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1. Vilsack Announces Partnership to Advance Commercial Potential of Cellulosic Nanomaterial from Wood
2. Harvard Study Shows Sprawl Threatens Water Quality, Climate Protection, and Land Conservation Gains in Massachusetts
3. Oregon Board OKs Controversial Forestland Sale
4. Invasives in North Andover, Moths in Maine, and Beetles in Colorado
5. Can Forest Thinning Save Santa Fe's Watershed from Catastrophic Wildfire?
Forest Products Industry
Federal Lands Management
9. Analysis Shows O&C Lands Proposals Would Provide Similar Revenue
10. Objections Filed against Idaho, Montana Forest Plans
11. Management of Mark Twain National Forest Concerns Lawmakers
12. Sides to Get Down to Business on Olympic National Forest Agreement
13. Major Tree Clearing, Timber Sale Planned for Rosemont Mine
1. Timber Manager Roger Milliken Balances Commerce, Conservation
2. William A. Powell Named Forest Biotechnologist of the Year
3. Pine Plantations Provide Optimum Conditions for Natural Forests to Develop underneath Them
1. Forests Recover Quickly after Bark Beetles Attack
2. Cloning Strong, High-Quality Forest Trees
3. From Waste to Cash Crop: $55 Million Project to Turn Forestry Byproducts into Biomaterials Could Have a Double Payoff
1. SAF Comments on US Fish and Wildlife Service's Proposed Rule to List the Northern Long-Eared Bat as an Endangered Species
2. Fellow Nominations-New Process for 2014
3. SAF Henry Clepper Forest Policy Internship Available
4. Southeastern SAF Annual Meeting & Germany Study Tour
5. 2014 SAF/CIF Call for Presentations
All of these items and more appear in the "Featured News" section on the SAF home page
USDA.gov (December 11) - US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced a public-private partnership between the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities and the USDA Forest Service to rapidly advance the development of the first US commercial facility producing cellulosic nanomaterial, a wood fiber broken down to the nanoscale.
The three-year partnership will promote cellulosic nanomaterial as a commercially viable enterprise by building on work done by the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin. The partnership seeks to overcome technical barriers to large-scale wood-based nanotechnology processing, while filling gaps in the science and technology that are needed for commercialization. Initial funding comes from the endowment and the Forest Service. The partnership is currently seeking additional public and private sector funding.
Harvard.edu (December 11) - A new study by scientists at Harvard University's Harvard Forest and the Smithsonian Institution reveals that, if left unchecked, recent trends in the loss of forests to development will undermine significant land conservation gains in Massachusetts, jeopardize water quality, and limit the natural landscape's ability to protect against climate change.
The scientists researched and analyzed four plausible scenarios for what Massachusetts could look like in the future. Developed by a group of forestry professionals, land-use planning and water policy experts, and conservation groups, the scenarios reflect contrasting patterns and intensities of land development, wood harvesting, conservation, and agriculture.
According to a Harvard press release, the 2-year study is unique in its forward-looking approach and its use of sophisticated computer models to conduct a detailed acre-by-acre analysis of the entire forested landscape of Massachusetts over 50 years.
To read the Harvard press release or to watch a video about the research, visit the Harvard Forest website.
KATU.com (December 11) - State officials have agreed to move forward with the sale of scattered tracts of the Elliott State Forest, despite objections from conservation groups that they include nesting trees for a protected bird.
Critics of the plan said the state should be working harder to ensure the land falls into the hands of environmental groups rather than private industry.
2,728 Acres of Controversy: Plan to Sell Portion of Elliott State Forest Evokes Skepticism
Statesman Journal.com (December 11)
State Land Board Agrees to Sell of Parcels in Elliott State Forest
Portland Tribune.com (December 11)
Invasive Beetle Detected in North Andover
Eagle Tribune.com (December 10) - The tiny but destructive emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle has been detected in North Andover, state environmental officials announced, raising concerns over the spread of the invasive species.
The discovery is just the second detection of the EAB in Massachusetts and the first beyond the western portion of the state.
Destructive Winter Moths Back in Maine
Press Herald.com (December 9) - Winter moths are back and flying around in more places in Maine than before.
Believed to be transported on nursery stock or in the soil carried with it, the moths in the last decade have spread through much of coastal New England and are especially numerous in Massachusetts.
While the moths are visible in early winter, hence, their name, and their damage is done in the spring, when the eggs laid on the trunks of trees hatch.
Deep Freeze in Colorado Can't Stop Beetle Threat
Associated Press (December 9) - Experts say Colorado's plunge into a deep freeze is too little and too late to disrupt the population of the destructive pine beetle.
