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July 25, 2014

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I. Featured News

1. USDA Selects 36 Energy Facilities to Accept Biomass Deliveries
2. Crowd Debates Effect of Forest Management on Wildlife at Meeting
3. Local Lawmakers Weigh-In on Pennsylvania Lands Drilling
4. New Bark Beetle Threatens Southern Washington Forests
5. Wildfire News

Forest Products Industry

6. Weyerhaeuser Invests in Mill, Potlatch Reports Second-Quarter Income, and Cash Generation at a BC Lumber Giant
7. Outlook for Forest Products Industry in the North Country Called "Good"
8. Biomass News

Federal Lands Management

9. Oregon Senators Seek Wildfire Funds
10. Daines Signs Letter Asking GOP Leadership to Block Timber Bills
11. Diane Rhem Show Discusses "US Forests and Trees"
12. Forest Service, BLM Release Sage Grouse Revised DEIS
13. The Privatization of Public Campground Management

II. Publications, Resources, and Items of Interest

1. UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources Celebrates 100 Years
2. Rock 'n' Roll Tree Farmer: Inside a Rolling Stone's Business
3. China Fuels Illegal Logging of Mozambique's Forests-Report

III. Science and Technology

1. Orchard Effort Aims to Restore Chestnut
2. Online Tool Seeks to Tailor Climate Plans for Forest Communities
3. Research You May Be Missing

IV. SAF News

1. SAF Thanks Gov. Snyder for Pledging to Strengthen Michigan's Licensed Forester Statute
2. National Committee Openings Available
3. 2014 SAF Convention News-Info on Everything from Airfare to Presentations
4. Picture the Past
5. 2014 IUFRO World Congress Seeks Volunteer Manager


I. Featured News

All of these items and more appear in the "Featured News" section on the SAF home page

1. USDA Selects 36 Energy Facilities to Accept Biomass Deliveries

USDA.gov (July 23) - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the US Department of Agriculture has selected 36 energy facilities in 14 states to accept biomass deliveries supported by the Biomass Crop Assistance Program which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

Some BCAP payments will target the removal of dead or diseased trees from National Forests and Bureau of Land Management public lands for renewable energy, which reduces the risk of forest fire.

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Mt. Taylor Machine Makes Comeback as Wood Pellet Manufacturer

Biz Journals.com (Albuquerque, July 23) - A Grants area wood products company will clear downed trees from the Cibola National Forest and turn them into fuel pellets as part of a federal program to turn biomass into energy.

Mt. Taylor Machine LLC, which does business as Mt. Taylor Manufacturing, will get $20 per dry ton of wood it hauls from the forest as part of the US Department of Agriculture's Biomass Crop Assistance Program.

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2. Crowd Debates Effect of Forest Management on Wildlife at Meeting

Smoky Mountain News.com (July 23) - More than 100 people filled the room at Asheville's Crowne Plaza Hotel earlier this month for the 16th meeting of the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests forest management plan revision process. The meeting drew people from across western North Carolina who represented a wide spectrum of interests, all of which converged on one topic-wildlife.

Depending on your definition of "young," the acreage of young forest in the Pisgah-Nantahala now hovers around 1 percent. The Forest Service's preliminary research is exploring what it would take to get early successional habitat to command somewhere between 5 and 20 percent of the forest. That's a big range, and it leads to another question: How do you get it?

Although prescribed burns are great for clearing out understory, timber cuts are generally considered a more effective way to create young forest.

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3. Local Lawmakers Weigh-In on Pennsylvania Lands Drilling

Bradford Era.com (July 22) - The Corbett administration recently announced that it has agreed to a partial settlement in the Commonwealth court case challenging the governor's plan to lease more state forest and state parkland for unconventional natural gas drilling.

The administration has agreed not to lease any more state land for gas drilling until the court makes a ruling in the case. In return, the Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation has agreed to drop its request for the court to prevent the state from using revenues from the Oil and Gas Lease Fund to pay for general operations at the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Gov. Tom Corbett signed a state budget in which he proposed that money from the Oil and Gas Lease Fund cover the costs of operating and maintaining state parks and forests-should drilling cease, the funds would dry up and state parks and forests would shut down.

