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August 28, 2015

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In This Issue ...

I. Featured News

1. Wisconsin: Legacy Forest Created in Four Northern Counties
2. Industry Holds Steady in Mississippi, Montana
3. Minnesota: There's a Plan to Trade Some BWCAW Land-and It Got a Lot of People Upset
4. DNRC Helicopters Can't Fight Fires on Federal Lands
5. Wildfire News

II. Federal Lands Management

1. As Fire Explodes, the Virtues of Woods Thinning Emerge
2. Rehab Plan in Works for Burned Oregon Forest
3. Forest Restoration Contractor Bedeviled by Breakdowns
4. BLM Outlines Resource Management Plan Comment Process
5. Fund for Parks, Forests, and Trails Set to Expire

III. International Forestry News

1. Dawn Timber-Laundering Raids Cast Doubt on "Sustainable" Brazilian Wood
2. Earth Set to Lose India-Sized Chunk of Tropical Forests by 2050
3. Drought-Stressed Trees in Alberta Could See More Mountain Pine Beetles

IV. Forest Products Industry

1. AFF Announces New Initiative across 13 Southern States Regarding Sustainably Managed Wood
2. It's Just Too Dry. Plum Creek Restricts Land Use Activities
3. Refueling in the Forest: Firewood Gathering Ramps Up Ahead of Winter
4. State Website Provides Information on Timber Prices
5. Canadian Forest Products News

V. Biomass

1. Short-Rotation Trees Hold Promise for Louisiana Landownerst
2. Go Green Shuts Down in Paige, Homeowners Still in Need
3. Biomass Heat Eyed for Project
4. Brattleboro Area Residents Eligible for Energy Rebates
5. International: Japan Interested in Biomass; UK's Greenham Approves Biomass Plant

VI. Urban Forestry

1. Northampton Strives to Restore Diminished Urban Canopy
2. Mississippi Mills Begins Program to Protect Urban Ash Trees
3. Boulder Will Use Big Data Program to Monitor Trees

VII. Plants and Pests

1. DNR, Researchers Look to Protect Wetland Forests from Emerald Ash Borer Invasion
2. The True Story of Kudzu, the Vine that Never Truly Ate the South
3. Study Aims to Protect City Forest from EAB

VIII. Science and Research

1. Researchers: Regulatory, Certification Systems Halting Use of GE Trees
2. Study: Tongass Forest Most Resistant to Climate Change
3. The Forests of the World Are in Serious Trouble, Scientists Report

IX. Items of Interest

1. Research You May Be Missing
2. Report: Fire Adapted Communities: Nationwide Efforts and Community-Based Tools for Living with Wildfire
3. Minnesota Bog Study Turns Up the Heat on Peat

X. SAF News

1. Documentary Chronicles Schenck, Forestry
2. Earn CFEs for Your Reviews
3. Apply Now for SAF Diversity Scholarships
4. 2015 SAF National Convention News
5. SAF Welcomes New and Returning Members


I. Featured News

1. Wisconsin: Legacy Forest Created in Four Northern Counties

Leadertelegram.com (August 21) - Earlier this week, federal and state natural resources officials, politicians, and timber industry representatives took part in an event celebrating the final phase of the 67,205-acre Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest.

The deal is a permanent lease-10 years in the making-that keeps the forestland in private ownership and forest management instead of being divided into smaller parcels.

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2. Industry Holds Steady in Mississippi, Montana

Mississippi: Timber Prices Hover around 2014 Levels

MSBusiness.com (August 25) - Mississippi's timber industry is holding steady this year from 2014 as both the US housing market and the demand for lumber continue to improve gradually.

State average stumpage prices for hardwood sawtimber declined sharply in the second fiscal quarter of 2015 from the first quarter, while pine sawtimber prices increased. Hardwood sawtimber is down compared to a year ago, while pine sawtimber is slightly higher.

Montana Timber Industry Stagnant Despite Year's Promising Start

Flatheadbeacon.com (August 27) - Beginning as a promising year for the timber industry in Montana, with modest gains expected as the housing industry continues to bounce back from the recession, 2015 has lost a good deal of its momentum for lumber producers, while plywood and fiberboard production continues to stay strong.

