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1. Arizona Forestry Division Faces $559,000 Fine over Yarnell Hill Fire
2. New Effort Forms over Olympic National Forest
3. In New Jersey Pines, Trouble Arrives on Six Legs
4. Township to Develop Forestry Plan Ahead of EAB's Arrival
5. Opponents of Hofmann Forest Sale Will Continue Fight
Forest Products Industry
Federal Lands Management
9. Wyden's Bill Would Double Timber Harvest
10. Study Reveals Increasing Development along Forest Boundaries
11. Objections to Crater Lake Logging, Idaho Panhandle National Forests Plan
12. Forest Service Releases New Tahoe Forest Plan
13. Residents, Forest Service Seek Solutions for 1920s Ranger Station, Bunkhouse
1. SAF 2013 Election Results
2. Renew Your SAF Membership for 2014 Now
3. SAF Henry Clepper Forest Policy Internship Available
4. Southeastern SAF Annual Meeting & Germany Study Tour
5. 2014 SAF/CIF Call for Presentations
6. Job Opportunities from the SAF Career Center
All of these items and more appear in the "Featured News" section on the SAF home page
CNN.com (December 4) - The Arizona Division of Forestry has been fined $559,000 for workplace violations during the Yarnell Hill fire that left 19 elite firefighters dead, Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health officials said.
The agency also accuses the state forestry division of failing to develop the necessary action plans and fire analysis to combat the wildfire, as well as failing to provide necessary and key incident command personnel.
The state forestry division has 15 days to appeal the citations, which accuse the organization of mismanaging the fire when it failed to prioritize the safety of firefighters over the protection of nondefensible structures and property.
Yarnell Hill Fire: Arizona Agency Didn't Prioritize Hotshots' Safety, Officials Say
NBC News.com (December 5)
$559K Fine Set for Safety Failures in Deadly Arizona Wildfire
KUER.org (December 5)
Forestry Division To Be Fined $559K over Hotshots' Deaths
Daily Courier.com (December 4)
Komo News.com (December 3) - US Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) has announced that several environmental and timber groups are forming a partnership-the Olympic Peninsula Collaborative-to find ways to boost timber harvests in Olympic National Forest.
The collaborative will look for ways to increase timber harvests and provide economic benefits to communities through restoration thinning and other timber treatment while also improving forest habitats and environmental conditions. Members say it's still early to say what the specific projects would entail, but they're optimistic about having an open-minded discussion.
New York Times.com (December 2) - In an infestation that scientists say is almost certainly a consequence of global warming, the southern pine beetle is spreading through New Jersey's famous Pinelands.
It tried to do so many times in the past, but bitterly cold winters would always kill it off. Now, scientists say, the winters are no longer cold enough. The tiny insect, firmly entrenched, has already killed tens of thousands of acres of pines, and it is marching northward.
The Reporter.com (December 2) - In Pennsylvania, Montgomery Township supervisors voted to hire a forestry expert to develop a plan for managing the township's trees when-not if, but when- the emerald ash borer arrives.
The emerald ash borer is an insect thought to have migrated from Asia to Detroit in the late 1990s, and has been found in 19 states including Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
News Observer.com (December 2) - Opponents of the $150 million deal to sell North Carolina State University's vast Hofmann Forest said that they plan to appeal a judge's decision to dismiss their lawsuit seeking to block the sale.
Wake County Superior Court Judge Shannon R. Joseph tossed out the suit November 22, saying that the law didn't support the group's claims that the land is state owned and that state law automatically requires an environmental review of the deal since it inevitably would lead to significant environmental impacts.
Forest Products Industry
Timber Magnate Rick Holly Sees Recovery for Lumber
Arkansas Business.com (November 25) - Rick R. Holley is CEO of Plum Creek Timber, a real estate investment trust that owns about 6.3 million acres in 19 states. In this interview with Arkansas Business, Holley offers his thoughts on timber demand in the coming years, Sustainable Forestry Initiative certification, and more.
Surviving Changing Times: Hull Sawmill Still Lumbering Along
Two harborsmn.com (November 29) - The Hull Sawmill, one of the last full-production sawmill operations in Lake County, is a business that focuses on specialty orders. The family-owned and operated business began milling lumber in 1995. Since then, the business has grown into a reputable lumber supplier for both industry and homeowners.
