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February 5, 2016

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In This Issue ...

I. Featured News/State News

1. Seeking Foresters
2. Landowners Learn Market Strategies at Forestry Forum
3. Oregon County Sues State Over Logging Policy
4. Georgia Tech Report: Trees Make Money for State
5. Conservation District to Host Forestry Workshop

II. Federal Lands Management

1. 4FRI Contractor Says Forest Thinning Still on Track
2. Feds' 'Forsythe II' Forest Restoration Plan for Western Boulder County Has Many Critics
3. Forest Service to Begin $4 Million Planning Effort
4. Marshall Woods Decision Cuts Commercial Logging, Roads In Rattlesnake Rec Area
5. $14 Million Price Tag for Public Lands Lawsuit Gives Governor Pause

III. International Forestry News

1. Low Loonie Expected To Bring Out U.S. Protectionist Forces: Forestry Firm Tembec
2. Senior Chinese Foresters Visit Israel
3. Women Are Branching Out in Forestry Industry

IV. Forest Products Industry

1. Jobs Skills Partnership to Train 560 Workers in Cloquet
2. Mill in Madison Cuts Production by Two Days a Week
3. Hardwoods Producer to Add New Jobs to Fleming Facility
4. A Life in the Woods: Logging for a Living in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
5. Forest Industry Waits for Pacific Trade Deal

V. Biomass

1. Facts Matter
2. EPA Sets Date for Clean Power Plan Biomass Workshop
3. Drax Biomass Shelves Plans Pike Bioenergy Pellet Plant
4. Making Biomass Investment Affordable
5. Japan's Wood Pellet Imports Surge

VI. Urban Forestry

1. Boys & Girls Clubs of North County Helps Kick Off Urban Forestry Program in Fallbrook
2. Division of Forestry Offers Grants to Help Plant Trees
3. City To Tackle Fiscal Issues

VII. Plants and Pests

1. Spruce Beetles Moving Into More Colorado Forests, Survey Shows
2. Beetle Struck Trees Minimal
3. Emerald Ash Borer Coming to Ogdensburg, Could Be Costly for City

VIII. Science and Research

1. Harvesting Hydrogen From Tough Biomass
2. Effects of Lignin and Surfactant on Adsorption and Hydrolysis of Cellulases on Cellulose
3. German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees Have Social Networks, Too

IX. Items of Interest

1. Shorter University Student Rachel Butler Receives Top Presentation Award for Forestry Research
2. Bevin Administration Terminates Kentucky Forestry Director
3. Lumberjacks' Ranks Thinning

X. Wildfire News

1. Feds Should Shift Firefighting Burden in California, Audit Says
2. Quick Dollars for Wildfire Suppression Critical to Containment, Committee Hears
3. Partnership announces 2016 Wildfire Mitigation Awardees
4. Wildfire Plan Seen as Biggest Land Policy Change in Decades
5. Record Western Wildfires a Contrast in Otherwise Quiet Year for U.S. Natural Disasters

XI. SAF News

1. SAF Media Moments
2. Foresters' Fund Grants
3. 2016 SAF National Award Nominations
4. Fellow Nomination Due
5. SAF Store Special
6. New Member Benefit of Signature Federal Credit Union
7. Registration Opens for the SAF United Kingdom Forestry Tour
8. Special Price on Book


I. Featured News/State News

1. Seeking Foresters

(East Lansing, MI - February 3) - Michigan State University took a look at how some foresters within the forestry community have recently been engaged with the proposal to upgrade and enhance the Michigan Registered Forester occupational code.

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2. Landowners Learn Market Strategies at Forestry Forum

(West Monroe, LA - January 28) - A forestry forum provided landowners, loggers and others at the West Monroe Convention Center with information on current market conditions in the forest industry.

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3. Oregon County Sues State Over Logging Policy

(Linn County, OR - January 25) - Following 15 years of decreasing revenue from timber sales, Linn County plans to file a class-action lawsuit against the state, seeking more than $1.4 billion in lost revenue that otherwise would have gone to county and other entities' general funds, plus interest for breach of contract.