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3. Minnesota: There's a Plan to Trade Some BWCAW Land-and It Got a Lot of People Upset

Bringmethenews.com (August 25) - The state of Minnesota and the US Forest Service have been in talks for years on a land swap concerning the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

They want to trade ownership of thousands of acres of land in northern Minnesota, to solve a decades-old land management issue. But concerns about what will happen to the land after the trade prompted the Forest Service to conduct an environmental review on the land swap proposal.

More:

BWCA Land Swap Sparks Major Environmental Review
Startribune.com (August 25)

And in other Minnesota forestry news:

DNR's Forestry Exhibit Gets $200K Facelift

KSTP.com (August 25) - Visitors at the Minnesota State Fair will notice some changes to an exhibit at the Department of Natural Resources building.

The forestry exhibit, which received a $200,000 redesign, will feature new interactive displays that show how Minnesota's forests provide a wide range of natural, cultural, economic, and recreational opportunities.

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4. DNRC Helicopters Can't Fight Fires on Federal Lands

Nbcmontana.com (August 24) - The governor's office wants to know why the US Forest Service won't use state-owned helicopters to fight fires on federal forestland.

Bob Harrington is the state forester for the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. He says he's run into trouble before where the Forest Service won't allow state helicopters to fight fires on federal land.

More:

Bullock, Daines Ask Federal Officials to Let DNRC Helicopters Fight All Fires
Bozemandailychronicle.com (August 24)

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5. Wildfire News

There Aren't Enough Firefighters to Stop America's West from Burning
Bloomberg.com (August 26)

Wildfires Pose Important Questions about Forest Management
Idahopress.com (August 23)

Washington Wildfires Break State Record: Just How Big Is the Blaze?
Theguardian.com (August 24)

190 Poison Oak Cases Treated during California Firefight
Modbee.com (August 25)

Virtual Fly-Through Reveals Scope of Washington Wildfires
Spokesman.com (August 24)

Sen. Wyden Says Borrowing from Fire Prevention Fund Needs to End
KVAL.com (August 25)

Forest Service Wraps Idaho Buildings in Foil to Stop Fire
KREM.com (August 25)

More:

Firezat Wrap Protects Structures from Wildfires
NBCrightnow.com (August 25)

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II. Federal Lands Management

1. As Fire Explodes, the Virtues of Woods Thinning Emerge

Flatheadnewsgroup.com (August 26) - The Bear Creek Fire is now at more than 28,000 acres. But despite the fire's intensity, it laid down when it got to the Meadow Creek Trailhead and campground, where the forest had been recently thinned.

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2. Rehab Plan in Works for Burned Oregon Forest

Dailyastorian.com (August 25) - The damage caused by the Canyon Creek Complex wildfire south of John Day isn't just limited to 39 destroyed houses. Flames also torched tens of thousands of acres of trees and vegetation throughout the Canyon Creek watershed, leaving the barren landscape vulnerable to future soil erosion and flooding.

Officials at the Malheur National Forest are already at work developing a rehabilitation plan to protect the environment while also allowing some opportunities for logging burned-up trees to boost the local economy.

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3. Forest Restoration Contractor Bedeviled by Breakdowns

Paysonroundup.com (August 25) - Good Earth Power Arizona has finally started cutting and processing trees in its Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) contract, but remains bedeviled by breakdowns and skepticism.

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4. BLM Outlines Resource Management Plan Comment Process

Worldlink.com (August 25) - As the comments and criticisms about the Resource Management Plan for western Oregon continue to pour in, the Bureau of Land Management is assuring communities and public officials that their viewpoints will not go unheard.

With the comment period closing last week, the Coos County commissioners, along with other colleagues around the state, criticized the plan for what they perceived was a lack of consideration for the economic benefits timber provides to rural Oregon counties.

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5. Fund for Parks, Forests, and Trails Set to Expire

Statesmanjournal.com (August 25) - Conservation advocates are worried the looming expiration of the Land and Water Conservation Fund-the primary source of money for acquiring land by the National Park Service, the Forest Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Land Management-may get lost in the shuffle when Congress returns after Labor Day with a full agenda.

