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February 12, 2016

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In This Issue ...

I. Featured News/State News

1. MT - Whitefish Municipal Watershed Fuels Reduction Project Topic of Meeting
2. WI - Committee OKs Changes to State's Logging Tax Credit Program
3. VA - McAuliffe to Announce Agricultural, Forestry Exports
4. ME - 19 Forestry Grants Awarded
5. MS - US Forest Service Burning 891 Acres in Harrison Co.

II. Federal Lands Management

1. Forest Service Proposes 1,300-Acre Salvage Sale
2. Partnerships Working for the Kootenai
3. Annual Forest Health Survey is Released
4. Mix of Reduced Budgets and Swelling Demands Hurt Forest Service's Capabilities
5. Forest Service Considering Additional Logging and Prescribed Burning Near Elliston

III. International Forestry News

1. Fires Burned 26% of Forestry Giant's South Sumatra Plantations in 2015
2. Great Bear Rainforest Agreement a Victory For Forestry Industry, Says Negotiator
3. Govt Urged to Explore Economic Value in Forestry

IV. Forest Products Industry

1. Wood Council Pleased With US Senate Amendment
2. SCFC Raises Estimate of Forestry's Economic Impact Loss From Flooding to $100M
3. Laid-Off Mill Workers Get Aid
4. White Pine Prized for Lumber
5. Good Progress - But More Work to Do to Make Forestry Safe

V. Biomass

1. Global Biomass Pellet Market Growth of 11.1% CAGR by 2020
2. Flexibilising Global Agri-Biomass Value Chains: A Techno-Market Fix for Resource Burdens?
3. Senate Looks to Classify Biomass as Renewable, Carbon Neutral
4. Power Producers Scour Forests as Burning Wood Gets Big
5. Enviva Wood Pellet Plant Set to Open in 2017

VI. Urban Forestry

1. Avondale Estates Receives Growth Award From Georgia Forestry Commission
2. Forestry Plan Presented to Council, Cites Trees' Importance, Challenges
3. Get Help Selecting and Planting a Tree With the Touch of a Finger

VII. Plants and Pests

1. Forestry Commission Warns of Beetle and Fungus Damage to Arkansas Trees
2. New Trees Eyed to Battle Pine Beetles
3. Forest Service Seeking Public Comments on Gypsy Moth Treatment Project

VIII. Science and Research

1. Future Forestry: 3d Space Technology Aims to Cut Down on Logging
2. UM Scientist Gains National Attention for Research on Beetles
3. U.S. Forest Service Releases Findings on the Effects of Drought for Forests and Rangelands

IX. Items of Interest

1. 10 Big Data Points in Conservation and Forestry You Should Know
2. Jim Hettinger: The Ship That Helped Win the Timber Wars
3. Car Created With a Single Log for Timber Kings TV Show Takes Speed Record

X. Wildfire News

1. Wyden: Fix Wildfire Funding Before It's Too Late
2. Oklahoma Forestry Services Participates in Smoke Exposure Study
3. Forest Service: Out-Of-Control St. Johns Wildfire is Rare
4. Delaware Forest Service Seeks Trainees for Wildfire Classes
5. Cal Fire Gets More Money for Fire Protection: Gov. Proposes 750 New Positions

XI. SAF News

1. Call for Convention Presentations
2. Foresters' Fund Grants
3. 2016 SAF National Award Nominations
4. Fellow Nomination Due
5. New Member Benefit of Signature Federal Credit Union
6. Registration Opens for the SAF United Kingdom Forestry Tour
7. Scholarship for International Professionals


I. Featured News/State News

1. Whitefish Municipal Watershed Fuels Reduction Project Topic of Meeting

(Kalispell, MT - February 4) - Residents of Kalispell were invited to a public meeting to discuss treatment of over 1,000 acres in the Whitefish Municipal Watershed to reduce the incidence of wildfires.

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2. Committee OKs Changes to State's Logging Tax Credit Program

(Madison, WI - February 4) - The Legislature is stirring up controversy by making changes to the Managed Forest Law program that gives landowners a larger logging tax break if they also allow public access to their land.

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3. McAuliffe to Announce Agricultural, Forestry Exports

(Richmond, VA - February 2) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe will announce final figures for agricultural and forestry exports from Virginia as part of the keynote address at the annual Governor's Conference on Agricultural Trade to be be held March 7-8.