US Forestry Industry Experiences Move to the South
LSU Reveille.com (December 3) - Rich Vlosky, director of the Louisiana State University AgCenter's Louisiana Forest Products Development Center, said national forests in the West were traditionally the nation's top producers of timber until the northern spotted owl was listed as threatened species.
As processing plants shut down and workers lost jobs, the forestry industry turned to the South, which Vlosky said is the "wood basket" of the US because it is heavily forested, and logging and sawmills have long had a presence in the region.
The Paper Industry and Climate Change: Roll on the Green Revolution
Economist.com (November 30) - This week European pulp and paper companies announced some ideas that, if adopted by the whole industry, would cut its energy use by at least a quarter and its output of carbon dioxide by more than half by 2050. The ideas will test how far technology developed by companies can reduce global warming.
Biomass Monitoring Device Installation; Nippon Cogenerator Now Producing Electricity
Peninsula Daily.com (December 1) - By the end of the week, Olympic Region Clean Air Agency officials expect the installation of a $90,000 device-the first on the North Olympic Peninsula-that will monitor and provide data on ultrafine particles.
The monitor is part of an "aerosol characterization study" on ultrafine particles in the air in Port Angeles, including those that emanate from Nippon Paper Industries USA's biomass cogeneration plant.
The study also will look at ultrafine particles from Port Townsend Paper Corp.'s $55 million, 24-megawatt biomass cogeneration expansion project, which is expected to go online in 2014 or 2015.
German Pellets Receives ENplus Certification for Pellet Plant in Texas
IHB.de (December 2) - The German Pellets plant in Woodville, Texas, has received the ENplus certificate, which assures that the wood pellets produced at the Woodville plant meet European standards. At the same time, the ENplus certification will strengthen the company's position in the European market.
The German Pellets' plant in Woodville has an annual capacity of 578,000 tons of wood pellets, which are exported both to industrial customers as well as to the private European market of electricity and heating. Besides Germany, the main sales of the German Pellets Group are directed to Italy, Austria, Denmark, and Belgium.
University of Iowa Now Burning 'Opportunity Fuel' in Power Plant
Gazette.com (November 30) - The University of Iowa recently enabled its boilers to burn a blend of coal and wood chips collected through the harvesting of dead and dying trees.
Officials said the project is helping the UI meet one of its 2020 sustainability goals of achieving 40 percent renewable energy consumption on campus by replacing coal with blended fuel in its boilers.
41 Scientists Warn Obama Admin against Burning Trees to Produce Electricity
Think Progress.org (November 30) - This week 41 leading scientists sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency calling on the agency to use caution when determining what biomass-wood or plant materials-to use for power plants. The letter states that burning trees to produce electricity increases carbon emissions and contributes to air pollution.
Chipping Away at Innovation
Biomass Magazine.com (November 19) - Biomass equipment manufacturers are striving to provide top-of-the-line feedstock-sizing equipment. Inspired by customer feedback and demand, several companies made upgrades to their products this year.
Biochemtex Invests $200 Million in North Carolina Cellulosic Biofuels Facility
Area Development (December 2) - Biochemtex, a provider of specialized biofuels and renewable chemicals, will invest approximately $200 million to locate its new cellulosic biofuels production center in Sampson County, North Carolina. This new plant will produce 20 million gallons per year of cellulosic biofuel from locally grown energy crops, agricultural residues, and woody biomass.
Federal Lands Management
Mail Tribune.com (November 26) - In his proposed Oregon and California Land Grant Act of 2013, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) calls for increasing the harvest on 2.1 million acres of O&C timberlands in western Oregon to more than 300 million board feet per year while streamlining environmental reviews and permanently protecting nearly half of the acreage.
In addition, the bill would provide the first-ever legislative ban on old-growth timber on O&C lands and support expanding wilderness in the lower Rogue River drainage.
Timber Groups Respond to Wyden O&C Plan
Oregon Natural Resources Report (December 2) - The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC), Associated Oregon Loggers, Douglas Timber Operators, and Southern Oregon Timber Industries Association, whose members include an overwhelming majority of the Oregon forest products industry who purchase, harvest, and process BLM timber to the benefit of Oregon's rural economies and communities, released a statement in response to the release of Wyden's plan.
Negative Reaction to Wyden's O&C Lands Proposal
Bend Bulletin.com (December 3) - The Association of O&C Counties signaled it is unlikely to support Sen. Ron Wyden's proposal for a new management plan for more than 2 million acres of forest in western Oregon.
Spokesman Review.com (December 5) - Private development along the edges of most public forests in Oregon and Washington more than doubled since the 1970s, a new study conducted by the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station has found.