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4. New Bark Beetle Threatens Southern Washington Forests

WSU.edu (July 22) - A new beetle-the California fivespined ips or Ips paraconfusus-is showing up in the wildland-urban interface. In Washington, beetle damage thus far is limited to the Columbia River Gorge area. However, the beetle has been confirmed as far north as Fort Lewis.

The beetle favors the green, freshly broken branches of many species of pine including ponderosa, sugar, western white, and lodgepole.

The male bores into the tree to create a nuptial chamber underneath the bark and then emits pheromones to attract females. Females, usually three at a time, come to mate and then carve out an egg gallery where larvae hatch and feed on the cambium layer of the bark.

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5. Wildfire News

NIFC.gov (July 23) - As of July 23, the National Interagency Fire Center reported that, "Weather conditions continue to help firefighters with their containment efforts throughout Oregon and Washington. Lightning sparked new initial attack fires in the Great Basin. Four of these fires grew to large fire status and are located in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah."

In other wildfire news:

Fire Season in West So Far Is Below Expectations
Associated Press (July 24)

Nebraska Firefighting Air Stations, Planes Now Operational
Omaha.com (July 22)

Tinderbox Explodes in Wildfires across Northwest
Boston.com (July 22)

Cal Fire: Bully Fire's Cost Estimated at $20 Million
Redding.com (July 22)

Colorado wildfires: West Slope Blaze Grows to 8,000 Acres
Denver Post.com (July 23)

Oregon Firefighters Chase New Lightning Fires
NWCN.com (July 23)

Washington

Obama Declares Washington Wildfire Emergency
Spokesman.com (July 23)

Fires Join To Become Largest in State History
OmakChronicle.com (July 20)

Crews Make Gains on Massive Washington Wildfire
KOIN.com (July 22)

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Forest Products Industry

6. Weyerhaeuser Invests in Mill, Potlatch Reports Second-Quarter Income, and Cash Generation at a BC Lumber Giant

Weyerhaeuser Investing $57 Million to Modernize Lumber Mill

MS Business.com (July 23) - Weyerhaeuser Company is investing $57 million to modernize over the next three years at its softwood lumber mill in Philadelphia. According to the company, its Philadelphia sawmill is one of its longest-running manufacturing facilities. The mill was purchased from DeWeese Lumber Company in 1967 and employs approximately 188 people.

Potlatch Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results

Potlatch Corp.com (July 23) - Potlatch Corporation has reported net income of $16.3 million on revenues of $143.9 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2014. This compares to net income of $19.2 million on revenues of $133.2 million in the second quarter of 2013.

BC Lumber Giant a "Cash-Generation Story"

Globe and Mail.com (Canada, July 21) - Investors are betting on increased demand for lumber and specialty wood products used in home renovation to fire up the shares of Western Forest Products Inc., the largest lumber producer on the BC coast.

Western's shares are trading at multiyear highs and have increased almost 50 percent over the past year, outpacing its industry peers.

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7. Outlook for Forest Products Industry in the North Country Called "Good"

North Country Now.com (July 21) - In a bipartisan panel discussion addressing international and domestic issues and trends in the forest products industry, Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY) said biomass as a renewable fuel source can be a major contributor to the North Country economy.

During the event, Owens spoke to the economic benefits and potential for job creation in forestry, the environmental benefits of forests and the use of biomass, and the importance of sustainable forestry in the national and international context.

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8. Biomass News

E-Pellets Acquires Georgia Mill for Wood Pellet Production

Biomass Magazine.com (July 18) - E-Pellets Group LLC recently acquired the formally boarded up Louisiana Pacific OSB mill in Athens, Georgia, to convert it into a wood pellet production facility. The facility is expected to produce 450,000 metric tons annually by August 2015. The wood pellets will be exported to the European Union to be used as an alternative to coal as fuel in power plants.

Maine Biomass Plant Could Get $12 Million Tax Break

MaineBiz.biz (July 21) - A biomass facility in Athens (Maine) is now eligible for more than $12 million in state tax credits after receiving certifications from the Finance Authority of Maine that will help spur $30.3 million in investments, and assist with creating and retaining over 200 jobs.

Beyond helping Athens Energy with the construction and equipping of a biomass electricity generator, the investments will also help Maine Woods Pellet Company expand its facility, the agency said in its announcement.

