The Forestry Source - February 2010 - (Page 1)
Source News for forest resource professionals published by the Society of American Foresters February 2010 • Vol. 15, No. 2 REDD+ Forest Conservation Is Highlight of Copenhagen Accord Conference Fails to Deliver Comprehensive Post-Kyoto Emissions Treaty I N T H I S I S S U E NEW COLUMN: The Forest Carbon Marketplace. In the first installment of this new column, author Matthew Smith, CF, director of ecosystem services for Forecon Inc., takes a look at where the carbon market has come from, where it is now, and where it may be going. Page 5. SAF members help protect Mount Rushmore’s forests from mountain pine beetle. “Almost 100 percent kill,” that’s how John Ball, entomologist at South Dakota State University, describes the impact of the mountain pine beetle infestation in the Black Elk Wilderness Area. Does the same fate await the nearby forestland surrounding the Mount Rushmore National Memorial? Not if members of the Dakotas SAF can help it. Page 9. Woodpecker condos bring endangered birds back from brink. It’s said that necessity is the mother of invention, and so it is that a disaster hatched a concept that may save a vanishing species—the redcockaded woodpecker, the only woodpecker in the United States that builds its nest cavity in living pine trees. Page 12. Here’s how to establish silvopasture in existing pastures. This article discusses the establishment of silvopastoral systems in existing improved pastures. The information presented here is applicable to north Florida and other southeastern states, where tree and forage growing conditions are similar. Page 13. Field Tech: American Forest Management uses Remsoft Analytics to streamline harvest scheduling. American Forest Management bills itself as one of the largest forestry consulting and realestate brokerage firms in the United States. Last year, AFM turned to Remsoft Collaborative Analytics Platform, a suite of collaborative modeling and analysis products, to streamline its harvest scheduling process. Page 14. T By Steve Wilent he three-page Copenhagen Accord, the result of the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Denmark in December 2009, was a great disappointment to those who had hoped for a forceful, binding global treaty aimed at reducing atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Many observers who called the conference a failure look to the next conference, to be held in Mexico in December 2010, as the next chance to forge such an agreement. However, the accord’s recognition of the influence of forests on greenhouse gas concentrations, and especially commitments of funding for REDD+ (reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation “plus” conservation) projects in nations with tropical forests was seen as a bright spot in many quarters. “The collective commitment by developed countries is to provide new and additional resources, including forestry and investments through international institutions, approaching $30 billion (US) for the period 2010–2012, with balanced allocation between adaptation and mitigation,” the accord states. Developed countries also pledged to President Barack Obama addresses the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark, on December 18. “the goal of mobilizing jointly $100 billion dollars a year by 2020 to address the needs of developing countries.” The parties to the agreement also agreed to establish the Copenhagen Green Climate Fund as a mechanism for channeling funding to REDD+, adaptation, capacity-building, and technology development and transfer projects established under the auspices of the accord. Australia, France, Japan, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States collectively agreed to immediately provide $3.5 billion in “fast start” funding. “We regard this as an initial investment in developing countries that put forward (See “REDD+” page 3) Study: Economic Impact of Private Forests Greater than Other Ownership Types I t is no surprise that private, working forestlands have a greater overall economic impact than public lands at the local, state, and national levels. A new study conducted by Forest2Market Inc. (F2M), a consulting form based in Charlotte, North Carolina, quantifies this disparity. The study, conducted on behalf of the National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO), showed that private, D E PA RT M E N T S 2 7 12 13 15 16 17 From the Leadership In Brief Science & Technology Here’s How to People in the News Continuing Ed. Calendar Classifieds working forests in the United States generate an average of $277,000 in gross domestic product (GDP) per 1,000 acres, whereas public forests generate $41,000 per 1,000 acres. “We all know that private, working forests provide clean water and air, open space, wildlife habitat, recreation, and other environmental benefits,” said Dave Tenny, president and chief executive officer of NAFO. “This study demonstrates the significant economic benefits these forests provide: family waged jobs, a strong tax base, and the economic foundation of the forest products industry. They are fundamental to both the economic and environmental infrastructure of our nation.” NAFO represents the owners of more than 75 million acres of private forestland in the United States. The study documents the economic contributions in 29 states, five regions, and nationally. It Study data: An interactive map on the National Alliance also examines the emof Forest Owners website provides information about the ployment, payrolls, and economic impact of private and public forestland in annual sales of the foreach state. See http://nafoalliance.org/economicimpact-report. War of Words over Station Fire: Could Forest Service Have Been More Aggressive? S outhern California is no stranger to wildland fire. In October 2007, fires between Santa Barbara and San Diego burned more than 500,000 acres, destroyed 1,500 homes, and killed nine people. “Firestorm 2003” resulted in 750,000 acres burned, 4,000 homes destroyed, and 22 deaths. Last summer’s Station Fire burned more than 160,000 acres and destroyed 89 homes, and was the 10th largest fire in California since 1933, according to the state’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). It was the largest fire in the recorded history of Angeles National Forest (ANF). Two Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) firefighters were killed on August 30 when they were overrun by the fast moving fire. In addition to its size, the Station Fire was notable for discord between two agencies: the US Forest Service and the LACoFD. In November, a month after the fire was contained, LACoFD Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman issued a review of the fire in which he called for “a paradigm shift in wildland fire suppression” on the ANF as well as other forests that face similar wildland fire scenarios: large populations living in and around highly flammable landscapes. A more aggressive initial (See “Fire” page 6) (See “Study” page 4) Getty Images
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