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4. Georgia Tech Report: Trees Make Money for State

(Atlanta, GA - January 27) - Employees working in forestry earned more in wages and salaries in 2014 than people in any other Georgia manufacturing industry, according to a report issued by the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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5. Conservation District to Host Forestry Workshop

(Wurtland, KY - January 26) - Greenup County Soil and Water Conservation District will host a Forestry Workshop Feb. 16, at 5:30 p.m. at the Greenup County Extension Office in 35, Wurtland Ave. in Wurtland, Ky.

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II. Federal Lands Management

Stay abreast of SAF's forest policy activities with the Issues & Advocacy Now newsletter, available on the SAF website.

1. 4FRI Contractor Says Forest Thinning Still on Track

(Coconino County, AZ - January 29) - In a presentation to 4FRI stakeholders on 1/27, it was announced that Good Earth Power AZ has plans to invest $100 million and thin 16,000 acres across northern Arizona's forests next year as part of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative.

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2. Feds' 'Forsythe II' Forest Restoration Plan for Western Boulder County Has Many Critics

(Boulder County, CO - January 28) - A petition against a controversial U.S. Forest Service restoration project on 3,901 acres between Gross Reservoir and Nederland has received more than 540 signatures as public hearings come to an end.

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3. Forest Service to Begin $4 Million Planning Effort

(Bozeman, MT - January 29) - The Custer-Gallatin National Forest is rewriting its forest plan, a document that sets some management guidelines and will take inventory of areas that could be designated for further federal protections, recommending new wilderness areas or new wild and scenic rivers.

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4. Marshall Woods Decision Cuts Commercial Logging, Roads In Rattlesnake Rec Area

(Missoula, MT - January 29) - A compromise on the 3,678-acre Marshall Woods Restoration Project that precludes commercial timber harvest and temporary road construction within the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area gives a little to critics who thought it went too far and not far enough.

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5. $14 Million Price Tag for Public Lands Lawsuit Gives Governor Pause

(Salt Lake City, UT - January 28) - Utah's governor is weighing whether to proceed with a proposed lawsuit against the federal government over its control of public lands amid revelations that it will cost $14 million.

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III. International Forestry News

1. Low Loonie Expected To Bring Out U.S. Protectionist Forces: Forestry Firm Tembec

(Montreal, Canada - January 28) - The CEO of Quebec-based forestry company Tembec fears that the boost Canadian lumber exports are getting from the falling Canadian dollar will bring out protectionist forces in the U.S. lumber lobby.

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2. Senior Chinese Foresters Visit Israel

(Jerusalem, Israel - January 28) - Five senior foresters from Zhejiang province in China met with Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael - Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) foresters to learn about KKL-JNF's afforestation activities in Israel.

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3. Women Are Branching Out in Forestry Industry

(Edinburgh, Scotland - January 27) - Following the publishing of a report entitled "The Economic Contribution of the Forestry Sector in Scotland" a forestry consultant attended the Forestry Commission Scotland reception at the Scottish Parliament to answer questions.

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IV. Forest Products Industry

1. Jobs Skills Partnership to Train 560 Workers in Cloquet

(St. Paul, MN - January 28) - The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development awarded a $350,000 grant from the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program to Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College to develop an in-house training system for employees of Sappi Fine Paper in Cloquet.

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2. Mill in Madison Cuts Production by Two Days a Week

(Madison, ME - January 28) - The president of United Steel Workers Local 36 said Madison Paper Industries has cut production from seven days a week to five because of a downturn in orders.

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3. Hardwoods Producer to Add New Jobs to Fleming Facility

(Frankfort, KY - January 28) - The state says Appalachian hardwoods producer GreenTree Forest Products Inc. will add 10 full-time jobs to it's current 45-member workforce with a $2.2 million investment for equipment upgrades at its Fleming County facility.

