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April 18, 2014

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I. Featured News

1. NFWF, USDA Announce $678,000 in Grants for Restoration of Degraded Mined Lands
2. Drilling in Pennsylvania Forests: "Impacts and Trade-Offs"
3. Major Mitigation Work Continues in the Colorado Springs Area
4. Oregon May Sell Off Forestlands It Can't Log
5. Damage by Wild Hogs Costs Alabama $800 Million

Forest Products Industry

6. State Sues Timber Company over North Idaho Wildfire
7. Talking Timber at Spring Celebration
8. Biomass News

Federal Lands Management

9. SAF Testifies on Budget Priorities, Sends Letter to House in Support of FIA
10. Wildfire News
11. Ohio Legislator Introduces Timber Theft Legislation
12. Representatives Show Support for Paper Industry, Forest Management
13. CSKT Official Says Forests Managed Better with Less on Reservation

II. Publications, Resources, and Items of Interest

1. The Northwest's Forest Plan: 20 Years of Fighting
2. Students Rally Against Harvard's Management of Timber Plantations in Argentina
3. Society of American Foresters Honor Fast with Mollie Beattie Award

III. Science and Technology

1. MSU Researchers Develop Timber-Management Software
2. Forest Carbon Sequestration May Be Dependent on Soil Nutrients
3. Amazon Trees Vulnerable to Fire and Climate Combination

IV. SAF News

1. SAF Accepting Nominations for Vice-President and Council
2. Need Money for School? Apply for a Ben Meadows Natural Resources Scholarship
3. 2014 SAF Convention News-Info on Everything from Airfare to Presentations
4. SAF Members: Give Us Your Comments on the Internal Communications Survey
5. SAF Meetings


I. Featured News

All of these items and more appear in the "Featured News" section on the SAF home page

1. NFWF, Forest Service Announce $678,000 in Grants for Restoration of Degraded Mined Lands

US Forest Service (April 17) - The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the US Forest Service-State and Private Forestry have announced $678,000 in grants to support forest restoration on old, degraded mined land areas at sites in Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. State foresters from those states, or their designated partners, will receive grants through the Appalachian Forest Renewal Initiative, a new partnership between NFWF and the US Forest Service. These six grants will provide a 1:1 match in additional funds and in-kind support resulting in an overall $1.35 million investment in forest restoration on priority sites for enhancement and protection of biodiversity.

Established in August 2013, the goal of the Appalachian Forest Renewal Initiative is to restore forest habitat on small-to-medium-sized project areas across the coal-mining region of Appalachia. Targeted sites include a mixture of existing forest, quality streams, and previously mined land, adjacent to biologically rich protected Federal, state, or NGO lands. Projects will integrate practices that include stream restoration, timber/fuels management using the latest forest management bird conservation BMPs, tree planting, invasive plants management, and more to accomplish multiple ecological/habitat enhancement objectives.

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2. Drilling in Pennsylvania Forests: "Impacts and Trade-Offs"

Philly.com (April 16) - About 1,486 acres of Pennsylvania state forestland has been converted to roads, pipelines, and well pads for Marcellus Shale natural gas development, according to a new state monitoring report.

Drilling companies have upgraded or constructed 161 miles of roads in state forests, including 30 miles of new roads. They also have cut 104 miles of pipeline corridors in the forests.

The 265-page monitoring report, prepared by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the agency that manages state forests, presents a mixed initial accounting of drilling's effects on public lands.

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3. Major Mitigation Work Continues in the Colorado Springs Area

The Gazette.com (April 14) - Volunteers and paid crews are working across the Pikes Peak region on wildfire and flood mitigation after two years of devastating disasters.

Still, building a cohesive fire mitigation effort is a challenge, as is persuading homeowners to mitigate fire danger, officials said. Getting cooperation at the state level hasn't been any easier.

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4. Oregon May Sell Off Forestlands It Can't Log

Columbian.com (April 13) - The state of Oregon will consider selling the Elliott State Forest, where legal battles over logging and protections for threatened species have reduced revenues for schools.

