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Policy Update Week of November 8, 2010


  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 New GHG Permitting Guidelines
      Environmental Protection, November 10th
    EPA today announced it is making available guidance and tools to help state and local air permitting authorities identify pollution reduction options for greenhouse gases (GHGs) under the Clean Air Act. These tools are part of EPA's common sense approach to GHG permitting of the largest emissions sources outlined this spring in the tailoring rule. GHG pollution threatens the health and welfare of all Americans, and contributes to climate change, according to EPA.To read more of this article link to: http://eponline.com/articles/2010/11/10/epa-issues-new-ghg-permitting-guidelines.aspx

  2. US Forest Service Increases Efforts to Save Hemlocks in Asheville Area
      Asheville Citizen Times, Published by Nancy Bompey, November 8th
    Foresters tried chemicals and even turned loose predator beetles in the battle to save swaths of hemlocks that once blanketed sections of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Now they are getting rid of the aftermath with duct tape and explosives.The U.S. Forest Service this month will bring down 150 dead hemlock trees in Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest - some of them hundreds of years old - that pose a hazard to the more than 35,000 visitors hiking in the area every year. To read more of this article link to: http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20101108/NEWS/311080020/1007/COLUMNISTS

  3. U.S. Forest Service Jumps on Betty White Bandwagon
      The Washington Post, November 10th
    How much Betty White is too much of a good thing? The octogenarian icon is everywhere these days: hosting "Saturday Night Live," co-starring in "Hot in Cleveland," appearing in the movie "You Again" and rolling around in a golf cart in that new commercial for California. Still not enough for you? The U.S. Forest Service just jumped onto the Betty bandwagon. To read more of this article link to:

  4. Solicitation for Membership in Forestry Research Advisory Council

Last Week in Congress

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National News

  1. Insect Scourge: Two New Species Invade U.S. Every Year
      Live Science, Published by Rebecca Kessler, November 5th
    Less than an inch long with white spots on its back and antennae longer than its body, the Asian longhorn beetle would seem benign scuttling along the forest floor. But the plant-eating insect leaves behind a trail of woody carnage. Every year, exotic insects like the Asian longhorn beetle and the emerald ash borer, aka the Green Menace, kill millions of trees across the United States. And every year inspectors intercept a few new would-be invaders at the nation's ports of entry - but they can't stop every single one. To read more of this article link to: http://www.livescience.com/animals/insect-species-invasion-101105.html

  2. UN Climate Chief: US Expected To 'Live Up' To Pledge To Cut Carbon Emissions 17%
      The Wall Street Journal, Published by Cassandra Sweet, November 10th
    The nations of the world expect the U.S. to "live up" to its pledge made last year in Copenhagen to cut greenhouse-gas emissions by 17% by 2020, the United Nations' official overseeing international climate negotiations said Wednesday.

    The U.S. and other industrialized countries that have pledged to cut emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases linked to climate change will be expected to provide more details on how they plan to make the cuts at international climate negotiations scheduled to start later this month in Cancun, Mexico, said Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, which is hosting the negotiations.

    European and other developed nations also have agreed to cut their greenhouse-gas emissions and in many cases have put those pledges into action with legislation or other domestic policies. The U.S. has not set policies to put its greenhouse-gas reduction pledge, made in December 2009 at climate negotiations in Copenhagen, into practice. To read more of this article link to:

  3. We Want to Save Forests, Not Destroy Them, Loggers Say
      Norwich Bulletin, Published by Adam Benson, November 7th
    On a rainy Thursday morning, Chris Casadei's pickup truck idled in the parking lot at Camp Tadma.

    A forest resources manager with Pomfret-based Hull Forest Products, Casadei is overseeing a timber harvest that, once completed, will extract 100,000 board feet of lumber and yield enough firewood to heat 20 homes for a year.

    With a "Trees Are the Answer" bumper sticker affixed to the rear windshield, stacks of his company's pamphlets and a newsletter from the Society of American Foresters in the cab of his truck, Casadei drove up a winding path to a heavily wooded area - an ax wedged in the seat next to him. To read more of this article link to:

  4. Wyden Will Work to Overturn Biomass Ruling
      Herald and News, November 4th
    U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. said he would work to overturn an environmental ruling that could classify biomass as a carbon emitter.Wyden, who was elected to his third term Tuesday, said his priorities include job creation and improving the economy.TomTowslee, Wyden's Oregon communications director, said that Wyden believes economic recovery hinges on bringing forest jobs back to places like Klamath Falls. To read more of this article link to: http://www.heraldandnews.com/breaking/article_eb8712ce-e869-11df-abca-001cc4c03286.html?mode=story#vmix_media_id=21960221

In the States: Pennsylvania and New York

  1. In Suburban Forest of Valley Forge, Balancing Coyotes vs. Deer
      The Washington Post, Published by Jeff Gammage, November 7th
    For months they've run on the periphery of the debate over the plan to shoot deer at Valley Forge National Historical Park: Coyotes. A small number have taken residence inside the park, among the "urban coyotes" that dwell in places from New York to Chicago to Beverly Hills, Calif. Now, animal rights advocates are arguing that the number of coyotes in Valley Forge should be encouraged to grow, as a way to provide a predatory check on the deer and eliminate any cause for gunfire. To read more of this article link to: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/05/AR2010110507603.html

  2. Invasive Species Threaten Future of N.Y. Forests
      The Cornell Daily Sun, Published by Drew Muscente
    It is illegal to transport some firewood across the state of New York - doing so may lead to consequences.On March 29 of last year, the N.Y. Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) instituted a series of regulations, strictly limiting the movement of firewood. Its import is prohibited unless the firewood is first treated with insecticides; local wood may not be transported more than 50 miles from its natural source; and all firewood must be accompanied by a receipt. To read more of this article link to: http://www.cornellsun.com/node/44673

Wildfire Update

  1. Boulder Fire May Have Started At Illegal Campsite
      CBS4 Denver, November 9th
    Authorities are trying to determine if a wildfire that forced evacuations in Boulder and the foothills west of the city was started at an illegal camp site used by homeless people. To read more of this article link to: http://cbs4denver.com/news/boulder.dome.fire.2.2002202.html

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"

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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