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April 29, 2016

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In This Issue ...

I. Featured News/State News

1. IN – USFWS: No Designation of Critical Habitat for Bat Species
2. VA – Cooperative Extension to Offer Timber Management Course
3. OR – Timber Execs, County Officials Slam BLM Plan
4. VA – McAuliffe Announces New Forest Product Exports to Germany
5. CO – Boulder County Opens Forestry Sort Yards in May in Nederland, Allenspark

II. Federal Lands Management

1. Utah Governor’s Race Roiled by Western Land Battles
2. Barrasso Calls for ‘More Balanced Approach’ to Transfers
3. Forest Service Seeks Public Opinion on South of Route 9 Project
4. Crawford Kids ‘Dig In’ to Help the Forest Service
5. Forest Service Proceeds with Elliston-Area Timber Project

III. International Forestry News

1. ‘Timber Mafia More Dangerous Than Offshore Investment’
2. Perak State Forestry to Plant Five Million Trees in Next Two Years: Zambry
3. Forestry Pupils Branch Out With Wakehurst

IV. Forest Products Industry

1. Engineered Timber Could Be a Boon to the Oregon Wood Products Industry
2. OSU Alumni Association Honors Three
3. Forest Industry Welcomes Signing Of Landmark Climate Change Agreement
4. Finding Forestry Work in the 21st Century
5. State Forestry Company Coillte Completes Review of Business

V. Biomass

1. Plant to Make Ethanol From Cellulosic Biomass Inaugurated at Kashipur
2. Turnkey Containerized Wood Pellet Plant Produces Two Tons an Hour
3. Fortum Calls for Biomass Subsidy Phase-Out
4. Federal Energy Bill Offers to Help Biomass Industry
5. Biomass Boilerhopping in Burlington

VI. Urban Forestry

1. Meet the Forest Service Scientist Putting a Dollar Value on Urban Forests
2. Urban Forestry Commission Seeks Input Through Tree Survey
3. Opinion: The Power of Urban Forests

VII. Plants and Pests

1. Man Versus Worm
2. Emerald Ash Borer Readiness Training to Take Place in Sioux Falls
3. RMNP to Continue Bark Beetle Battle

VIII. Science and Research

1. Old-Growth Forests May Provide Buffer Against Rising Temperatures
2. Researcher Wins Grants to Support Woody Biomass-to-Biofuel Work
3. SFA Forestry Students Flying Drones to Help in Study of Environment

IX. Items of Interest

1. Growth in the Forestry Club
2. Carlsbad FFA Forestry Team Places at State
3. Forestry Opportunities Useful for First Nations

X. Wildfire News

1. Will America's Worst Wildfire Disaster Happen in New Jersey?
2. Wildfire Rehab Effort Going Well so Far in Idaho, Oregon
3. DNR: Service Gives Live Look at Wildfires
4. Wildfire Season Has Started in B.C.
5. Lack of Funding Could Fuel Wildfire Season

XI. SAF News

1. Foresters' Fund Grants
2. New Member Benefit of Signature Federal Credit Union
3. Scholarship for International Professionals
4. Convention T-Shirts Still Available!
5. New Tour Dates: United Kingdom Forestry Tour October 2-9, 2016
6. Apply for the Two Ben Meadows Scholarships: $2,500
7. Show Us What Makes Your Student Chapter Special


I. Featured News/State News

1. USFWS: No Designation of Critical Habitat for Bat Species

(Bloomington, IN – April 25) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided against designating any caves, mines or forests as critical habitat for northern long-eared bats despite the impact of white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that’s deadly to cave-dwelling bats.

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2. Cooperative Extension to Offer Timber Management Course

(Lynchburg, VA – April 22) – The Virginia Cooperative Extension will offer a one-day timber management course in Lynchburg on May 21st that will educate attendees on the finer points of supply compared to harvest, timber stand improvement, invasive plant species management, wildlife and tree identification.

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3. Timber Execs, County Officials Slam BLM Plan

(Douglas County, OR – April 22) – Timber executives and a Douglas County official warned that adopting the latest plan from the Bureau of Land Management for managing forestland in Western Oregon could lead to economic ruin for the region.

