In This Issue ...
1. A Look Back 35 Years after Mount St. Helens' Deadly Eruption
2. Sustainable Forestry Initiative Brings Teams from Across North America to Break a World Record for a Cause
3. Dodging a Bullet: One Year after the Slie Fire
4. Rainforest Alliance Announces New Project Focused on Sustainable Forestry in Southeastern United States
5. County Drops Logging Certification
6. Wildfire News Roundup
1. Anti-Logging Lawsuits Hurt Fight against Forest Fires, Officials Say
2. Complaints by Truckers, Loggers over 4FRI Mount
3. Tongass Plan Makes Its Debut
4. Helena Group Sues over East Reservoir Timber Sale
5. More than 19,000 Public Comments Submitted for Forest Plan Revision
1. Report: Things Are Looking Up for East Texas Timber Industry
2. Timber Investing: Calpers Selling Timber Holdings, Harvard Invests in Plantations
3. FSC Launches Video Showing Sustainable Office Developments
4. Water Logged: Firm Reclaims Timber Lost to Maine's Frigid Rivers
5. Why Oregon Doesn't Have More Forests Sold for Carbon Credits
1. Oregon Taps Wood Energy Experts to Tackle Forest Health
2. Sen. Ron Wyden Introduces Grant Program to Improve Biomass Innovation
3. Supervisors Spar over Biomass Facility; Delays Could Jeopardize Millions in State Funding
4. Biomass Power Plants Running Out of Steam
5. Wood Pellet Exports from the US Increased for the 12th Consecutive Quarter
1. Initiative Seeks Better Habitat to Help Minnesota's Moose
2. Forest Health Diagnostics Forum Offers Free, Accurate Way to Diagnose Pests and Diseases
3. Understory Restoration in Longleaf Pine Ecosystems
1. SAF Media Moments
2. New Journal of Forestry and Forest Science Articles Available this Week
3. Openings for Vice-President and Board of Directors
4. 2015 SAF National Convention News
5. SAF State Society Meetings
6. Apply Now for 2015 Ben Meadows Scholarships
7. SAF Welcomes New and Returning Members
Pressherald.com (May 17) - Thirty-five years ago, Mount St. Helens in southwest Washington state erupted, killing 57 people, blasting more than 1,300 feet off the top of the mountain, and raining volcanic ash for miles around. Today, the volcano has become a world-class outdoor laboratory for the study of volcanoes, ecosystems, and forestry, as well as a major recreational and tourist destination.
SFIprogram.org (May 20) - People of all ages and backgrounds from across the US and Canada came together May 20 to break the Guinness World Record for the most trees planted in one hour by small teams. Organized by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI), more than 200,000 trees were planted simultaneously in 28 different communities.
The record attempt involved more than 1,100 participants, across four time zones, including industry representatives, community organizations, youth groups, conservation groups, and SFI Implementation Committees. Each team of 25 to 100 people planted trees simultaneously from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT, in locations ranging from New York City to Vancouver Island in British Columbia. One team of 100 people, led by SFI program participant J.D. Irving Limited even exceeded the existing record by planting 52,598 trees. The tree-planting initiative is but one example of SFI's work to promote responsible forest management and sustainable communities.
Note: SAF members across the country, as well as members of the SAF staff, participated in this event.
AZdailysun.com (May 19) - Rory Steinke, the leader of the Forest Service's Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team, is leading colleagues venturing into the Slide Fire burn area for the first major evaluation of how the forest inside the burn perimeter has recovered one year after the fire began.
Rainforest-alliance.org (May 18) - The Rainforest Alliance has announced a new grant that will strengthen sustainable forest management with small landowners in the southeastern United States. The program is funded by a $1.35 million combined investment from four major forestry and paper-goods companies, including Avery Dennison, Columbia Forest Products, Domtar, and Staples, Inc.
In conjunction with the companies, the alliance aims to create sustainable management plans and improve market opportunities for small landowners. They also plan to extend invitations to environmental stakeholders, landowners, state and local governments, and brands to participate, while identifying larger, regional risks associated with climate change and water preservation.
Twoharborsmn.com (May 15) - Lake County, Minnesota withdrew its Forest Stewardship Council certification for wood harvested on its land this week.
Land Commissioner Nate Eide said he spoke to the customers who purchase the majority of Lake County wood, and most said they would still buy the wood products if they weren't certified. Local loggers who have spoken at recent county meetings said they approved of the county dropping the designation as well.