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III. International Forestry News

1. Dawn Timber-Laundering Raids Cast Doubt on "Sustainable" Brazilian Wood

Guardian.com (August 24) - More than 30 officials, local businessmen, and sawmill owners were arrested in ParĂ¡ state in the north of the country as prosecutors targeted what they say is a criminal organization that whitewashes environmental crimes and reveals the flimsiness of Brazil's logging controls.

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2. Earth Set to Lose India-Sized Chunk of Tropical Forests by 2050

Ibtimes.com.au (August 25) - The Washington-based Center for Global Development has predicted that an India-sized piece of tropical forest could soon be gone if the current trend of deforestation continues. Using the data from satellite imagery, the researchers have further concluded that the complete elimination of 289 million hectares of tropical forest can take place by 2050.

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3. Drought-Stressed Trees in Alberta Could See More Mountain Pine Beetles

Calgaryherald.com (August 24) - As Alberta conducts annual aerial surveys of its forests, the province's forest expert says she expects they'll start to see the signs of drought, including more mountain pine beetles.

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IV. Forest Products Industry

1. AFF Announces New Initiative across 13 Southern States Regarding Sustainably Managed Wood

ForestFoundation.org (August 25) - The American Forest Foundation (AFF) announced a new initiative to ensure family-owned forests in the southern United States can continue to meet the growing and changing global market needs for sustainable wood supplies, while protecting and enhancing wildlife habitat and other forest benefits, now and for future generations.

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2. It's Just Too Dry. Plum Creek Restricts Land Use Activities

MTPR.org (August 25) - Fire danger has prompted Plum Creek Timber Company to restrict some activities on all its western Montana properties until further notice.

Plum Creek Vice-President Tom Ray says the company isn't allowing any camping, campfires, firewood cutting, smoking, fireworks, or target shooting.

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3. Refueling in the Forest: Firewood Gathering Ramps Up Ahead of Winter

Parkrecord.com (Utah, August 25) - As colder temperatures set in and winter looms, more and more people are realizing that it's time to stock up on firewood.

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4. State Website Provides Information on Timber Prices

Magnoliareporter.com (August 26) - The Arkansas Forest Resources Center is debuting a newly redesigned Arkansas Timber Price report, now available online.

The report provides statewide average stumpage prices for pine pulpwood, pine chip-n-saw, pine sawtimber, hardwood pulpwood, mixed hardwood sawtimber, and oak sawtimber products.

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5. Canadian Forest Products News

Conifex Joins BC Lumber Producers Bound for US South

Vancouversun.com (August 25) - Acquisition of Arkansas sawmill comes as pine beetle reduces province's timber supply.

Quebec Forestry Players Combine to Form Treated Wood Power Player

Stockhouse.com (August 19) - Two Quebec-based companies are looking to expand their reach and profits by forming one of eastern Canada's largest producers of treated wood, with seven plants in four provinces.

Skilled Trades Shortage Impacting Forestry Rebound

Northernontariobusiness.com (August 25) - The head of a forestry workers union said there's a plethora of well-paying mill jobs to be had in northwestern Ontario, but many employers are struggling to find skilled employees to fill them.

Consultants Go High-Tech on Compiling Wood Inventory Data

Northernontariobusiness.com (August 25) - A New Liskeard-headquartered forest management company is close to commercializing a proprietary remote sensing technology to calculate forest inventories.

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V. Biomass

1. Short-Rotation Trees Hold Promise for Louisiana Landowners

Thenewsstar.com (August 25) - A movement in Europe from coal to wood-fired electric generation has created a worldwide market for wood pellets, according to experts at a recent symposium.

To meet the demand for wood pellets and similar products made from small-diameter, pulpwood-sized trees, experts suggested the planting and managing short-rotation stands of fast-growing hardwood tree species.

SAF members Mike Blazier and Rich Vlosky quoted.

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2. Go Green Shuts Down in Paige, Homeowners Still in Need

KXAN.com (August 25) - The year after the record-setting destructiveness of the 2011 wildfires in Texas, Go Green International Inc. moved in, offering to remove burned trees for free. The harvested trees were then processed into a biomass fuel product.

Late last week, the company shut the facility down, laying off about 30 employees.

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3. Biomass Heat Eyed for Project

Keepmecurrent.com (August 26) - Two weeks after the groundbreaking of a new $15.7 million municipal services facility and transfer station, the South Portland City Council eyed the next steps for the long-awaited project that voters approved in November 2013.

