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Policy Update - Week of May 17, 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. Western Mines Win "Roadless" Exemptions
      The Denver Post Article Published May 14th by Bruce Finley

    The Obama administration on Thursday granted exceptions allowing 14 mining projects on protected "roadless" forests across the West - including one of two Colorado coal mines seeking special access to expand. To read more of this article link to: http://www.denverpost.com/technology/ci_15083034

  2. Colo. Mine can install Vent Holes in Roadless Area
      The Associated Press Article Published May 15th by the Associated Press Staff

    A western Colorado coal mine received approval Thursday to drill wells on roadless forest land to vent methane.

    The drilling at the Elk Creek Mine near Paonia was among 14 projects approved in roadless forest areas, which have been the subject of court battles across the country. To read more of this article
    link to: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j3meUVejxgv8ZmVS8XNr6jZimn-QD9FMBSF82

  3. USDA Conservation Stewardship Program Offers Funding
      Albert Lea Tribune.com Article Published May 17th by Tribune Staff

    Interested agricultural and forestry producers are invited to apply for the new USDA program called Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Applications are being accepted through June 11 for the funding and ranking cycle. To read more of this article link to: http://www.albertleatribune.com/news/2010/may/17/usda-conservation-stewardship-program-offers-fundi/



Last 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

    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

    May 11th - Representative James Moran (D-VA) introduced Resolution H.Res.1348 on the floor of the House. H.R.Res.1348 is to recognize the vision of John. W. Weeks and his contribution to the conservation effort with the passage of the Weeks Act of 1911, a significant conservation achievement in the history of the United States. The latest action for this resolution occurred on May 11th with it was referred to the House Natural Resources Committee.

    To read more about the Resolution click here: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-hr1348/show

  2. Senate Climate Bill Makes its Debut
      The New York Times Article Published May 12th by John Broder

    Senators John F. Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts, and Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, presented their long-delayed proposal to address global warming and energy Wednesday afternoon. They are calling it the American Power Act. To read more of this article link to: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/12/senate-climate-bill-makes-its-debut-today/

  3. EPA Issues Final 'Tailoring' Rule for Greenhouse Gas Emissions
      The New York Times Article Published May 13th by Robin Bravender of GreenWire

    U.S. EPA today issued its final "tailoring" rule for greenhouse gas emissions, a contentious policy aimed at shielding small polluters from rigid Clean Air Act permitting requirements. To read more of this article link to: http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2010/05/13/13greenwire-epa-issues-final-tailoring-rule-for-greenhouse-32021.html

  4. AF & PA Comments on EPA's Tailoring Rule
      Biomass Magazine Article Published May 14th

    American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman made the following statement on the U.S. EPA's Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule, issued this week:

    "The EPA's action hurts rural communities by endangering family wage American jobs and reversing economic development in communities that need it the most. To read more of this article link to: http://www.biomassmagazine.com/article.jsp?article_id=3769

  5. Ore. Lawmakers Ask Obama Administration for Forest Plan
      Oregon, KDRV.com Channel 12 Article Published May 14th by KDRV Staff

    Several Oregon lawmakers are sending a letter the Obama Administration wanting to know about its plan to manage Oregon forests.

    U.S. Representatives Greg Walden (R), Peter DeFazio (D) and Kurt Schrader (D) as well as Senators Ron Wyden (D) and Jeff Merkley (D) all signed the letter, which asks U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar for a briefing on plans to replace the Western Oregon Plan Revisions, or WOPR, which the Bureau of Land Management adopted in 2008 to manage 2.1 million acres of federal lands in Western Oregon. To read more of this article link to: http://kdrv.com/news/local/173977

This Week in Congress & National News

  1. May 19th - The Senate Energy and Natural Resources National Parks Subcommittee will hold a hearing to examine bills: S.1801, S.349, S.1802, S.3168, S.3303, S.1596, S.3159, H.R.4395, S.1750, S.2976, S.1651, H.R.3388, H.R.685, S.2953. The Hearing will be held at 2:30pm in SD-366.

