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
March 10th - Stephen Fitzgerald testified on behalf of the SAF before the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee on S.2895 Oregon Eastside Forests Restoration, Old Growth Protection, and Jobs Act of 2009. His testimony includes the concerns and recommendations the SAF has on/for S. 2895.
Public Input Sought for National Forest Planning Rule
The Salt Lake Tribune Article Published April 1st by Mark Havnes
Utahns are invited to participate in roundtable discussions intended to help the U.S. Forest Service develop a new rule for guiding how resources in national forests are managed in the future. To read more of this article link to: http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_14804261
Forest Service Holds Wyo. Meetings on Planning
cbs4denver.com Article Published April 5th by The Associated Press
Forest Service Tries Different Approach to Developing Contested Planning Rule
The Billings Gazette Article Published March 29th by Brett French
After the Forest Service's two attempts under the Bush administration to write a planning rule were shot down by court rulings, the agency is adopting a new tactic - involving the public on the front end of the process.
No Natural Resource Legislation Passed Last Week as Congress is in spring recess.
Forest Service Asked To Reverse ATV Decision: Blanche Lincoln Says Riders Revitalize Local Economy
4029tv.com Article Published March 31st by 4029tv.com Staff
A U.S. senator is hoping to keep funds flowing in one local community year-round.
On Wednesday, Sen. Blance Lincoln toured the Wolf Pen Gap all-terrain vehicle area with the chief of the Forest Service. To read more of this article link to: http://www.4029tv.com/news/23019062/detail.html
Prescribed Burns Could Reduce Carbon Emissions, Study Finds
The Spokesman-Review Article Published April 3rd by Becky Kramer
Western land managers could shrink the carbon footprint of wildfires by setting more prescribed burns, a new study says.
No Legislation or Hearings. Congress is in spring recess.
Law Declares Forestry as 'Green'
Capital Press: The West's Ag Website Article Published April 3rd by Steve Brown
Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed into law legislation designed to promote employment in the state's forest products industry by analyzing education and skill standards for existing and emerging green occupations.
USA Today Article Published April 6th by Laura Bruno
The dustup between all-terrain vehicle enthusiasts and land conservationists is intensifying this year as more people go in search of places to ride and more groups race to protect large portions of public lands. To read more of this article link to: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-04-05-atv-parks_N.htm
Proposed Action Released for Blue Mountains Forests
Burns Times-Herald Article Published March 31st by Burns Times-Herald News Staff
The Forest Service will release the Proposed Action for the revised Land and Resource Management Plans for the Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests, collectively referred to as the Blue Mountains forests, on March 29 and begin the 60-day public comment period. The Proposed Action is the result of the collaborative efforts made over the last several years and serves as a starting point for the formal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process which will include the development of an environmental impact statement. To read more of this article link to: http://burnstimesherald.info/2010/03/31/proposed-action-released-for-blue-mountains-forests/
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:
Western Governors' Association Forest Health Advisory Committee
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