The Forestry Source - January 2010 - (Page 1)
Source News for forest resource professionals published by the Society of American Foresters January 2010 • Vol. 15, No. 1 Peer Learning Promotes Family Forest Management Master Forest Volunteers Link Landowners and Foresters I N T H I S I S S U E Wood Pellets: Growth industry or house of cards? New column by Roy Anderson takes stock of forest products industry. Page 5. Lester assumes SAF presidency. Michael B. Lester, CF, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, became president of the Society of American Foresters on January 1. He succeeds Bernard S. Hubbard, CF, of Newberry, Michigan, who will now serve SAF as immediate past-president. Page 8. LiDAR helps locate past harvests, archeological sites on Wayne National Forest. The Wayne National Forest obtained LiDAR and aerial photo data from the Ohio Statewide Imagery Program in February of 2009 and have since had great success using the data for several applications, including the identification of past vegetation treatments, archeological resource management, topographic mapping for watershed restoration, and tree height analysis. Page 10. Field Tech: Using Haglöf’s Gator Eyes to “see” tree diameters. The words “Gator Eyes” caught my attention as I flipped through the August issue of The Forestry Source. The words appeared in an ad for Forestry Suppliers that read, “Haglöf Gator Eyes. Precision laser sighting for Mantax calipers.” It was enough to pique my curiosity, so I had to investigate. Page 11. Tax treatment of environmental service payments and woody biomass. The forest-based sector of the economy is changing rapidly. Payments are being made for environmental services, primarily carbon credits, and markets for woody biomass are expanding. Many of the transactions taking place are not specifically addressed in existing tax law. Until IRS rulings are issued, tax specialists must apply existing principles and precedents. Page 12. By Steve Wilent arbara Wenke owns 50 woodland acres in Evans, New York, near Lake Erie. Wenke isn’t a forester—she’s an information technology and graphic design instructor at Bryant & Stratton College—but she is passionate about managing her woodland. She’s a member of the American Tree Farm System and takes pride in her oak, sugar maple, hickory, hemlock, and other species and has planted 5,000 seedlings in the last year or so. As a Master Forest Owner (MFO) volunteer, Wenke shares her interest in forest management with her neighbors. Wenke is one of more than 140 volunteers in the MFO network, which is managed by Cornell University’s Department of Natural Resources’s Cooperative Extension Service. The volunteers are woodland owners who assist their neighbors by providing information about managing their forests. Each volunteer takes a four-day training course at Cornell that covers timber and wildlife management, forest economics, and ecology, and participants attend periodic refresher classes and seminars. Aside from delivering basic information, the volunteers serve as conduits to ex- A Wisconsin Woodland Advocate leads a meeting of local forestland owners. Woodland Advocates are woodland owners who provide basic information and recommend trusted forest management professionals to their neighbors. tension and consulting foresters, loggers, and other professionals. In addition to meeting with landowners in her area, Wenke uses e-mail and sometimes Facebook to pass along information about carbon offset credits, invasive species, state and federal incentive programs and grants, and other topics of interest to her neighbors. “Any way to get the word out,” said Wenke, who also is a regional coordinator for volunteers in five counties. But perhaps the volunteers’ biggest asset is trust. “The face-to-face connection that you have with people is definitely important,” (See “Network” page 4) Reps. Schrader, Walden Introduce HFRA Amendments T he Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 (HFRA) is a good law that hasn’t been implemented as it was originally intended, according to Representatives Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Greg Walden (R-OR). To refine and strengthen HFRA, Schrader and Walden have introduced the Healthy Forests Restoration Amendment Acts of 2009, and they were joined by three others: Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA), Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD), and Rep. Cathy Mc- Morris Rodgers (R-WA). The five are members of the Congressional Healthy Forests Caucus, formed in July 2009. The purpose of the 2003 law is “to improve the capacity of the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to conduct hazardous fuels reduction projects on National Forest System lands and Bureau of Land Management lands aimed at protecting communities, watersheds, and certain other at-risk lands from catastrophic wildfire, to enhance efforts to Office of Rep. Kurt Schrader D E PA RT M E N T S 2 6 10 12 13 14 15 Letters In Brief Science & Technology Here’s How to People in the News Continuing Ed. Calendar Classifieds Representatives Kurt Schrader (left) and Greg Walden introduced the Healthy Forests Restoration Amendment Acts of 2009 on December 8. On the podium are two Bear Bricks, a fuel made by Bear Mountain Forest Products of Cascade Locks, Oregon, from softwood and hardwood sawdust and timber harvest residues. protect watersheds and address threats to forest and rangeland health, including catastrophic wildfire, across the landscape, and for other purposes.” Some of those “other purposes” were the establishment of the Healthy Forests Reserve Program and a biomass research program. “HFRA was designed to try and get ahead of overgrown forests and catastrophic wildfire and to simplify the process so that the money and manpower going into producing healthier forests rather than more paperwork and dealing with litigation,” said Walden, a cosponsor of the original HFRA bill. “In the intervening years, we have found that there were interpretations of the act that were diminishing its usefulness and that there was a need to expand its scope so that we could get ahead of some of these insect infestations. HFRA is a good act, but we just need more of it.” Walden said the new legislation is intended to expand HFRA’s authority “so that it can be used over those forested areas that are most at risk—the condition class 2 and 3 lands that are most out of sync with nature.” According to Schrader and Walden, the new legislation, dubbed HFRA II, would clarify or strengthen several key provisions of HFRA, including two provisions that involve compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): If a community wildfire protection (See “HRFRA page 5) Eli Sagor
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Forestry Source - January 2010
The Forestry Source - January 2010
Wood Pellets: Growth Industry or House of Cards?
Lester Assumes SAF Presidency
Science & Technology
LiDAR Helps Locate Past Harvests, Archeological Sites on Wayne National Forest.
Field Tech: Using Haglöf’s Gator Eyes to “See” Tree Diameters.
Here's How to...
Tax Treatment of Environmental Service Payments and Woody Biomass.
People in the News
Continuing Ed. Calendar
The Forestry Source - January 2010