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Policy Update Week of November 15, 2010

SAF ACTIONS

  1. SAF, Yankee Division and Massachusetts's SAF Comment on Massachusetts Draft Biomass Regulations

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

  2. 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

  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 Issues Guidance on Permits for Greenhouse Gas Emissions
      The Solar Home & Business Journal, Published by Michael Balchunas, November 11th

    In response to a U.S. Supreme Court decision, the United States is preparing, for the first time, to cover greenhouse gas emissions from the largest stationary sources with permitting regulations under the Clean Air Act.

    The federal Environmental Protection Agency issued information and technical materials Wednesday, Nov. 10, to assist states and local permitting authorities in applying the law. The guidance materials outline flexible processes that have been used to regulate other air pollutants for more than 30 years, through many political administrations. The agency stressed that its guidance "does not establish a new approach" for authorities to use on greenhouse gas emissions. To read more of this article link to: http://solarhbj.com/news/epa-issues-guidance-on-permits-for-greenhouse-gas-emissions-01105

  2. Markey: Grijalva Drops Bid to be Top Democrat on Natural Resources
      The Hill, Published by Darren Goode, November 16th

    Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) is dropping his bid to be top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, paving the way for Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) to take the mantle unchallenged, a Markey spokesman said.

    "It is my understanding that Mr. Grijalva is no longer challenging Mr. Markey for the ranking member position," Markey spokesman Eben Burnham-Snyder told E2. To read more of this article click here.

  3. Legal High Fliers Flock to Challenge and Defend EPA Climate Regs
      The New York Times, Published by Lawrence Hurley of Greenwire, November 15th

    The list is a who's who of the Washington legal community. A former U.S. solicitor general, the former dean of Stanford Law School and lawyers who have held senior positions in various administrations all find themselves in the same legal arena: fighting -- and defending -- U.S. EPA's greenhouse gas regulations. To read more of this article click here.

  4. Obama Faces Tough Fight Over EPA's Carbon Emission Rules, Beinecke Says
      Bloomberg, Published by Jim EfstathiouJr, November 15th

    President BarackObama must fight to defend rules cutting global-warming emissions that some lawmakers have vowed to block, said Frances Beinecke, head of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

    The Environmental Protection Agency rules covering major polluters such as power plants and similar actions that don't require congressional approval are Obama's best chance to curb greenhouse-gas emissions in the near future, Beinecke said today. Obama failed this year to push climate-change legislation through a Congress controlled by fellow Democrats. Republicans, who will control the House next year, opposed the measure. To read more of this article click here.

  5. Forest Service Keeps Eye on Timber Industry Health
      ABC News Denver, Published by Catherine Tsai Associated Press, November 15th

    A strong wood-products industry is key to removing thousands of dead, bark beetle-infested trees that threaten to topple onto roads, power lines and campsites or harm watersheds around the West, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said Monday.

    Members of the timber industry, meanwhile, say they need more sustainable sources of logs and a stronger market for them to stay healthy.

    Beetles that burrow under the bark of trees have killed about 21.5 million acres in the interior West, or more than 33,000 square miles, Tidwell said at a bark beetle summit hosted by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter. To read more of this article click here.

Last Week in Congress

  1. To View Election Results click here: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/

This Week in Congress

  1. Congress Reconvened at 2 PM Monday November 15th

National News

  1. LEED Revision Tightens Energy-Efficiency Standards With New Credits, Categories
      The New York Times, Published by Amanda Peterka of Greenwire, November 11th

    The first of two public comment sessions opened this week on changes proposed for the U.S. Green Building Council's rating system for sustainable and energy-efficient buildings.

    The update to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, rating system will build upon a 2009 revision. The proposed changes, put together by USGBC's technical advisory committees, include three new credit categories and a variety of reworked and new credits and prerequisites. They touch each of the rating system's sections, including building design and construction, operations and maintenance, and LEED for homes. To read more of this article click here.

  2. Interior West Forests on Verge of Becoming Net Carbon Emitter
      The New York Times, Published by April Reese of Greenwire, November 11th

    Forests in the Interior West could soon flip from carbon sink to carbon source, forest experts say.

