The Forestry Source - October 2009 - (Page 1)
Source News for forest resource professionals published by the Society of American Foresters October 2009 • Vol. 14, No. 10 Climate Action Registry’s Carbon Protocol Goes National By Source editor Steve Wilent I N T H I S I S S U E Dakota’s SAF members help make teachers “geographically fit.” The North Dakota Geographic Alliance recently partnered with the North Dakota Forest Service, a group that includes members of SAF, to deliver its second Geographically FIT (Forestry Institute for Teachers) workshop in August. Page 8. SAF responds to Secretary Vilsack. SAF recently sent a letter to the US Secretary of Agriculture following his August 14 speech about the development of new planning regulations for the National Forest System. Page 9. Field Tech: Online imaging: reader’s respond. Several readers responded to the August Field Tech column, “Free Online Imagery: Google Earth and NASA’s World Wind.” Page 10. Fast pyrolysis demonstration shows promise of biofuels from wood. Fast pyrolysis, a process that uses heat to extract oil from biomass, may one day play an important role in reducing the nation’s reliance on petroleum products. In August, the Umpqua National Forest invited Renewable Oil International LLC to demonstrate its prototype portable fastpyrolysis reactor. Page 11. Timber tax update. Attention landowners: when filing your 2009 income tax, be advised that Form 1099-S, Proceeds from Real Estate Transactions, is now required for reporting lump sum sales or exchanges of standing timber, effective for sales after May 28, 2009. Page 12. Center for Biological Diversity sues California over CO2 from timber harvesting. In its lawsuits, the Center for Biological Diversity claimed that CalFire “failed to conduct an adequate analysis of the site-specific, cumulative impacts regarding the greenhouse gas emissions” associated with the harvest plans. Page 16. I n an article in the October issue of The Atlantic Monthly, Ronald Brownstein poses a question: “Busted budgets, failing schools, overcrowded prisons, gridlocked government—California no longer beckons as America’s promised land. Except, that is, in one area: creating a new energy economy. But is its path one the rest of the nation can follow?” Brownstein offers compelling evidence, such as California’s climate change legislation, for the affirmative. One result of that legislation has been the establishment of a greenhouse gas registry and a Forest Project Protocol for quantifying the net increase in carbon dioxide sequestration on forestland and in harvested wood products. The Forestry Source has covered the development and evolution of the protocol, most recently in March in “California Revises Carbon Protocols for Forests and Forest Products.” In September, the board of directors of the Climate Action Reserve (CAR), which is chaired by Linda Adams, California’s Secretary for Environmental Protection, approved version 3.0 of the protocol and accompanying Forest Project Verification Protocol and Project Implementation Agreement. The 13-member board’s vote was nearly unanimous; the sole “reluc- Among the changes to version 3.0 of the Climate Action Registry’s Forest Project Protocol is recognition of even-aged management—as long as harvests meet sustainability requirements. tantly, no” vote was by Peter M. Miller, a senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Of the numerous changes to the protocol in version 3.0, the most significant is its expansion from a state-specific to a national protocol: “All forest projects lo- cated in the United States of America are eligible to register with the reserve, provided they meet all other eligibility requirements described in this protocol.” The protocol is valid for projects on virtu(See “Climate” page 4) Council Releases Draft Sustainable Biomass Production Standard O n September 11, the Council for Sustainable Biomass Production (CSBP) released a draft voluntary standard for, as you might deduce from the name of the council, sustainable forest and agricultural biomass production. The CSBP’s vision is “to ensure that in the United States biomass feedstocks and bioenergy (both fuel and electricity) are D E PA RT M E N T S 3 5 11 12 13 15 15 Letters Industry News Science & Technology Here’s How to People in the News Classifieds Land Management Services John Heissenbuttel, codirector of the Council for Sustainable Biomass Production, says producing biofuel from wood fiber provides a great opportunity to provide incentives to landowners to keep their forestlands as forestlands. produced in a sustainable manner, balancing economic, environmental, and social imperatives.” Soon after the council was established in 2007, its members agreed on this definition of sustainability: “Adopting practices and developing products that are environmentally, socially, and economically sound, and that can meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.” The draft standard includes criteria and indicators for nine principles: soil, biological diversity, water, climate change, socio-economic well-being, legality, transparency, continuous improvement, and integrated resources management planning. The CSBP is comprised of 27 members, including forest products companies (such as Plum Creek Timber and Weyerhaeuser), energy companies (Chevron, ConocoPhilips), environmental groups (Natural Resources Defense Council, The Nature Conservancy), universities (Auburn, Texas A&M), federal agencies (US Department of Agriculture, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency), and others. The CSBP’s membership also includes ArborGen LLC, a forest tree seedling producer, and ZeaChem Inc., a bioenergy company. The CSBP is accepting comment on its draft standard through October 30 and (See “Biomass” page 5) Study Highlights “Forest to Faucet” Connection report recently published by the US Forest Service shows that 52 million people in the Northeast and Midwest depend on surface water supplies that are protected in large part by forested lands and that protecting and managing forests in source watersheds is essential to providing clean, safe, and affordable drinking water. Forests, Water and People: Drinking Water Supply and Forest Lands in the Northeast and Midwest United States was written by Albert Todd, the Forest Service’s assistant director, ecosystem services and markets; Martina Barnes, a Forest Service regional planner; Rebecca Lilja, a GIS analyst with the agency; and Paul Barten, an associate professor of forest resources at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. Along with assistance from several associates, the authors created a watershed condition index based on physical and biological attributes and then used it to compare watersheds across the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Key findings include: 329 of 540 watersheds in the Northeast and Midwest (nearly 61 percent) are surface-water watersheds. 78 of these watersheds supply the drinking water for nearly 38 million people. The forests in these drinking water supply watersheds are overwhelmingly in (See “Forest to Faucet” page 6) Dave Powell, US Forest Service, Bugwood.org
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Forestry Source - October 2009
The Forestry Source - October 2009
Dakota’s SAF Members Help Make Teachers “Geographically Fit"
SAF Responds to Secretary Vilsack
Field Tech: Online Imaging: Reader's Respond
Fast Pyrp;ysis Demonstration Shows Promise of Biofuels From Wood
Science & Technology
Timber Tax Update
Here’s How to...
People in the News
Land Management Services
Center for Biological Diversity Sues California Over CO2 From Timber Harvesting
The Forestry Source - October 2009