SF Reporter.com (December 11) - Since 2011, major wildfires in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains have burned ever closer to the edge of the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed, the source of much of the city's drinking water supply. When fire does breach the boundaries-and experts say it's just a matter of time-one of the Southwest's most ambitious projects to fireproof a municipal watershed will be put to the test.
Forest Products Industry
Log Haulers in Oregon Asking for Exemption of Hours Rule Break Requirement
Overdrive Online.com (December 10) - Timber haulers in Oregon are seeking an exemption to the 30-minute break required by the hours of service rule that went into effect July 1, saying environmental and seasonal restrictions already limit their ability to get logs to mills.
According to a Federal Register notice published December 10, the Oregon Trucking Association says the break requirement "makes it impossible for log trucks to provide a sufficient volume of logs to the mills when operations are time-limited by fire restrictions."
Sky Hi Daily News.com (December 9) - When Bill Tetlow built his home in the Winter Park Highlands in 1992, his view was hemmed in by the dense lodgepole pines covering his lot. Since then, he has witnessed firsthand the changes wrought on the landscape during the pine beetle epidemic that has consumed over 3.4 million acres of Colorado forest, and many more beyond.
Beetle Aftermath Part 2: New Forestry
Sky Hi Daily News.com (December 9) - The supervisors of the Montrose Mill in Colorado's Uncompahgre Valley would like to add a second shift and double the amount of lumber it moves through the economy, but to do that they would need more supply.
As Colorado's forests experience mass disturbances, mills argue the USDA Forest Service must work to make timber available and revive a lumber industry that died out decades ago.
DNR Shares Timber Sale Revenue with 14 Counties
GC Daily World.com (December 10) - The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Forestry has notified 14 counties they will receive shares of more than $314,000 as part of an annual distribution of timber sale revenue.
DNR Forestry allocates 15 percent of timber sale revenue from state forests to counties in which harvests occur. Each county receiving funds shares half with rural and volunteer fire departments that maintain a cooperative agreement with the DNR's Fire Control Headquarters.
MWV Announces Completion of the Sale of US Forestlands to Plum Creek and the Establishment of a Partnership for its South Carolina Real Estate Assets
MeadWestvaco.com (December 6) - MeadWestvaco Corporation (MWV) recently announced completion of an agreement with Plum Creek Timber Company Inc., whereby Plum Creek has acquired all of MWV's US forestlands (501,000 acres) and has invested in a newly formed partnership comprised of MWV's development properties in the Charleston, South Carolina, region (109,000 acres).
The total consideration of the transaction was approximately $1.1 billion, and consists of $220 million in cash and $860 million in the form of a 10-year installment note that MWV expects to monetize within the next few weeks. The aggregate value of the transaction, including both parties' investments in the partnership, was approximately $1.5 billion.
MWV Closes on Land Sale to Plum Creek
Charleston Business.com (December 9)
Biomass Crop Summary Has Indications for Michigan's Bioeconomy
Michigan State University.edu (December 9) - A recent study conducted by the Energy Biosciences Institute at the University of Illinois revealed the most promising biomass species for the north central United States. The trial included woody plant species and prairie (grasses and forbes) species. In the Midwest, there are a number of potential crops that could be grown to achieve bioenergy goals.
EIA Predicts Increased Use of Wood Biomass in 2014
Biomass Magazine.com (December 10) - The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released the December issue of its "Short-Term Energy Outlook" (STEO), predicting that energy production from wood biomass and waste biomass will increase next year.
According to the STEO, wood biomass is expected to be used to generate 111,000 megawatt hours (MWh) per day of energy across all sectors next year, up from 105,000 MWh per day this year. In 2012, wood biomass was used to produce 103,000 MWh per day.
House Bill Aims to Create Renewable Electricity Standard
Biomass Magazine.com (December 10) - On December 4, Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced the Renewable Electricity Standard Act of 2013 in the US House of Representatives. The bill (HR 3654) would establish a national renewable energy standard requiring utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025.
Report: Biomass Harvest May Hurt State in Long Term
Greenville Online.com (December 8) - South Carolina's forests may be ripe to harvest woody biomass, a source that's emerged as an export to European markets to power their electrical plants, but mass cutting of small trees and undergrowth may be bad in the long term for the state's forests and its most steady forestry jobs, industry analysts say.