    The region's forests once absorbed and stored more carbon from the atmosphere than they released. But huge conflagrations -- like the 138,000-acre Hayman Fire in Colorado in 2002 and the Yellowstone fires of 1988, which scorched 1.2 million acres -- combined with a series of severe bark beetle infestations and disease outbreaks, have left large swaths of dead, decomposing trees in almost every major Western forest. To read more of this article link to: http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2010/11/11/11greenwire-interior-west-forests-on-verge-of-becoming-net-78105.html

  3. Ritter Holds Beetle-Kill Summit
      The Denver Post, Published by Catherine Tsai Associated Press, November 16th

    A strong wood-products industry is key to removing thousands of dead, bark-beetle-infested trees that threaten to topple onto roads, power lines and campsites or harm watersheds across the West, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said Monday.

    Beetles that burrow under bark have killed about 21.5 million acres of trees in the interior West, or more than 33,000 square miles, Tidwell said at a bark-beetle summit hosted by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter.

    The Forest Service estimates about 98,000 trees are falling each day, but government funding can't keep up with how many must be cut to protect watersheds, people and infrastructure. To read more of this article link to: http://www.denverpost.com/search/ci_16623613

  4. Cap-and-Trade Exchange Calls It Quits
      The New York Times, Published by John Collins Rudolf of Greenwire, November 17th

    The only national carbon cap-and-trade exchange in the United States is shutting down because of Congressional inaction on limiting emissions, company officials say.

    The Chicago Climate Exchange is a voluntary but legally binding greenhouse gas emissions allowance trading system modeled after a federal cap-and-trade program from the 1980s that successfully curbed emissions tied to acid rain. To read more of this article link to: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/17/climate-futures-exchange-calls-it-quits/?partner=rss&emc=rss

In the States: Oregon, Colorado and New Jersey

  1. Spotted Owl Plan Comment Deadline Extended
      The Times-Standard, November 13th

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has extended the public comment period on a draft plan for recovery of the protected northern spotted owl. Public comments on the draft revised recovery plan will be accepted through Dec. 15, 30 days past the original deadline of Nov. 15. The final plan is expected to be complete early in 2011. The owl has been on the endangered species list since 1990. To read more of this article link to: http://www.times-standard.com/localnews/ci_16603433

  2. Udall Asks For Assessment of Impact of Bark Beetle Epidemic on Forest Safety, Health Detailed Review by Forest Service
    Would Help Target Resources, Prevent Wildfire and Other Impacts to Water Supply, Tourism
      Fire Engineering, November 15th

    U.S. Senator Mark Udall called on the U.S. Forest Service to review steps it has taken to fight the bark beetle epidemic, which has left millions of acres of dead and dying lodgepole pines across the forests of Colorado, Wyoming and the Mountain West. The assessment would highlight the progress, lessons learned and the obstacles encountered in addressing and responding to the natural disaster. To read more of this article link to: http://www.fireengineering.com/index/articles/Wire_News_Display.1303881056.html

  3. Tiny Southern Pine Beetles Chew Through 14,000 Acres of N.J. Pinelands
      The Star-Ledger, Published by Brian Murray, November 13th

    While only an eighth of an inch in size, the tiny southern pine beetle has taken a huge bite out of New Jersey's treasured pinelands this year - 14,000 acres and counting, according to authorities. The devastation to South Jersey's rare piney habitat is about seven to 10 times that of any other year since the tiny bug first emerged as a pest in the Garden State in 2001. To read more of this article link to: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/11/tiny_southern_pine_beetles_che.html

Wildfire Update

  1. NFPA Examines Burden of Wildfires on U.S. Fire Service
      Firehouse News, Published by Ed Ballam, November 18th

    The U.S. fire service responds to nearly 1,000 brush, grass and forest fires every day, representing nearly a quarter of all calls reported to local fire departments.hat statistic was noted in a report recently issued by the NFPA as the organization looked at the burden of vegetation and wildland fires on the fire service. To read more of this article link to:
    http://www.firehouse.com/news/top-headlines/nfpa-examines-burden-wildfires-us-fire-service

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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