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4. McAuliffe Announces New Forest Product Exports to Germany

(Richmond, VA – April 26) – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced new export sales of Virginia forest products to Germany during a trade and marketing mission to several European countries this week.

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5. Boulder County Opens Forestry Sort Yards in May in Nederland, Allenspark

(Boulder County, CO – April 26) – Boulder County's community sort yards, a free log and slash disposal service for mountain residents, will open for the 2016 collection season on May 4th.

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II. Federal Lands Management

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1. Utah Governor’s Race Roiled by Western Land Battles

(Salt Lake City, Utah – April 23) – Wrangling over suing the federal government for possession of federal land in the Beehive State is having a profound impact on who will be governor of Utah.

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2. Barrasso Calls for ‘More Balanced Approach’ to Transfers

(Washington, DC – April 26) – Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) expressed his reservations at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining hearing about setting aside thousands of acres of land as wilderness because he felt “it could have far-reaching impacts for the management of our forests and public lands.”

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3. U.S. Forest Service Seeks Public Opinion on South of Route 9 Project

(Manchester, VT – April 26) – U.S. Forest Service is inviting the public to comment on its environmental assessment report for the South of Route 9 Integrated Resource Project in order to continue with the process of planning improvements to wildlife areas in southern Vermont and northwestern Massachusetts.

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4. Crawford Kids ‘Dig In’ to Help the Forest Service

(Chadron, NE – April 21) – Over two dozen students from the Crawford After-School Program joined U.S. Forest Service personnel on the Pine Ridge Ranger District to help with reforestation of fire damaged areas through tree planting.

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5. Forest Service Proceeds with Elliston-Area Timber Project

(Helena, MT – April 22) – The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest issued a draft decision for the Telegraph Vegetation Project, which proposes logging, thinning and prescribed fire on 8,100 acres of a nearly 24,000-acre project area south of Elliston.

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III. International Forestry News

1. ‘Timber Mafia More Dangerous Than Offshore Investment’

(Peshawar, Pakistan – April 26) – At an event commemorating the Pakistan Forest Institute's 50th anniversary, the threat posed by the 'timber mafia', considered to be responsible for over Rs200 billion ($3 billion) in losses in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa due to illegal logging, was a hot topic.

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2. Perak State Forestry to Plant Five Million Trees in Next Two Years: Zambry

(Perak State, Malaysia – April 21) – At the International Day of Forests, the Perak state forestry department announced plans to plant another five million trees over the next two years.

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3. Forestry Pupils Branch Out With Wakehurst

(Wakehurst, United Kingdom – April 21) – Students studying Forestry and Arboriculture courses at Plumpton College were recently invited to participate in an outdoors education operation at Wakehurst, near Haywards Heath, that included planning, forest nurseries, planting, maintenance, pest and disease control, harvesting, transportation, research, conservation, management systems, amenities and recreation.

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IV. Forest Products Industry

1. Engineered Timber Could Be a Boon to the Oregon Wood Products Industry

(Eugene, OR – April 24) – Cross-laminated timber, engineered wood products made by gluing together layers of boards, such as 2-by-4s, 2-by-6s and 2-by-8s, could boost Oregon’s wood products industry if building codes in the United States are revised to allow the use of panels in large buildings.

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2. OSU Alumni Association Honors Three

(Corvallis, OR – April 26) – Oregon State University's Alumni Association honored the CEO of Roseburg Forest Products with the Joan Austin Honorary Alumni Award.

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3. Forest Industry Welcomes Signing Of Landmark Climate Change Agreement

(Ottawa, Canada – April 21) – The Forest Products Association of Canada issued a press release welcoming the official signing of the United Nations agreement on climate change by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in New York.

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4. Finding Forestry Work in the 21st Century

(Vancouver, British Columbia – April 21) – The President and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries talked about current and future job opportunities in the B.C. forestry sector, where an estimated 27,000 jobs are expected to be added over the next 10 years.

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5. State Forestry Company Coillte Completes Review of Business

(Newtownmountkennedy, Ireland – April 22) – Management at Coillte, the State-owned forestry company, has completed a strategic review of the business, and is implementing a restructuring plan designed to free up €60 million of annual cashflow within five years, which may cost about 40 jobs.