FutureMetrics: Northeast Pellet Heat Could Spur 1.3 Million Jobs
Biomass Magazine.com (December 5) - According to a new paper from FutureMetrics Inc., if the 6 million rural northeast US homes that currently utilize oil or propane for heating converted to pellet fuel, the economic impact would be significant and include the creation of about 1.34 million jobs.
Western Montana Pellet Manufacturers See Increase in Business with Cold
Ravelli Republic.com (December 9) - For a company that relies upon cold weather to move its product, it makes sense that Eureka Pellet Mills (EPM) has had an eye on the Farmers Almanac for some time.
Yet even knowing that frigid weather was a strong possibility this month, the employees of EPM haven't been able to keep their pellets in stock.
One of several pellet manufacturers based in western Montana, the company runs plants in Superior and Eureka. Founded in 1989, it has since expanded into the European and Asian markets and moves 60,000 tons annually.
Federal Lands Management
Bend Bulletin.com (December 11) - A new analysis of the two legislative proposals for more than 2 million acres of federally owned forests in western Oregon concludes they would generate similar amounts of revenues for timber counties.
Headwaters Economics, a Bozeman, Montana-based nonpartisan research organization, compared the plans for 2.4 million acres of Oregon & California Railroad Grant lands-known as the O&C lands-in 18 counties in western Oregon.
The plan passed by the House of Representatives, written by Reps. Peter DeFazio (D), Greg Walden (R), and Kurt Schrader (D), essentially splits the O&C lands in half, with old-growth forests set aside for conservation and other areas put into a public trust and managed to produce between 400 and 500 million board feet per year.
Last month, Sen. Ron Wyden (D) released his own plan for the lands, which would also place about half of the forests off limits for timbering. It also would expand wilderness and wild and scenic river areas, and extend protections around riparian areas.
Montana Standard.com (December 8) - Hundreds of pages of objections by 60 individuals or organizations have been filed against a USDA Forest Service draft management plan concerning two national forests with borders stretching into northern Idaho and northwestern Montana.
The new draft updates the existing 1987 forest plan. The Forest Service is using a new process that, instead of appeals, allows the filing of objections. The agency received 38 objections concerning the plan for the Kootenai National Forest, and 22 for the Idaho Panhandle National Forest.
Newsleader.com (December 10) - US Sen. Roy Blunt (R) and US Rep. Jason Smith (R) met with Kathleen Atkinson, the eastern regional forester for the USDA Forest Service, regarding concerns over controlled burns and timber management in the Mark Twain National Forest.
The legislators are working with the agency to ensure that timber harvest remains a management priority and that the use of controlled burns does not diminish the amount of harvestable timber available to industry.
Peninsula Daily News.com (December 9) - The newly formed Olympic Peninsula Collaborative will get down to business before the end of the year on discussing how forestry and environmental groups can agree to increase the Olympic National Forest timber harvest.
US Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA), whose 6th Congressional District includes Clallam and Jefferson counties, last week announced the formation of the 16-member collaborative, which includes such diverse interests as the Wild Olympics Campaign, Simpson Lumber Co., the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society, the American Forest Resource Council, and the Olympic Forest Coalition.
AZ Starnet.com (December 10) - Close to 300,000 trees, mostly junipers and oaks, would likely be cleared on public land in the Santa Rita Mountains if the proposed Rosemont Mine is built.
Clearing those trees will be controversial, but at this moment, it's not known what will happen to them afterward. The USDA Forest Service will charge Rosemont Copper for any cut trees removed from the site, and those proceeds will go to the federal Treasury.
Mine opponents say the tree clearing would symbolize Rosemont's ecological damage and that the trees offer good habitat for many bird species in the area.
Maine Biz.biz (December 9) - When Roger Milliken first came to Maine in the early 1980s, he had no idea that he'd be running one of the state's most successful timber companies for the next three decades.
In a recent interview at his home in Cumberland, Milliken reflected on half a lifetime spent building a business in one of the state's most job-scarce counties, balanced with a passionate interest in conservation and global stewardship that has only grown with the years. It's passion that brought him to the helm of one of the most respected environmental groups-The Nature Conservancy-where he was chairman of the board from 2008 to 2011.
Syracuse.com (December 10) - The Institute of Forest Biotechnology has named William A. Powell, professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and director of the Council on Biotechnology in Forestry, 2013 Forest Biotechnologist of the Year.
Powell, the fifth scientist to win this award, was nominated because of his pioneering work, leadership, and outreach using biotechnology to restore the American chestnut.
