In This Issue ...
1. West Virginia: Here's a Plan: Plant Trees, Mine Coal
2. Mississippi: Land Buy Gives Mississippi Its Largest Stretch of Protected Land, Rivals Great Smoky Mountains Park
3. South Carolina: Beaufort County Heirs Growing Trees to Afford to Keep Ancestral Land
4. California: Supervisors Consider Dead Trees Emergency
5. Western Wildfire Projects
1. Michael Collins: No-Cost Bill to Protect Cherokee Forest Stalled
2. Fires Force Rural Departments to Adapt
3. Fork Complex Summary Lists Threats and Treatments
4. Tourism Threatens Research at a Prestigious Lab Outside Crested Butte
5. Loggers Cutting Firs to Restore 25 Acres of Marys Peak Meadowland
1. Africa: Ivory Coast Seeks to Save Forests from Illegal Cocoa Boom
2. Malaysia: Timber Industry in Malaysia: Success Stories from the Forest
3. Indonesia: Upcoming APP Pulp Mill "Will Guzzle Timber"
1. New Growth, New Timber Harvests
2. Kentucky Lawmakers Cut into Timber Theft; Enforcement of Existing Laws Seen as Key
3. $6 Million Gift Boosts OSU Forestry Complex
4. The Surprising Second Life of a Michigan Tree
5. Scarcities Ignite Surge in the Price of Firewood
1. REG Acquires Various KiOR Plant Assets for $1.5 Million
2. Global Wood Pellets Market to Reach $20 Billion by 2023
3. Model Neighborhood Wood Heat Initiative Reports Great Success
4. Engie to Ship Biomass in Japan
5. Timber IPP to Build 25MW Biomass Plant
1. Nearly $1M Grant Funding Will Fund Comprehensive Tree Inventory, Environmental Plan
2. Most Homeowners Can't Properly Assess Damage to Their Trees
3. Winnipeg Is Home to the Largest Urban Elm Forest in North America
1. SAF Media Moments
2. Remember to Vote in the 2015 SAF National Elections
3. SAF 2015 Annual Membership Meeting
4. SAF Seeks Moderators for Convention's Scientific and Technical Concurrent Sessions
5. 2015 SAF National Convention News: Quiz Bowl, T-Shirts, and More!
Marketplace.org (October 7) - Yet another mining company is going through the process of selling off assets via Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. The company is Patriot Coal out of West Virginia, in bankruptcy court now.
But in a twist, one party seeking to scoop up mining assets and liabilities is the head of an environmental group. His plan is to plant millions of trees on mine sites to offset coal's carbon pollution and at the same time continue mining.
Sunherald.com (October 2) - The Nature Conservancy, working with the Mississippi Forestry Commission, has added 2,100 acres to the De Soto National Forest just west of Lucedale, where the Leaf River meets the Pascagoula, creating the largest continuous tract of protected land in the state.
Islandpacket.com (October 2) - Inez Miller, an African-American landowner in Beaufort County, South Carolina, has undergone training through the Sustainable Forestry Program with the Center for Heirs' Property Preservation, based in Charleston. Not only is her family planning to grow timber to sell, she is spreading the word throughout communities of black-owned properties in Beaufort County about the income potential of their land.
Visaliatimesdelta.com (October 4) - Earlier this week, Tulare County supervisors discussed whether to join four other Valley counties in proclaiming a local state of emergency because of the large number of trees dying in the Sierra-Nevada mountains due to the drought.
Six New Projects Announced to Protect Arizona Forests from Wildfire
Publicnewsservice.org (October 7) - Massive wildfires raged across the western United States this summer, killing people and devastating entire towns. Now, six new projects announced earlier this week, are designed to help Arizona avoid that same fate.
New Mexico: $280K for Wildfire Protection
Taosnews.com (October 5) - A grant worth more than $280,000 will soon be used to do strategic tree thinning in Pot Creek as part of a growing effort to protect the community from the threat of wildfire.
The plan, as described in the grant application, is to create three "cross-canyon fuel breaks" - areas of thinned trees that give fire crews a line of thinned trees where they can better stop a fire from running out of control. The work funded by the grant will take place on private property, and is designed to meet similar treatments on adjacent national forest property.
Prescribed Burns Scheduled throughout Pikes Peak Region
Gazette.com (October 8) - October is prescribed fire month in El Paso and Teller Counties, and several federal, state and private entities plan to ignite controlled burns around the region in hopes of reducing the area's fire threat.
