The Forestry Source - July 2011 - (Page 1)
News for forest resource professionals published by the Society of American Foresters
July 2011 • Vol. 16, No. 7
Alabama Communities, Foresters Hard Hit by Tornadoes
Timber Worth $266 Million Damaged on More Than 200,000 Acres
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The issue of SAF membership. Tom Straka, Greg Brown, and Steve Bullard present the case for broadening the Society’s Core Values, mission, and membership, and pose the question: Should SAF be an “elite” organization, or a “broad” one? Page 9. SAF faculty representatives: an in-depth look. The Forestry Source continues its series of interviews with SAF faculty representatives at colleges and universities across the country to find out more about what the job entails and how those who’ve voluntarily accepted the responsibility of the position work to meet the needs of SAF’s student members. Page 10. University of Idaho SAF Student Chapter holds seminar series on current natural resources issues. Faced with waning interest in and dwindling attendance at its bi-weekly meetings, this SAF Student Chapter launched a Graduate Speaker Seminar series to bring graduates and undergraduates together to discuss scientific topics. Page 11. Government subsidies: coming soon to a forest near you? As government leaders grapple with the task of balancing budgets, forest products businesses should begin planning for less government assistance in the future. Page 13. Blight-resistant American chestnut planted on Hoosier National Forest. Blight-resistant American chestnut trees were recently planted on the Hoosier National Forest in an effort to restore the species to its native range. Page 14.
pring 2011 will long be remembered for its wild and often destructive extremes of weather. Tornadoes ravaged the southern United States in April and May, leaving more than 500 people dead in Joplin, Missouri, and elsewhere. Millions of acres of farmland and many homes and businesses were inundated by flooding along the Mississippi River. And in the midst of a tenacious drought that stretches from Arizona to the Atlantic, classified in large part as extreme or exceptional by the National Drought Mitigation Center, wildfires burned nearly 2.8 million acres in Texas between November 15, 2010, and June 1, 2011. No state was hit harder by tornadoes than Alabama. Ninety-nine twisters hit the state on April 15 and 27, two of which were classified as EF5 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale—the most severe storms, with winds of 200 miles per hour or more. More than 300 people were killed and thousands were injured, and more than 23,000 homes were destroyed or damaged. One of the worst of the tornadoes, with an estimated maximum wind speed of 190 mph, was on the ground for more than 80 miles and its path was at times 1.5 miles wide. It killed at least 65 people, many in and around the cities of Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. Although the damage to forests pales in
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tornado specialists survey the damage done by a tornado that struck Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in April. Ninety-nine twisters hit the state on April 15 and 27, two of which were classified as EF5 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale— the most severe storms, with winds of 200 miles per hour or more.
significance to the effects on people and property, the numbers are staggering: a survey completed in May by the Alabama Forestry Commission, a state agency, found that nearly 12.6 million tons of timber had been damaged or destroyed on 204,590 acres, with an assessed stumpage value of more than $266 million. Most of the dam-
age occurred on private forestland (12.23 million tons on 199,488 acres), with the remainder on federal and state lands. Soon after the storms subsided, Alabama state forester Linda Casey, an SAF member, toured the damaged areas to in(See “Tornadoes” page 3)
The 2011 Wallow Fire: Rodeo-Chedeski Redux in Eastern Arizona
he Wallow Fire, on the ApacheSitgreaves National Forests in eastcentral Arizona, was the largest fire in the nation in mid-June and the largest in the state’s recorded history by a slim margin. At 469,407 acres on June 14, it had surpassed the infamous Rodeo-Chedeski
Fire, which burned 468,638 acres in the same area in 2002. As of June 14, a total of 4,734 personnel were working on the fire, including 24 hotshot crews and 77 hand crews. These (See “Wallow Fire” page 4)
Jayson Coil/Southwest Area Incident Management Team
Ninth Circuit: Pollution Permits Required for Logging Roads
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Extreme fire behavior near the community of Greer, where 22 homes were destroyed on June 8.
he US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled again in a case that has worried forestland owners and managers across the nation. In “Ninth Circuit: Run-Off from Forest Roads Is ‘Point Source’ Pollution,” October 2010, SAF member and attorney Greg Corbin said the court had gutted the Silvicultural Rule. In May, the court denied a request to reconsider its decision. Corbin is a partner in Stoel Rives LLP, a Portland, Oregon, law firm that represented a group of timber companies and the Oregon Forest Industries Council in a lawsuit brought by the Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC), a nonprofit organization based at the Lewis & Clark College Law School in Portland. Oregon’s state Board of Forestry also was a defendant in the case, as was Tillamook County. The NEDC argued that the defendants violated the Clean Water Act (CWA) and its implementing regulations by not obtaining permits from the EPA for stormwater runoff from logging roads into ditches, culverts, and channels that is then (See “Ninth Circuit” page 5)
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Forestry Source - July 2011
The Forestry Source - July 2011
The Issue of SAF Membership
SAF Faculty Representatives: An In-Depth Look
University of Idaho SAF Student Chapter Holds Seminar Series on Current Natural Resources Issues
Government Subsidies: Coming Soon to a Forest Near You?
Blight-Resistant American Chestnut Planted on Hoosier National Forest
Science & Tech
Continuing Ed. Calendar
The Forestry Source - July 2011