Basque Research.com (December 10) - If there is any native forest in the vicinity, tree, fern, and herbaceous species typical of these forests penetrate under the pine plantations without any need for action. That way it is possible, to a certain extent, for native forests to be restored, thanks to the process known as ecological succession. This is the conclusion reached by the Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea's Landscape, Biodiversity, and Ecosystem Services group in its research carried out on the pine plantations of Bizkaia. The work has been published in the journal Forest Ecology and Management.
Yahoo.com (December 9) - Forests look awful after a beetle attack, but the wound isn't as terrible as it looks, according to two separate studies by researchers from the University of Wyoming and the USDA Forest Service.
In Wyoming's Medicine Bow National Forest, botanist Brent Ewers of the University of Wyoming examined whether tree deaths sent more water into streams (because there is less vegetation to suck up precipitation), as well as released additional carbon and nitrogen from dead, decaying trees. Even when up to 80 percent of trees were killed by beetles, Ewers and his colleagues saw little evidence of these worrisome effects.
University of Georgia.edu (December 5) - University of Georgia researchers are working to produce faster-growing sweetgum trees by growing embryogenic sweetgum cultures in bioreactors, computer-operated systems used for growing cells under controlled conditions.
After the embryogenic cells are grown, they can be used to make embryos, which are then germinated and potted for planting.
Ottawa Citizen.com (December 10) - Researchers with Canada's National Research Council are involved in an initiative to help companies get products containing biomaterials-in this case structural insulated panels (or SIPs) in which the foam contains biomaterials such as lignin-to market.
SAF (December 2) - The Society of American Foresters submitted comments and to the US Fish and Wildlife Service regarding the agency's proposal to list the northern long-eared (NLE) bat as an endangered species.
SAF believes that listing the NLE bat will have marginal benefits to the species because a disease called white-nosed syndrome - not habitat loss or other disturbances - is the overwhelming cause of the species' decline. Widespread negative impacts on forest management activities and forest health could result if the species is listed as endangered throughout its expansive range 39-state range. Alternatively, time and resources should be devoted to strengthening existing efforts specifically designed to combat the disease. In addition, SAF believes the current comment period is insufficient due to the recent federal government shutdown.
To read SAF's comments in full, visit the Forest Policy page on the SAF website.
Changes to the Fellow nomination process are effective 2014. Nominations are due directly to the SAF National Office by February 28. Additional information about the new process and 2014 nomination forms are available on the SAF website.
Inquiries about the new Fellow process should be sent to Patricia Adadevoh, (866) 897-8720, ext. 123.
SAF's Henry Clepper Forest Policy Internship at SAF's national office in Bethesda, MD, will be available after January 6th, 2014 for graduate or upper-level undergraduate students enrolled in accredited forestry programs, other natural resource programs, or in public policy programs with a forestry background. Knowledge of the programs, positions, and services of the Society of American Foresters is a plus. Interns serve as an assistant to the SAF policy staff and will be expected to perform duties such as preparing background reports, monitoring legislation, and serving as a liaison to other natural resource organizations.
Stipend: $1400 per month
Time Commitment: Flexible with a minimum term of 3 months
To apply: Send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of references to Danielle Watson, Society of American Foresters, 5400 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20184-2198.
For more information, contact the SAF Policy Department at (301) 897-8720, ext. 202.
Southeastern SAF Annual Meeting
"12 Tons/ac/yr: The Science of Sustainably Enhancing Southern Pine Productivity"
January 26-28, 2014
Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort
Panama City Beach, FL
Category 1-CF Hours: 10
For more information, contact: Sharon Dolliver
Germany Study Tour
Join your fellow foresters July 24-August 5, 2014 (post-tour August 6-8) on a study tour to Germany and participate in once-in-a-lifetime visits to private estates and castles, including a visit to Carl Alwin Schenck's hometown during festival days!
For information regarding the tour itinerary, costs, and registration contact John Palmer.
In 2014, SAF will partner with the Canadian Institute of Forestry/l'Institut forestier du Canada (CIF/IFC) for our national convention. In addition, the convention will be co-located with the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) World Congress.
This exceptional gathering-organized under the theme "Remodeling the Forest Science-Management Partnership"-will bring several thousand forest scientists and managers from more than 100 countries together in Salt Lake City during the first full week in October.
Presentation submissions deadline: March 9, 2014
Notification of acceptance: April 2014
Poster submissions deadline: September 1, 2014
Notification of acceptance: September 22, 2014
All presenters must register for the convention.
Note: Abstracts submitted for the IUFRO World Congress are not automatically submitted for the SAF/CIF convention. To be considered for the convention, you must submit an abstract to the SAF/CIF Abstract Submission Site.
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