Jim Paul, assistant director of the Department of State Lands, said the forest has turned from an asset into a liability, costing the Common School fund $3 million last year.

Paul added that selling off the whole forest, whether to a timber company or conservation groups, is just one in a spectrum of possibilities that will be examined by department staff in coming months so the State Lands Board can make a decision.

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5. Damage by Wild Hogs Costs Alabama $800 Million

Montgomery Advertiser.com (April 16) - Causing more than $1.5 billion in damages in the United States and $800 million in Alabama, wild hogs are a growing problem across the country and the state.

Although hunting hogs may be a solution, hunters have proven to be as much a part of the problem as a part of the solution.

The number of wild hogs in Alabama has increased to a quarter million, partially because hunters have illegally moved feral swine across the state.

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Forest Products Industry

6. State Sues Timber Company over North Idaho Wildfire

CDA Press.com (April 17) - Idaho officials have filed a lawsuit against a timber company and its contractor, contending they're responsible for a wildfire that killed 20-year-old Forest Service firefighter Anne Veseth, and burned more than 300 acres in North Idaho.

The lawsuit names Potlatch Land and Lumber, Potlatch Forest Holdings, Clearwater Paper Corporation, Potlatch Corporation, and DABCO Inc., a Kamiah-based logging contractor.

Idaho officials contend the DABCO logging crew started the fire using equipment that didn't meet Forest Service standards, which are required by law.

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7. Talking Timber at Spring Celebration

Daily Press.net (April 15) - 650 loggers and forest products industry representatives recently gathered at the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association's (GLPTA) 6th Annual Spring Celebration at the Island Resort and Casino in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Keynote speaker was Jim Petersen, cofounder of the Evergreen Foundation, a nonprofit forestry research and educational organization with a goal to help the public understand and support science-based forestry.

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8. Biomass News

Biomass Emissions Question Arises Again

Clean Technica.com (April 14) - It's hard to imagine a subject that would find The Wall Street Journal and the environmental website Grist in agreement, but burning wood for energy has achieved it. Both have cited the scientific work of Mary S. Booth, a former Environmental Working Group scientist who now works for the Partnership for Policy Integrity.

Booth's report casts burning wood in power plants as more damaging to air quality and the atmosphere than burning coal.

The Biomass Power Association of the US naturally disputes Booth's report saying, "Biomass is a clean, renewable energy source that our nation relies upon to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels."

Maine Agency to Reassess $25 Million Bond for Thermogen Startup

Portland Press Herald.com (April 15) - A controversial $25 million bond the state planned to sell on behalf of a startup company that wants to launch a biomass fuel project in Millinocket, Maine, is up in the air after the company announced a significant change in the project's scope.

Lafarge Cement Operations Will Test Torrefied Biomass as Substitute for Coal

Pulp and Paper Canada.com (April 15) - A commercial demonstration of the use of biomass-based solid fuels instead of coal at cement plants or coal-fired utilities in British Columbia has received funding of $1 million from the BC Bioenergy Network.

BC Bioenergy Network, a provincially funded organization supporting the bioenergy sector in British Columbia, will support Diacarbon Energy Inc.'s demonstration of its Torrefaction Bioreactor Technology. Diacarbon will produce a renewable and sustainable biocoal derived from wood residuals that will displace coal used by Lafarge Canada's cement operations in British Columbia.

Washington DNR to Hold Mobile Pyrolysis Demonstration

Biomass Magazine.com (April 15) - The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring a mobile pyrolysis technology demonstration on May 8, which will be held at the SDS Lumber Facility in Bingen, Washington. The demonstration will include conversion of wood chips into bio-oil, bio-char, and syngas.

EIA Predicts Increased Energy Generation from Renewables

Biomass Magazine (April 10) - The US Energy Information Administration has published the April issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, which includes forecasts for bioenergy production and the use of wood in home heating applications.

Within the report, the EIA notes that periods of extreme cold in the Midwest and Northeast this winter caused spikes in wholesale electricity prices at certain times of peak demand.

