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Policy Update Week of August 2, 2010


  1. The SAF national office was closed from July 26th-30th due to localized power outages. We are sorry for any inconvenience. If have not received a response to a query from last week, please contact us.

  2. SAF Sent a Letter From 114 Scientists and Academics to the US Congress Expressing Concerns Regarding Biomass Energy
    To read the letter click here: http://www.eforester.org/fp/policy.cfm

In the Administration

  1. Logging Suspended After Spotted Owls Move Closer
      The Associated Press, July 30th

      The U.S. Forest Service has suspended logging an experimental timber sale on the Willamette National Forest after finding a pair of northern spotted owls moved closer to the area. To read more of this article link to: http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9H9HFE80.htm

Last Week in Congress

  1. Representative Alan Mollohan (D-WI) introduced H.R. 5965: To designated certain Federal lands within the Monongahela National Forest as a component of the National Presveration System, and for other purposes. The bill was referred to the House Agriculture Committee on July 29th.

This Week in Congress

  1. The House of Representatives is in recess until September 13th.

  2. The United States Senate begins recess on Friday August 6th.

  3. The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a full committee hearing on August 5th at 9:30 AM in hearing room SD-366 to consider pending legislation, which includes the mark up of public lands bills.

National News

  1. Judge Rejects Forest Service’s Plan on Fire Retardant
      The New York Times, Published by William Yardley, July 28th

    A federal judge has ruled that the federal Forest Service’s plan for using fire retardant to fight wildfires violates the law because it does not ensure protections for threatened and endangered species of fish and other animals.

    Dropped from airplanes and helicopters, reddish clouds of retardant are often the most visible tool used to fight wildfires, particularly in rugged areas of the West. Yet chemicals in the most common retardants can hurt wildlife, particularly when they miss their mark. In some cases, large numbers of fish have been killed when retardant has been dropped into lakes and streams. To read more of this article link to: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/29/us/29wildfires.html?_r=2&ref=science

  2. Managing Oregon’s Forests
      Oregon Live, Published by Dave Gilmour, Pete Sorenson and Bob Austin, Aug 1st

    Our Oregon forests are special to us. They provide our drinking water, building materials for our homes, places to recreate, habitat for fish and wildlife and spectacular scenery. They are also economic drivers providing jobs and revenues for our communities. More recently we've discovered these towering forests are world champions at capturing carbon and keeping our planet cooler. To read more of this article link to:

  3. Fallout Begins After Senate’s Failure to Act on Energy, Oil Spill
      The New York Times, Published by Robin Bravender and Katie Howell, August 5th

    After the worst oil leak in U.S. history and months of heated negotiations on energy and spill-response legislation, senators will head home for the August recess empty-handed.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he plans to bring back the spill bill or a broader measure in September, but even narrowed legislation may not pass with a cluttered legislative calendar and the November elections looming. To read more of this article link to:

In the States: Maine, Idaho, and Washington

  1. Forest Service: Be on the Lookout For Invasive Pest
      Bangor Daily News, Published by Abigail Curtis, July 29th

    Last year’s unusually warm winter may have kept heating bills down but did come with a price: the continued northeasterly spread of an invasive pest that could ravage Maine’s hemlock trees, according to forest service officials.

    Hemlock woolly adelgids have been found in 13 towns since May in Cumberland, Sagadahoc and Lincoln counties. Maine Forest Service entomologist Allison Kanoti said this week that she expects that list to grow as summer interns continue to survey the coastline in Knox County next week. To read more of this article link to: http://www.bangordailynews.com/story/Statewide/Forest-service-Be-on-lookout-for-invasive-pest,150021

  2. Proposal For Colville National Forest a Collaborative Effort
      The Spokesman-Review, Published by Becky Kramer, July 29th

    A proposal to designate 215,000 acres of new wilderness areas in the Colville National Forest is drawing support from a broad coalition of forest users.

    The plan would expand the existing Salmo-Priest Wilderness in Northeast Washington and create new wilderness along the Kettle Crest, protecting six peaks that are each over 7,000 feet tall. The acreage represents some of the most remote, untouched land left in the lower 48 states. It’s home to grizzly bears, lynx and woodland caribou. And it’s an important wildlife migration route that connects the Rocky Mountains to the Cascades, environmentalists say. To read more of this article link to:

  3. Wilderness, Logging Proposal Pushed
      The Seattle Times, Published by Jill Kimball, July 28th

    Revamping the way forestlands are managed in Washington's northeast corner would make environmentalists happy, but it also would do much more, from increasing tourism and jobs in the area to setting aside land for timber harvesting, said Conservation Northwest Executive Director Mitch Friedman on Wednesday.

    The group announced in a news conference at the University of Washington its proposal to designate more than 180,000 acres as protected wilderness. U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, have said they intend to review the group's final proposal and Cantwell hopes eventually to introduce related legislation in Congress. To read more of this article link to: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2012475214_wilderness29m.html

Wildfire Update

  1. Crews Brining California Wildfires Under Control
      CNN, August 2nd

    More favorable weather conditions over the weekend helped firefighters gain the upper hand in efforts to contain three fires that have been raging in Southern California. The Bull Fire, one of two burning around the town of Tehachapi, was 95 percent contained Monday. It has burned more than 16,000 acres, and has destroyed eight homes. To read more of this article link to: http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/08/02/california.wildfires/

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: 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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