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Athens Biomass Plant Clears Financing Hurdle
Central Maine.com (July 21)

Concerns over Carbon Emissions from Burning Wood

BBC.com (July 24) - UK taxpayers subsidise energy firms to burn wood to meet European Union renewables targets, but a report from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) shows sometimes much bigger carbon savings would be achieved by leaving the wood in the forests.

The report has caused controversy within DECC as it indicates the initial subsidy rules were much too simplistic. The government has now promised to strengthen the regulations on burning wood, and to make standards mandatory.

BC Pellet Plant Fires Up Mixed Feelings

Vernon Morning Star.com (July 23) - Some residents of Lavington, British Columbia, are fuming over the possibility of a pellet plant moving into their neighborhood, while others are quietly cheering on the project.

The project, a partnership between a local mill and Pinnacle Renewable Energy, would bring 20 full-time positions to the area.

If all approvals go through, Pinnacle is hoping to begin construction sometime around September and be operational next year.

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Federal Lands Management

9. Oregon Senators Seek Wildfire Funds

Bend Bulletin.com (July 23) - As wildfires continue to burn across Oregon, Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden wrote to Senate leaders July 22, urging them to vote for the Obama administration's supplementary budget request, which includes $615 million in emergency wildfire suppression funds.

The letter also called for a floor vote on legislation authored by Wyden and Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) that would treat the largest 1 percent of wildfires, which consume 30 percent of the federal firefighting budget, as natural disasters like tornadoes or hurricanes. Response to these catastrophic fires would be funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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10. Daines Signs Letter Asking GOP Leadership to Block Timber Bills

Helenair.com (July 19) - US Rep. Steve Daines (R-MT), has signed a letter asking House Republican leadership to block any bills attempting to encourage more logging in specific states, such as Democratic Sen. Jon Tester's proposal for Montana.

Daines insists, however, that the letter is not aimed at Tester's wilderness and logging bill, and said through a spokesperson he's not taken a position opposing the measure, which is supported by many timber-industry figures and conservation groups in Montana.

The July 11 letter, signed by Daines and 28 other Republican House members, asks House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), to block state-specific bills to increase timber production, because the signers prefer a bill addressing the problem nationwide.

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11. Diane Rhem Show Discusses "US Forests and Trees"

The Diane Rhem Show, an hour-long public radio show based in Washington, DC, recently featured a discussion on "US Forests and Trees." Among the topics discussed in the wide-ranging conversation were climate change, native and non-native pests, federal forest management, urban forests, and more. Rhem's guests included Eric Rutkow, attorney and historian; author of American Canopy; Tom Tidwell, chief, US Forest Service; and Bill Toomey, director, forest health program, The Nature Conservancy.

To listen to an archived version of the show, or to read a transcript, visit the Diane Rhem Show's website.

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12. Forest Service, BLM Release Sage Grouse Revised DEIS

Reno-Gazette Journal.com (July 22) - The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest recently released the Revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Greater Sage-Grouse Bi-State Distinct Population Segment Forest Plan Amendment.

The revised DEIS was developed to address public comments received on the August 2013 DEIS, and to incorporate emerging science that will help guide restoration and habitat improvement projects.

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13. The Privatization of Public Campground Management

High Country News.org (July 18) - If you camp at a US Forest Service campground this summer, you'll probably hand your fee directly to a host employed by a private company, rather than stuffing it into a little brown box on the honor system or giving it to a retiree volunteering for the Forest Service. That's because for-profit companies called "concessionaires" now manage the majority of the agency's campgrounds.

Both the Forest Service and the companies regard the concessionaire program as a great success in public-private partnership and consider it an essential tool for keeping campgrounds open in a time of government belt-tightening and reduced staffing.

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II. Publications, Resources, and Items of Interest

1.UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources Celebrates 100 Years

Plumas News.com (July 21) - Though it is still dwarfed by the giant trees surrounding its Meadow Valley camp, the University of California-Berkeley's forestry program is celebrating a milestone that puts it in the same category with the ancients: its 100th anniversary. The program and the wild nature of Plumas County have been intertwined since the program's very beginning and continue to co-produce ongoing generations of foresters.

As part of its centennial celebration, the university's College of Natural Resources recently hosted the North American Summit on Forest Science Education. To read more about the event, see the June 2014 issue of The Forestry Source.