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Knoxnews.com (October 5) - Supporters of a bill that would add almost 20,000 acres of designated wilderness to Tennessee's Cherokee National Forest are growing impatient.
US Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker introduced the Tennessee Wilderness Act for the fourth time in March. A Senate committee held a hearing on the measure in July. The bill remains in the committee, with no vote scheduled.
Flatheadnewsgroup.com (October 7) - This summer more than 400,000 acres of wildlands burned in Montana. Much of the effort to battle those blazes came from firefighters at local, volunteer fire departments, like the one in Bigfork.
When wildfires require more resources from federal and state agencies, local volunteer departments are required to step into a role they're not always used to.
KRCRTV.com (October 5) - The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team is done surveying the Fork Complex near Hayfork in Trinity County, California.
The Fork Complex Post-Fire Summary was submitted to the US Forest Service with a list of concerns and treatments for the region.
The biggest areas of concern addressed in the report are locations with the potential for flash flooding. Other hazards identified include a threat to water quality in local streams from soil erosion and invasive weeds taking over, limiting the growth of natural vegetation.
CPR.org October 6 - The Gothic Corridor, in a valley north of Crested Butte, has plants and wildlife so diverse and pristine that it's a draw for some of the world's top biologists. They flock each summer to the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, where they run experiments on the lab's private land and on federal land nearby.
But some of that land is increasingly trafficked by hikers, bikers, anglers, and campers, which threatens to displace the scientific research happening there.
KVAL.com (October 5) - For the next 6 weeks, a timber company contracted by the US Forest Service will be removing about 3,000 trees from Marys Peak.
Loggers are working to cut noble firs, which have since 1948 taken over the meadow.
The trees have spread into 100 acres of meadow. The Forest Service plans to cut back on 25 of those acres.
Trust.org (October 5) - In Mont Peko National Park, thousands of leafless Iroko and Samba trees tower over a sea of lush plantations like headstones, a testament to the heavy environmental cost Ivory Coast has paid for a dramatic rise in its cocoa production.
But as it works to roll back decades of environmental destruction, the government faces a dilemma: can it foster conservation while avoiding social unrest and preserving the country's position as the world's top cocoa grower?
Establishmentpost.com (October 5) - For more than 100 years, Malaysia has been practicing sustainable management in the timber industry long before sustainability, global warming, and ecosystem became buzzwords. That was in 1901 when the nation's Forestry Department was created to ensure there were systematic forestry reservation programs.
Business.Asiaone.com (October 5) - About two hours by speedboat from Palembang, in the capital of South Sumatra province in Indonesia, an army of workers are rushing to complete one of the world's largest pulp mills being built by Singapore-based Asia Pulp & Paper (APP).
APP is building the $2.6 billion (USD) mill, majority-funded by a Chinese bank, to feed the ever-growing demand for paper products from Asia's rapidly growing middle class.
Heraldandnews.com (October 4) - New management for 400,000 acres of timberland in Klamath County means the region can expect to experience new growth in the timber industry.
Green Diamond Resource Co., the timber company that purchased several thousand acres of land last year from the Klamath Falls timber company JWTR, plans to boost its timber harvest in the next decade.
Green Diamond, which is headquartered in Seattle, owns 1.4 million timber acres in three western states: Oregon, Washington, and California.
KYforward.com (October 2) - Kentucky's forestry industries want better education and, ultimately, better enforcement of state timber laws and regulations to cut down timber theft. That was the word today before a meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Environment where Kentucky Forest Industries Association Executive Director Bob Bauer said more cooperation, not more laws, may be the answer to costly theft of timber on Kentucky's mostly private forest lands.
Gazettetimes.com (October 6) - A hefty donation from a California lumber company has pushed Oregon State University closer to its fundraising goal for the Oregon Forest Science Complex.
The $6 million gift from Sierra Pacific Industries, one of the nation's largest lumber producers, will go toward the construction of a 20,000-square-foot laboratory for the development of advanced wood products such as cross-laminated timber.
Portland Company Building High-Rise from Wood
IJPR.org (October 7)
Secondwavemedia.com (October 1) - In the Upper Peninsula, not too far from Tahquamenon Falls State Park, in the midst of the vast, 23,800-acre Two-Hearted River Forest Reserve, a sugar maple tree grows. This particular tree has been growing, along with many of its peers, for decades. It seeded naturally, as is common in Michigan's prolific forests, and now it's nearing the end of its life in the ground. But as far as the many families and businesses supported by the wood products industry in Michigan are concerned, the life of that tree is just getting started.
