In This Issue ...
1. Pennsylvania: New Areas Give Growth to State Forest
2. Florida: State Forestland Receives SFI Certification
3. Oregon: Benton Timber Sale Draws Protest
4. Indiana: State Officials, Environmental Groups Spar Over Forest Plan
5. Wildfire News
1. US Forest Service Planning News
2. 4FRI: Pie in the Sky?
3. After Wildfires Rage in the West, Congress Moves to Provide $700 Million in Emergency Aid
4. Aerial Retardants under Fire
5. Scientists Slam Congress for Considering "Misguided Forest Management Bills"
1. Drones Could Make Forest Conservation Monitoring Significantly Cheaper
2. The Cambodian Tightrope between Growth and Conservation
3. Two Is the Magic Number—for Timber and Brazil Nuts, Says Researcher
1. Pyramid Mountain Lumber Awarded Bitterroot Timber Sale
2. Nature Replants Its Own Burned Forests, Environmentalists Say
3. Montana: Tricon Timber Lays Off 90 in St. Regis
4. British Columbia Invests $2.2 Million to Promote Wood in Buildings, Products
5. Canfor Announces the Purchase of Anthony Forest Products
1. Arizona Biomass Enterprise Grants Funds Available
2. Lignetics Expands Its Footprint with the Acquisition of Wood Pellet Manufacturing Plant in Strong, Maine
3. Bastrop County Attempts to Fill Hole Left by Go Green
4. Westervelt Renewable Energy Earns SBP Certification
5. Coal Burns Cleaner When You Add Oat Hulls
1. SAF Media Moments
2. Remember to Vote in the 2015 SAF National Elections
3. SAF Seeks Moderators for Convention's Scientific and Technical Concurrent Sessions
4. 2015 SAF National Convention News: Quiz Bowl, T-Shirts, and More!
5. Earn CFEs for Your Reviews
Standardspeaker.com (September 29) - Asked about the biggest changes to the state forests in northeastern Pennsylvania during the past decade, district forester Nicholas Lylo said there's more land to manage.
New tracts around Mocanaqua, Thornhurst, Harveys Creek, Crystal Lake, and elsewhere are presenting new challenges for Lylo and his staff in the Pinchot State Forest District.
FreshfromFlorida.com (September 29) - Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam has announced that the Florida Forest Service certified the Blackwater River and Tate's Hell State Forests, which cover 413,000 acres, under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).
"We are proud of our efforts to ensure that the land and resources entrusted to the Florida Forest Service are managed responsibly and conscientiously. Thanks to certification programs, such as SFI, the public can remain confident that our state forests are managed in line with some of the highest standards in the nation and will remain healthy and productive for generations to come," Putnam said.
Democratherald.com (September 28) - Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands, and the Benton Forest Coalition are protesting a timber sale in south Benton County even though it uses an approach touted as providing important environmental benefits.
Terms of the Rainbow Ridge timber sale call for the cutting of about 8.2 million board feet of timber, mainly second-growth Douglas-fir. Most of that timber volume—7.1 million board feet—is supposed to be generated through a technique called variable retention harvest, with the rest derived from more traditional thinning.
Indianapublicmedia.org (September 25) - Environmental groups are challenging a new strategic plan laid out by the Indiana Division of Forestry.
The plan, which provides guidelines for the how the state's forests will be managed from 2015 to 2019, calls for maintaining the current level of logging in state forests—14 million board feet each year for the next four years.
The DNR maintains the timber harvesting is done according to sustainable forestry practices and the annual amount harvested equates to only about 60 percent of the forest's annual growth.
Critics also object to the increase in clear cutting. That's when all the trees in a given area are uniformly taken down.
A New Global Tinderbox: The World's Northern Forests
E360.yale.edu (October 1)
Wildfires in Oregon Cost $74 Million, So Far
Bendbulletin.com (September 30)
Efforts to Fight Wildfires in California May Be Making Future Fires Worse
Sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com (September 28)
Scientists Call for Reform in Forest Fire Management
KNAU.org (September 28)
Fire Season Second Costliest in History
Statesmanjournal.com (September 28)
Burning the Forest to Prevent Fire
IJPR.org Sept 28
US Nears Wildfire Record with More Than 9 Million Acres Burned
Triblive.com (September 24)
As Firefighting Costs Explode, Fire Prevention Loses Out
SFchronicle.com (September 24)
Forest Service Shares Preliminary Draft Monitoring Programs for Inyo, Sequoia, and Sierra National Forest Plans
Yubanet.com (September 28) - To keep the public engaged throughout the forest plan revision process for the Inyo, Sequoia, and Sierra National Forests, the US Forest Service is sharing the preliminary draft monitoring programs for each one.