Plan Aims to Protect Northeast Nebraska from Wildfires
Norfolkdailynews.com (May 19)
High Fire Danger Persists through Interior Alaska, Copper River Valley
Newsminer.com (May 18)
In the Dry West, US Puts Homes and Firefighters in the Path of Wildfires
Standard.net (May 17)
Wildfires Burn More than 15,000 Acres at Big Cypress
News-press.com (May 17)
SacBee.com (May 14) - Lawsuits from environmental groups are snagging badly needed efforts to log forests in California's fire-prone Sierra Nevada Mountains, lawmakers and witnesses told a House of Representatives subcommittee last week.
According to a study presented at the hearing, between 1989 and 2008, 1,125 lawsuits were filed challenging US Forest Service land management decisions. The agency settled about one-quarter of the cases and won nearly 54 percent of them.
SAF member Bob Malmsheimer quoted.
AZDailysun.com (May 20) - In the coming year, the US Forest Service is set to open up more than 41,000 acres for thinning and biomass removal across the 3.2 million-acre Four Forest Restoration Initiative.
But a recent letter sent by one of the region's prominent logging companies, as well as comments from several of the area's longtime loggers and wood processors indicate that in the eyes of many, 4FRI, as well as the company holding the largest contract on the project, are still falling short.
JuneauEmpire.com (May 19) - Though some doubted it could be done, the group of industry leaders, scientists, conservationists, and government representatives has reached a consensus: the Tongass Advisory Committee has submitted its draft recommendations for managing timber harvests in the national forest that covers much of southeast Alaska.
Helenair.com (May 13) - The Alliance for the Wild Rockies of Helena, Montana, has sued the Kootenai National Forest over a logging project it claims will lose almost $2.6 million in tax dollars.
Kootenai Forest officials said they cannot comment on the lawsuit, but did say the project has gone through years of work with the community to meet local needs.
Big Timber Project Appealed
Dailyinterlake.com (May 13) - A lawsuit over the Kootenai National Forest's East Reservoir Project was filed in federal court earlier this week against the forest, the US Forest Service, the Department of Agriculture, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
It alleges that the agencies failed to adequately consider impacts to threatened grizzly bear, lynx, and bull trout habitat, violated federal environmental laws, and failed to fully inform the public of potential impacts from added roads and motorized trails.
Flatheadbeacon.com (May 19) - The Flathead National Forest received more than 19,000 public comments for a proposed revision of its management plan, according to the US Forest Service.
In early March, the Forest Service began collecting input on the makeover of its broad management strategy for the Flathead National Forest, which spans 2.4 million acres across northwest Montana.
SAF member Joe Krueger quoted.
Cambodia Daily.com (May 20) - As Cambodia's tree cover recedes due to legal and illegal logging, people who live off the forests recently gathered in Phnom Penh to brainstorm ways to improve the country's fledgling green economy and increase the chances of preserving local environments.
Blog.CIFOR.org (May 18) - Keeping carbon stored in trees. That's one major way of tackling climate change.
Natural regeneration, replanting, native tree plantations, commercial plantations, and agroforestry systems have all been used as part of reforestation efforts.
But a new study has found we can do better by ensuring that communities and ecosystems surrounding and within the forests are also more resilient to climate change.
The Guardian.com (May 14) - Apple is carving out a status for itself as a forest defender. That's the role the electronics giant has assumed in an effort to increase the sustainable forestry pulp and paper supply that it needs for packaging.
Recently, Apple announced a plan to work with the World Wildlife Fund to improve the management of 1 million acres of forests in China. This follows the iPhone maker's announcement last month to donate money to Conservation Fund to buy and protect 36,000 acres of forests from commercial development other than forestry product production in Maine and North Carolina.
Forest preservation groups welcomed the move, saying Apple's motivation and its conservation approach set it apart from other corporate efforts to use more sustainably harvested forest products.
KTRE.com (May 14) - Texas A&M Forest Service has released a Texas Timber Market Report and it has good reviews and a good outlook for the east Texas timber industry.
New mills across east Texas provide additional markets. Last year, a wood pellet plant and a biomass plant facility opened in Woodville. Another OSB plant is opening in Corrigan, and Norbord has reopened its Marion County plant.
Prices for pine pulpwood timber rose 26 percent according to Texas Timber Price Trend data. Hardwood prices are up too, primarily due to wet weather.
Calpers Puts Portion of Timber Holdings Up for Sale
WSJ.com (May 14) - The California Public Employees' Retirement System, or Calpers, is seeking buyers for roughly 300,000 acres of forestland largely in Louisiana amid a broader review of its timber holdings, according to people familiar with the matter. The woodland represents about one-fifth of roughly 1.3 million US acres controlled by the Sacramento-based fund.