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4. 19 Forestry Grants Awarded

(Augusta, ME - January 31) - Project Canopy, a partnership between the Forest Service and GrowSmart Maine, issued 12 planning and education grants and seven tree planting and maintenance grants.

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5. US Forest Service Burning 891 Acres in Harrison Co.

(Harrison County, MS - February 5) - U.S. Forest Service conducted controlled burns across 891 acres in the De Soto National Forest in Harrison County last week.

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II. Federal Lands Management

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1. Forest Service Proposes 1,300-Acre Salvage Sale

(Hungry Horse, MT - February 4) - U.S. Forest Service released a plan to salvage timber from over 1,300 acres of the Trail Creek Fire burn area, which scorched more than 21,456 acres near Spotted Bear.

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2. Partnerships Working for the Kootenai

(Libby, MT - February 5) - Members of the Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition, a collaborative group that contains representatives from the timber industry, conservationists, and wilderness advocates, discussed how partnerships are working well in managing the Kootenai National Forest.

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3. Annual Forest Health Survey is Released

(Rapid City, SD - February 4) - U.S. Forest Service, South Dakota Department of Agriculture, and Wyoming State Forestry Division released a new aerial forest health survey for the Black Hills National Forest.

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4. Mix of Reduced Budgets and Swelling Demands Hurt Forest Service's Capabilities

(Glenwood Springs, CO - February 4) - With decreased funding, the White River National Forest's depleted workforce is feeling the pinch in dealing with increased demand from 12 million visitors a year.

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5. Forest Service Considering Additional Logging and Prescribed Burning Near Elliston

(Helena, MT - February 4) - Officials from the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest took public comments on a new alternative for the Telegraph Vegetation Project south of Elliston over nearly 24,000 acres.

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III. International Forestry News

1. Fires Burned 26% of Forestry Giant's South Sumatra Plantations in 2015

(Sumatra Island, Indonesia - February 4) - The Indonesian government's declaration that it will prevent replanting of areas burned in 2015 peat fires that blazed across 293,065 hectares of land within concessions managed by Asia Pulp & Paper suppliers put the fiber supply for its new OKI Mill in jeopardy.

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2. Great Bear Rainforest Agreement a Victory For Forestry Industry, Says Negotiator

(British Columbia, Canada - February 2) - The Great Bear Rainforest agreement was hailed as a victory for everyone involved, including the forest industry, said its members after it was announced that 15% of the forest was open to logging.

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3. Govt Urged to Explore Economic Value in Forestry

(Nigeria, Africa - February 2) - The Nigeria Conservation Foundation has urged the Federal Government to explore the economic possibilities inherent in forest conservation after a 60-year period without replanting.

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IV. Forest Products Industry

1. Wood Council Pleased With US Senate Amendment

(Washington, DC - February 4) - The American Wood Council issued a statement in support of a biomass amendment to the recently passed Senate energy bill.

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2. SCFC Raises Estimate of Forestry's Economic Impact Loss From Flooding to $100M

(Bonneau, SC - February 5) - The South Carolina Forestry Commission has raised its estimate of economic impact loss to the state's forest products industry from last year's historic flooding to $100 million.

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3. Laid-Off Mill Workers Get Aid

(Manila, CA - February 4) - A District Supervisor expects Humboldt County to chip in quickly with job replacement services for the 123 employees who will be laid off in March and April in the phased closing of the Sierra Pacific Industries sawmill in Manila.

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4. White Pine Prized for Lumber

(Columbia, SC - February 4) - The curator of the A. C. Moore Herbarium at the University of South Carolina's Department of Biological Sciences discussed the features of the Eastern white pine that make its lumber so valuable.

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5. Good Progress - But More Work to Do to Make Forestry Safe

(Auckland, New Zealand - February 2) - Although WorkSafe figures show serious injuries in the forest industry have gone from 160 in 2013 to 78 in 2015, the Forest Industry Safety Council feels more can be done to improve safety for forest workers.

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V. Biomass

1. Global Biomass Pellet Market Growth of 11.1% CAGR by 2020

(Dublin, Ireland - February 5) - The global biomass pellet market was valued at $6,976.3 million in 2014, and it is expected to grow with a CAGR of 11.1% during 2015 - 2020, with Europe accounting for the largest share of the global biomass pellet market with 20,000.0 million tons consumed in 2014.

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2. Flexibilising Global Agri-Biomass Value Chains: A Techno-Market Fix for Resource Burdens?