For more information on the preliminary draft monitoring programs, visit the Forest Service's Region 5 website.
Forest Service Pledges to Increase Collaboration with Local Community
WKMS.org (September 24) - After more than a year of public outcry over several land management projects at the Land Between the Lakes, the US Forest Service is changing the way it interacts with the public.
AZDailysun.com (September 27) - The 4FRI contract was transferred to Good Earth in September 2013 after the first operator, Pioneer Associates, failed to find investors to finance its work. In the two years since that time, the CEO of Good Earth Power AZ, is well aware of the company's successes and its struggles.
Evaluating Good Earth's performance also brings up questions about the expectations originally set for the contract. Was 30,000 acres per year and 300,000 acres in 10 years an unreasonable goal?
Oregonlive.com (September 30) - This year's horrific wildfire season in the West is spurring Congress to move toward providing $700 million in emergency disaster aid to the US Forest Service and other federal agencies facing rapidly rising firefighting costs.
Spending Bill's $700 Million for Fighting Wildfires Debated
TheCalifornian.com (September 30)
Senators Wyden, Merkley Push for Wildfire Funding Fixes
KTVZ.com (September 28) - Democratic Sens. Jeff Wyden and Merkley have asked Senate leaders to include emergency funding for wildfire suppression in any short-term funding agreement considered this week to keep the federal government running.
They also asked for a permanent fix to the way that wildfires are funded so federal agencies can stop raiding fire prevention funds to pay for fighting these devastating wildfires.
Already this year, 45,000 wildfires have consumed more than 8.5 million acres across the United States and the cost to fight these fires has grown to as much as $243 million in one week.
Note: Stay abreast of SAF's forest policy activities with the Issues & Advocacy Now newsletter, available on the SAF website.
Union-bulletin.com (September 28) - Hundreds of thousands of gallons of chemical fire retardant were dumped from planes all over wildlands in Washington last fire season, more than almost anywhere in the West. And this summer's even bigger fire season could see just as much of the chemical slurry dumped on the landscape, if not more.
Now, a professor at Western Washington University is expressing concern about the inappropriate and overuse of aerial retardants.
US Forest Service Studying Costs of Retardants
Firehouse.com (September 27)
Summitcountyvoice.com (September 27) - A group of scientists has weighed in on the political tug-of-war over forest policies by writing a letter to the US Senate and President Obama, warning that two bills currently on the table would be destructive to forest ecosystems and wildlife.
ECNmag.com (September 28) - Authors of a new study published in Biological Conservation say the use of drones to monitor the success of forest regeneration in the tropics would result in equally accurate results and could save a significant amount of time and money.
Monitoring regeneration can be labor intensive and expensive, making it difficult to know whether conservation efforts have been successful. However, using unmanned aerial vehicles (aka: drones) to replace manual monitoring under certain conditions could save considerable costs, making the monitoring process more feasible for scientists.
DW.com (September 29) - Spanning an area of a million acres, the richly biodiverse Central Cardamom Protected Forest in southwest Cambodia faces all manner of conservation threats, including the country's economic future.
Blog.cifor.org (September 21) - Brazil nut trees and those used for timber grow alongside each other in Amazonian ecosystems—and both are critical to community livelihoods in southwestern Peru.
But exactly how selective logging affects Brazil nut production was unknown until a new study by the Center for International Forestry Research sought to find out.
CIFOR caught up with study coauthor Cara Rockwell of Florida International University to delve deeper into the questions.
Missoulian.com (September 24) - Last week, Pyramid Mountain Lumber Co. of Seeley Lake was awarded the timber contract for the Como Forest Health Project on the Darby Ranger District.
The project's focus is improving forest health and reducing hazardous fuels while maintaining the scenic qualities of the area popular for recreation.