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2. Rock 'n' Roll Tree Farmer: Inside a Rolling Stone's Business

Businessweek.com (July 18) - Chuck Leavell spends a lot of nights with the Rolling Stones, but the veteran piano player, who has been a de facto member of the legendary rock 'n' roll band for more than three decades, gets just as much satisfaction from trees.

When he's not playing with the Stones or other stars such as Eric Clapton and Greg Allman, Leavell manages a 2,900-acre tree farm and hunting lodge in Georgia that he runs with his wife.

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3. China Fuels Illegal Logging of Mozambique's Forests-Report

Trust.org (July 23) - China's insatiable demand for timber has led to "illegal and unsustainable logging of Mozambique's forests," costing the country millions of dollars in lost duties and taxes and affecting impoverished rural communities, said a report released July 23.

A staggering 93 percent of logging in 2013 in Mozambique, one of the world's least developed nations, was illegal, fueled by poor law enforcement, endemic corruption, insufficient funding and incompetent leadership, said the UK-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).

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III. Science and Technology

1. Orchard Effort Aims to Restore Chestnut

Hartford Courant.com (July 20) - The Middletown, Connecticut, chestnut orchard near Higby Reservoir-a cooperative effort among the Middletown Garden Club, the city's Urban Forestry Commission, and the American Chestnut Foundation-aims to develop a blight-resistant species that can be reintroduced into the forest.

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2. Online Tool Seeks to Tailor Climate Plans for Forest Communities

CIFOR (July 21) - Much has been written about the diverse ways that rural communities interact with forests to adapt to climate change.

Designing development projects to support further climate adaptation in these places requires accounting for a diversity of local cultures and the unique climate-change risks that various communities face.

A newly released toolkit-CRiSTAL-Forest, developed and tested by scientists with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)-seems to so just that.

The toolkit aims to paint a clear picture of how forests contribute to people's adaptation strategies, but it also enables analysis of how communities with forest resources are reacting to changes.

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3. 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 June.

An Index for Logging Cost Changes across the US South (Journal of Forestry Vol. 112, No. 3)

Mountain Pine Beetle, a Major Disturbance Agent in US Western Coniferous Forests: A Synthesis of the State of Knowledge (Forest Science Vol. 60, 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.

Journal of Forestry July 2014 Issue Now Online

Check out the expanded table of contents for the July 2014 issue of the Journal of Forestry to discover the research, practices, and techniques that will help you succeed in your forest management goals. Quickly scan the titles and abstracts of the articles appearing within the latest issue, browse the management and policy implications to discover which have direct implications to your work, then follow the links to the full text of the articles online.

Full access to the online edition is included with SAF membership at the GOLD and PLATINUM levels. Haven't used the online edition before? Register here or contact Matthew Walls for assistance.

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IV. SAF News

1. SAF Thanks Gov. Snyder for Pledging to Strengthen Michigan's Licensed Forester Statute

In its letter to the Michigan Governor, SAF thanked Snyder for "acknowledging the important role foresters play in sustainable forest management" and offered its support in the effort to "shape the future of forestry" in the state.

To read the text of the letter, visit the SAF website.

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2. National Committee Openings Available

SAF currently has 13 national committees to help it accomplish its ongoing and long-term goals. If you'd like to volunteer your time and talents to help SAF meet its mission, see the list of committee openings in the July issue of The Forestry Source, available on the SAF website.

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3. 2014 SAF Convention News-Info on Everything from Airfare to Presentations

SAF 2014 Advance Convention Brochure Now Available!

The 2014 SAF National Convention advance brochure, which has information on everything you need to know about this year's joint SAF/CIF meeting, is now available on the SAF website. Check it out!

Complete Scientific and Technical Concurrent Program Now Online

The complete scientific and technical concurrent program for this year's convention is available online.

Volunteers Needed

Planning to attend the SAF/CIF convention or the IUFRO World Congress? Consider donating a few hours of your time to help the logistics of the co-located conferences run more smoothly!