Bostonglobe.com (October 2) - Heating oil prices are falling. Natural gas utilities predict lower bills this winter. But the cost is rising for one heating fuel: firewood.
Across eastern and central Massachusetts, firewood dealers are reporting short supplies and prices that are running 15 to 20 percent higher than they were last year.
Biodieselmagazine.com (October 6) - Renewable Energy Group Inc. announced October 6 that one of its subsidiaries, REG Synthetic Fuels LLC, has received approval from a Mississippi court to purchase equipment at the KiOR Columbus LLC production facility in Mississippi. KiOR filed for bankruptcy late last year. Its facility was scaled at 15 MMgy to produce cellulosic diesel and gasoline from woody biomass, specifically southern yellow pine.
Industrytoday.co.uk (October 6) - According to a new report recently published by Transparency Market Research, the global wood pellets market is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 14.10 percent during the period from 2015 to 2023. The report, titled "Wood Pellets Market, by Application - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2015-2023," states that the global wood pellets market was valued at $6.2 billion (USD) in 2014 and is predicted to be valued at $20 billion by 2023.
Biomassmagazine.com (October 2) - Participants in the Model Neighborhood Wood Heat Initiative, a partnership of Western Maine Community Action and the Northern Forest Center, gathered October 1 to celebrate the program's success. So far, the program has helped install state-of-the-art, high efficiency wood pellet boilers in 23 homes and 8 non-residential buildings. Participants have saved more than $180,000 buying wood pellets manufactured in Maine instead of fossil fuel from out-of-state sources.
Renewables.seenews.com (October 5) - French utility Engie, formerly GDF Suez, has announced the signing of a biomass delivery contract with Japanese trader Sumitomo Corporation.
Under the contract, Engie will be providing an integrated service for its client, from sourcing to shipping.
Starting in 2018, the French company will supply one million tons of wood pellets over a period of 10 years to a power plant to be operated by Sumitomo's subsidiary Summit Energy Corporation.
ESI-Africa.com (October 2) - In South Africa, the country's biggest sawmill, York Timbers, has announced plans to develop a 25MW biomass power plant in Mpumalanga.
The project is expected to cost $106 million and will feed the generated power back into the national electrical grid.
According to the African Review, waste from timber processing will fuel the plant.
NBCSandiego.com (October 6) - A nearly $1 million grant will help San Diego officials create a more comprehensive inventory of trees across the county.
A $750,000 grant from the CalFire Urban and Community Forestry Grant program will give City of San Diego workers a chance to assess the urban tree canopy and take an inventory of local trees.
The money will also help crews plant 500 trees in southeastern San Diego as a part of the city's Draft Climate Action Plan (CAP), although the rate at which new trees can be planted will depend on water availability.
UFL.edu (October 6) - The next time a storm tears up your yard, let an expert assess the damage to any trees. A study from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences shows that homeowners perceive the risk of a damaged tree differently than trained professionals.
The survey of tree experts and homeowners in the Tampa Bay area assessed the perceptions of both groups when it came to assessing tree damage.
Globalnews.ca (October 2) - Winnipeg has roughly 270,000 elm trees-the largest urban elm forest in North America-living within the city limits. The American elm is a native species to the city. In the 1970's, there were 275,000 elm trees but due to Dutch elm disease, the city lost about 75,000.
Winnipeg is also home to the only city integrated disease management program for Dutch elm disease. Each tree that has been found with the elm bark beetle is cut down and marked by city crews, to limit the disease's spread.
Berkshireeagle.com (October 4) - An invading alien force is strangling trees and native plant life in portions of Kennedy Park, prompting the preparation of a town and state battle plan to eradicate the hardy kiwi, classified by the Massachusetts Audubon Society as an invasive species.
The proposed attack plan, based on an application of herbicide early next spring to kill off the intruder, was outlined last week to the Lenox Select Board.
Mountaintownnews.net (October 4) - With not much left to feed on, the mountain bark beetles of northern Colorado have been faltering the last few years. But spruce trees in south-central Colorado have been getting hit hard.
Foresters estimate 30 percent morality of spruce trees on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests.