The move with timberland is the latest retrenchment for Calpers as it re-evaluates the costs and benefits of all holdings across its $305-billion portfolio and wrestles with how much risk to take to achieve targeted returns. The fund faces tens of billions in unfunded pension liabilities.
Harvard Invests in Australian Tree Plantation
HeraldSun.com.au (May 14) - Harvard University has taken a stake in a 399-hectare plantation operated by Tropical Forestry Services (TFS) in the Douglas-Daly region, about 150km south of Darwin.
TFS confirmed the investment when it transferred part of its water license to an Australian company owned by Harvard.
Intelligentbuildingtoday.com (May 15) - The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has launched a new video to show how British Land, Mace, and Make Architects have delivered one of London's largest and most significant new office developments using only responsibly-sourced timber for the wood used in the building, and during its construction.
NPR.org (May 16) - Before the nation had highways, loggers had to move cut timber by floating it down rivers. But not all logs made it downstream to saw mills. In Maine, millions of logs still lie below the cold currents of rivers and at the bottoms of lakes. The Maine Heritage Timber Company is eager to reclaim this special wood.
Golocalpdx.com (May 15) - A trailblazing tree trend could capture carbon in Oregon's forests mitigating the effects of global warming-at least if the relatively young concept of the carbon market turns out to be more enticing than the price of timber.
BizJournals.com (May 19) - The Oregon Department of Forestry is forming a new team to boost the value of forest waste products in a move meant to improve forest health and lessen the severity of forest fires.
The state received $250,000 from the US Forest Service to create a Statewide Wood Energy Team or SWET. The relatively new concept unites forest experts from the public and private sector to pursue projects that boost the commercial value of the scrub trees and bushes clogging the state's forests.
Fierce Energy.com (May 18) - Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has been working to increase the use of biomass in his state and the country, and has introduced another bill with the goal of improving technologies for woody biomass.
The bill, the Bioenergy Act of 2015, would create a cost-share grant program at the Department of Energy (DOE) to improve technology in the area, including those that would "improve technologies for drying and compressing woody biomass, which improves fuel quality and allows biomass producers to more easily transport wood products from forested areas to market," Sen. Wyden said in a statement.
Plumas News.com (May 17) - Plumas Supervisors Lori Simpson and Sherrie Thrall were on opposite sides of the rooms as well on opposite sides of the issue during a May 5 discussion on a proposed biomass boiler to be located between the county's health and human services building and Feather River College.
While Simpson wanted to push forward, Thrall called for the project to go through competitive bidding and environmental processes.
Dailydemocrat.com (May 14) - With utilities in California choosing not to renew contracts with biomass power plants and plants closing as a result, fewer facilities remain to process orchard waste and other biomass-leaving growers looking for solutions.
Digital journal.com (May 15) - Exports of wood pellets from North America to Europe and Asia reached an all-time high rising 22 percent in 2014 from the previous year, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. Shipments from the United States were up 40 percent year-over-year, while Canada exported six percent less in 2014 than in 2013.
Newsobserver.com (May 18) - About 40 percent of Durham, North Carolina's 108 square miles is covered by trees, which provide the city's residents with shade, healthier air, and beauty.
To keep that arboreal canopy intact, Durham needs to plant an estimated 1,680 new trees every year for the next 20 years, according to a study by the city's Environmental Affairs Board.
Alex Johnson, the city's urban forestry manager, estimates Durham will lose an average of 650 of those large trees per year over the next 20, plus another 100 smaller trees such as maples and crepe myrtles due to storm damage, accidents, and natural attrition.
Cleveland.com (May 19) - The city of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, will pay Knowles Municipal Forestry LLC, a Kent urban forestry service, $59,550 to create an inventory system for trees.
The inventory system will help the city plan for tree trimming and maintenance. The city also needs to know where ash trees infested with the emerald ash borer are located so they can be taken down.
LCsun-News.com (May 14) - Since Las Cruces Tree Stewards was established in 2012, volunteers have contributed more than 1,300 hours of community service and planted more than 500 trees in parks and other public areas throughout the town.
The Parks and Recreation Department recruits and trains 20 volunteers each year "to help the department expand its new planting of trees and to provide better care for the existing landscape inventories," according to the Parks and Recreation website.
Boulder County Preparing Plans for Managing Emerald Ash Borer Infestations
Timescall.com (May 19) - Boulder County's staff has begun preparing a multiyear plan for managing the potential threat the emerald ash borer poses to the health of about 1,500 ash trees on county-managed properties and county road rights-of-way.
Ash Borer Efforts Slowing Other Arbor Work in Champaign
News-gazette.com (May 14)- The city is falling behind on its pruning and removal services because of the continued problem with emerald ash borer.