    S. 1801 - To establish the first State National Historical Park in the state of Delaware

    S. 349 - To establish the Susquehanna Gateway National Heritage Area Act in the state of Pennsylvania

    S. 1802 - To require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study regarding the United States Civil Rights Trail Special Resource Study Act of 2009

    S. 3168 - To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire certain non-Federal land in the State of Pennsylvania for inclusion in the Fort Necessity National Battlefield Land Acquisition Act

    S. 3303 - A bill to establish the Chimney Rock National Monument in the State of Colorado

    S. 1596 - To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire the Gold Hill Ranch in Coloma

    S. 3159 - To revise the Boundaries of the Gettysburg National Military Park to include the Gettysburg Train State

    H.R. 4395 - To revise the boundaries of the Gettysburg National Military Park to include the Gettysburg Train Station, and for other purposes

    S. 1750 - To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the General of the Army George C. Marshall National Historic Site at Dodona Manor in Leesburg, Virginia

    S. 2976 - To designate as wilderness certain land and inland water within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in the State of Michigan

    S. 1651 - A bill to modify a land grant patent issued by the Secretary of the Interior

    H.R. 3388 - To modify the boundary of Petersburg National Battlefield boundary in the Commonwealth of Virginia

    H.R. 685 - To require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study regarding the United States Civil Rights Trail Special Resource Study Act of 2009

    S. 2953 - To modify the boundary of Petersburg National Battlefield boundary in the Commonwealth of Virginia

    To visit the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee website click here.

  2. Biomass Industry Sees 'Chilling Message' in EPA's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rule
      The New York Times Article Published May 17th by Robin Bravender of GreenWire

    U.S. EPA's final rule determining which sources will be subject to greenhouse gas permitting requirements does not exempt biomass power, a decision that has raised concern in the biomass industry. To read more of this article link to: http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2010/05/14/14greenwire-biomass-industry-sees-chilling-message-in-epas-60072.html

  3. Coalition Proposes Forest Restoration in Blackfoot, Clearwater, Swan River Valleys
      The Missoulian Article Published May 18th by Michael Jamison

    Heal the forest, clear the stream, kill the weeds and build the trails. Pay the logger, help the wildlife, fight the fire, save the mill.
    "That's the way forward, is to look at our forests and our communities at the landscape level," said Scott Brennan. "That's the only way out of gridlock." To read more of this article link to: http://missoulian.com/news/local/article_fa8fe5dc-622e-11df-ab8e-001cc4c002e0.html

In the States: Colorado, Montana and Oregon

  1. Crested Butte Ski Resort Loses Appeal on Expansion Proposal
      The Denver Post Article Published May 11th by Jason Blevins

    The U.S. Forest Service has rejected Crested Butte Mountain Resort's appeal of a decision in November that blocked a long-planned expansion at the resort.

    Deputy Regional Forester Jim Peña affirmed the decision by Gunnison National Forest supervisor Charlie Richmond, who last fall decided the resort's proposed expansion onto neighboring Snodgrass Mountain was not in the public interest and should not proceed into deeper environmental review. To read more of this article link to: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_15057416

  2. Baird Backs Forest Service for Volcano
      The Columbian Article Published May 15th by Erik Robinson

    Congressman Brian Baird says he came away from a tour of Mount St. Helens on Friday convinced the Forest Service is capable of managing the national volcanic monument. To read more of this article link to: http://www.columbian.com/news/2010/may/15/baird-backs-forest-service-for-volcano/

  3. Wyden's Eastern Oregon Forest Plan Gets a Public Hearing Next Month in Bend
      Oregon Live Article Published May 11th by Eric Mortenson of the Oregonian

    A compromise plan to allow more thinning in Eastern Oregon forests while protecting old growth trees and banning new logging roads will be the subject of a public hearing next month in Bend. To read more of this article link to: http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2010/05/wydens_eastern_oregon_forest_p.html.

Wildfire Update

  1. Forest Service Using Cutting-Edge Technology to Fight Forest Fires
      Texas, KTRE Channel 9 Article Published May 12th by Whitney Grunder

    The record high temperatures are a recipe for another dangerously dry summer. But this year, the Texas Forest Service is ready to fight forest fires with cutting-edge technology. To read more of this article link to: http://www.ktre.com/Global/story.asp?S=12473698

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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