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4. A Life in the Woods: Logging for a Living in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

(Ishpeming, MI - January 29) - Workers at Holli Forest Products discussed what it was like working in the timber industry in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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5. Forest Industry Waits for Pacific Trade Deal

(Canada - January 29) - Wood products producers are encouraged by the Trudeau government's decision to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the first step to ratifying a sweeping agreement with Japan, Australia and other Asian countries.

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V. Biomass

1. Facts Matter

(Richmond, VA - January 28) - The United States Industrial Pellet Association has adopted the hashtag #factsmatter for their messages on Twitter to advance their agenda based on facts, data and evidence.

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2. EPA Sets Date for Clean Power Plan Biomass Workshop

(Washington, DC - January 28) - The EPA set the date of April 7th at the William J Clinton East building in Washington, D.C., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for its previously announced biomass workshop regarding its role in the Clean Power Plan.

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3. Drax Biomass Shelves Plans Pike Bioenergy Pellet Plant

(Pike County, MS - January 28) - Drax Biomass has ceased development of a proposed pellet plant that was under development in Pike County, Mississippi, after a careful review of market conditions.

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4. Making Biomass Investment Affordable

(United Kingdom - January 27) - Siemens Financial Services explained how equipment suppliers can keep momentum going and remain competitive in the UK's increasingly saturated pellet market.

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5. Japan's Wood Pellet Imports Surge

(London, United Kingdom - January 29) - Japanese wood pellet imports reached 232,000 tons in 2015, up by 140% from 97,000 tons in 2014, data from Japan's economy, trade and industry ministry showed.

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VI. Urban Forestry

1. Boys & Girls Clubs of North County Helps Kick Off Urban Forestry Program in Fallbrook

(Fallbrook, CA - January 28) - The Boys & Girls Clubs of North County is partnering with Save Our Forest in Fallbrook to implement an Urban Forestry program including weeding and planting in public areas and establishing a community garden.

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2. Division of Forestry Offers Grants to Help Plant Trees

(Anchorage, AK - January 26) - The Alaska Community Forestry Program has designated two grants for organizations and individuals interested in planting ornamental or fruit-bearing trees, common or new species to the state, in parks, backyards and spaces in between.

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3. City To Tackle Fiscal Issues

(La Grand, OR - January 29) - The City of La Grande Fiscal Committee decided to close down the Urban Forestry Program, eliminating the part-time Tree Care Educator position.

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VII. Plants and Pests

1. Spruce Beetles Moving Into More Colorado Forests, Survey Shows

(Denver, CO - January 29) - The devastation caused by spruce beetles across Colorado forests accelerated for a fourth consecutive year, according to a new survey, while the once widespread infestation of mountain pine beetles has largely subsided.

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2. Beetle Struck Trees Minimal

(Custer, SD - January 28) - The City of Custer appears to be winning its war on the mountain pine beetle, with only 200 infested trees in the latest public works survey, well down from the 500 infested trees last year and only one-fifth as many as the previous years when 1,000 such trees were counted.

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3. Emerald Ash Borer Coming to Ogdensburg, Could Be Costly for City

(Ogdensburg, NY - January 28) - The emerald ash borer is coming to Ogdensburg and has the potential to decimate trees and property, but being proactive could save the city's ash inventory and reduce substantial removal costs.

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VIII. Science and Research

1. Harvesting Hydrogen From Tough Biomass

(Atlanta, GA - January 26) - A research team at Georgia Tech has developed a low-temperature electrolytic technology that can harvest hydrogen fuel from nearly all types of biomass.

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2. Effects of Lignin and Surfactant on Adsorption and Hydrolysis of Cellulases on Cellulose

(London, United Kingdom - January 26) - New research shows that the presence of lignin decreased the maximum adsorption capacity of cellulases on cellulose and the cellulases adsorbed on lignin could be released to supernatant, exhibiting hydrolytic activity in woody products.

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3. German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees Have Social Networks, Too

(Hümmel, Germany - January 29) - A German forester expounded on his best-selling book entitled "The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate - Discoveries From a Secret World."

