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In This Issue ...
1. ID – Land Board Approves Reinvestment Plan, to Shift Endowment to Timber, Ag Land vs. Commercial and Cottage Sites
2. CA – Latest on Tuolumne County Tree Mortality
3. ID – Feds Taking Comments on Fire Break Plan in Idaho, Oregon
4. OR – The State of Oregon’s Timber Industry
5. OR – State, Environmental Groups Seek Dismissal of Linn County Timber Lawsuit
1. MT – Forest Service Seeking Public Input on Whitefish Fuels Reduction Project
2. CO – Forest Service Funding Keeps Declining
3. NC – Forest Service in Home Stretch on Draft Revised Plans
4. AK – UA Lands Office Gets Gravina Timber Proposal
5. CO – County: BLM Changes Would Break Federal Law
1. Federal Grant Will Bolster Maine’s Forest Products Industry
2. Forestry Industry Main Concern is for Those Impacted by Fires
3. Gary Lamphier: Forest Products Firms Also Hit by Fort McMurray Blaze
4. USDA Awards Funds to Expand, Accelerate Wood Energy and Wood Products Markets in 19 States
5. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry Results
1. Klobuchar Visits Rapids Energy Center
2. FERC: 33 MW of Biomass Capacity Added in March
3. Rentech Q1 2016: Domestic Pellet Sales Down Big, Rebound Expected
4. EIA Releases 2016 International Energy Outlook
5. The Ethanol in Your Gas Tank Should Come From a Tree in a Maine Forest
1. Research Initiative Offers Insights Into State Of Wisconsin's Forest Products Industry
2. UM Researchers Earn $1.4M Grant to Study Biomass
3. Drone Footage Shows Oregon Timber Harvest From Bird's-Eye View
1. Fort Mcmurray Fire Destroys Oilsands Camp, Forces Evacuation of Thousands Of Workers as Blaze Continues to Grow
2. Far-North Fires Likely to Grow as Climate Warms, UM Researchers Warn
3. Arizona Wildfires: 10 of the Biggest Since 2002
4. Smokejumpers Prepare for a Busy Wildfire Season
5. U.S. Forest Service Offers New Tool to Track Wildfires in Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests
1. Media Moments
2. Foresters' Fund Grants
3. New Member Benefit of Signature Federal Credit Union
4. Convention T-Shirts Still Available!
5. New Tour Dates: United Kingdom Forestry Tour October 2-9, 2016
6. Apply for the Two Ben Meadows Scholarships: $2,500
7. Show Us What Makes Your Student Chapter Special
(Boise, ID – May 17) – Idaho’s state Land Board voted unanimously to approve a new strategic reinvestment plan that’s been years in the works which calls for shifting the state endowment’s land assets out of residential cottage sites and commercial property and into timber land and ag land.
(Tuolumne County, CA – May 14) – A radio program touched on what officials plan to do about dead trees in Tuolumne County, amid a statewide glut of 29 million trees killed by beetles and drought over the past four years.
(Boise, ID – May 16) – Federal officials are taking public comments through May 27 on a plan to build about 400 miles of fire breaks in southwest Idaho and southeast Oregon following destructive wildfires that burned thousands of acres of timber last summer.
(Portland, OR – May 17) – A spokesman for the Oregon Forest Resources Institute discussed the current situation in the Beaver State's timber industry in light of a housing slump and challenges from environmentalists that have reduced it from 13 percent of the state's economy to only three percent.
(Linn County, OR – May 11) – The State of Oregon is hoping to derail a $1.4 billion breach of contract lawsuit filed in March by the Linn County Board of Commissioners, who contended that the state failed to maintain adequate timber harvests on nearly 700,000 acres of State Forest lands.
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(Whitefish, MT – May 17) – The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public input on the Whitefish Municipal Fuels Reduction Project, a proposal to harvest timber on about 260 acres and perform controlled burns on another 880 acres east of Whitefish Mountain Resort.