Businessinsider.com (October 5) - Visitors marveling at the fall foliage in national forests might find that some of the aspen leaves are brown and blotchy or gone already.
Spores released from leaves and twigs that were infected by a fungus last summer were carried to new leaves by splashing rain and wind this year. The result is that instead of presenting golden yellow colors, leaves in some aspen stands across the Southwest have brown spots and blotches.
USDA.gov (October 6) - Fusiform rust, caused by the fungus Cronartium quercum f. sp. fusiforme, is one of the most serious diseases affecting loblolly and slash pines in the southeastern United States and causes an estimated $28 million in damage every year.
In a recently published article in the journal Forests, scientists from the US Forest Service and North Carolina State University detailed nearly two decades of research on the host-pathogen interaction between loblolly pine and fusiform rust. They describe nine fusiform rust resistance genes they found in loblolly pine, including the specific methods used to locate each gene on the reference genetic map of loblolly pine.
Phys.org (October 6) - Examining eight different satellite-derived maps of global forest cover, a team of scientists from NASA and other institutions noticed striking differences. The forested area on the maps differed by as much as 6 percent of Earth's land area, nearly equivalent to the size of China. The reason, they found with the help of the Landsat satellites, was varied definitions of what constitutes a forest.
Photonics.com (October 2015) - Ravenous insects that are smaller than a penny continue to migrate north from the southeastern United States, threatening to destroy millions of pine and ash trees in the northeastern part of the country. NASA scientists have teamed with the US Forest Service to combat the problem, hoping to save millions of acres of woodlands throughout North America.
Smithsonianmag.com (October 5) - Two hundred years ago, the Kirtland's warbler had its pick of the jack pine forest when it came to choosing nesting grounds. Regular wildfires sweeping through the sandy forests of Michigan, where the majority of these birds still nest, kept the trees not too tall and not too short-just the way the warbler liked them
Then humans moved to town, bringing with them an advancement that was great for civilization but not so great for this bird's habitat: the ability to control fire.
VPR.net (October 6) - Vermont's farmland, with its lush green fields, iconic red barns, and black and white Holsteins have inspired many artists.
At a new exhibit at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, "Shedding Light on the Working Forest," painter Kathleen Kolb is urging viewers to consider the state's forest industry with the same appreciation.
Fortune.com (September 29) - In this video, Chuck Leavell discusses the benefits of building with wood and how Europe is lowering its carbon footprint with wood pellets.
Kirk David Profiled in Woodland Magazine
Tree farmer, forester, and SAF member Kirk David profiled in the Fall 2015 issue of American Forest Foundation's Woodland magazine.
Voting in the 2015 national and local unit elections will take place throughout October.
Online Voting: E-ballots were delivered via email on October 1, and two reminders will be sent later in the month.
Paper Ballots: Members that do not have an email address listed with SAF will still receive a paper ballot.
Voting will end on October 31st.
If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Adadevoh at (866) 897-8720.
To learn about the candidates running for SAF vice-president and seats on the Board of Directors, be sure to see the elections information in the September 2015 issue of The Forestry Source.
The Society's annual membership meeting will be held during the 2015 SAF National Convention on Thursday, November 5 from 6:30 to 7:45am, at the Baton Rouge River Center East Ballroom, 275 South River Road, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802.
SAF is seeking moderators for scientific and technical concurrent sessions at the SAF 2015 national convention. If you'll be attending the convention and are willing to moderate a session or two, please contact Carol Redelsheimer, SAF's Director of Science and Education.
The 2015 SAF National Convention-Recreating Forestry—"The Confluence of Science, Society, and Technology"—will highlight a variety of contemporary forest resource management issues, including the trends, influences, and technologies that are facilitating the profession's progress toward the future. View the program here.
The meeting will take place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where attendees will enjoy fabulous hospitality, the charm of Louisiana's capital city on the banks of the mighty Mississippi, and world-renowned cuisine alongside a scientific and technical program that provides an intrinsic opportunity for exploring the many links between the social, economic, and ecological considerations that form modern forest stewardship. Visit the SAF Convention website for full event details.
An SAF convention favorite, this Jeopardy-style quiz game is designed to stimulate some friendly competition between forestry schools across the country by pitting them against one another in a head-to-head contest with questions on all disciplines of forestry.
Register your team now! The number of teams is limited to 32 and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrations received after the 32-team limit is reached will be waitlisted.
The deadline for registration is 11:59 pm PDT Tuesday, October 20th.
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