During the workshop, councilors heard reports from the project's architects and engineers regarding soil conditions at the existing public works facility, as well as a proposed biomass heating system for the new municipal services facility.

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4. Brattleboro Area Residents Eligible for Energy Rebates

Manchesterjournal.com (August 26) - Efficiency Vermont, the Renewable Energy Resource Center, Renewable Energy Vermont, and the Clean Energy Development Fund have combined efforts to bring up to $5,500 in rebates to Vermonters who switch from heating with fossil fuel to locally sourced wood.

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5. International: Japan Interested in Biomass; UK's Greenham Approves Biomass Plant

Biomass Power Project Draws Japanese Interest

Renewablesbiz.com (August 20) - Japanese investors have expressed interest in funding a 10-megawatt waste-to-power plant located in either Rayong or Samut Sakhon province.

Greenham Biomass Plant Approved Despite Local Opposition

Newburytoday.co.uk (August 22) - A controversial proposal for a biomass plant at Greenham has been approved by councilors, despite attracting a wave of local opposition.

The sustainable energy will source renewable energy in the form of wood from within a 30-mile radius, and bring in 25 full-time jobs.

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VI. Urban Forestry

1. Northampton Strives to Restore Diminished Urban Canopy

Masslive.com (August 20) - Over the past decade, the city of Northampton has cut down about 70 trees each year-a removal rate that has outpaced the number of trees planted. In response to the diminishing urban canopy, the Department of Public Works has announced it would launch the first phase of an ambitious tree-planting initiative this fall.

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2. Mississippi Mills Begins Program to Protect Urban Ash Trees

Insideottawavalley.com (August 24) - The emerald ash borer (EAB) might be unstoppable, but the municipality of Mississippi Mills has already started to protect its urban ash trees against the coming invasion.

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3. Boulder Will Use Big Data Program to Monitor Trees

Nextcity.org (August 27) - As part of its resiliency plan, Boulder is trying to better evaluate the health of its urban canopy and ways to retain and manage it.

The city has announced it will use eCognition software, which analyzes readily available aerial and satellite imagery to produce data used in GIS mapping, to map the location of its tree cover, assess any damage, and identify where it can be strengthened.

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VII. Plants and Pests

1. DNR, Researchers Look to Protect Wetland Forests from Emerald Ash Borer Invasion

APG-wi.com (August 25) - Researchers are looking at ways to keep Wisconsin's wetland forests healthy as the emerald ash borer continues to spread. In some instances they are planting other types of trees beneath ash along rivers that feed Lake Superior with hopes of maintaining forests and shorelines.

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2. The True Story of Kudzu, the Vine that Never Truly Ate the South

Smithsonianmag.com (September 2015) - Introduced from Asia in the late 19th century as a garden novelty, but not widely planted until the 1930s, kudzu is now America's most infamous weed.

Yet, now that scientists at last are attaching real numbers to the threat of kudzu, it's becoming clear that most of what people think about kudzu is wrong.

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3. Study Aims to Protect City Forest from EAB

Superiortelegram.com (August 21) - The Superior City Council approved a research project to preserve the city's municipal forest by providing the city with an opportunity to mitigate problems that could stem from the discovery of emerald ash borer.

The project, funded by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, would under-plant three native species suitable to the forest to boost the resistance and resiliency of the forest.

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VIII. Science and Research

1. Researchers: Regulatory, Certification Systems Halting Use of GE Trees

OregonState.edu (August 20) - Myriad regulations and certification requirements around the world are making it virtually impossible to use genetically engineered trees to combat catastrophic forest threats, according to a new policy analysis published this week in the journal Science.

North American forests are suffering from an onslaught of threats, including local and imported pests, as well as the impacts of a shifting climate. These threats pose "a real and present danger" to the future of many of our forest trees, notes Steven Strauss, a distinguished professor of forest biotechnology at Oregon State University and lead author on the analysis.

Note: Strauss is a member of SAF.

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2. Study: Tongass Forest Most Resistant to Climate Change

KCAW.org (August 24) - The Oregon-based Geos Institute released a study last week pointing to the Tongass National Forest's role in combating global warming.

