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Policy Update - Week of May 10, 2010

SAF ACTIONS

  1. ATTENTION: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

    SAF is looking for volunteers to staff our booth at the 2010 National Boy Scout Jamboree July 26th - August 4th. For more information on the 2010 National Scout Jamboree please visit: http://www.bsajamboree.org/Registration.aspx. If you are interested in volunteering please send an email to policyi@safnet.org. There will be more details to follow.

  2. SAF Response's to Deforestation Articles

      A. Original Article, "Fading Forests: U.S. Losing Trees Faster than Other Heavily Forested Nations"
        USA Today Article Published April 27th by Doyle Rise

      To link to article click here: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/environment/2010-04-27-forests27_ST_N.htm?csp=34

      SAF's Response to USA Today Article, "Forest Study Article Raises Concerns from Foresters Nationwide"
      SiskiyouDialy.com Article Published May 3rd by David Smith

      A recent study report and an article revealing some of its findings sparked reactions from Siskiyou County and across the nation last week as foresters looked to address a message about the status of American forests. To read more link to: http://www.siskiyoudaily.com/news/x1042478276/Forest-study-article-raises-concerns-from-foresters-nationwide

      B. Original Article, "US Eastern Forests Suffer 'Substantial' Decline: 3.7 Million Hectares Gone"
      MongaBay.com Article Published April 7th by Jeremy Hance

      To link to original article click here: http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0407-hance_us_east.html

      SAF's Response to MongaBay.com, BioScience Paper on Forest Loss

      The April 10 issue of BioScience includes an article by Drummond and Loveland (D&L) titled "Land-use Pressure and a Transition to Forest-cover Loss in the Eastern United States." The article is a product of the U.S. Geological Survey's Land Cover Trends (LCT) project, a major effort to monitor land-use and land-cover change across the United States through rigorous interpretation of satellite images. To read more of this article link to: http://www.safnet.org/documents/bioscience_response.pdf

In the Administration

  1. Forests as a Tool to Fight Obesity
      Summit Daily News Article Published May 5th by Daily News Staff

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Tuesday that the U.S. Forest Service will contribute $500,000 this year to the "More Kids in the Woods" program for projects that promote active lifestyles and connect kids to nature. To read more of this article link to: http://www.summitdaily.com/article/20100505/NEWS/100509917/1055/RSS

  2. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Availability of Funds to Improve the Nation's Natural Resources
      Midwest Ag Net Article Published May 4th by U.S. Department of Agriculture Staff

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking proposals from eligible partners for projects to help owners and operators of agricultural and nonindustrial private forest lands improve their natural resources through the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) in fiscal year 2010. Producers can use CCPI to achieve conservation benefits such as clean air and water, productive soils and abundant wildlife. To read more of this article link to: http://www.midwestagnet.com/Global/story.asp?S=12424148



Last Week in Congress & National News

  1. May 4th - Representative Michael Simpson (R-ID) introduced Bill H.R.5205 on the floor of the House. H.R.5205 is to establish certain wilderness areas in central Idaho and to authorize various land conveyances involving National Forest System land and Bureau of Land Management land in central Idaho. The latest action of this bill occurred on May 4th when it was referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

    To read more on this bill link to: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h5205/actions_votes

    May 5th - Senator Tim Johnson introduced Bill S.3310 on the floor of the Senate. S.3310 is a bill to designate certain wilderness areas in the National Forest System in the State of South Dakota. The latest action of this bill occurred on May 5th when it was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

    To read more on this bill link to: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-s3310/actions_votes

    May 7th - S. Res. 403: A resolution designating May 21st, 2010 as "Endangered Species Day" was passed by the Senate by unanimous consent on May 5th, 2010. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced the resolution on the floor of the Senate on April 28th, 2010.

    To read more on this resolution link to: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-sr503/show

  2. Forester Warns of Closures in Beetle-Killed Areas
      CBS 4 Denver News Article Published May 4th by Mead Gruver, Associated Press Writer

    A top U.S. Forest Service official says he might have to close off national forests in Wyoming and Colorado unless more work is done quickly to cut down beetle-killed trees near roads, trails and campsites. To read more of this article link to: http://cbs4denver.com/wireapnewsco/Regional.forester.says.2.1674481.html

  3. Tree Removal in Jeopardy
      Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Wyomingnews.com Article Published May 5th by Bill McCarthy

    Although Saratoga is in the middle of 3.6 million acres of beetle-killed pines, a key obstacle to reopening a sawmill there is the lack of finances to access these wood supplies. To read more of this article link to: http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2010/05/05/news/20local_05-05-10.txt

This Week in Congress & National News

  1. May 13th - The House Committee on Agriculture will hold a public hearing on Thursday, May 13th at 9:00am to review the U.S. agriculture policy in advance of the 2012 Farm Bill with agriculture economists and academics. This hearing will be held at 1300 Longworth House Office Building, Washington DC.

    To link to the committee website click here: http://agriculture.house.gov/hearings/schedule.html

  2. May 14th - The House Committee on Agriculture will hold a public hearing on Friday May 14th at 1:30 pm EDT at the National Archives Southeast Region in Morrow, GA. The hearing will be to review the U.S. agriculture policy in advance of the 2010 Farm Bill.

    To link to the committee website click here: http://agriculture.house.gov/hearings/schedule.html

In the States: Alabama, Colorado and Ohio

  1. "Get Outdoors" on May 15-16 with Free Event Alabama Nature Center in Millbrook
      Montgomeryadvertiser.com Article Published April 27th by Robyn Bradley Litchfield

    Alabama Nature Center (the Alabama Wildlife Federation's 300-acre conservation education facility) and the National Forests in Alabama (the U.S. Forest Service administrative offices in Montgomery) are partnering to get "More Kids in the Woods." To read more link to: http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20100427/NEWS/100427009/

  2. Beetle Infested Pines Find New Life in Lumber Industry
      The Pueblo Chieftain Article Published May 6th by Tracy Harmon

    Pines destined to die due to a beetle infestation are being harvested for sale, making for a healthier forest more resistant to wildfire. To read more link to: http://www.chieftain.com/business/local/article_7b72b99e-58bc-11df-874b-001cc4c002e0.html

  3. Officials Study Threat to Fort Collins' Water Supply from Beetle-Kill Trees
      The Coloradoan Article Published May 7th by Bobby Magill

    What happens if the Poudre River watershed, which Fort Collins relies on for part of its drinking water supply, is scorched by a catastrophic wildfire fed by dead trees killed by bark beetles? To read more of this article link to: http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20100507/NEWS01/5070342/1002/CUSTOMERSERVICE02

  4. Ohio Division of Forestry Seeks Public Input on Statewide Forest Resource Assessment and Strategy
      The Community Common Article Published May 8th by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Staff

    The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Forestry has completed drafts of its Statewide Forest Resource Assessment and Strategy. The public is invited to review the draft documents and provide comments. To read more of this article click here.

Wildfire Update

  1. State Forestry Faces Tough Choices
      MidlandsConnect.com, Fox News, Article Published May 5th by Justin Kier

    Wild fires are a common site across South Carolina. Each year more than 4000 wildfires destroy lives and property. South Carolina Forestry Commission Senior Staff Forester Mike Bozzo says it's a problem many people overlook. To read more of this article link to: http://www.midlandsconnect.com/news/story.aspx?id=453246

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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