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1. Can Biomass Plants in Colorado Deliver Benefits without Being a Nuisance?
2. T&D Region Named Forestry Disaster Area
3. Researchers: The Answer to Forest-Destroying Fires Is More Fire
4. Coastal Georgia Tree Ecologically Extinct
5. Cold vs. Insects, Spruce Beetles Expand, Pine Beetles Subside, and Adelgids Spread
Forest Products Industry
Federal Lands Management
9. Wildfire Disaster Funding Included in President's FY 2015 Budget
10. Judge Tosses Out Lawsuit Challenging Thinning Project
11. Group Files Suit to Halt Timber Sale on Lewis and Clark National Forest
12. Olympic Peninsula Timber Sale Pits Environment against Education
13. Kaibab National Forest Approves New Forest Plan
1. Meetings: Symposium on Forestry Best Management Practice and 2014 Virginia Forestry Summit
2. 2014 SAF Convention News-Info on Everything from Airfare to Presentations
3. Renew Your SAF Membership for 2014 Now
4. Journal of Forestry January 2014 Issue Now Online
All of these items and more appear in the "Featured News" section on the SAF home page
Mountain Town News.net (March 6) - For most of the last decade, Coloradans have been talking about how to make good use of their mountain forests, dying and gray. Something is finally happening.
In providing a market for woody material, [biomass plants] can make forests less vulnerable to fires. Biomass also displaces burning of fossil fuels, reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.
Colorado environmental groups, however, are skeptical that biomass plants will actually lower carbon dioxide emissions and fear that public lands will be managed to feed [their] hunger.
For more biomass news, see #8 under forest products.
Times and Democrat.com (March 6) - The T&D Region counties have been declared a forestry disaster area with Orangeburg County forests among the hardest hit in the state.
About 123,299 acres of Orangeburg County forests were damaged by the three-day ice storm, totaling $28,759,725, according to the South Carolina Forestry Commission.
The county experienced the largest acreage and dollar amount damage of the 24 counties declared a disaster. Only Williamsburg County had more acres damaged-143,141-and a greater dollar amount of damage-$33,388,074.
The Forestry Commission estimates that 25,000 to 30,000 acres of timber will have to be salvaged and replanted.
Ice Storm Timber Damage Ranks Second Only to Hugo Destruction
Myrtle Beach Online.com (March 5)
South Carolina Officials: $360M in Trees Damaged in Storms
Vindy.com (March 5)
AZ Starnet.com (February 28) - More than 100 scientists, land managers, and firefighters from government, academic, and nongovernmental agencies recently gathered for a three-day meeting of Southwest Fire Science Consortium to brainstorm strategies for making forests resilient as big, hot fires threaten their very existence.
And in other fire-related news:
Wildfire Plan Focuses on Fuels Mitigation
Rapid City Journal.com (March 4) - The Nebraska Forest Service (NFS) is focusing on fuels reduction and education to make communities and homes in the forested areas safer in the event of a wildfire.
Prescribed Burns Reduce Wildfire Threat
News Herald.com (March 4) - Last week, one of five scheduled prescribed burns was set at the Catawba River area of the park by the North Carolina Forest Service and park personnel in an effort to reduce the wildfire threat.
According to a report released by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, prescribed burns are used as a resource management tool in many locations by the state parks system. Some plant communities and animal species rely on periodic fire for their existence. The prescribed burns also reduce the amount of potential wildfire fuel and protect a parks' resources and neighboring areas if lightning, arson, or carelessness sparks a wildfire.
New Map Helps North Carolina Residents Understand Wildfire Risk
Firehouse.com (March 2) - Many New Bern, North Carolina, homeowners don't realize they are living in danger zones that might be prone to wildfires.
But a new wildland-urban interface map approved by New Bern aldermen last week could help the city's firefighters educate homeowners about the risks they face and how to reduce them.
Marietta Daily Journal (March 3) - Not long ago, healthy redbay trees were easy to find in coastal Georgia. Then in about 2000, the Asian ambrosia beetle snuck into the state, probably through packing material unloaded at the Savannah port. The beetle spread rapidly, carrying with it a fungus that it farms within redbays to feed its young. That fungus clogs the flow of water in redbays, turning them brown and killing them. Since 2002, researchers have mapped the spread of the resulting disease, laurel wilt, from North Carolina to Florida and west to Alabama.
Now, at least one group of researchers is writing an obituary for redbays in Georgia. Writing in the journal Biological Invasions, they documented the steep decline of the trees on St. Catherines Island.
