The Forestry Source - September 2011 - (Page 1)
News for forest resource professionals published by the Society of American Foresters
September 2011 • Vol. 16, No. 9
Billion-Ton Update and Wood-to-Energy Roadmap Show Opportunities for Biomass Energy
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Forestry around the World. In his 2006 book, Planet of Slums, Mike Davis, estimates that 60 percent of the world’s population will live in a metropolitan area by 2030. Because we must live in a healthy environment, serious attention should be paid to urban ecology. Page 8. Field day showcases a growing biomass market in Utah. The Second Annual Southern Utah Biomass Field Day began. On June 3 and 4, biomass enthusiasts from 15 states and Canada gathered on a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mechanical treatment site south of Beaver, Utah. Federal and state employees, private contractors, equipment vendors, and university researchers convened on a parcel of pinyon pine– and juniper-covered land that the BLM had marked for thinning. Page 9. 2011 SAF Council Elections. Here are the campaign statements and biographical information of the SAF members from districts I, IV, VII, and X running for seats on the SAF Council, the Society’s governing body. Page 10. Field Tech: Plot Hound: A free timber-cruise app for Android phones. Plot Hound is a simple, cruise data-collection Android application. Set up cruises online and send them to your phone. Send the results back to the website and download to your computer. Page 13. GIS for foresters: Snapping a pour point for watershed deliniation in ArcGIS hydrologic analysis. GIS has greatly expedited the process of watershed delineation and analysis. By using a digital elevation model (DEM) and establishing the watershed outlet, or pour point, GIS users can quickly and accurately conduct watershed delineations. Page 14.
hree milestone reports issued this summer offer detailed views of the potential woody biomass energy supply and of the overall sustainability of the nation’s forests: “US Billion-Ton Update: Biomass Supply for a Bioenergy and Bioproducts Industry,” produced by the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (www1.eere.energy.gov/biomass/). The 25x’25 Alliance’s (www.25x 25.org) “National Wood-to-Energy Roadmap: A Guide for Developing Sustainable Woody Biomass Energy Solutions.” “The National Report on Sustainable Forests–2010,” by the US Forest Service (www.fs.fed.us/research/sustain/). Billion-Ton Update The “update” in this report’s title indicates that it is a revised edition of a 2005 Energy Department report, “Biomass as Feedstock for a Bioenergy and Bioproducts Industry: The Technical Feasibility of a Billion-Ton Annual Supply,” an estimate of potential biomass supplies within the 48 contiguous states. The purpose of this analysis was to determine whether the nation’s farms and forests had the capability to annually produce at least one billion dry tons of biomass—including forest resources, agricultural residues, and energy crops—in a sustainable manner, an
Estimated forest biomass under baseline assumptions, from the Department of Energy’s recently released “US Billion-Ton Update: Biomass Supply for a Bioenergy and Bioproducts Industry.”
amount thought sufficient to produce enough biofuels to substitute for more than 30 percent of US oil consumption. The results showed that, assuming moderate yield levels, the goal would nearly be met (980 million tons), and exceeded under high-yield assumptions (1.365 billion tons). In both scenarios, forest resources accounted for 368 million tons.
In the “Billion-Ton Update,” the Energy Department refined its analyses, including: A spatial, county-level inventory of primary feedstocks Price and available quantities (supply curves) for the individual feedstocks (See “Roadmap” page 3)
Report: Fuels Treatments Saved Homes from the Wallow Fire
By Steve Wilent, Source editor he Wallow Fire, Arizona’s largest wildfire to date, burned nearly 540,000 acres, including more than 15,000 acres in New Mexico, and destroyed 32 homes this summer on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest (see
“The 2011 Wallow Fire: Rodeo-Chedeski Redux in Eastern Arizona,” July). Because the fire burned through an area that had been managed under the high-profile White Mountain Stewardship Contract (See “Report” page 4)
US Forest Service/Kari Greer
Members Respond to “Elite” vs. “Broad” Organization Query
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he Forestry Source has received an unprecedented number of responses to “The Issue of SAF Membership: An Elite or Broad Organization?” by Tom Straka, Greg Brown, and Steve Bullard (July) and “Rethinking SAF Key to Halting Membership Decline,” by Larry Hill (August). All of the responses submitted as of mid-August appear here, rather than as separate Commentaries or in the Letters section. Additional letters on this topic are welcome, but please note that letters should be approximately 300 words in length and are published as space permits. Support for “Broad SAF” I wholeheartedly support the premise of Tom Straka, Greg Brown, and Steve Bullard to broaden the mission and membership opportunities of SAF (“The Issue of SAF Membership: An Elite or Broad Organization?” July). The perspective that SAF must serve only “traditional” or “elite” foresters is as old and outdated as the horses’ saddles they once rode. The romanticism of the “old” forester (read Zane Grey’s The Young Forester to get my point) must be set aside in order to preserve and promote not only the profession, but also the purpose and intent of forestry and
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Lower fire intensity in areas adjacent to fuels treatments allowed firefighters to defend home from the Wallow Fire.
(See “Response” page 6)
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