The Forestry Source - May 2011 - (Page 1)
News for forest resource professionals published by the Society of American Foresters
May 2011 • Vol. 16, No. 5
Amidst Charges of Greenwashing, Report Compares FSC, SFI
ForestEthics: SFI “Misleading”; SFI: ForestEthics Peddles “Pulp Fiction”
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SAF member documents Ethiopian forestry adventure online. In September 2009, SAF member Bob Sturtevant and his wife, Nancy, decided to join the Peace Corps. Now, after navigating the agency’s lengthy application process, they find themselves in Ethiopia, serving the students at the Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources. Page 9. SAF faculty representatives: talking with Dick Hopkins of Green River Community College. The Forestry Source recently spoke with Dick Hopkins, faculty representative for the active and award-winning SAF student chapter at Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington, about his approach to working with students, what makes the GRCC student chapter so successful, and what SAF can do to better engage its student members. Page 10. Nominations open for vicepresident and SAF Council. Have you ever thought about running for SAF vice-president or for a seat on the SAF Council? Here’s what you need to do to make that dream a reality. Page 11. Are weather and tradition reducing our ability to conduct prescribed burns? The timing of prescribed burns will vary depending on specific land management goals and objectives. Timing should also depend upon when the burn can be accomplished safely and under favorable weather conditions. Page 12. Got woody biomass? Here are the machines for processing it. Woody biomass often is in the news and a topic of foresters’ conversations these days, but most of us have only a passing knowledge about the machines used to transform it from a raw material into chips, hog fuel, and so on. Page 14.
By Steve Wilent he long war of words over the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certification standards has intensified in recent months. The environmental group ForestEthics, which released a report late last year titled, “SFI: Certified Greenwash,” announced in March that seven companies, such as Office Depot and Allstate Insurance, have renounced the use of SFI-certified paper in favor of FSC-certified paper. “SFI’s greenwashing of business-asusual forest destruction is toxic for companies with strong environmental values and commitments,” said Aaron Sanger, ForestEthics’s director of US campaigns, in a press release. “These brands want tools and certifications that are truly green and build their credibility, not tools like SFI that are being investigated for misleading consumers.” For Allstate, ForestEthics’s anti-SFI campaign was convincing. “Allstate recently made the decision to exclusively purchase Forest Stewardship Council–certified office paper for use in all of our corporate facilities. We did so after learning about key distinctions about paper certification practices from environmental organizations, especially ForestEthics,” said Meghann Dowd, an Allstate spokesperson, in an e-mail re-
As part of assessing a forest-products manufacturer’s qualification for SFI chain-of-custody recertification, auditors interviewed a loader operator as a skidder delivers a turn to a landing. The auditors’ goal was to determine whether the logging contractor was following the terms of the timber sale contract, complying with state forest-practices rules, and following best-management practices.
sponse to questions from The Forestry Source. “We were already using nearly 50 percent FSC-certified paper in our office printers, copiers, and fax machines, so the transition has been seamless.” Brad Kahn, communications director for FSC-US, said he wouldn’t comment on the allegations made by ForestEthics.
“It’s a separate organization,” he said. “ForestEthics speaks for itself, and they have the right to say what they think.” SFI countered the ForestEthics report with one of its own, “Setting The Record Straight,” and in March issued a statement (See “Greenwashing” page 3)
National Fire Strategy Focuses on Collaboration
he title of Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell’s speech at the 2009 SAF National Convention in Orlando, Florida, was “Restoring America’s Forests through Landscape-Scale Conservation.” The agency would take “an all-lands approach that goes beyond the National Forest System,” he said, and this would require working with partners, bringing people together, pooling resources, and work-
ing across borders and boundaries. “None of this can happen on a piecemeal scale. It has to be on a scale that transcends landownership or jurisdiction,” Tidwell said. “Landscape-scale conservation will bring land managers, landowners, and stakeholders together across boundaries to decide on common restora(See “Strategy” page 4)
Vic Musselman on the Art and Science of Timber Appraisal
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Three fires in the Cannon Group had burned more than 41,500 acres in Pecos County, Texas, by mid-April. The fires were managed by the Texas Forest Service.
By Steve Wilent f you don’t have a head for numbers, terms such as “net present value” and “yield capitalization model” may give you a headache. Victor P. Musselman, CF, has a head for numbers. For more than 40 years, he’s been involved in all aspects of timber and timberland valuation, and, for 25 of those years, he was the owner and manager of Musselman Appraisal & Forestry LLC. He developed an extensive system for analyzing and reporting timberland values using in-house databases of historic market data and has served clients in the western United States, Brazil, Japan, New Zealand, and the Russian Far East. Since the first of this year, Musselman has been semi-retired, but he still handles timberland appraisals for a handful of clients and teaches classes and workshops on the subject as he has since the 1980s, first at Duke University and later at other venues. Musselman, together with Oregon State University associate professor emeritus Norman Elwood, will present a fourday seminar, “The Basics of Forest Land and Timber Appraisal,” at Oregon State University June 7 through 10 (for more information, contact the Western Forestry (See “Timber” page 5)
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Forestry Source - May 2011
The Forestry Source - May 2011
SAF Member Ddocuments Ethiopian Forestry Adventure Online
SAF Faculty Representatives: Talking with Dick Hopkins of Green River Community College
Nominations Open for Vice President and SAF Council
Are Weather and Tradition Reducing Our Ability to Conduct Prescribed Burns
Science and Tech
Got Woody Biomass? Here are the Machines for Processing It
Continuing Ed. Calendar
The Forestry Source - May 2011