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V. Biomass

1. Plant to Make Ethanol From Cellulosic Biomass Inaugurated at Kashipur

(Kashipur, India – April 25) – The Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences inaugurated India’s first second-generation ethanol demonstration plant, which can turn agricultural products, including wood chips, into ethanol in less than 24 hours, at Indian Glycols Ltd’s Kashipur facility in Uttarakhand.

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2. Turnkey Containerized Wood Pellet Plant Produces Two Tons an Hour

(New Albany, IN – April 20) – Vecoplan unveiled a new design for a containerized pellet plant that can produce one or two tons of wood pellets per hour, yet be housed in standard shipping containers.

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3. Fortum Calls for Biomass Subsidy Phase-Out

(Espoo, Finland – April 20) – Finland’s Fortum called for a Europe-wide phase-out of subsidies for the use of biomass fuel in power and heating plants, calling instead for a market-driven system ‘in place of complex subsidy systems’.

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4. Federal Energy Bill Offers to Help Biomass Industry

(Washington, DC – April 20) – The U.S. Senate passed an energy bill that was amended to direct federal agencies to establish policies that recognize electricity generated by woody biomass plants as renewable and carbon-neutral.

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5. Biomass Boilerhopping in Burlington

(Burlington, VT – April 22) – The spokesman for the Northeast Biomass Heating Expo biomass boiler bus tour, a wood utilization specialist at the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation, discussed how biomass boilers improved forest sustainability in the state while emphasizing the significance of maintaining and growing the base of low-grade wood end users.

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VI. Urban Forestry

1. Meet the Forest Service Scientist Putting a Dollar Value on Urban Forests

(Syracuse, NY – April 21) – One of the founding developers of the U.S. Forest Service’s free “i-Tree” urban planning software discussed how it allows communities and researchers to produce detailed inventories of their urban canopies, and calculate their dollar value.

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2. Urban Forestry Commission Seeks Input Through Tree Survey

(Whitewater, WI – April 20) – Whitewater residents and students have been invited to take part in Whitewater Urban Forestry Commission's first-ever tree and notable tree nomination survey.

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3. Opinion: The Power of Urban Forests

(Vancouver, British Columbia – April 21) – TD Economics revealed that for every dollar spent on forestry in Greater Vancouver, residents are receiving nearly $5 worth of value annually, a total of $255 million a year.

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VII. Plants and Pests

1. Man Versus Worm

(Lynn, MA – April 24) – The Lynn Tree Warden discussed how he is using an environmentally friendly horticultural mineral oil to battle the cankerworm and the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, which threaten over 5,000 trees across the city.

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2. Emerald Ash Borer Readiness Training to Take Place in Sioux Falls

(Sioux Falls, SD – April 23) – The State of South Dakota, in cooperation with the city of Sioux Falls, conducted a field training exercise to practice the response to a discovery of emerald ash borers, which are responsible for the loss of more than 100 million ash trees in the United States over the past two decades.

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3. RMNP to Continue Bark Beetle Battle

(Loveland, CO – April 20) – Rocky Mountain National Park crews will treat trees with insecticide, remove hazardous trees and conduct prescribed burns this spring to try to control bark beetles that have infested large numbers of conifers

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VIII. Science and Research

1. Old-Growth Forests May Provide Buffer Against Rising Temperatures

(Corvallis, OR – April 22) – A new study from Oregon State University published in Science Advances revealed that the soaring canopy and dense understory of an old-growth forest could provide a buffer for plants and animals in a warming world.

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2. Researcher Wins Grants to Support Woody Biomass-to-Biofuel Work

(Fayetteville, AR – April 20) – A University of Arkansas chemical engineering associate professor received 2 grants totaling $145,250 from a local technology development firm to help the company convert woody biomass into bio-oil and eventually liquid biofuel.

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3. SFA Forestry Students Flying Drones to Help in Study of Environment

(Nacogdoches, TX – April 22) – Stephen F. Austin State University undergraduate forestry students are using drones to perform real-time measurements, surveying erosion, and sending them up among tree branches to assess for safety and disease.

