Policy Update Week of February 7, 2011
- Forest Policy Presentations Needed for 2011 SAF National Convention
The SAF Committee on Forest Policy is sponsoring a "Forest Policy" track at this year's SAF National Convention. We are looking for presentations that address some aspect of US or international forest policy. The Forest Policy track is designed for presentations based on policy or program analysis. We are seeking presentations that analyze (rather than simply describe) the: 1) implementation of an existing government program, 2) impact of legislative or administrative policy initiatives, or 3) design of policies or programs. Ideally, these presentations should be based on qualitative or quantitative data analyses. Presentation information and submission guidelines are available at http://www.safnet.org/natcon11/presenters/index.cfm.
In the Administration
- U.S. Chamber, Renewable Groups Clash Over Ability to Meet Obama's Clean Energy Goal
The New York Times, Published by Anne Mulkern, February 2nd
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce yesterday summarized how it views President Obama's goal of doubling the country's clean energy production in 25 years: "impossible." Hitting that target would require a nearly eightfold increase in renewable power generation, the business trade group said, a boom that can't happen with the existing obstacles. To read more articles link to:
Last Week in Congress
- February 3rd - Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources received testimony on the Energy and Oil Market Outlook for the 112th Congress at 09:30 AM in General Hearing Room - SH-216. To visit the Committee's website click here: http://energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Hearing&Hearing_ID=b9f1b795-9673-2758-8cdf-eeb111bffc2f
- February 3rd -Senator John Tester [D-MT] introduced S. 268: A bill to sustain the economic development and recreational use of National Forest System land and other public land in the State of Montana, to add certain land to the National Wilderness Preservation System, to release certain wilderness study areas, to designate new areas for recreation, and for other purposes. To read more about this bill link to: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s112-268
This Week in Congress
- Roster Changes on Senate Energy Panel Could Threaten Bipartisanship
The New York Times, Published by Katie Howell, February 3rd
All eyes will be on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this session as it attempts to craft a legislative proposal to match President Obama's prime-time statement last week that he wants to source 80 percent of the nation's energy from low-carbon sources by 2035. But with an influx of new members, questions remain about how cohesive the panel will be on energy issues.
Seven freshmen and one veteran senator are joining the 22-member panel this year in a shakeup that could threaten the historically bipartisan committee's ability to move on energy legislation, including the clean energy standard that Obama touted last week. To read more of this artcle link to: http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2011/02/03/03greenwire-roster-changes-on-senate-energy-panel-could-th-47194.html
- Cold Snap No Match for Area Bark Beetles
Coloradoan, Published by Bobby Magill, February 7th
Mild winter and spring temperatures are partly behind the spread of mountain pine beetles in Colorado, but temperatures dipping to below minus 40 degrees this week in some areas of the high country likely did little to stop the beetles in their tracks. "The current weather we've been having has not been cold enough for long enough," Colorado State Forest Service entomologist Sky Stephens said. To read more of this article link to: http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20110207/NEWS01/102070321/Cold-snap-no-match-for-area-bark-beetles
In the States: West Virginia, Montana
- Biomass Industry Developing in West Virginia
The Register-Herald, Published by Taylor Kuykendall, February 4th
Though the Environmental Protection Agency has become an enemy of many West Virginia lawmakers for perceived anti-coal policies, at least one industry developing in the state has been shown some favor from the agency.
Last month, the EPA announced a three-year pass on greenhouse-gas permitting requirements from the burning of biomass materials. Research into the development of biomass as a fuel source is under way in West Virginia. To read more of this article link to: http://www.register-herald.com/local/x856148097/Biomass-industry-developing-in-West-Virginia
- Mont. Senate Race Could Ignite Debate Over Natural Resources
The New York Times, Published by Phil Taylor of Greenwire, February 4th
Montana Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg's expected announcement tomorrow that he will run for Senate in 2012 promises to shine a spotlight on wilderness in a state known for fiery debates over natural resource policy.Rehberg, a six-term congressman, has firmly opposed a proposal by incumbent Sen. Jon Tester (D) to create new wilderness in the state while boosting the timber industry and promoting motorized recreation. To read more of this article link to: http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2011/02/04/04greenwire-mont-senate-race-could-ignite-debate-over-natu-95524.html
- Studies Show Controlled Burns Triple Plant, Wildlife Species
Payson Roundup, Published by Pete Aleshire, February 8th
Go ahead - burn the forest. But then don't mess with it. That's the perhaps surprising conclusion that has emerged from a pair of studies on the impact of both controlled burns and wildfires on forest health and the severity of the next fire. The twin studies of major fires in Oregon and California offer telling lessons for Rim Country, one of the most fire-menaced regions in the country and the epicenter of efforts to cope with overcrowded, tinderbox forests. To read more of this article link to: http://www.paysonroundup.com/news/2011/feb/08/studies-show-controlled-burns-triple-plant-wildlif/
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