(Amsterdam, Netherlands - February 4) - An eco-efficient bioeconomy, combining environmental sustainability and economic advantage, has been widely promoted to alleviate resource constraints of rising global demand through an 'integrated, diversified bio refinery', which would more efficiently process various non-food biomass

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3. Senate Looks to Classify Biomass as Renewable, Carbon Neutral

(Washington, DC - February 3) - An energy bill making its way through the Senate could provide assistance to the biomass energy industry by classifying biomass as a renewable resource.

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4. Power Producers Scour Forests as Burning Wood Gets Big

(Kawasaki City, Japan - February 3) - With almost 70% of its land covered by forests, Japan is leading a drive to return to wood as a source of cleaner energy, giving favorable tariffs to power producers who burn leftover wood as a way to cut the country's dependence on imported fossil fuels.

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5. Enviva Wood Pellet Plant Set to Open in 2017

(Rockingham, NC - February 3) - Construction on the long-awaited Enviva Biomass wood pellet plant should begin later this year, a company representative told the Richmond County Board of Commissioners.

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VI. Urban Forestry

1. Avondale Estates Receives Growth Award From Georgia Forestry Commission

(Avondale Estates, GA - February 5) - Avondale Estates has been recognized by the Georgia Forestry Commission for its efforts to promote a healthy tree canopy in the city, going above and beyond the requirements for urban forestry programs.

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2. Forestry Plan Presented to Council, Cites Trees' Importance, Challenges

(Avalon, NJ - February 2) - A large portion of Avalon Borough Council received a 200+ page report for the revised Community Forestry Management Plan at a January meeting.

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3. Get Help Selecting and Planting a Tree With the Touch of a Finger

(Covallis, OR - February 4) - Oregon State University Extension Service has introduced a new app called "Selecting, Planting and Caring for a New Tree" just in time for tree-planting season.

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VII. Plants and Pests

1. Forestry Commission Warns of Beetle and Fungus Damage to Arkansas Trees

(Little Rock, AR - February 2) - A press release from the Arkansas Forestry Commission warned that an invasive beetle and related fungus pose a threat to some Arkansas timber stands.

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2. New Trees Eyed to Battle Pine Beetles

(British Columbia, Canada - January 7) - A massive multi-decade project at the University of Northern B.C. to breed pine beetle-resistant trees using the seeds of lodgepole pines that survived beetle-swept areas of forest showed that trees which survived the beetle onslaught may be fundamentally different from those that did not.

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3. Forest Service Seeking Public Comments on Gypsy Moth Treatment Project

(Nelsonville, OH - February 4) - The Wayne National Forest's Athens Ranger District asked for public comments on the completed Environmental Assessment to analyze possible impacts from treatments to control the gypsy moth.

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VIII. Science and Research

1. Future Forestry: 3d Space Technology Aims to Cut Down on Logging

(Ireland - February 3) - A new 3D laser scanning system developed by an Irish firm in conjunction with the European Space Agency uses laser technology to allow loggers to establish how many trees are in front of them and how many they need to chop down, before any sawing starts.

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2. UM Scientist Gains National Attention for Research on Beetles

(Missoula, MT - February 5) - The research a University of Montana professor of forest entomology and pathology is doing on the pine mountain beetle has the potential to affect forests around the world.

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3. U.S. Forest Service Releases Findings on the Effects of Drought for Forests and Rangelands

(Washington, DC - February 2) - The U.S. Forest Service has released a new report entitled "Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the United States: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis", that provides a national assessment of peer-reviewed scientific research on the impacts of drought on forests and rangelands.

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IX. Items of Interest

1. 10 Big Data Points in Conservation and Forestry You Should Know

(Washington, DC - February 4) - US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack laid out 10 key points that show what USDA has been able to achieve with federal support and a strong commitment to the future.

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2. Jim Hettinger: The Ship That Helped Win the Timber Wars

(Battle Creek, MI - February 3) - The epic tale of the USS Michigan details her role in helping stifle the illegal timber trade across the Great Lakes in the 1850's.

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3. Car Created With a Single Log for Timber Kings TV Show Takes Speed Record

(British Columbia, Canada - February 5) - As part of an upcoming episode from the third season of the hit TV show Timber Kings, HGTV Canada recently set a new world record for the Fastest motorized log, creating a super-fast vehicle built from a single section of Western Red Cedar.