The study, which used aerial photography to inventory structures at the fringes of public forests, is the first to look at development trends in the two states before and after the enactment of land use laws. The findings are presented in the research station's report: "Changes in Development near Public Forest Lands in Oregon and Washington, 1974-2005: Implications for Management
Suit Filed over Logging Near Crater Lake
Oregon Public Broadcasting (December 4) - Two conservation groups-Cascadia Wild and Oregon Wild-are challenging a USDA Forest Service timber sale outside Crater Lake National Park in an area the groups want to see protected as wilderness.
The lawsuit claims the Forest Service should more fully examine the project's potential harm to protected species like northern spotted owls and red tree voles. It says the logging requires building a road through two areas of virgin forest, which would make them ineligible for future wilderness designation.
Idaho Panhandle National Forests Plan Panned by Environmentalists
Spokesman Review.com (December 1) - According to environmental groups, the old stands of pines, cedars, and firs don't have enough protections under the Idaho Panhandle National Forests' draft management plan, which is being updated for the first time since 1987. The plan is a 10- to 15-year road map for guiding management of the forest, which stretches from the St. Joe River to the Canadian border.
Jason Kirchner, an Idaho Panhandle National Forests spokesman, declined to respond directly, saying the objections would be considered during a USDA Forest Service review process that begins in January.
Sacramento Bee.com (November 25) - The USDA Forest Service has released a final environmental analysis for a plan that would guide management of about 75 percent of the land surrounding Lake Tahoe for the next 15 years.
The plan for the 154,000 acres of national forest managed by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit "represents the culmination of many years of work for the Forest Service," said Pacific Southwest Regional Forester Randy Moore.
Judge Denies Expansion of OHV Access in Tahoe Forest
Tahoe Daily Tribune.com (December 2) - A consortium of off-highway vehicle users recently lost a federal lawsuit that sought to overturn a Tahoe National Forest plan that limits off-road use in the forest.
On November 22, Judge John A. Mendez of the US District Court for the Eastern District of California delivered a lengthy oral ruling, siding with the US Department of Agriculture, which oversees the USDA Forest Service, and denying Friends of Tahoe Forest Access in its attempt to preserve and expand access for off-highway vehicles.
Laramie Boomerang.com (December 3) - The fate of a nearly century-old ranger station and bunkhouse remains unsettled more than four years after Centennial resident Melanie O'Hara first deterred the buildings' destruction.
After years of disuse, the USDA Forest Service Master Facilities Plan for the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest identified the facilities as a liability in 2006, and slated them for destruction.
But when O'Hara heard in 2010 the Forest Service planned to burn the buildings, which she said might have ties to Theodore Roosevelt, she sounded the alarm.
Tax Tips for Forest Landowners for the 2013 Tax Year
USDA Forest Service (undated) - This annual bulletin provides federal income tax reporting tips to assist forest landowners and their advisers in filing their 2013 income tax returns. The information presented here is current as of September 15, 2013.
Unknown Pests or Diseases in Your Forest? Ask the Forest Health Diagnostics Forum
USDA Forest Service (November 25) - The Forest Health Diagnostics Forum, a new online resource offers help to landowners in diagnosing insect and/or disease-related problems in their backyards, groves, or forests. Run by forest health specialists at the University of Florida and the Florida Forest Service, the forum offers a free, fast, and accurate way to diagnose forest pests and diseases in Florida and the Southeast.
University of Toronto.ca (October 25) - A University of Toronto research team is working with Ford Motor Company to develop a new material for car parts using renewable resources extracted from wood pulp in a $4.9 million project.
The team is using two key ingredients from wood pulp: micro-cellulose fiber and lignin carbon fiber. These two fibers are combined to create a high-strength composite that will be used to manufacture automotive components. The manufacturing process will be greener, and the components lighter, leading to reduced vehicle emissions.
United States Is Back as Facilitator in Congo Basin Forest Partnership
Berkeley.edu (November 5) - Although President Barack Obama did not make a stop in the heart of the continent in his recent trip to Africa, the Obama administration is taking a new responsibility in this region. The United States is assuming, for the second time, leadership in the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) at the moment where reducing deforestation in the Congo Basin is one of the objectives of Obama's Global Climate Change Initiative (GCCI).
The CBFP, launched by the Secretary of State Colin Powell at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg during the Rio + 10 summit, now brings together 70 partners from governments, donors, international organizations, NGOs, scientific institutions, and the private sector.
