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Policy Update Week of September 6, 2010


  1. SAF Encourages All Members to Comment on Important Forest Issues For America’s Great Outdoors Initiative

    To Visit America’s Great Outdoors Website Click Here: http://ideas.usda.gov/ago/ideas.nsf

  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. EPA Call For Information on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Associated with
      Bioenergy and Other Biogenic Sources Deadline is Monday September 13th

    For More Information click here: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/biogenic_emissions.html

  2. Forest Service Plans Attack on Colo., Wyo. Beetles
      The Associate Press, September 8th

    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. The House of Representatives is in recess until September 13th.

  2. The U.S. Senate is in recess until September 13th.

National News

  1. Conference Updates Biomass Potential
      Prairie Business Magazine, Published by Alan Van Ormer, September 6th

    Upcoming projects and the future of biomass in the United States and across the world were highlighted during a two-day Biomass ’10 Renewable Power, Fuels and Chemicals Workshop. For Gail Leverson, executive director of the Cass County Economic Development Corporation, in Backus, MN, the workshop is important to the region because it provides new ideas on how to use natural resources. To read more of this article link to: http://www.prairiebizmag.com/event/article/id/11173/

In the States: New York

  1. DEC Releases Strategic Plan for State Forest Management
      Newport Television WWTI, September 7th

    New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis today announced the release of a draft “Strategic Plan for State Forest Management.”

    The plan will guide management of the 786,000-acre state forest holdings and is available for public review and comment through Oct. 29. Key goals of the draft plan focus on eco-system health and diversity, economic benefits, forest conservation, recreation and sustainable management. To read more of this article link to: http://www.myabc50.com/news/local/story/DEC-Releases-Strategic-Plan-for-State-Forest/kSSo-6ohHkO8z71UI_LDgA.cspx

Wildfire Update

  1. Colorado Wildfire Torches 54 Homes, 8 People Missing, Officials Say
      CNN, September 8th

    At least 54 homes have been destroyed by a wildfire burning west of Boulder, Colorado, and eight people are unaccounted for, Boulder County Sheriff's Office Commander Rick Brough said Wednesday.Authorities initially had 20 missing people reported, Brough said. Twelve of them have been located. Of those remaining, "many of those were people who did not evacuate," he said. To read more of this article link to: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/US/09/08/wildfire/#fbid=XG0EuPp-C_9&wom=false

  2. USA Catches a Break This Year With Mild Wildfire Season
      USA Today, Published by Doyle Rice, September 7th

    The USA is enjoying an unusually quiet year for wildfires, the least fiery of the past 10 years, according to data from the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.Both in terms of total number of wildfires as well as acres burned, 2010 is the least active year of the past decade. Weather conditions have been ideal this year for a calm wildfire season, particularly in the fire-prone West. To read more of this article link to:

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:

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:

Wildland Fire Leadership Council

Western Governors’ Association Forest Health Advisory Committee

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