Brutal Cold Gives Forests Reprieve from Invasive Insects
Sustainable Business.com (March 4) - If there's a silver lining to the endless cold and snow of this winter, it's that struggling forests are getting a reprieve from the toll of invasive insects.
Spruce Beetle Epidemic Expands in 2013p>Telluride News.com (March 5) - US Forest Service officials and others are concerned after a new survey shows increasing spruce beetle activity in southwest Colorado.
Pine Beetles Continue to Subside in Wyoming
Laramie Boomerang.com (March 3) - The latest aerial surveys indicate the mountain pine beetle epidemic has slowed dramatically across most of Wyoming.
The beetles are still active, but in much smaller numbers, allowing land managers to turn their attention to treatments aimed at long-term restoration.
Hemlock Woody Adelgid Spreads in Kentucky's Forests
WDRB.com (February 28) - Once confined to Kentucky's southeastern forests, the hemlock woolly adelgid has attacked trees in more than 30 counties since arriving in Kentucky in 2006.
Forest Products Industry
Popular Science.com (February 26) - From the outside, there is nothing particularly flashy about a nondescript apartment tower-a nine-story building called Stadthaus-in Shoreditch, a neighborhood in East London.
It's what's inside that makes Stadthaus stand out. Instead of steel and concrete, the floors, ceilings, elevator shafts, and stairwells are made entirely of wood.
But not just any wood. The tower's strength and mass rely on a highly engineered material called cross-laminated timber (CLT). The enormous panels are up to half a foot thick. They're made by placing layers of parallel beams atop one another perpendicularly, then gluing them together to create material with steel-like strength.
And in other wood news….
Canadian Softwood Lumber Production Up 5.4% to November
Pulp and Paper Canada.com (February 19) - Canadian sawmills produced 22.726 bbf of softwood lumber in the 11 months of 2013-an increase of 5.4 percent year-over-year from 21.569 bbf.
Sawmills in British Columbia produced 11.821 bbf of the total-up 3.1 percent from 11.469 bbf a year earlier, while sawmills east of the Rockies accounted for 10.904 bbf, up 8.0 percent from the prior year (10.101 bbf).
Statesman Journal.com (March 3) - A timber-milling outfit famous for having one of the last steam-powered sawmills in the United States, Hull-Oakes converted the last of its daily operations to electric power in July 2013.
The mill, which was founded in 1937 and has a steam engine dating back to 1906, is on the National Registry of Historic Sites. Its milling operations have not been computerized even through the changes.
The mill's competitiveness is centered on the fact that it specializes in cutting timbers other mills can't, particularly long and large pieces.
Officials Discuss Tapping New York's Southern Tier Forests for Resources
Olean Times Herald.com (March 1) - Two representatives of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry-Thomas E. Amidon, director of the Biorefinery Research Institute, and Preston S. Gilbert, a SUNY Presidential Fellow for the New Forest Economy and assistant director for Community Redevelopment-have suggested that Cattaraugus County (in New York's Southern Tier) could get in on the ground floor of a process to refine chemicals and other products out of the region's abundant hardwood forests.
The pair spoke with county lawmakers over a proposal to contract with the Seneca Trail Resource Conservation and Development to promote the biorefinery project, which Gilbert, an economic development specialist, said would be at the center of an integrated cluster of businesses and industries.
Some Biofuel Feedstock Estimates 'Overstating' Yields
Environmental Leader.com (March 4) - Estimates for potential biofuel feedstock crop yields from some widely cited research studies may overstate those yields by as much as 100 percent, according to research by the International Council on Clean Transportation.
Study Finds Transatlantic Pellet Trade Results in GHG Reductions
Biomass Magazine.com (February 28) - A new study led by a researcher from the University of Georgia has determined that the greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity of a unit of electricity generated in the United Kingdom using imported wood pellets is at least 50 percent lower than the GHG intensity of grid electricity derived from fossil fuels.
Vermont's Renewable Energy Gripe
VNews.com (March 3) - Vermont's own comprehensive energy plan contemplates a future of electric cars and renewable sources providing 90 percent of its energy needs.
But strong opposition from citizens' groups to a wind-power project in Lowell, the recent vote by property owners to reject a proposed wind farm in northeastern Vermont, and a ruling by state regulators against a proposed wood-burning power plant in southern Vermont have some questioning the state's willingness to turn talk into action.
Federal Lands Management
The Nature Conservancy (March 4) - Following the lead of bipartisan legislators, President Obama has incorporated the wildfire funding provisions of the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act into his fiscal year 2015 budget. The Wildfire Disaster Funding Act seeks to improve the way the US Forest Service and Department of the Interior funds the response to emergency fires, a response to the explosive growth of megafires experienced by much of the West since the turn of the century.