'Landscapes Approach' Dovetails with REDD+, Scientist Says
CIFOR.org (December 2) - A proposal to alleviate deforestation could benefit greatly from a cross-sectoral, holistic approach to land management, said Martin Herold, an associate scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and a professor at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
According to Herold, the broad thinking of a "landscapes approach" is useful for planning and land-use assessments, which can integrate multiple options and generate helpful scenarios key to devising strategies for maintaining forests' carbon and health.
Summit County Voice.com (December 2) - USDA Forest Service scientists say they've quantified the relationship between the density of ponderosa pine stands and disease.
The study shows that increased density, mainly due to the agency's long-term fire suppression policies, makes the trees more susceptible to bark beetles and diseases. Competition for soil moisture, nutrients, and sunlight in dense stands weakens trees and therefore also contributes to fuel buildup.
Wake Forest University (November 19) - Soaring over a dense canopy of trees, a flying, insect-like robot developed by Wake Forest researchers will give an unprecedented look at Peru's tropical cloud forest, one of the world's most diverse ecosystems.
Associated Press (December 2) - Oregon leads the nation in Christmas tree production with nearly 7 million harvested in 2007. According to one study, the potential estimated loss to Oregon's nursery and Christmas tree industries could be up to $304 million a year if Phytophthora root rot is not properly contained.
The results of the 2013 National Election are in!
SAF's vice-president in 2014 will be Robert L. Alverts, CF.
In addition, the following individuals were elected to serve on the SAF Council beginning January 2014:
Edward W. Shepard, CF (District 2)
Gary J. Vander Wyst, CF (District 5)
Judson D. Edeburn, CF (District 8)
Donald L. Grebner, CF (District 11)
The results were certified on Saturday, November 16 by SAF Tellers Committee members Daina D. Apple (chair) and Brent L. Keith.
Renew before December 15 and Receive a $25 Coupon for an SAF Continuing Education Quiz.
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SAF's Henry Clepper Forest Policy Internship at SAF's national office in Bethesda, MD, will be available after January 6th, 2014 for graduate or upper-level undergraduate students enrolled in accredited forestry programs, other natural resource programs, or in public policy programs with a forestry background. Knowledge of the programs, positions, and services of the Society of American Foresters is a plus. Interns serve as an assistant to the SAF policy staff and will be expected to perform duties such as preparing background reports, monitoring legislation, and serving as a liaison to other natural resource organizations.
Stipend: $1400 per month
Time Commitment: Flexible with a minimum term of 3 months
To apply: Send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of references to Danielle Watson, Society of American Foresters, 5400 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20184-2198.
For more information, contact the SAF Policy Department at (301) 897-8720, ext. 202.
Southeastern SAF Annual Meeting
"12 Tons/ac/yr: The Science of Sustainably Enhancing Southern Pine Productivity"
January 26-28, 2014
Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort
Panama City Beach, FL
Category 1-CF Hours: 10
For more information, contact: Sharon Dolliver
Germany Study Tour
Join your fellow foresters July 24-August 5, 2014 (post-tour August 6-8) on a study tour to Germany and participate in once-in-a-lifetime visits to private estates and castles, including a visit to Carl Alwin Schenck's hometown during festival days!
For information regarding the tour itinerary, costs, and registration contact John Palmer.
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.
This exceptional gathering-organized under the theme "Remodeling the Forest Science-Management Partnership"-will bring several thousand forest scientists and managers from more than 100 countries together in Salt Lake City during the first full week in October.
Presentation submissions deadline: March 9, 2014
Notification of acceptance: April 2014
Poster submissions deadline: September 1, 2014
Notification of acceptance: September 22, 2014
All presenters must register for the convention.
Note: Abstracts submitted for the IUFRO World Congress are not automatically submitted for the SAF/CIF convention. To be considered for the convention, you must submit an abstract to the SAF/CIF Abstract Submission Site.
Below are some of the hundreds of exciting professional opportunities available on SAF Career Center.
Executive Vice President
Society of American Foresters (SAF)
Forest System Analyst
Fernandina Beach, Florida
Oregon Department of Forestry
Harvest Logistics Planner
Forestry Procurement Manager
Assistant Professor - Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis
Michigan Technological University
Assistant Professor, Forest Health & Silviculture
Mississippi State University
Assistant Professor of Silviculture
Michigan Technological University
Raw Material Planner
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