The project calls for a commercial timber harvest on 1,040 acres and noncommercial thinning on another 730 acres to reduce tree density. The project also calls for use of prescribed fire.
Associated Press (September 27) - A growing body of fire research indicates that the federal salvage strategy creates more problems than it solves by stunting tree regrowth, denying habitat to a variety of species, and increasing the risk of erosion.
The Forest Service and timber companies argue that the dead wood must be removed before the forest can grow, and shrubs have to be killed off with herbicides so the conifers have sun to grow again.
Note: SAF member Bill Stewart quoted.
MTPR.org (September 28) - Ninety employees of Tricon Timber in St. Regis, one of the largest employers in western Montana's Mineral County, were laid off last week.
Tricon's only the latest casualty in what's been a long and difficult year for Montana's timber industry. Earlier this month Sun Mountain Lumber in Deer Lodge closed down the night shift in several of its operations, leaving 50 people out of work.
Woodworkingnetwork.com (September 28) - The British Columbia provincial government says it is investing $2.2 million in the Wood First program to promote the use of BC wood both locally and internationally, and help advance innovative wood-building systems and value-added wood products.
Canfor.com (September 28) - Canfor Corporation has announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase Anthony Forest Products Company (AFP) located in El Dorado, Arkansas for $93.5 million.
AFP operates 6 facilities producing lumber, engineered wood, and wood chips with a combined capacity of 250 mmbf equivalent. AFP owns a sawmill located in Urbana, Arkansas, which produces premium Southern pine lumber and has an operational capacity of 150 mmbf per year. It also owns laminating facilities in El Dorado, Arkansas and Washington, Georgia, which produce beams, columns, and other glulam products with an annual combined capacity of 75 mmbf, and chip mills in Louisiana and Texas with a total annual capacity of 800,000 tons.
WMIcentral.com (September 28) - Arizona State Forestry is soliciting cost-share project proposals for woody biomass utilization projects. The funds are made available to assist with the financial costs of procuring preliminary engineering assessments, wood energy conversion feasibility studies, and wood fiber supply studies.
PRWeb.com (September 25) - Lignetics, Inc. announced the acquisition of the assets of GF Funding LLC (whose facility was formerly known as Geneva Wood Fuels), expanding its footprint into Maine and upper New England.
Lignetics is the largest residential wood pellet manufacturing company in the United States, which now has a production capacity of approximately 550,000 tons of wood pellets per year. The company is the only pellet manufacturing company that has wood plants on both the East Coast and the West Coast in the states of Maine, Oregon, Idaho, West Virginia, and Virginia.
Statesman.com (September 30) - With the recent abrupt shut down of Go Green, Texas' Bastrop County is beginning to take up the task of removing hazardous trees for property owners across 5,000 acres.
After the 2011 Bastrop Complex Fire, Bastrop-based Go Green International pledged to remove the 1.5 million trees left dead or dying, turning the old wood into biofuel pellets and mulch. But the company ceased operations in August after consultants hired by the firm deemed its current business model unfeasible.
Biomassmagazine.com (September 25) - Westervelt Renewable Energy has achieved Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP) certification from NSF Sustainability, a division of global public health organization NSF International. SBP certification enables producers to demonstrate that the woody biomass pellets they supply for energy production meet the regulatory, including sustainability, requirements of energy producers throughout Europe.
Futurity.org (September 28) - Scientists wondered what would happen if you burned biomass in a controlled environment, such as in a power plant, that at least partially replaces using a fossil fuel. To find out they examined practices at the University of Iowa Power Plant, where technicians have burned a mix of oat hulls and coal for more than a decade.
The findings show that a 50-50 oat hulls to coal mix, when compared to burning only coal, reduces fossil carbon-dioxide emissions by 40 percent and significantly reduces the release of particulate matter, hazardous substances, and heavy metals.
Phys.org (Australia, September 28) - A University of Technology–Sydney research collaboration has provided the first experimental evidence that higher levels of urban forestry are associated with lower levels of air pollution, specifically the dangerous fine airborne particles, or particulate matter, that comes largely from motor vehicle exhausts.
KQED.org (September 28) - After a US Forest Service aerial survey last spring, researchers estimated there were 12.5 million dead trees on national forestlands alone.
With climatologists predicting that this year's El Niño will usher in strong winds and torrential rains, weakened trees pose dangers to people and property across the state.