(Eagle County, CO – May 11) – Fire suppression costs are being blamed for a 50 percent drop in funds available for the White River National Forest, which includes the Eagle and Holy Cross ranger districts: from roughly $30 million per year to only $15 million per year.
(Asheville, NC – May 12) – The deputy supervisor of the National Forests in North Carolina announced that a draft of a national forest management plan for the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests in Western North Carolina has been created.
(Gravina Island, AK – May 11) – The University of Alaska received a letter of interest from a company that wants to log Sitka spruce, Western hemlock and red cedar on part of the school's 500 acres of land on Gravina Island in the Blank Inlet area.
(Grand Junction, CO – May 16) – The Mesa County Commission accused the Bureau of Land Management in a letter to the agency of breaking landmark federal environmental law with its new planning proposal.
(Jakarta, Indonesia – May 14) – Indonesia and the European Union are preparing to implement the world's first Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement almost 10 years after initial negotiations began in 2007.
(Auckland, New Zealand – May 14) – The national director of the Forestry Industry Safety Council said that the latest deaths in forestry accidents were a sign that the industry still has a lot of work to do to improve its safety performace.
(Ghana, Africa – May 14) – A training workshop to educate forest fringe communities on the use of digital technology to monitor forestry-related illegal activities was held at Sefwi-Wiawso in Ghana's Western Region.
(Augusta, ME – May 17) – $400,000 in grant money from the USDA will fund the creation of a State Wood Energy Assistance Team that will promote the forest products industry to smaller operators in a state with an overabundance of wood.
(Alberta, Canada – May 15) – A spokesman for the Alberta Forest Products Association said that despite the damage done by a wildfire in Wood Buffalo, the forestry industry’s main focus is on the people impacted by the fire, not the impact on the industry.
(Fort McMurray, Alberta – May 12) – Northland Forest Products and Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries suffered unspecified losses to timberlands during the Fort McMurray wildfire, which scorched nearly 2,500 sq km, that could seriously impact Alberta’s $4 billion forest products industry and take months to quantify.
(Washington, DC – May 13) – U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell has allocated over $8.5 million to expand and accelerate technologies and strategies that promote the use of wood in commercial construction, heat and power generation, as well as other wood product innovations that benefit forest health in 19 states.
(Washington, DC – May 12) – During a speech on climate at the Center for American Progress in Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new $72.3 million investment to boost carbon storage in healthy soils as part of the USDA’s Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry, one year after he unveiled the plan at Michigan State University.
(Grand Rapids, MN – May 13) – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar toured Minnesota Power’s 29-megawatt Rapids Energy Center in Grand Rapids to learn more about how woody biomass is used to produce energy.
(Washington, DC – May 12) – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Office of Energy Projects reported that the U.S. added 33 MW of energy capacity during the first quarter of this year after nine biomass units were placed in service during March.
(Wawa, Ontario – May 11) – Rentech Inc. reported first quarter results significantly below historic levels, attributing the drop to the struggles faced by the domestic wood pellet industry in the face of a warm winter and low oil prices.
(Washington, DC – May 11) – The U.S. Energy Information Agency released its International Energy Outlook 2016, which showed rising levels of demand over the next three decades in a market that has gone from a total world energy consumption of 549 quadrillion BTUs in 2012 to 815 quadrillion BTUs in 2040, an increase of 48 percent.
(Augusta, ME – May 12) – A former president of the Maine Senate discussed the need to find new uses and markets to maximize the economic productivity of that state's forests, which accounted for 27 percent of the state’s exports in 2015.
(Durham, NC – May 15) – Residents of Durham, North Carolina, were urged to participate in the Adopt-A-Tree Program, in which replacement trees are planted to replace aging trees that are being removed because they pose a safety hazard.
(Missoula, MT – May 15) – An assessment of Missoula’s urban forest canopy by the Parks and Recreation Department has found that 13.4 percent of the city is covered by trees, providing roughly $8.6 million in annual environmental service benefits, such as energy savings, carbon capture, air filtering and stormwater diversion.