SAF and CIF/IFC need volunteers to help with the Forests without Borders / Foresters and Science Fund silent auction and the SAF Store, as well as for these specific jobs, which are being coordinated by IUFRO:

Registration Area (greeters, bag and proceedings distribution, etc.)
Wed 06.30-10.30 - 6 people
Wed 10.30-2.30 - 6 people
Wed 2.30-6.30 - 8 people
Thurs 6.30-10.30 - 3 people
Thurs 10.30-2.30 - 2 people

Exhibit Hall
Wed 6.30-10.30 - 2 people
Wed 10.30-2.30 - 2 people

Hot Shots
Wed 6.00am - 09.00 - 2 people
Thurs, Fri, Sat - 7.00am -noon - 2 people
Thurs, Fri, Sat - noon - 5.00 - 2 people

Sign up to volunteer in any position on the convention website - click Volunteer for SAF/CIF on the right hand side of the page.

Special Discounted Air Travel to Convention!
Salt Lake City has a large international airport and travel to and from this location can be direct through a number of other international airports across the country. SAF/CIF have formed a partnership with Delta and American Airlines to offer discounted airfare for convention attendees.

To Book Your Flight with Delta Airlines:

Visit the Delta website, select "Book A Trip," click on "More Search Options," and enter the meeting event code (NMHSJ) in the box provided on the Search Flight page. Reservations may also be made by calling Delta Meeting reservations at 1-800-328-1111 Monday-Friday 7am-7pm CDT.

To Book Your Flight with American Airlines:

Visit the American Airlines website, select your flight options, use discount code 79H4BR, and select "Book Now" to make your fight reservation.

Note: To avoid a ticketing charge, make your American Airline reservations online.

For comprehensive convention travel information, visit the SAF Convention website.

Book Your Hotel Room Early

Go to the SAF convention website and click on the "Reservations" link.

2014 SAF/CIF Call for Posters

In 2014, SAF will partner with the Canadian Institute of Forestry/l'Institut forestier du Canada (CIF/IFC) for our national convention. In addition, the convention will be co-located with the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) World Congress.

Click here for more information about the 2014 convention. Click here for information on submitting a poster abstract.

Poster submissions deadline: September 1, 2014

And finally …

Complete Scientific and Technical Concurrent Program Now Online

The complete scientific and technical concurrent program for this year's convention is available online.

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4. SAF Selects Bob Deal as Editor of The Dictionary of Forestry

SAF is pleased to announce the selection of Robert L. Deal as the next editor of The Dictionary of Forestry. Deal is a research forester and ecosystem services team leader with the US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station in Portland, Oregon. Deal also holds a number of leadership positions within SAF, including as decision sciences subject area representative for E-working groups on the Forest Science & Technology Board, associate editor of silviculture for the Journal of Forestry, and past editor-in-chief of the Western Journal of Applied Forestry. Deal was elected SAF Fellow in 2009.

Bob Deal succeeds John A. Helms, who was the original editor of the dictionary from its creation in 1998 through its evolution into the current online edition at www.dictionaryofforestry.org, established in 2008.

In support of this vision, Deal is seeking volunteers to serve as reviewers and subject area representatives on a newly established dictionary editorial board. To volunteer, please contact Deal. Suggestions for new terms or revisions to existing definitions can be submitted through the online dictionary.

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4. Picture the Past

Forestry has an incredible visual legacy, but countless images now reside in archival obscurity or are moldering in closets or storage buildings. The Journal of Forestry has created an opportunity to preserve and share these images in a new feature, "Picture the Past," and invites you to contribute your images and related stories to remind us of our shared heritage and the lessons learned over the last century.

Guidelines for "Picture the Past" contributions can be found here, and examples can be found in the January and March issues. Submit your photo and related story online or by email to Matthew Walls.

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5. 2014 IUFRO World Congress Seeks Volunteer Manager

The 2014 International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) World Congress will take place October 5-11, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 2014 SAF National Convention and CIF/IFC AGM & Conference will take place October 8-11, 2014 in the same venue.

The success of these combined events is contingent on the success of securing a large number of volunteers serving in numerous capacities, including some with specific skill sets. To support the success of the volunteer organization for the event, the organizers seek to secure the services of an experienced volunteer management organization or service contractor. The position will require minimal work prior to the actual event, and a significant time commitment from October 4 to 11, 2014 as onsite event volunteer manager.

To apply send a cover letter detailing your management approach (i.e., how would you approach this project organizationally), a summary of relevant experience and three past performance references, and salary and expense requirements to:

Jennifer Hayes, 2014 IUFRO World Congress Project Manager, (970) 498-1365.

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