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Policy Update Week of September 13, 2010


  1. SAF Submits Comments for EPA Call for Information Regarding Biogenic Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    To read SAF’s submission click here: http://www.eforester.org/fp/positionstatements.cfm#cc

  2. SAF Sent a Letter From 114 Scientists and Academics to the US Congress Expressing Concerns Regarding Biomass Energy

    To read the letter click here: http://www.eforester.org/fp/policy.cfm

In the Administration

  1. Forest Service to Attack Trouble Spots to Lessen Fire Danger
      The Associated Press, Published by Judith Kohler, September 14th

    The U.S. Forest Service plans to cut about 14,000 acres of trees near communities and in more than 350 recreation sites as it deals with damage from an insect epidemic that has killed millions of acres of pines in Colorado and Wyoming.

    The agency has mapped out the projects in response to questions from U.S. Sen. Mark Udall about how $30 million will be spent on Colorado's bark beetle problem. The Colorado Democrat said in June that he was worried the money might not be enough to address the problem. To read more of this article link to:

This Week in Congress

  1. September 16th - The House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, led by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), held a legislative hearing in 1334 Longworth House Office building at 10:00 am on the following bills:
    • H.R. 1853: To clarify the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior with respect to the C.C. Cragin Dam and Reservoir.
    • H.R. 4036: To authorize National Mall Liberty Fund D.C. to establish a memorial on Federal land in the District of Columbia to honor free persons and slaves who fought for independence, liberty, and justice for all during the American Revolution. “National Liberty Memorial Act”
    • H.R. 5965: To designate certain Federal land within the Monongahela National Forest as a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System. “Monongahela Conservation Legacy Act of 2010”

National News

  1. Alliance Offers Key Wood-to-Energy Policy Recommendations
      25x’25, September 10th

    Perhaps surprising to many, far from decreasing the extent of America’s 755 million acres of forestland, the focused use of wood to help meet America’s energy needs would not only increase the extent of the nation’s forest land base, but would also improve the environmental services that land provides. It would also enhance rural community economic development, lower the carbon footprint of America’s energy supply; restore the health, vitality and proper functioning of many of the nation’s public lands; insure the future of America’s private timberlands by “keeping forests as forests”; and provide the raw materials needed by America’s forest products industry, all while supplying a growing bio-economy. To read more of this article link to: http://blog.25x25.org/?p=1852

  2. Pacific Northwest Forests Could Face Beetle Damage: Report
      The Portland Business Journal, September 9th

    Trees in Oregon and Washington state forests could be at greater risk for spruce and mountain pine beetle infestations, according to a new study. The beetle is responsible for the deaths of thousands of trees in Colorado, where this week a wildfire near Boulder destroyed more than 100 homes, with many beetle-killed trees going up in smoke. To read more of this article link to: Pacific Northwest forests could face beetle damage: Report - Portland Business Journal

  3. Revised Owl Recovery Plan is New Strategy for 20-year Problem in Pacific Northwest Forests
      The Oregonian, Published by Eric Mortenson, September 9th

    Finding "safe harbor" for spotted owls on land outside the national forests is among the tools federal scientists favor as they revise plans to help the endangered bird.

    This week, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service released a draft recovery plan -- the latest version of a 20-year effort that's resulted in drastically reduced timber harvests, protests, lawsuits and 180-degree turns as presidential administrations changed. A federal judge in Washington, D.C., last week ordered revisions to the 2008 recovery plan and habitat designations. To read more of this article link to:

In the States: Wisconsin

  1. Hearing Date Set for Biomass Power Plant
      Wisconsin Radio Network, September 11th

    The state Public Service Commission and the Department of Natural Resources will hold a public hearing on the Rothschild biomass power plant on November 30th. The time and place for the hearing hasn’t been set. Regulators had said earlier they’d like at least one public comment session in Rothschild, although it’s possible the hearing could be held in Madison. To read more of this article link to: http://www.wrn.com/2010/09/hearing-date-set-for-biomass-power-plant/

Wildfire Update

  1. Still Unchecked, Boulder Fire Sparks Climate Change, Beetle Kill Debate
      The Colorado Independent, Published by David Williams, September 10th

    As strong winds whipped up again overnight in the Boulder area, where a Colorado record 169 homes have already been destroyed in the ongoing Fourmile Canyon Fire, there’s also a growing firestorm of debate over how climate change contributes to wildfires across the West. To read more of this article link to: http://coloradoindependent.com/61501/still-unchecked-boulder-fire-sparks-climate-change-beetle-kill-debate

  2. Crews Contain 65 Percent of N. Colo. Wildfire
      The Associated Press, September 16th

    Calmer-than-expected weather has allowed crews to contain about 65 percent of a northern Colorado wildfire.

    Fire managers say high winds predicted Wednesday didn’t materialize, allowing crews to nearly double the containment line. The blaze blackened 740 acres and destroyed two homes. To read more of this article link to: http://www.gjsentinel.com/breaking/articles/crews-contain-65-percent-of-n.-colo.-wildfire/

Additional Information:

The SAF National Office serves as the voice of professional forestry through its active role in several forestry, natural resources, and agricultural groups and coalitions…

25 x ’25 (www.25x25.org) – SAF is a proud member of 25 x ’25 and currently sits on its Sustainability Working Group. The goal of 25 x ’25 is to have 25% of our energy needs being fulfilled by renewable resources from our nation’s farms, ranches, forests, and other lands by 2025.

Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases (www.continentalforestdialogue.org) – SAF sits on the organization’s Steering Committee and assists in its mission of “cultivating and catalyzing collaborative action among diverse interests to abate the threat to North American forests from non-native insects and diseases.” The 4th meeting summary of the Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases is now available online at: http://www.continentalforestdialogue.org/documents/meetings/2008-11/index.html

Additional groups in which SAF plays a role include:

Core Group of the Roundtable on Sustainable Forests”

Forest Carbon Education Group. The FCEG’s Guidance Document on Managed Forests in Climate Change policy can be viewed on the SAF Policy Webpage: http://www.eforester.org/fp/documents/managedforests_12-14-07.pdf

Wildland Fire Leadership Council

Western Governors’ Association Forest Health Advisory Committee

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