(Kathmandu, Nepal – May 13) – A school of forestry undergraduate at the Agriculture and Forestry University in Hetauda pointed out the need for urban forestry in Nepal's capital of Kathmandu.
(Rome, GA – May 14) – The Friends of Cloudland Canyon and Save Georgia’s Hemlocks will host a workshop in June to inform attendees about the onslaught of the hemlock woolly adelgid, which is killing off hemlocks at a record pace in North Georgia.
(Alexandria, MN – May 14) – With the highest volume of ash trees of any state in the country (almost a billion), Minnesota entemologists are worried about the onset of the emerald ash borer, which has decimated entire forests in nearby states like Michigan.
(Augusta, ME – May 12) – Forestry experts are warning landowners about a new outbreak of the spruce budworm within the next five years, since the pest, which comes around every 30 to 40 years, last appeared in the 1970s and early '80s.
(Stevens Point, WI – May 16) – The $600,000 Wisconsin Forest Practices Study, which looks at how policies and regulations are affecting the state's multi-billion-dollar forest products industry, shows that the state is growing more trees than are being harvested.
(Missoula, MT – May 13) – Researchers at the University of Montana will use a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Energy's Biomass Research and Development Initiative to identify and overcome the barriers to using biomass from fuels-reduction and forest-restoration treatments.
(Camas Valley, OR – May 13) – Employing the latest technology, the Bureau of Land Management used a drone to film a 269-acre commercial thinning operation in the Camas Valley southwest of Roseburg.
(Careywood, ID – May 17) – School kids participated in the 34th annual Idaho State Forestry Contest at the Delay Tree Farm in Careywood, where they competed in 10 resource management and forestry categories, including log scaling, timber cruising, tree and plant identification, tree health, silviculture, map reading, compass and pacing, tool identification, soils and water quality and noxious weeds.
(Sweet Home, OR – May 14) – A small tree farmer discussed the benefits of his occupation in a short YouTube video that conveys many of the important aspects of the job.
(Nagano, Japan – May 14) – A Welsh naturalist who now resides in Japan has been named co-winner of the Green Culture Prize for his outstanding work on woodlands restoration from the National Land Afforestation Promotion Organization, an affiliate of the Forestry Agency.
(Calgary, Alberta – May 17) – The out-of-control wildfires in northern Alberta that have already burned nearly 2,500 sq km of forest have forced a new wave of evacuations of 8,000 workers and delayed plans to restart oilsands production at some projects, dealing another setback to the already hard-hit sector.
(Missoula, MT – May 14) – Two University of Montana researchers cautioned in a study published in the journal Ecography that warming trends over the past 30 years show that about 30 percent of the forest and tundra areas of Alaska will see four times as much fire activity by mid-century.
(Phoenix, AZ – May 14) – A compendium of wildfires that have burned across the Grand Canyon State since 2002 breaks down the details of suppression cost, acres burned, and damage done.
(Boise, ID – May 14) – An expose on smokejumpers goes behind the scenes to show what drives wildland firefighters who jump out of perfectly good airplanes into forest fires.
(Lewiston, ID – May 13) – U.S. Forest Service officials said that this fire season there will be two new online tools to track wildfires burning in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.
(Hillsboro, OR – May 11) – A certified wildlife biologist with over 15 years of experience in environmental consulting is the first person to be honored with the “Young Forester Award” by the Oregon Society of American Foresters.
(Ketchikan, AK – May 16) – Society of American Foresters helped honor Ketchikan’s 8th year as a Tree City and the 50th anniversary of Arbor Day in Alaska with a tree-planting ceremony at City Park.
The SAF Foresters' Fund assists local SAF units in achieving the goals of the Society. Deadlines: Regular grants (up to $1,500) deadlines are February 15; June 15; and September 15 yearly. Special grants ($1,501 to $5,000) deadline is June 15 yearly. Information is available on the website at http://www.eforester.org/members/forfund.cfm.
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