Agriview.com (May 14) - Revisions to Chapter NR 40 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code include the listing of additional species, and delisting or downlisting currently regulated species under the state's Invasive Species Identification, Classification, and Control rule. Listings of more than 100 species were revised to respond to changing conditions.
A major update includes revising the status of species that have become established in Wisconsin since they were first listed as prohibited in 2009. This includes the emerald ash borer, which has destroyed tens of thousands of ash trees in Wisconsin.
KTVZ.com (May 19) - As part of an ongoing campaign to halt the spread of invasive weeds, land managers plan to treat around 4,800 acres of infestations this year on sites administered by the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland.
Twincities.com (May 19) - Northeastern Minnesota's moose population is down to around 3,450, about 60 percent lower than the estimated 8,840 in 2006. Scientists are still trying to understand why, but they suspect interplay among warmer temperatures, parasites, disease, and changing forest habitat. The state suspended moose hunting in 2013.
Aided by nearly $3 million in state money, the Minnesota Moose Habitat Collaborative is using prescribed burns, selective logging, brush-cutting, and planting about 2.5 million trees to provide better food and cover across 8,500 acres of Minnesota's prime moose territory.
And in other wildlife news:
Louisiana Black Bear on Path to Leave Threatened List
Advocate.com (May 21) - The Louisiana black bear recently got some good news, when the US Fish and Wildlife Service said it is no longer in danger of extinction during the next 100 years.
State and federal officials said the process to remove the Louisiana black bear from the endangered species list has begun.
Listed in 1992 as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, the announcement to delist the bear happened 10 years earlier than even the recovery plan for the bear anticipated.
SAF member Buck Vandersteen quoted.
US Forest Service (May 12) - A new online resource offers help to landowners in diagnosing insect or disease-related problems in their backyards, groves, or forests. Run by forest health specialists at the University of Florida and the Florida Forest Service, the Forest Health Diagnostics Forum offers a free, fast, and accurate way to diagnose forest pests and diseases in Florida and the southeast.
US Forest Service (May 19) - US Forest Service scientist Joan Walker and her colleagues have developed a roadmap for restoring longleaf pine forests, especially their understory plant communities.
ThePlainsman.com (May 19) - Auburn and Tuskegee Universities are partnering to research heir property with the help of a grant from the US Department of Agriculture's Agriculture and Food Research Institute.
Heir property is land passed down to several people after the original owner dies without a will. A lack of education and mistrust of the government and lawyers led to people not writing wills.
Registerguard.com (May 18) - Cross-laminated timber, or CLT, is an engineered wood product slowly gaining ground in the United States that advocates say could take wood construction to new heights.
Ocala.com (May 17) - Bob Simons spent his entire career as a forester developing forest management plans for private landowners. But whenever he was out in the woods working, he kept his eyes peeled for big trees.
The Gainesville resident is part of a community of big-tree hunters always on the lookout for possible record-sized trees. Simons has identified a handful of champion trees, including a national champion in the Ocala National Forest.
SAF member Greg Barton quoted.
WA Names Stephen Bernath as Deputy Supervisor for Forest Practices
DNR.wa.giv (May 18) - Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark announced that he will appoint environmental scientist and SAF member Stephen Bernath as deputy supervisor for forest practices. Bernath, who has previously served in senior forestry roles at the Department of Natural Resources, is following state forester Aaron Everett in the position.
Former Douglas County Commissioner Receives Forestry Award
Theworldlink.com (May 18) - Former Douglas County commissioner Doug Robertson has received the Forestry Appreciation Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF). Robertson received the award on April 30 at the OSAF annual meeting in Eugene.
Op-Eds by SAF Members
National Forests: Intensive Management Is Safest
By Roger C. Lund
Missoulian.com (May 20)
"Given due respect to the expected hotter, drier, future forest conditions … intensive forest management is the safest, most responsible choice."
The following articles were posted to our "fast track" online prepublication platform this week:
México-Addressing Challenges to Reforestation
O. Burney, A. Aldrete, R.A. Reyes, J.A. Preito Ruíz, J.R. Sánchez Velazquez, and J.G. Mexal
Hansel and Gretel Walk in the Forest, Landowners Walk in the Woods: A Qualitative Examination of the Language Used by Family Forest Owners
K. Andrejczk, B.J. Butler, M.L. Tyrrell, and J. Langer
Impact of Plot Size and Spatial Pattern of Forest Attributes on Sampling Efficacy
Z. Hou, Q. Xu, S. Hartikainen, P. Antilla, T. Packalen, M. Maltamo, and T. Tokola
Interested in what your colleagues have been reading? Below are the top most downloaded articles from each of SAF's scientific journal publications for the month of April.
