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Policy Update Week of January 31, 2011

EPA Action on Tailoring Rule: EPA defers regulation of biomass emissions for three years

SAF, working with other forestry groups, has been urging EPA to pause and reassess science before regulating emissions from biomass the same as emissions from fossil fuels. This is a great victory for foresters and forestry in the US and SAF would like to thank all of our members that helped in these efforts.
For more information go to: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/4369C709163915B485257816005971BB


  1. SAF 2011 Convention Policy Symposium Call For Papers is OPEN--please submit your abstracts

    The Forest Policy Track covers local, regional, national or international policy or program analysis. The track is designed for presentations based on qualitative or quantitative data analysis. Topics include:

    Implementation of an existing government program
    Impact of legislative or administrative policy initiatives
    Design of policies or programs
    Emerging trends in forest policy and law on biomass, carbon, climate change, and water quality and quantity

    Deadline: February 28th, 2011

    For more information please visit: http://www.safnet.org/natcon11/presenters/index.cfm

  2. Forest Policy Presentations Needed for 2011 SAF National Convention

    The SAF Committee on Forest Policy is sponsoring a "Forest Policy" track at this year's SAF National Convention. We are looking for presentations that address some aspect of US or international forest policy. The Forest Policy track is designed for presentations based on policy or program analysis. We are seeking presentations that analyze (rather than simply describe) the: 1) implementation of an existing government program, 2) impact of legislative or administrative policy initiatives, or 3) design of policies or programs. Ideally, these presentations should be based on qualitative or quantitative data analyses. Presentation information and submission guidelines are available at http://www.safnet.org/natcon11/presenters/index.cfm.

In the Administration

  1. Administration Seeking Momentum for Clean Energy Standard
      The New York Times, Published by Evan Lehmann, January 27th

    President Obama and key members of the administration fanned the nation yesterday to promote his plans to expand clean energy initiatives, moving quickly to build momentum behind a key agenda item pitched to a national audience on Tuesday.

    The effort contrasts with Obama's low-key approach last summer, when Senate Democrats were struggling to advance climate legislation that collapsed before midterm elections. Obama now is rallying workers in solar and wind plants and using campaign-style appearances to underscore the urgency around a clean energy standard. To read more of this article link to: http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/01/27/27climatewire-administration-seeking-momentum-for-clean-en-12429.html

Last Week in Congress

  1. January 25th - The House Committee on Agriculture met at 2:00 p.m. in 1300 Longworth House Office Building to consider organizational matters of the Committee on Agriculture for the 112th Congress.

    U.S. House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., announced the Democratic members and leadership for the Agriculture Committee's six Subcommittees. Peterson will serve as an ex officio member of all Subcommittees.

    Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry

    • Ranking Member Tim Holden, PA
    • Rep. Kurt Schrader, OR
    • Rep. Bill Owens, NY
    • Rep. Mike McIntyre, NC
    • Rep. Jim Costa, CA
    • Rep. Tim Walz, MN
    • Rep. Chellie Pingree, ME
    • Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, OH
    • Del. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, MP

    To visit the committee's website for more information click here: http://agriculture.house.gov/

This Week in Congress

  1. February 3rd - Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources received testimony on the Energy and Oil Market Outlook for the 112th Congress at 09:30 AM in General Hearing Room - SH-216. To visit the Committee's website click here: http://energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Hearing&Hearing_ID=b9f1b795-9673-2758-8cdf-eeb111bffc2f

National News

  1. House GOP Readies Bill to Prohibit EPA from Regulating Carbon Emissions
      The Washington Post, Published by Darryl Fears, February 3rd

    Acting on a vow to fight the Obama administration on climate issues, Error! Hyperlink reference not valid., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, unveiled draft legislation Wednesday to try to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its power to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. To read more of this article click here.

  2. Beyond Timber: New Economic Opportunities for Southern US Forests
      Ecosystem Marketplace, Published by Logan Yonavjak, February 1st

    Stretching more than 200 million acres from Texas to Virginia and from Kentucky to Florida, the forests of the southern United States provide billions of dollars worth of timber and other forest products each year as well as hundreds of thousands of jobs in the region. Though they comprise just two percent of the planet's forest cover, they generate more pulp for paper by volume than any nation outside the United States.

    However, 31 million acres of these forests are expected to be lost to development between 1992 and 2040 - an area the size of North Carolina. Strategies are needed to halt this loss. To read more of this article click here.

In the States: Idaho and Alaska

  1. Judge Tosses Challenge to Idaho Roadless Plan
      Bloomberg, Published by Todd Dvorak of the Associated Press, February 1st

    A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by a coalition of environmentalists challenging Idaho's handcrafted plan for managing millions of acres of roadless wilderness across the state.

    A ruling issued by U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill Friday defends the so-called Idaho Roadless rule, which guides the use and protection for about 9.3 million acres of federal public backcountry. To read more of this article link to: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-01/judge-tosses-challenge-to-idaho-roadless-plan.html

  2. Tongass Futures Roundtable Begins First Meeting of Year in Juneau
      Juneau Empire, Published by Jonathan Grass, February 3rd

    The Tongass Futures Roundtable had its hands full Wednesday during its first meeting of 2011. Stakeholders of all types discussed what strategies are needed in several areas of the Tongass. Discussions will continue today during the Roundtable's second day of meeting at Temple Sukkat Shalom on Douglas. The public participation session begins at 8:30 a.m., with the rest of the day going dedicated to further talks about the Roundtable's role in forest management, land allocation and other issues. To read more of this article link to: http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/020311/loc_780158406.shtml

Wildfire Update

  1. Lawsuit Against U.S. Forest Service Norbeck Project Dismissed
      Rapid City Journal, Published by Kevin Woster, January 31st

    A federal judge in Rapid City has dismissed a lawsuit filed by two environmental groups against the U.S. Forest Service to stop a management project in the Norbeck Wildlife Preserve. But a spokesman for one of the groups said an appeal is likely. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Viken filed an order Friday dismissing the lawsuit filed by Friends of the Norbeck and Native Ecosystem Council. Viken ruled the environmentalists had failed to show that the Forest Service acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner and violated federal law when it approved the project, which includes tree thinning and prescribed burns. To read more of this article link to: http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/news/article_a4d27ee6-2d5f-11e0-b059-001cc4c002e0.html

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