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Policy Update Week of August 9, 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. Lawmakers Seek Broad Probe into Forest Service Response to Station fire
      The L.A. Times, Published by Paul Pringle, August 6th

    California's two U.S. senators and several local House members Thursday called on Congress' investigative arm to launch a sweeping probe into the Forest Service's response to last summer's disastrous Station fire.

    In asking for the investigation by the Government Accountability Office, which typically grants such requests, the lawmakers recommended a broad examination of the Forest Service's decisions and tactics. Those include the use of aircraft early in the fight and the question of whether everything possible was done to protect homes that burned in Big Tujunga Canyon. To read more of this article link to: http://articles.latimes.com/2010/aug/06/local/la-me-station-fire-20100806

Last Week in Congress

  1. The House of Representatives was in Recess.

  2. 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.

    1. S. 2798: National Forest Insect and Disease Emergency Act of 2009 placed on a calendar of business.
    2. S. 3452: Valles Caldera National Preserve Management Act placed on a calendar of business.

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. Udall to Seek Cash to Deal With Trees Killed in Beetle Onslaught
      The Daily Sentinel, Published by Gary Harmon, August 5th
    With as many as 100,000 lodgepole and other pine trees due to begin falling daily in Colorado forests in coming years, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., will seek as much as $50 million this year to deal with beetle-killed timber, he said.

    One part of the response to the beetle-killed forests is the Intermountain Resources sawmill in Montrose, with which Udall said Thursday he is urging federal officials to make arrangements.

    Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack “assured me he would do what was possible to help the mill in Montrose,” which is in receivership, Udall said during a teleconference with Colorado reporters. To read more of this article link to: http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/articles/udall_to_seek_cash_to_deal_wit/

  2. Sierra Club, States File Challenges to EPA's 'Tailoring' Rule for Greenhouse Gases
      The New York Times, Published by Robin Bravender, August 3rd

    The Sierra Club is challenging U.S. EPA's "tailoring" rule for greenhouse gases in a federal appeals court, asking judges to review the agency's determination about when greenhouse gases ought to be regulated under the Clean Air Act.

    The group, along with a host of states and industry groups, wants the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to review the EPA rule, which would limit greenhouse gas permitting rules to only the largest emitters. To read more of this article link to: http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2010/08/03/03greenwire-sierra-club-states-file-challenges-to-epas-tai-24900.html

  3. Conference Track Evaluates Biomass Supply Chains, Power Conversions
      The Biomass Magazine, Published by Anna Austin, August 5th

    Biomass Magazine’s Northeast Biomass Conference & Expo in Boston kicked off breakout sessions Thursday afternoon, offering nearly 300 attendees the opportunity to observe their choice of panels in four Northeast U.S.-specific tracks including electricity generation, industrial heat and power, biorefining and biomass power project development and finance. To read more of this article link to: http://www.biomassmagazine.com/article.jsp?article_id=4017

In the States: Wisconsin

  1. Wood Chips May Pose Problems When Charter Street Plant Converts to Biomass
      The Cap Times, Published by Jessica VanEgeren, August 9th
    For decades, pollution spewed from factories and power plants across Wisconsin. As a result, air and water became polluted. Now it seems, so did the trees. At a time when state-owned power plants are ditching coal and going green by including biomass such as switch grass, compost, and wood chips into the fuel mix, it is becoming evident that even trees may release harmful chemicals when burned for energy. To read more of this article link to: http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/environment/article_7cc446ca-a31a-11df-a258-001cc4c002e0.html

Wildfire Update

  1. 700,000 Sought For Roads Destroyed by LA Wildfire
      The Associated Press, August 5th
    Roads and trails destroyed by the largest wildfire in Los Angeles County history could get a $700,000 makeover. Congressman Adam Schiff say he's secured the trail money in an appropriations bill but it still requires approval from both houses and the president. To read more of this article link to: http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_15685288?nclick_check=1

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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