The Right to Risk in Wilderness (Journal of Forestry Vol. 79, No. 3)
Evaluating Timberland Investment Opportunities in the United States: A Real Options Analysis (Forest Science Vol. 61, No. 2)
To see the complete top 10 most downloaded article lists, visit the publications page on the SAF website, click on the journal you wish to view, then click Most Downloaded Articles.
The Society of American Foresters is now accepting candidates for vice-president and board of directors.
Note the following dates:
On November 1, 2015 a vice-president and three directors representing voting districts 3, 6, and 9 will be elected for three-year terms beginning January 1, 2016. The vice-president will hold that office for one year, then serve one year as president, and one year on the Board as immediate past-president. Election to the Board is by district.
Elected directors shall be current, professional members and elected for three-year terms. They shall not serve consecutive terms nor be elected for more than two terms.
The Board of Directors provides leadership and direction to the Society to ensure the achievement of its mission. Directors are responsible to SAF members for: fiduciary matters including monitoring and approving the management of the funds and properties of the SAF; assuring the development of appropriate plans for the organization; establishing SAF's direction and monitoring its implementation; reviewing national office programs as they relate to SAF's mission; developing with staff input appropriate governance policies and direction to the CEO to achieve the mission of the SAF; serving as a communication link from the Board to the members; reviewing, accepting, remanding, or approving reports of Board-appointed committees and task forces, the Forest Science & Technology Board, and House of Society Delegates; reviewing and ensuring compliance of relevant laws; ensuring that SAF, at all levels, operates in compliance with antitrust laws as stated in the SAF Antitrust Policy.
Instructions and Forms for Board of Directors and Vice-Presidential Candidates are posted on the SAF website.
For more information, contact Patricia Adadevoh, Leadership Services Manager, Society of American Foresters, 5400 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814-2198; (866) 897-8720, ext. 123.
2015 SAF Convention News
The 2015 SAF National Convention-Recreating Forestry-"The Confluence of Science, Society, and Technology"-will highlight a variety of contemporary forest resource management issues, including the trends, influences, and technologies that are facilitating the profession's progress toward the future.
The meeting will take place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where attendees will enjoy fabulous hospitality, the charm of Louisiana's capital city on the banks of the mighty Mississippi, and world-renowned cuisine alongside a scientific and technical program that provides an intrinsic opportunity for exploring the many links between the social, economic, and ecological considerations that form modern forest stewardship. Visit the SAF Convention website for full event details.
Abstract submission is now open for individual presentations and panels in the scientific and technical concurrent sessions or poster symposium. Submit Your Presentation or Poster
New for 2015! The "Boots on the Ground" concurrent track is designed to present case studies and research that can help field foresters find solutions to management problems they face on a regular basis. Topics may include (but are not limited to):
New for 2015! The SAF Matters concurrent track is designed to provide a forum for members to discuss various issues, share best practices for State Society management, or learn about and promote ongoing and upcoming initiatives.
We encourage your submissions on these and other topics: Recreating Forestry through Science, Recreating Forestry through Society, Recreating Forestry through Technology, Recreating Forestry through Education and Outreach, Agroforestry, Consulting Forestry, Entomology & Pathology, Economics, Fire, Forest Ecology, Geospatial Technologies, History, International Forestry, Inventory & Biometrics, Policy, Recreation, Silviculture, Social Sciences, Soils & Hydrology, US Forest Service National Silviculture Workshop (NSW), Urban & Community Forestry, Utilization & Engineering, and Wildlife Management.
Maryland-Delaware Division SAF Spring Meeting
Woodmont Lodge, Hancock, MD
Category 1-CF Hours: 5.0
Contact: Robert Feldt; (410) 260-8529
Missouri SAF/National Walnut Council Meeting
Hampton Inn, St. Charles, MO
Category 1-CF Hours: 17.25
Contact: Nate Goodrich; (573) 876-9402
Apply now for the $2,500 Academic Achievement and Leadership Natural Resource Scholarships from Ben Meadows!
All scholarship candidates must be enrolled, full time, as a junior or senior in a natural resource program working toward a bachelor's degree, which includes, but not limited to, agroforestry, urban forestry, environmental studies, natural resource management, natural resource recreation, wildlife management, wood science, and fisheries management.
Applications are due by June 30. Eligible students are encouraged to apply. Instructions, complete requirements, and the application form can be found on the Ben Meadows website.
Below are the new and returning members for the first half of May:
Welcome to SAF!Travis Acuna, NY
Welcome back to SAF!Rachael Biggs, AZ
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