The study, part of a larger push to end old-growth logging in the national forest, shows the Tongass will fare better than other West Coast forests as temperatures rise.

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3. The Forests of the World Are in Serious Trouble, Scientists Report

Washingtonpost.com (August 20) - The world's forests are in serious trouble, according to a suite of papers out in this week's issue of the journal Science. The research systematically examines how forests are being damaged by the combined impacts of a changing climate and more human incursions.

Related:

Study: Climate Change Forcing Boreal Forest to Tipping Point
Thestarphoenix.com (August 21)

Study Says Some Forests May Not Recover from Mega-Disturbances in the Global Warming Era
Summitcountyvoice.com (August 25)

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IX. Items of Interest

1. Research You May Be Missing

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 July.

The Burning Question: Does Forest Bioenergy Reduce Carbon Emissions? A Review of Common Misconceptions about Forest Carbon Accounting (Journal of Forestry Vol. 113, No. 1)

Complex Forest Ecosystems: From Tree to Landscape (Forest Science Vol. 61, No. 3)

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."

Your GOLD- or PLATINUM-level membership entitles you to free access to all journal content, but you need to register with IngentaConnect to get it. Questions? Contact: Matthew Walls.

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2. Report: Fire Adapted Communities: Nationwide Efforts and Community-Based Tools for Living with Wildfire

Dovetailinc.org (August 20) - Dovetail Partners has announced the release of a new report highlighting fire adapted communities and tools for living with wildfire. This report is part of Dovetail's larger work serving as the Upper Midwest Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) Hub Organization.

To download the full report, visit the Dovetail website.

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3. Minnesota Bog Study Turns Up the Heat on Peat

Nature.com (August 25) - In a peat bog in northern Minnesota, researchers have built a little patch of the future.

Ten octagonal enclosures-each 12 meters across, 8 meters high and open to the sky-dot the US Forest Service's Marcell Experimental Forest. Boardwalks wend their way around them, allowing scientists to walk above a pristine 8.1-hectare peat bog and get a close-up peek at Earth's greenhouse fate.

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X. SAF News

1. Documentary Chronicles Schenck, Forestry

Transylvaniatimes.com (August 27) - A new documentary honoring the pioneering forestry work of Dr. Carl Schenck will premiere August 30 at Brevard College.

"First in Forestry-Carl Schenck and the Biltmore Forest School" is an hour-long in-depth portrayal of the German silviculturist and how his recommendations set a precedent for what the U.S. Forest Service uses today for much of its policy regarding national forest management.

Note: This documentary was funded in part by a grant from the SAF Foresters' Fund.

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2. Earn CFEs for Your Reviews

Reviewers for the Journal of Forestry and Forest Science may now apply for continuing forestry education (CFE) credit for their completed reviews.* Reviewers may request two (2) Category 3 CFEs for each completed review.

To request your CFE credits, please complete the Continuing Forestry Education Post Approval Form for Category 3 credit using the Publications section on page 2 of the form. Submit your completed form along with the thank you e-mail you receive from the journal acknowledging your review as evidence of completion.

*Effective April 14, 2015.

Questions or comments? Contact cf@safnet.org.

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3. Apply Now for SAF Diversity Scholarships

Apply now to be part of the SAF Diversity Ambassador Program and participate in the 2015 SAF National Convention in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Ambassadors will receive leadership and networking training, interact with SAF leaders, meet the Chief of the US Forest Service and other professionals, and learn how to participate as a future leader in SAF.

The deadline for applications is Friday, September 4, 2015.

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4. 2015 SAF National 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. View the program here.

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 closed for presentations in the scientific and technical concurrent sessions, but we are still accepting submissions for the poster symposium. Submit your poster here.

Pre-Order Your Convention T-Shirt

Order yours today in gray or orange for just $18.00 and pick it up at the SAF Store in Baton Rouge.

SAF Seeks Moderators for Convention's Scientific and Technical Concurrent Sessions

SAF is seeking moderators for scientific and technical concurrent sessions at the SAF 2015 national convention. If you'll be attending the convention and are willing to moderate a session or two, please contact Carol Redelsheimer, SAF Director of Science and Education.

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5. SAF Welcomes New and Returning Members

Welcome to SAF!

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