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Federal Lands Management

9. SAF Testifies on Budget Priorities, Sends Letter to House in Support of FIA

SAF Testifies before House Committee on FY 2015 Budget Priorities

SAF (April 10) - This testimony highlights SAF's top priorities in the FY 2015 budget process. These priorities impact a range of programs within USFS and DOI. Recognizing fiscal constraints, these requests will assist forest managers in sustaining our nation's forests and providing a multitude of benefits for generations to come.

SAF Sends Letter to House Committee Supporting the Forest Inventory And Analysis Program in FY 2015

SAF (April 14) - SAF was one of several organizations that signed on to a letter to the House of Representatives in support of increased funding to the Forest Inventory and Analysis program (FIA). As stated in the letter:

"We are concerned by the cuts to FIA in recent years and ask you to renew a strong commitment to the FIA program and the crucial data it supplies to decisionmakers. Given the increasing pressures facing our forests-from wildfire, insects and disease, development, and new wood using facilities-the FIA program is more important now than ever before."

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10. Wildfire News

Administration Outlines New Wildfire Strategy

US Forest Service (April 9) - As the 2014 wildfire season approaches, US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and Council on Environmental Quality Acting Chair Mike Boots recently released the Administration's National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy. This strategy, developed by federal, state, tribal, and local community partners, and public stakeholders, outlines new approaches to coordinate and integrate efforts to restore and maintain healthy landscapes, prepare communities for fire season, and better address the nation's wildland fire threats.

California Wildfire Study: Spend on Prevention to Save on Disasters

KQED.org (April 11) - A new study from the US Forest Service and two environmental groups finds that investing in forest management could shrink the size of wildfires and save California hundreds of millions of dollars.

Scientists from The Nature Conservancy, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, and the Forest Service concluded that forest management could save two to three times what it costs to fight and clean up after fires, and shrink the size and intensity of fires up to 75 percent.

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11. Ohio Legislator Introduces Timber Theft Legislation

Springfield News-Sun.com (April 16) - State Rep. Ross McGregor wants legislation that would allow for better prosecution in timber theft crimes, but the state forestry association has concerns the bill could over-regulate the industry.

House Bill 515, introduced by McGregor last week, would require a written agreement between landowners and the timber harvester that specifically shows which trees should be cut down. It would also require a written record of timber harvested from the landowner and requires records be kept by timber harvesters to allow for transparency.

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12. Representatives Show Support for Paper Industry, Forest Management

Congressman Nolan Talks Timber from Grand Rapids to Bigfork

NNCNOW.com (April 14) - US Congressman Rick Nolan made his way to Grand Rapids, Minnesota, to meet with representatives of the logging industry, local elected officials, and representatives from Minnesota Department of Transportation for an update concerning the highway's reconstruction.

Congressman Nolan acknowledged the struggling paper industry and said he hopes to help by also addressing unfair federal trade practices.

Daines Backs Forest Management Provision

Helena Independent Record.com (April 13) - Montana Representative Steve Daines sent a letter to the Secretary of Agriculture urging swift consideration and approval of 5.1 million acres of Montana's national forests for expedited forest management, including logging.

The April 9 letter from Daines to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack commended democratic Gov. Steve Bullock's nomination of 30 percent of the state's forests under a provision of the 2014 Farm Bill.

The provision allows the governor to nominate forests deemed unhealthy because of disease or insect infestation for categorical exclusions under the National Environmental Policy Act, meaning that administrative appeals of decisions on forest management like logging would be eliminated from the decisionmaking process. Vilsack must then approve the nominations before forest work can go forward.

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13. CSKT Official Says Forests Managed Better with Less on Reservation

Missoulian.com (April 12) - The vice chairwoman of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) told a congressional committee that the nation would not experience the devastating wildfires it does if US forests were managed the way forestland on the Flathead Indian Reservation is.

Testifying in Washington, DC, before the House Natural Resources Committee, Carole Lankford said the rest of the country could learn much about healthy forests from her tribes.

