SAF Encourages Attendance and/or Participation at the Forest Service Planning Rule Regional Roundtables
The Forest Service is hosting national and regional roundtables to provide public discussion on the development of the new Forest Service Land and Resource Management Planning Rule. SAF encourages the attendance and/or participation of our members to provide input from the forestry profession. To find out information on Regional Roundtables, the Planning Rule Notice of Intent, meetings agendas, questions and answers and more, link to the Forest Service Planning Rule website
SAF Comments on the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) Proposed Rule
The Society of American Foresters supports the BCAP as passed in the 2008 Farm Bill. The SAF believes the Program could increase biomass energy production and rightly encourage the collection, harvest, storage, and transportation (CHST) of biomass. SAF comments specifically on the Programs explanation of Eligible Materials, and the Amount of Payments. SAF also comments on the termination of the Notice of Funds Availability and USDA's recognition of plans equivalent to Forest Stewardship Plans.
SAF Testimony on S. 2798 the National Forest Insect and Disease Emergency Act
The SAF strongly supports S. 2798, the National Forest Insect and Disease Emergency Act of 2009, and commends Senator Mark Udall and Senator James Risch for their bipartisan leadership on the important bill. Given current federal land management laws, regulations and case law, there is virtually no way work can be completed to remove dead and dying trees in a timely matter. S. 2798 could be easily implemented by land management agencies to more-quickly address problems associated with extensive bark beetle infestations.
SAF Comments on Forest Planning Rule Notice of Intent
THE SAF is dedicated to helping USDA craft a planning rule that will work for planners, land managers and the many different stakeholders concerned about our national forests. The SAF requests that the rule be kept as simple as possible. A complicated new planning rule will lead to further cost and frustration at no benefit to our national forests.
Wednesday 21st - RESCHEDULED: PUBLIC LANDS AND FORESTS SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING: to receive testimony on the following bills: S. 1546, S. 2798, S. 2830, S. 2963 (Hearing Room SD-366). Energy Committee Hearing Room - SD-366 at 2:30pm
The purpose of the hearing is to receive testimony on the following bills: S. 1546, to provide for the conveyance of certain parcels of land to the town of Mantua, Utah; S. 2798, to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire through the facilitation of insect and disease infestation treatment of National Forest System and adjacent land, and for other purposes; S. 2830, to amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to clarify that uncertified States and Indian tribes have the authority to use certain payments for certain noncoal reclamation projects; and S. 2963, to designate certain land in the State of Oregon as wilderness, to provide for the exchange of certain Federal land and non-Federal land, and for other purposes (Hearing Room SD-366). The hearing was originally scheduled for March 23, 2010.
The Honorable Harris Sherman , Undersecretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment, Department of Agriculture
The Honorable Joseph Pizarchik , Director, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Department of the Interior
Mr. Forrest Reinhardt , President, Venture Beyond
The Honorable Dan Gibbs , Colorado State Senator, Senate District 16
Mr. Gregory Conrad , National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs
Dr. Dominik Kulakowski , Assistant Professor, School of Geography, Clark University
Daily Herald Article Published April 10th by the Associated Press
Motorcycle and bicycle use within the Gallatin National Forest will be restricted this summer after a federal judge ruled the U.S. Forest Service had failed to adequately maintain the area's wilderness character, the federal agency said. To read more of this article link to: http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=372001
Nevada Tree Plantation to Help Fight Deforestation
The Associated Press Article Published April 6th by Scott Sonner
WLOX, ABC 13 the Station for South Mississippi Article Published April 8th by Steve Phillips
It's a program to help home owners reduce the risk of wildfire danger. The Mississippi Forestry Commission and other groups hosted a workshop at Flint Creek Thursday. To read more of this article link to: http://www.wlox.com/Global/story.asp?S=12279323
Call for answers
Pasadena Weekly Article Published April 8th by Andre Coleman
Seven months after the US Forest Service reportedly canceled air drops that may have contained the devastating Station Fire in its early stages, Rep. Adam Schiff has asked the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies to review the agency's ban against night and early morning flights. To read more of this article link to: http://www.pasadenaweekly.com/cms/story/detail/call_for_answers/8630/
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.
Western Governors' Association Forest Health Advisory Committee
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