SAF Encourages Attendance and/or Participation at the Forest Service Planning Rule Regional Roundtables
The Forest Service is hosting national and regional roundtables to provide public discussion on the development of the new Forest Service Land and Resource Management Planning Rule. SAF encourages the attendance and/or participation of our members to provide input from the forestry profession. To find out information on Regional Roundtables, the Planning Rule Notice of Intent, meetings agendas, questions and answers and more, link to the Forest Service Planning Rule website:
Green Jobs Definition Largely Excludes Forestry: SAF Encourages Comments to Include Forestry in Proposed Definition. Comments are due on or Before April 30th.
On March 16th the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics issued a proposed definition of green jobs for public comment. The proposed definition of green jobs excludes many forest products (biomass is recognized). SAF encourages comments to support the inclusion of foresters and forest products in the definition. The proposed green jobs definition is defined as, "Jobs involved in economic activities that help protect or restore the environment or conserve natural resources." The Bureau of Labor Statistics explains that the economic activities include, "Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Pollution Reduction and Cleanup, Recycling and Waste Reduction, Agricultural and Natural Resources Conservation, Education Compliance, Public Awareness, and Training." It excludes specific mention of foresters.
To read more on the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics and the proposed definition of green jobs link and for information on how to submit comments link to: http://www.bls.gov/green
SAF Comments on the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) Proposed Rule
The Society of American Foresters supports the BCAP as passed in the 2008 Farm Bill. The SAF believes the Program could increase biomass energy production and rightly encourages the collection, harvest, storage, and transportation (CHST) of biomass. SAF comments specifically on the Programs explanation of Eligible Materials, and the Amount of Payments. SAF also comments on the termination of the Notice of Funds Availability and USDA's recognition of plans equivalent to Forest Stewardship Plans.
SAF Testimony on S. 2798 the National Forest Insect and Disease Emergency Act
The SAF strongly supports S. 2798, the National Forest Insect and Disease Emergency Act of 2009, and commends Senator Mark Udall and Senator James Risch for their bipartisan leadership on the important bill. Given current federal land management laws, regulations and case law, there is virtually no way work can be completed to remove dead and dying trees in a timely matter. S. 2798 could be easily implemented by land management agencies to more-quickly address problems associated with extensive bark beetle infestations.
SAF Comments on Forest Planning Rule Notice of Intent
The SAF is dedicated to helping USDA craft a planning rule that will work for planners, land managers and the many different stakeholders concerned about our national forests. The SAF requests that the rule be kept as simple as possible. A complicated new planning rule will lead to further cost and frustration at no benefit to our national forests.
Wednesday 21st - RESCHEDULED: PUBLIC LANDS AND FORESTS SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING: to receive testimony on the following bills: S. 1546, S. 2798, S. 2830, S. 2963.
The hearing will be held in the Energy Committee Hearing Room, SD-366 at 2:30pm. The hearing was originally scheduled for March 23, 2010. The purpose of the hearing is to receive testimony on the following bills:
S. 1546 - to provide for the conveyance of certain parcels of land to the town of Mantua, Utah.
S. 2798 - to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire through the facilitation of insect and disease infestation treatment of National Forest System and adjacent land, and for other purposes.
S. 2830 - to amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to clarify that uncertified States and Indian tribes have the authority to use certain payments for certain noncoal reclamation projects.
S. 2963 - to designate certain land in the State of Oregon as wilderness, to provide for the exchange of certain Federal land and non-Federal land, and for other purposes.
Thursday, April 22nd - The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands will hold a hearing on H.R. 4888, Cabin Fee Act of 2010.
The purpose of this bill (H.R. 4888) is to revise the Forest Service Recreation Residence Program as it applies to units of the National Forest System derived from the public domain by implementing a simple, equitable, and predictable procedure for determining cabin user fees, and for other purposes. The hearing will be held on Thursday, April 22nd at 10:00am in room 1334 Longworth House Office Building.
Wednesday, April 28th - The Senate Public Lands and Forests Subcommittee will hold a hearing to receive testimony on S. 1241, S. 1571 and H.R. 1043, S. 2762, S. 3075, S. 3185, and H.R. 86.
The hearing will be held in the Energy Committee Hearing Room (S.D. 366) at 2:30pm. The purpose of the hearing is to receive testimony on the following bills:
S. 1241 - to amend Public Law 106-206 to direct the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to require annual permits and assess annual fees for commercial filming activities on Federal land for film crews of 5 persons or fewer.
S. 1571 and H.R. 1043 - to provide for a land exchange involving certain National Forest System land in the Mendocino National Forest in the State of California, and for other purposes.
S. 2762 - to designate certain lands in San Miguel, Ouray, and San Juan Counties, Colorado, as wilderness, and for other purposes.
S. 3075 - to withdraw certain Federal land and interests in that land from location, entry, and patent under the mining laws and disposition under the mineral and geothermal leasing laws.
S. 3185 - to require the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal land to Elko County, Nevada, and to take land into trust for the Te-moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada, and for other purposes.
H.R. 86 - to eliminate an unused lighthouse reservation, provide management consistency by incorporating the rocks and small islands along the coast of Orange County, California, into the California Coastal National Monument managed by the Bureau of Land Management, and meet the original Congressional intent of preserving Orange County's rocks and small islands, and for other purposes.
Tongass Timber Wars Simmer Under Forest Planning Process
Juneau Empire Article Published April 14th by Kim Marquis
Community leaders given a chance to comment on forest planning Tuesday during a regional roundtable in Juneau said they want more control over decisions made on public lands surrounding their towns. To read more of this article link to: http://juneauempire.com/stories/041410/loc_608749190.shtml
Lawmakers Urge Road Access in Forest to Vent Methane from Mine
Denver Post Article Published April 18th by Bruce Finley
Colorado lawmakers on Friday weighed into the Obama administration's deliberations over a proposal submitted by Gov. Bill Ritter for managing national forest roadless areas in the state. To read more of this article link to: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_14906643
Forest Service Starts Work on New Planning Rule
Star-Tribune Article Published April 16th by Joan Barron
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.
Western Governors' Association Forest Health Advisory Committee
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