SAF is part of a broad spectrum of 160 conservation, timber, tribal, recreation, sportsmen, ranching, and employer groups that support the bipartisan Wildfire Disaster Funding Act.
For more information about the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, as well as SAF's efforts in support of it, visit the Forest Policy page on the SAF website.
Capital Press.com (March 4) - US District Judge Anna Brown has thrown out an environmentalist lawsuit against a 200-acre thinning project on US Bureau of Land Management property in Oregon.
Brown agreed with a magistrate judge's ruling that BLM complied with environmental laws.
The lawsuit was filed in 2012 by the environmental group Bark, which objected to the Airstrip timber sale southeast of Estacada.
Helena Independent Record.com (March 1) - The Alliance for the Wild Rockies has filed suit in US District Court in Great Falls, to stop the US Forest Service's Blankenship Vegetation Treatment Project near Monarch, over concerns for Canadian lynx, goshawk, and wolverines.
Jefferson Public Radio.com (March 4) - The Washington Board of Natural Resources voted unanimously to approve the sale of 200 acres of the Olympic Peninsula that are home to the endangered marbled murrelet. The money from the timber sale will go to the University of Washington.
Environmental groups oppose the timber sale because it will mean clearcutting in murrelet habitat.
US Forest Service (February 28) - The Kaibab National Forest has released its new land and resources management plan and accompanying final environmental impact statement (FEIS), which are available on the forest's website.
The new plan restores ponderosa pine, frequent fire-mixed conifer forests, and grasslands by increasing the amount and rate of mechanical thinning and managed fire treatments to reduce fire risk and improve ecological resilience; promotes aspen regeneration and protect natural waters; and establishes a monitoring framework that enables adaptive management.
The plan also recommends about 6,400 acres for wilderness designation, adjacent to existing wilderness.
Missoulian.com (March 5) - A 1965 graduate of the School of Forestry at the University of Montana committed $1.5 million to the programa gift that will create an endowed professorship in conservation biology and policy.
Forestry.gov.uk (March 5) - The first units of carbon dioxide set to be sequestered, or removed from the atmosphere, by woodlands validated under the United Kingdom's (UK) Woodland Carbon Code have been notified for sale for the first time.
The Woodland Carbon Code is the standard for woodland creation projects in the UK, which generate verifiable Woodland Carbon Units. These are measurable amounts of carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere by the growing trees.
ABC News.com (March 5) - Authorities say unemployment and drug addiction have spurred an increase in the destructive practice of cutting off the knobby growths at the base of ancient redwood trees to make decorative pieces like lacey-grained coffee tables and wall clocks.
The practiceknown as burl poachinghas become so prevalent along the northern California coast that Redwood National and State Parks on Saturday started closing the popular Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway at night in a desperate attempt to deter thieves.
Redwood Thieves Force California Forest Curfew
The Ecologist.org (March 6)
US Forest Service (March 4) - Higher temperatures, more heavy precipitation, and drought-it's all expected in the Central Hardwoods Region of southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and the Missouri Ozarks, according to a new report, Central Hardwoods Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis: A Report from the Central Hardwoods Climate Change Response Framework Project, that assesses the vulnerability of the region's forest ecosystems and its ability to adapt to a changing climate.
Which Tree Species Are Most at Risk in a Changing Climate?
US Forest Service (March 4) - Higher temperatures, altered precipitation patterns, and longer growing seasons predicted for the future could require that some tree species will have to move -or be moved-into new areas where habitat will be more suitable. Some tree species may be able to stay in place by adapting to new conditions, yet others may succumb to the pressures of climate change if they are unable to adapt. Researchers with the US Forest Service Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center are developing measures to predict which tree species are most at risk.
Phys.org (March 3) - The University of Adelaide will help step up the fight against illegal logging with a new two-year, DNA-fingerprinting project in Indonesia. The International Tropical Timber Organization announced a $518,833 (US) grant for the project on March 3.
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 January.
"Lidar Remote Sensing for Forestry" (Journal of Forestry, vol. 98, no. 1)
"Combining Ring Counting and Ring Width for Estimating Height in Stem Analysis" (Forest Science vol. 59, no. 6)
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."
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.
2014 Virginia Forestry Summit
The 2014 Virginia Forestry Summit will take place April 2-4 at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg for members of the Virginia Forestry Association, the Appalachian Society of American Foresters, and the Virginia Chapter of the Association of Consulting Foresters.
For information on the schedule of events, registration, and more, visit the Virginia Forestry Association website.
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.
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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.
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.
Registration for the meeting will be open soon, but you do not need to register to make a hotel reservation.
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 Presentations
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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