Masslive.com (September 25) - An initiative to help replant trees in Worcester, Massachusetts, has received an unexpected boost—a $50,000 allocation from the state to be used toward reforestation efforts after the Asian longhorned beetle infestation.
Boulderweekly.com (September 24) - The Colorado State Forest Service has reported that Douglas-fir trees growing on roughly 2,500 acres in the foothills are currently experiencing defoliation caused by the Douglas-fir tussock moth and caterpillar. The insect feeds off the needles of fir trees and experts say damage by the pest can result in a high degree of mortality in severely affected trees.
Kenoshanews.com (September 26) - Wisconsin's Kenosha County will down more than 2,600 ash trees in four county parks and golf courses due to damage by the emerald ash borer.
The county has secured a contract with an Oshkosh-based logging company, Koerner Forest Products, to do the job for about $17 to $29 per tree. The $78,000 contract allows the contractor to sell the logs for lumber and the branches for pulpwood.
County officials hope to sell the remaining materials as biomass to help offset costs.
Citizen-Times.com (September 28) - The Hemlock Restoration Initiative last week announced four grants totaling $50,000 to help to restore North Carolina's hemlock trees to long-term health.
Hemlocks across western North Carolina are being decimated by the hemlock woolly adelgid, a tiny sap-sucking insect that depletes the tree's starch reserves and eventually causes its death. The goal of the restoration project is to ensure that Eastern and Carolina hemlocks can resist and recover from the deadly infestation and survive to maturity on North Carolina's public and private lands by 2025.
NWPR.org (September 23) - Did you know that, after a forest fire, tree roots could continue to burn? Usually dirt is used to snuff out a fire. So how is it possible for tree roots to burn after the aboveground fire is out?
Timesleaderonline.com (September 24) - Giant Sequoias growing in California's Sierra Nevada are among the largest and oldest living things on earth, but scientists climbing high up into their green canopies say they are seeing symptoms of stress caused by the state's historic drought.
California Drought: Why a Fire Might Be Good for Giant Sequoias
CSmonitor.com (September 24)
Grist.org (September 28) - As the climate warms, public lands may become even more valuable in America's effort to fight greenhouse gas emissions. According to a new study, climate change may increase the amount of carbon federal public lands in the lower 48 states are able to store by nearly 20 percent by 2050, shows.
The study, conducted by the US Geological Survey and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the first of its kind researching the carbon storage and sequestration potential on federal land.
It considered only carbon storage potential on federal land in the lower 48 states, excluding Hawaii and Alaska.
Inventorspot.com (September 29) - Thanks to Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, we know how a tree would dance. But what would a tree sound like if it had a voice to sing? Innovator Bartholomäus Traubeck has created a machine that allows us to hear the haunting compositions of tree rings.
WSIU.org September 30 - In the 1800s, Illinois' oak forests once accounted for 60 percent of the state's tree population. Today, they comprise only 5 percent and are being supplanted by native maple trees and several invasive species.
While the oak population may be shrinking, Illinois' forests are not. A study by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources found that the state has been slowly reforesting, rather than deforesting, a consistent trend since 1926.
Timescolonist.com (September 28) - Environmentalists in British Columbia are using drone technology to shoot compelling, high-definition videos of "Canada's grandest old-growth" rainforest near Port Renfrew.
The activists say the area is endangered because in mid-September the BC Forest Service granted the Surrey-based Teal-Jones Group a permit for helicopter logging in one of the eight "cutblock" areas the company wants to log in the area.
Activists say capturing drone footage is part of a new "information war" reigniting a decades-old battle in Vancouver Island's Central Walbran Valley.
Profile of Forester Paul Gregory
Plymouth.wickedlocal.com (September 25) - Massachusetts DCR management forester Paul Gregory's work takes him into the woods almost every day. His love of the Myles Standish State Forest keeps him out there, long after the workday is over.
Arkansas: Controlled Burn Course Emphasizes the Need for Planning, Safety
HPJ.com (September 30) - About 40 participants, representing state and federal agencies as well as the forest products industry, took part in a week-long Prescribed Fire Training Course offering instruction on how to both plan and execute controlled burning as an essential tool in the management of natural resources.
Note: SAF member Tamara Walkingstick quoted.
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.
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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