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II. Publications, Resources, and Items of Interest

1. The Northwest's Forest Plan: 20 Years of Fighting

Crosscut.com (April 13) - Sunday, April 13, 2014 marked the 20th anniversary of the Northwest Forest Plan, the Clinton administration document designed to save Northern spotted owls, marbled murrelets, wild salmon, and the many other critters that live in the Northwest's old-growth and mature federal forests. The federal Record of Decision was published on that date in 1994.

The fight to save the northern spotted owl-and the old-growth forests for which it became both a symbol and a surrogate-was perhaps the most significant environmental conflict of the late 20th century. It was repeatedly the headline environmental event in the Pacific Northwest, inspiring a logging truck protest in downtown Olympia, a rash of bumper stickers-"If it's hootin' I'm shootin'"-and an April 1993 conference that drew newly elected President Bill Clinton, Vice-President Al Gore, and five cabinet members to Portland.

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2. Students Rally Against Harvard's Management of Timber Plantations in Argentina

The Crimson.com (April 14) - The Responsible Investment at Harvard Coalition recently held a rally on the steps of Widener Library and Massachusetts Hall to protest the University's management of timber plantations it owns in Argentina. The rally comes after much debate over the plantations, including allegations of mismanagement in the fall, and the announcement of the recertification of the plantations last week.

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3. Society of American Foresters Honor Fast with Mollie Beattie Award

Fosters.com (April 14) - UNH Cooperative Extension Forester Andrew Fast has received further recognition for his commitment to the protection and productivity of forests in New Hampshire and throughout the country. On March 26, Fast received with the Mollie Beattie Young Forester Leadership Award given by the New England Society of American Foresters at their annual meeting in Nashua.

The Young Forester Leadership Award goes to a member of the Society who is less than 40 years old and has shown leadership in a program or project benefiting the practice of forestry.

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III. Science and Technology

1. MSU Researchers Develop Timber-Management Software

MS Business.com (April 9) - Mississippi State University (MSU) scientists have created a new software program to help foresters and landowners manage hardwood timber.

Emily Schultz and Tom Matney, forestry professors in the MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center, developed the software and user's guide based on 33 years of research.

The free software provides expected yields and future growth values for the red oak-sweetgum forest mixture that is widely distributed across Mississippi river bottoms.

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2. Forest Carbon Sequestration May Be Dependent on Soil Nutrients

EScienceNews.com (April 15) - The ability of forests to sequester carbon from the atmosphere depends on nutrients available in the forest soils, shows new research from an international team of researchers. The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, showed that forests growing in fertile soils with ample nutrients are able to sequester about 30 percent of the carbon that they take up during photosynthesis. In contrast, forests growing in nutrient-poor soils may retain only 6 percent of that carbon.

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3. Amazon Trees Vulnerable to Fire and Climate Combination

BBC.com (April 15) - The combination of fire and extreme weather could accelerate tree mortality in the Amazon, suggests a study from Brazil's Amazon Environmental Research Institute and the Woods Hole Research Center.

Researchers said field experiments showed that severe droughts could trigger dieback of forests in the near-term.

Efforts to curb deforestation needed to be accompanied by initiatives to stop land- management fires spreading into adjoining forest reserves, they added.

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IV. SAF News

1. SAF Accepting Nominations for Vice-President and Council

The Society of American Foresters is now accepting nominations for vice-president and Council. Information and nominating procedures are available on the SAF website.

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2. Need Money for School? Apply for a Ben Meadows Natural Resources Scholarship

Once again, the Society of American Foresters is pleased to announce two scholarships offered by Ben Meadows and administered by SAF. The scholarships, one for academic achievement and one based on leadership, are each worth $2,500.

Applications are due by June 30, 2014. Instructions, complete requirements, and the application form can be found on the Ben Meadows website.

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3. 2014 SAF Convention News—Info on Everything from Airfare to Presentations

Pre-Convention Program Now Available

The Pre-Convention Brochure for 2014 SAF National Convention & CIF/IFC
AGM & Conference is now available on the SAF website.