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IX. Items of Interest

1. Growth in the Forestry Club

(Pullman, WA – April 25) – The recently revived Forestry Major at Washington State University has opened up the possibility that the student-led Forestry Club will be able to align itself with the University of Idaho's Society of American Foresters chapter.

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2. Carlsbad FFA Forestry Team Places at State

(Carlsbad, NM – April 21) – Carlsbad Future Farmers of America members attended the state Career Development event April 6-9 on the Las Cruces campus of New Mexico State University, where one of their members came in 2nd.

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3. Forestry Opportunities Useful for First Nations

(British Columbia, Canada – April 22) – The chief of the Cooks Ferry Band, who is a board member of Sustainable Forestry Initiative, discussed the opportunities the Initiative provides to indigenous peoples through the auspices of the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Businesses.

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X. Wildfire News

1. Will America's Worst Wildfire Disaster Happen in New Jersey?

(Pinelands, New Jersey – April 20) – SAF member Bob Williams, a lifelong Pinelands resident and recipient of SAF's 2015 Outstanding Communicator Award, discussed the heightened fire danger faced by a region of forest that stretches from Atlantic City to Philadelphia.

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2. Wildfire Rehab Effort Going Well so Far in Idaho, Oregon

(Boise, ID – April 25) – Scientists say a $67 million rehabilitation effort following a wildfire in southwest Idaho and southeast Oregon is starting off well as part of a five-year restoration plan to develop new strategies to combat increasingly destructive rangeland wildfires in the West.

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3. DNR: Service Gives Live Look at Wildfires

(Madison, WI – April 22) – During Wildfire Prevention Week, Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources alerted the public to their Live Status Wildfire Occurrence website, where civilians can get timely updates on the wildfire situation statewide.

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4. Wildfire Season Has Started in B.C.

(British Columbia, Canada – April 22) – Following an early onset to wildfire season, the Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations discussed how the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative helps local governments and First Nations reduce wildfire risks around their communities.

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5. Lack of Funding Could Fuel Wildfire Season

(Spokane, WA – April 23) – Washington’s Public Lands Commissioner wants to make sure 2016's wildfire season doesn't resemble 2015's, when fires burned more than a million acres and destroyed over 300 homes.

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XI. SAF News

1. 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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2. New Member Benefit of Signature Federal Credit Union

SAF members are now 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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3. 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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4. Convention T-Shirts Still Available!

Did you miss your chance to get a 2015 SAF National Convention T-shirt? Order one today. Only $11.95. Select from Orange Bayou Sunset or Gray Forest.
http://www.safnetstore.org/product/saf-convention-2016-t-shirt

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5. New Tour Dates: United Kingdom Forestry Tour October 2-9, 2016

Miss your chance to register before? Now you have more time to plan for the trip of your life.

Journey to the rolling countryside of Scotland and England. Tour historical villages, Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and the Royal Mile. Tour London's Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London and The Houses of Parliament.

Take a rare tour of the Duchy of Cornwall Hereford Estate Woodland. Visit the National Memorial Arboretum. Explore Glentress forest and the botanical gardens. Travel to Oxford University for discussions with forestry faculty and more.

Learn about forestry policy, management, production, preservation, and research. Visit forests, tree farms, parks, arboretums, research centers, and estates. Interview foresters, managers, policy makers, technicians and folks that love trees.

USD $2,850. Double occupancy per person.

Register Now.

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6. Apply for the Two Ben Meadows Scholarships: $2,500

Receive national recognition for your efforts to create a strong student community. Show off your work and possibly receive a $500 award.

Application deadline is June 30, 2016.

Download the application here. Awards will be presented during the 2016 National Convention.

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7. Show Us What Makes Your Student Chapter Special

The two scholarships, one for academic achievement and one based on leadership, are each worth $2,500.

All scholarship candidates must be enrolled, full time, as a junior or senior in a natural resources program working toward a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree, which includes, but not limited to, agroforestry, urban forestry, environmental studies, natural resource management, natural resource recreation, wildlife management, wood science and fisheries management. Eligible students are encouraged to apply.

Applications due June 30.

Instructions, complete requirements, and the application form are here.

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