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X. Wildfire News

1. Wyden: Fix Wildfire Funding Before It's Too Late

(Washington, DC - February 5) - Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Senator Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, introduced an amendment to the energy bill on the Senate floor that would end the practice of "fire borrowing" for good, stop the erosion of the Forest Service budget and ramp up fire prevention projects, thereby reducing wildfire risks and fire suppression costs.

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2. Oklahoma Forestry Services Participates in Smoke Exposure Study

(Pryor, OK - February 4) - Oklahoma Forestry Services firefighters recently volunteered to participate in a U.S. Forest Service smoke exposure study with the USFS's Technology and Development Center in Missoula, Montana.

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3. Forest Service: Out-Of-Control St. Johns Wildfire is Rare

(St. Johns County, FL - February 4) - Crews from multiple agencies responded to a 270-acre wildfire sparked when winds carried embers from a 140 acre controlled burn started by Florida Forest Service to nearby vegetation.

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4. Delaware Forest Service Seeks Trainees for Wildfire Classes

(Dover, DE - February 3) - The Delaware Forest Service is seeking trainees for its annual wildfire training classes, scheduled to take place this March at the Delaware State Fire School in Dover.

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5. Cal Fire Gets More Money for Fire Protection: Gov. Proposes 750 New Positions

(Sacramento, CA - February 4) - Gov. Jerry Brown has recommended a $200 million boost for the CAL FIRE budget, which will support a proposed staffing increase of nearly 750 positions, most of them for fire protection.

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XI. SAF News

1. Call for Convention Presentations

Submit your abstract for this year's biggest forestry event. Abstract submission is now open for both presentations and posters at the SAF National Convention, to be held Nov. 2-6 in Madison, Wisconsin. The deadline for presentation abstracts is March 31. The deadline for poster abstracts is September 30.

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2. Foresters' Fund Grants

The SAF Foresters' Fund assists local SAF units in achieving the goals of the Society. Deadlines: Regular grants (up to $1,500) deadlines are February 15; June 15; and September 15 yearly. Special grants ($1,501 to $5,000) deadline is June 15 yearly. Information is available on the website at http://www.eforester.org/members/forfund.cfm

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3. 2016 SAF National Award Nominations

Do you know someone who deserves recognition - someone who has made a difference? Then nominate them for one of the SAF National Awards. Nominations for these awards are due February 28, 2016: Sir William Schlich Memorial, John A. Beale Memorial, Young Forester Leadership, Barrington Moore Memorial, Award in Forest Science, Technology Transfer, Carl Alwin Schenck, W.D. Hagenstein Communicator, and Outstanding Forestry Journalism.

Visit www.eforester.org/about/awards.cfm for award criteria and nomination information.

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4. Fellow Nomination Due

SAF Fellow Nomination are due to the SAF national office by February 28 to Perly Heggi at heggip@safnet.org. Please visit the SAF website for complete details at http://www.safnet.org/about/fellows.cfm

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5. New Member Benefit of Signature Federal Credit Union

Starting this month, SAF members will be able to take advantage of free checking accounts; a special SAF member Visa card; and loans for personal, business, vehicles, mortgages, home equity, and students. Members can use the mobile app and online account along with a national network of ATMs and shared branches. For more info, go to http://www.signaturefcu.com.

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6. Registration Opens for the SAF United Kingdom Forestry Tour

The tour will be June 19-25, 2016. The trip is a combination forestry and leisure tour. Participants will visit Scotland's and England's rolling green countryside, historical villages, Edinburgh's Castle, Holyrood Palace and the Holy Mile. They will also take a rare tour of the Duchy of Cornwall Hereford Estate Woodland and visit the National Memorial Arboretum; Explore Glentress forest and the botanical gardens; travel to Oxford University for discussions with forestry faculty and more. All will visit London's Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London and The Houses of Parliament. Register early. Limited spots available for this unique tour. Registration is $2,850 for double occupancy. For more info, go to http://www.eforester.org/calendar/uk_tour.cfm.

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7. Scholarship for International Professionals

SAF's World Forestry Committee is excited to begin accepting applications for the 2016 Gregory Award - a scholarship which helps bring students and young professionals from outside the US and Canada to the SAF Convention each year. Thanks to the continued generosity of the Gregory family and SAF members, the award has been expanded to bring two promising individuals to Madison, Wisconsin this year. Please help us spread the word about this great opportunity. Applications are due May 2, 2016. Inquiries and applications should be directed to policyintern@safnet.org.

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