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IX. Items of Interest

1. Shorter University Student Rachel Butler Receives Top Presentation Award for Forestry Research

(Rome, GA - January 25) - A Shorter University pre-med major received the Best Student Presentation Award at the Southern Forestry and Natural Resources Management Geographic Information Systems Conference for her presentation entitled "Determining Changes in Forest Composition in an Old-Growth Forest Using Remotely Sensed Data."

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2. Bevin Administration Terminates Kentucky Forestry Director

(Frankfort, KY - January 20) - Changes among high-ranking employees in Kentucky's Energy and Environment Cabinet by the governor forced the Division of Forestry Director out.

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3. Lumberjacks' Ranks Thinning

(Greensboro, VT - January 28) - As markets for forest products change and high-tech machinery replaces chain saws, a generations-old way of life is disappearing, one that historically saw fathers pass on to their sons their love and knowledge of the woods and the independence that came from working for oneself.

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X. Wildfire News

1. Feds Should Shift Firefighting Burden in California, Audit Says

(Washington, DC - January 27) - The Agriculture Department's Office of Inspector General reported that the U.S. Forest Service apparently overpaid by more than $4.5 million for fighting some of California's biggest wildland fires and was saddled with too many of the toughest areas to work in.

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2. Quick Dollars for Wildfire Suppression Critical to Containment, Committee Hears

(Olympia, WA - January 27) - House Bill 2596 will create the Local Wildland Fire Suppression Account managed by the Department of Natural Resources to provide local entities with immediate assistance in responding to wildfires.

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3. Partnership announces 2016 Wildfire Mitigation Awardees

(Reno, NV - January 28) - The Wildfire Mitigation Awards Committee has announced the 2016 Wildfire Mitigation Award winners for innovation and leadership displayed by individuals and organizations committed to wildfire preparedness.

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4. Wildfire Plan Seen as Biggest Land Policy Change in Decades

(Boise, ID - January 28) - A year after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell shifted the national approach to fighting wildfires across a wide swath of sagebrush country in the West, her strategy is turning out to be one of the most significant federal land policy changes in some 80 years.

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5. Record Western Wildfires a Contrast in Otherwise Quiet Year for U.S. Natural Disasters

(Irvine, CA - January 28) - Property data provider CoreLogic released its annual Natural Hazard Risk Summary and Analysis, which showed that 2015 was a relatively quiet year for natural disasters nationwide with one glaring exception: wildfires.

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XI. SAF News

1. SAF Media Moments

A. Black Bear Population Steady

(Little Rock, AR - January 26) - The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) recognized Martin Blaney, AGFC statewide habitat program coordinator, as the 2015 winner of the Ouachita Society of American Foresters Lifetime Achievement Award.

B. Passion for Forest Management

(Missoula, MT - January 25) - Allen Chrisman was honored with the 2015 Field Forester Award by the Society of American Foresters, who acknowledged his more than 35 years of work in practically every aspect of forest management and stewardship.

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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. SAF Store Special

A Century of Forest and Wildland Watershed Lessons summarizes the findings and lessons learned from key forest and wildland watershed studies of the past century by the grandmasters who were involved in those research efforts. Special Sale Price of $29.95. Available at http://www.safnetstore.org/product/century-of-wildland-watershed-lessons/

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6. 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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7. 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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8. Special Price on Book

"Forest Management Solutions for Mitigating Climate Change in the United States." edited by Patrick Heffernan and Robert W. Malmsheimer, is on special sale. Unique among all possible options for mitigating climate change, forests and forestry can both prevent and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and simultaneously provide essential environmental, social, and economic benefits-from clean water and wildlife habitat to outdoor recreation and forest products. This book lays out the possibilities from using energy from wood biomass and mill residuals instead of fossil fuels to developing markets for carbon trading and creating market-based incentives for forestry projects that offset emissions from industrial and other polluters. To take advantage of the special sale price of $12.95, go to http://www.safnetstore.org/product/forest-management-solutions-for-mitigating-climate-change.

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