L.A. Times, Published by Paul Pringle, October 11th

    A desire to control costs slowed the arrival of "critical resources" in the attack on last year's disastrous Station fire as the U.S. Forest Service delayed ordering reinforcements from other agencies that had crews and equipment at the ready, according to an internal federal review. To read more of this article link to: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-station-fire-20101011,0,6110902.story

Last Week in Congress

  1. Congress is in recess until the election period concludes.

This Week in Congress

  1. Congress is in recess until the election period concludes.

National News

  1. Briefing on New Trucking Requirements and the impact on Forestry Operations

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA) program is scheduled to be rolled out nationwide by the end of this year, replacing the current "SafeStat" system of tracking and evaluating trucking fleets' safety performance. The program introduces a new method of assembling safety performance data, of linking the performance of individual drivers and rigs to an evaluation of the whole fleet, and a new, graduated system of demerits and penalties.

    For more information link to: http://fra.peachnewmedia.com/store/seminar/seminar.php?seminar=6323

  2. As Fraser Blaze Burns, Beetle-Kill Removal Has Barely Begun
      The Denver Post, Published by Bruce Finley, October 9th

    The beetle-killed lodgepole pines that fueled a 473-acre wildfire near Fraser this week are exactly the sort of threat federal foresters are supposed to be removing across Colorado, based on priorities in place since 2003. Yet today, the federal government's beetle-kill tree-removal program has barely begun. To read more of this article link to: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_16293726



In the States: South Dakota, Wyoming, and Georgia

  1. Forest Near Mount Rushmore Suffers Beetle Attack
      NPR, Published by Charles Ray, October 6th

    The Black Hills of South Dakota are turning brown. Thousands of acres of pine trees in the central part of the hills have been killed by mountain pine beetles, and Mount Rushmore National Memorial is near the center of the epidemic. National Park officials are taking drastic measures to help the forest around Rushmore survive the onslaught. The monument is now in the middle of the biggest thinning operation in its history. To read more of this article link to: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130053576

  2. Beetle-Kill Epidemic a Boon for Wyoming's Timber Industry?
      Rapid City Journal, Published by Jeremy Pelzer, October 12th

    Anyone who thinks the mountain bark beetle epidemic is all bad for Wyoming hasn't bought a log cabin from Randy Olson.

    For three decades, Olson has run a company in Cody that makes premade log cabins and log houses - a manufacturing process that resembles playing with life-sized Lincoln Logs.

    But last year, Olson expanded his operation to Encampment, a small town near the Colorado border, to take advantage of the abundance of beetle-killed lumber logged from the nearby Medicine Bow National Forest.

    Now, he's looking to eventually expand his six-man operation to 10 - a significant work force in a town of 400, where jobs have been hard to come by since the local lumber mill closed more than a decade ago.To read more of this article link to: http://www.timberbuysell.com/Community/DisplayNews.asp?id=6794

  3. The Buzz on Biomass
      Gwinnett Business Journal, October 9th

    If you've heard the buzz about renewable energy lately, it's probably news stories and discussion about using solar and wind energy as alternatives to coal and natural gas. But listen up, another renewable energy is about to become very hot in Georgia.

    Believe it or not, biomass energy, which is often produced by burning grass, woodchips and other organic materials, is the second most popular form of renewable energy. Your home or business may be one of the over two million it already provides electricity for in the U.S.

    Southern Company, the parent company of Georgia Power and one of the U.S.'s leading producers of electricity, is investing heavily in renewable biomass energy. To read more of this article link to: http://www.timberbuysell.com/Community/DisplayNews.asp?id=6776



Wildfire Update

  1. Beetle-Killed Trees Pose Problem For Firefighters
      CBS4 Denver, October 9th

    The Church's Park wild fire near Fraser is now 70 percent contained. Now the Forest Service is looking for a man who was spotted riding a dirt bike near Crooked Creek Road last Sunday. They hope he can help investigators determine how the fire started.

    One of the biggest challenges for fire crews is the number of dead trees on Sheep Mountain. Beetle kill is such a problem that firefighters can't go inside the perimeter for fear of falling trees. To read more of this article link to: http://cbs4denver.com/news/beetle.killed.trees.2.1955184.html

  2. Fire Will Burn Until Snow Flies
      Ski-Hi Daily News, October 6th

    The U.S. Forest Service says that the public can expect to see smoke and burning in the interior of the Church Park Fire until snow covers the ground.

    The fire, which has burned some 530 acres, is located approximately five miles west of Fraser on the south side of Sheep Mountain and is burning on National Forest System and Bureau of Land Management lands. To read more of this article link to: http://www.skyhidailynews.com/article/20101006/NEWS/101009937/1079&ParentProfile=1067



Additional Information:

. The SAF National Office serves as the voice of professional forestry through its active role in several forestry, natural resources, and agricultural groups and coalitions…

25 x '25 (www.25x25.org) - SAF is a proud member of 25 x '25 and currently sits on its Sustainability Working Group. The goal of 25 x '25 is to have 25% of our energy needs being fulfilled by renewable resources from our nation's farms, ranches, forests, and other lands by 2025.

Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases (www.continentalforestdialogue.org) - SAF sits on the organization's Steering Committee and assists in its mission of "cultivating and catalyzing collaborative action among diverse interests to abate the threat to North American forests from non-native insects and diseases." The 4th meeting summary of the Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases is now available online at: http://www.continentalforestdialogue.org/documents/meetings/2008-11/index.html

Additional groups in which SAF plays a role include:

Core Group of the Roundtable on Sustainable Forests" (http://www.sustainableforests.net/index.php)

Forest Carbon Education Group. The FCEG's Guidance Document on Managed Forests in Climate Change policy can be viewed on the SAF Policy Webpage: http://www.eforester.org/fp/documents/managedforests_12-14-07.pdf

Wildland Fire Leadership Council

Western Governors' Association Forest Health Advisory Committee

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