Special Discounted Air Travel to Convention!
Salt Lake City has a large international airport and travel to and from this location can be direct through a number of other international airports across the country. SAF/CIF have formed a partnership with Delta and American Airlines to offers discounted airfare for convention attendees.

To Book Your Flight with Delta Airlines:

Visit the Delta website, select "Book A Trip," click on "More Search Options," and enter the meeting event code (NMHSJ) in the box provided on the Search Flight page. Reservations may also be made by calling Delta Meeting reservations at 1-800-328-1111 Monday-Friday 7am-7pm CDT.

To Book Your Flight with American Airlines:

Visit the American Airlines website, select your flight options, use discount code 79H4BR, and select "Book Now" to make your fight reservation.

Note: To avoid a ticketing charge, make your American Airline reservations online.

For comprehensive convention travel information, visit the SAF Convention website.

Hotel Reservations for 2014 SAF Convention Now Open!

In 2014, SAF will partner with the Canadian Institute of Forestry/l'Institut forestier du Canada (CIF/IFC), for a joint convention. In addition, the convention will be co-located with the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) World Congress, which only takes place once every 5 years and has not been hosted in the United States since 1971.

Given this historic gathering, we recommend that people book their rooms early! To do that, go to the SAF convention website and click on the "Reservations" link.

For more information about the gathering, visit the SAF convention website, which will be updated periodically as new information becomes available.

2014 SAF/CIF Call for Posters

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.

Click here for more information about the 2014 convention.  Click here for information on submitting a poster abstract.

Poster submissions deadline: September 1, 2014

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4. SAF Members: Give Us Your Comments on the Internal Communications Survey

The final SAF internal communications survey report has been presented to and accepted by the SAF Council. Now the Council's Strategic Planning Committee has requested that the three most important recommendations be identified for further SAF attention and action by May 15, 2014.

Therefore, SAF members are invited to review the report and provide comments on the survey's findings and recommendations. Any comments regarding the relative importance and priority of the report's recommendations should be provided before May 15. Other comments regarding the report may be provided at any time, and will be used when future opportunities occur.

Send all comments to: Jim Culbert. To access the report, visit the SAF website.

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5. SAF Meetings

Colorado-Wyoming Spring Meeting

The Colorado-Wyoming SAF spring Meeting will take place April 24- 26 at the Antlers Hilton, Colorado Springs, Colorado. The theme of the meeting is "Restoration, Recovery, and Resilience" and the event includes a half-day GIS training, a diverse backgound of guest speakers, and field tour of Waldo Canyon burn and restoration efforts.

For more information or to register, visit the Colorado-Wyoming SAF's website or contact Deb Grieco at (303) 324-2955. The meeting offers 2.5 category 1 and 13.5 category 2 CFE credits.

Symposium on Forestry Best Management Practice Effectiveness in the Eastern United States

The National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, in conjunction with the Society of American Foresters and Virginia Tech, will host a Symposium on Forestry Best Management Practice (BMP) Effectiveness in the Eastern United States May 12-15 at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center in Blacksburg, Virginia.

The Symposium will feature two days of technical sessions and a full-day field tour. Technical session topics will include forestry BMP influences on in-stream biological processes and aquatic species; hydrologic responses of sediment, nutrients and chemicals at multiple scales (e.g., stream reach, road segment, and watershed scale); modeling BMP effectiveness; the legal context of BMP effectiveness; and BMP effectiveness monitoring costs.

To register, or for more information, visit the symposium website or contact Erik Schilling at (352) 244-0969.

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5. Journal of Forestry March 2014 Issue Now Online

Check out the expanded table of contents for the March 2014 issue of the Journal of Forestry to discover the research, practices, and techniques that will help you succeed in your forest management goals. Quickly scan the titles and abstracts of the articles appearing within the latest issue, browse the management and policy implications to discover which have direct implications to your work, then follow the links to the full text of the articles online.

Full access to the online edition is included with SAF membership at the GOLD and PLATINUM levels. Haven't used the online edition before? Register here or contact Matthew Walls for assistance.

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