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Policy Update - Week of June 14, 2010


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In the Administration

  1. EPA Releases Analysis of the American Power Act 2010

Last Week in Congress

  1. June 9th - The House Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy and Research held a public hearing to review the implementation of the 2008 Farm Bill energy title. The hearing was held in 1300 Longworth House Office Building at 10:00 a.m.

    To visit the House Committee on Agriculture website click here: http://agriculture.house.gov/index.shtml

    To read the opening witness statements click here: http://agriculture.house.gov/hearings/statements.html

  2. June 10th - The U.S. Senate rejected a motion to proceed to consideration of S.J.RES.26 by a vote of 47-53. S.J.RES. 26 was sponsored by Sen. Murkowski (R-AK) and was a joint resolution disapproving a rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to the endangerment finding and the cause or contribute findings for greenhouse gases under section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act. To read more on this action link to: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d111:20:./temp/~bss29Na:@@@L&summ2=m&

This Week in Congress

  1. June 16th - Public Lands and Forests Subcommittee to receive testimony on the following bills: S. 3294; S. 3310; and S. 3313. The hearing will be held in Energy Committee Hearing Room SD 366 at 2:30 PM. The purpose of the hearing is to receive testimony on the following bills:

    S. 3294, 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.

    S. 3310, to designate certain wilderness areas in the National Forest System in the State of South Dakota.

    S. 3313, to withdraw certain land located in Clark County, Nevada from location, entry, and patent under the mining laws and disposition under all laws pertaining to mineral and geothermal leasing or mineral materials, and for other purposes.

National News

  1. New Federal Funding Divvied Up Among Forests
      The Independent Record, Published by Eve Byron, June 13th
    The Beaverhead/Deerlodge National Forest is either the big winner or the big loser when it comes to the $22.5 million in new federal funding flowing into Montana this year.

    U.S. National Forest Chief Tom Tidwell announced the additional one-year funding in January, which he hopes will allow forest managers to continue and increase an emphasis in dealing with the pine beetle infestation, as well as to improve watersheds and restore forest health. The money was split among the nine national forests in Montana. To read more of this article link to: http://helenair.com/news/local/state-and-regional/article_5e0956e0-76af-11df-800e-001cc4c002e0.html

  2. Tester Disowns Forest Bill Changes
      The Associated Press, Published by Matt Gouras, June 10th
    U.S. Sen. Jon Tester has dismissed a proposed rewrite of his forest bill as "dead on arrival," and promised to publicly post his counteroffer that is expected next week.

    Tester's bill would create new wilderness in parts of Montana, while increasing logging requirements and establishing permanent recreation areas.

    A Senate committee recently came up with its own version that does away with the logging and other mandates that are central to a deal crafted by a group of Montana loggers, environmentalists and others. To read more of this article link to:

  3. Wilderness Bill Introduced to Preserve Tracts
      The Greenville Sun, Published by Tom Yancey, June 10th
    Tennessee's two U.S. senators -- Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker -- introduced a bill Wednesday to designate 19,556 acres in the Cherokee National Forest as six different wilderness areas.

    In a telephone conference call to Tennessee media, Sen. Alexander said that none of the areas are in Greene County, though one will extend the Sampson Mountain Wilderness Area. To read more of this article link to: http://www.greenevillesun.com/story/309842

  4. Forest Guild Releases Forest Biomass Retention and Harvesting Guidelines for the Northeast
    June 2, 2010 - The Forest Guild's new Forest Biomass Retention and Harvesting Guidelines for the Northeast address questions of forest sustainability in a time of increasing interest in harvesting forest biomass for energy security, climate mitigation, and economic reasons. The guidelines are based on the best available science and are a product of a six month effort by a working group of twenty one Forest Guild members. To read more of this report link to the Forest Guild Website here: http://www.forestguild.org/

  5. MA Biomass Study Finds Complex Carbon Impact
      The Biomass Magazine, Published be Lisa Gibson, June 10th

    Woody biomass energy production is commonly thought to be carbon neutral, but a Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences study shows a more complex picture of biomass energy's carbon footprint. The study, however, may have one fundamental flaw, as it bases its analyses on new forest biomass instead of the waste wood and residues most plants would use.

    "Biomass Sustainability and Carbon Policy Study" examines three main aspects of biomass energy in Massachusetts: feedstock availability; impacts of increased harvest on forest ecosystems; and carbon accounting implications. The study was commissioned and funded by the state Department of Energy Resources (DOER), which suspended all new applications for renewable portfolio standard (RPS) qualification, awaiting the results. To read more of this article link to: http://www.biomassmagazine.com/article.jsp?article_id=3855

In the States: Idaho, Oregon

  1. Central Idaho Wilderness Bill Rises Again
      The Idaho Statesman, Published by Lauren French, June 14th

    After nearly a decade of labor and compromise, sweeping legislation that protects hundreds of thousands of acres as wilderness in Idaho's Boulder-White Cloud mountains is headed for a Senate hearing this week.

    The Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act goes back to Congress on Wednesday, but this time with what some say is a significantly greater chance than in years past. For the first time, the bill's champion, Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, has the support of Idaho's entire congressional delegation. To read more of this article click here.

  2. Oregon to Dedicate its First Forest in More Than 60 Years
      The Oregonian, Published by Eric Mortenson, June 10th

    Oregon's first new state forest in more than 60 years consists mainly of skinny pines planted after a corporate buzz cut, and it cost $15 million in public money. But in the state's vision, it's a long-term investment that eventually will support government operations with timber sale money, provide wildlife habitat, make fire protection easier, assure public access and stave off checkerboard development. To read more of this article link to:

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"

Forest Carbon Education Group. The FCEG's Guidance Document on Managed Forests in Climate Change policy can be viewed on the SAF Policy Webpage:

Wildland Fire Leadership Council

Western Governors' Association Forest Health Advisory Committee

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