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Policy Update - Week of May 24, 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. Senate Agriculture Committee's Briefing on Biomass & Carbon Neutrality in the U.S on May 25th 10:00 am in the Russell Senate Office Building. Forest biomass energy is a promising alternative to fossil fuels, but like other sources of renewable energy, there are many questions about its carbon benefits and other potential impacts. This briefing will answer many of those questions based on current science, forest management practices and existing biomass energy production.

    Link to: http://www.eforester.org/fp/policy.cfm

    Link To: Biomass Carbon Neutrality in the Context of Forest-based Fuels and Products - Al Lucier, NCASI

    Link to: Biomass Power in the US - Bill Carlson, Carlson Small Power Consultants

In the Administration

  1. Forest Service may end ban on using firefighting aircraft at night
      The Los Angeles Times, Published May 27th by Paul Pringle

    The head of the U.S. Forest Service told a Senate panel Wednesday that water-dropping helicopters would have been deployed during the critical first night of last summer's disastrous Station blaze if they had been available and that the agency is considering ending its decades-long ban on using federal firefighting aircraft after dark. To read more of this article link to:
    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-station-fire-20100527,0,7356097.story

  2. Feds announce timber program for Tongass forest
      The Associated Press, Published May 26th by Mary Pemberton

    The U.S. Forest Service on Wednesday announced a program to open up economic opportunities and spare the remaining old-growth trees in the country's largest national forest. The forest service said the approach in Tongass National Forest will move timber harvesting into roaded areas of previously clear-cut sections and away from old-growth timber in roadless areas. To read more of this article link to: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h2ZctlJFDHiRoL_nuVklFu_aWepgD9FUQLSO0



Last Week in Congress

  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 was 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:

This Week in Congress

  1. May 25th - The House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, led by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), will hold an oversight hearing on "Building on America's Best Idea: The Next Century of the National Park System." The hearing will be held at 10:00 am in Room 1324 Longworth House Office Building

    To visit the House Natural Resource Committee website click here:
    http://resourcescommittee.house.gov/index.php

    May 25th - Representative Martin Heinnrich (D-NM) sponsored H.R. 5388 to expand the boundaries of Cibola National Forest in the State of New Mexico. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

    To follow to progress of the bill click here:
    http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h5388/actions_votes

    May 25th - Representative Mazie Hirono sponsored H.R. 5380 to provide for expansion of Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge, Hawaii County, Hawaii. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

    To follow the progress of the bill click here:
    http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h5380/show

    May 26th - The U.S. Senate Committee of Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies will hold a hearing on the examination of firefighting policy with the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Department of Interior at 10am in Dirksen 124.

    To visit the U.S. Senate Committee of Appropriations click here:
    http://appropriations.senate.gov/

National News

  1. May 26th- New Global Alliance Formed to Undercut Illegal Logging
      Published by the Environmental News Service

    To reduce trade in illegally harvested wood, a global initiative was launched today in Washington that brings together conservation groups, government agencies, corporations and business associations with a stake in promoting legal forest product supply chains. The Forest Legality Alliance aims to achieve better forest governance and biodiversity conservation by reducing demand for illegally harvested forest products and increasing the capacity of suppliers to deliver legal wood and paper. To read more of this article link to: http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/may2010/2010-05-26-01.html

  2. Udall says Senate to send $50 million for beetle
      The Herald Denver Bureau, Published May 27th by Joe Hanel

    The U.S. Senate will approve an extra $50 million for Western states to deal with dead trees from the bark beetle outbreak, Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., said Wednesday.

    The U.S. Forest Service will get $42 million, and the National Park Service will get $8 million. Priorities will be the removal of dead trees from campgrounds and the slopes above reservoirs, Udall said.

    Udall singled out Mesa Verde and Rocky Mountain national parks as the two in Colorado with the highest need. To read more of this article link to:
    http://durangoherald.com/sections/News/2010/05/27/Udall_says_Senate_to_send_50M_for_beetles/

In the States: Oregon, California, and Kansas

  1. Wyden plans Bend hearing: Senate subcommittee will hear testimony on forest management bill
      The Bulletin, Published May 22nd by Keith Chu

    U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is coming to Bend in two weeks, and he's taking the Energy and Natural Resources Public Lands and Forests subcommittee with him. Wyden's bill would call for increased logging, mostly through forest thinning projects, in exchange for stronger protections on old growth forests and other restoration work on large swaths of fedeal land east of the Oregon Cascades. To read more of this article click here:

  2. L.A. County advised to consider early detection technology for wildland fires
      The Los Angeles Times, Published May 25th by Rong-Gong Lin II

    Los Angeles County officials should consider using satellites or cameras installed in forests to detect wildfires soon after they begin, commissioners told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Such technology could include ground-based cameras that could be installed in forests and analyzed by computers to detect smoke or flames and sound an alarm to a fire dispatcher. To read more of this article link to: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/05/la-county-advised-to-consider-early-detection-technology-for-wildland-fires.html

  3. Kansas seeks input on forest protection strategy
      The Associated Press, Published May 27, 2010

    Kansas Forest Service is seeking public input on forest areas targeted for protection under its legacy program.

    The agency says public opinion is important because 95% of Kansas forests are privately owned, with 65% of the holdings located in 10-acre patches or less. To provide input to the Kansas Forest Service link to: http://www.kansasforests.org/assessment.shtml

Wildfire Update

  1. Basalt firefighters support 90 percent of Gems
      The Post Independent, Published May 27th by Scott Condon

    Basalt Fire District officials said Tuesday they support the designation of roughly "90 percent" of Basalt Mountain as wilderness and are negotiating with Wilderness Workshop over the remaining 10 percent.

    John Young, a member of the fire district's board of directors, said the firefighters believe some of the remaining 10 percent could be designated wilderness after some fuels are removed. The fire district believes a smaller part of the 10 percent of the mountain is unacceptable as wilderness, he said. To read more of this article link to: http://www.postindependent.com/article/20100526/VALLEYNEWS/100529913/1083&ParentProfile=1074

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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