The Forestry Source - December 2011 - (Page 1)
News for forest resource professionals published by the Society of American Foresters
December 2011 • Vol. 16, No. 12
Los Angeles County Forestry Celebrates Centennial
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Cross-laminated timber: poised to compete with steel and concrete Cross-laminated timbers (CLTs) are large wooden “panels” made of several layers of lumber that have been glued together. CLT panels have at least three layers, but can be made with up to 11 layers, depending on the characteristics needed for a specific application, and can range in thickness from about 2.5 inches to as much as 20 inches. Page 9. Field Tech: Doug Allen, a cruiser’s cruiser For Steve Wilent, editor of The Forestry Source’s Field Tech column, one of the highlights of this year’s Field Technology, Remote Sensing, and Mapping in Forestry and Natural Resources Conference was Doug Allen and the contents of his amazing cruiser’s vest. Page 10. GIS for Foresters: when slope isn’t what you think Wherever forests occur on landscapes with hills or mountains, foresters will be concerned with topographic slope. Slope will affect the depth and characteristics of soils, the growing conditions for forests, the potential for erosion, and the operability for road construction, harvesting, or other ground-based operations. Page 11. Tenth Circuit Upholds ClintonEra Roadless Area Rule The US Forest Service Roadless Area Conservation Rule is once again in the news, nearly 11 years after it was issued in January 2001. On October 21, the US Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a 2008 ruling by the US District Court of Wyoming that the rule was promulgated in violation of the Wilderness Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. Page 16.
By Steve Wilent hen most people think of Los Angeles, California, they are far more likely to picture palm trees, sunny skies, and crowded freeways than forests and snow-capped mountains. The city of Los Angeles, with a population of nearly 3.8 million, is second among US cities only to New York City’s 8.2 million, according the US Census Bureau. Los Angeles County, which includes Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Pasadena, and other cities in addition to Los Angeles, is home to more than 9.8 million people—more than one-quarter of the Golden State’s residents. It’s the last place you’d expect to find forests. However, the vast majority of the population lives in the southern half of the county, and much of the northern half is steep, rugged country covered with forest and chaparral, and some peaks exceed 10,000 feet in elevation. The Angeles National Forest occupies more than 1,000 square miles in this area, and much private and county land lies between the federal forest and the cities—the epitome of wildland-urban interface. LA County also is known for its large, destructive fires. More firefighters died in the 1933 Griffith Park Fire—29—than in any other wildland fire in the United States since 1910. Fire “sieges” in Southern California in 2003 and 2007 burned tens of thousands of acres and scores of homes in the county, and more than 600
The Station Fire burns in the hills above La Cañada and Flintridge, California, in August 2009. The fire burned more than 160,000 acres and left two firefighters dead.
homes were lost in the 2008 Sayre Fire. One hundred years ago this year, the county established a forestry department charged with managing forests and controlling wildland fires. After two fires burned 135,000 acres in the San Gabriel Mountains in 1919, the county enlarged the department and renamed it the Los Angeles County Department of Forestry and Fire Warden. Now known as the
County of Los Angeles Fire Department, this agency employs about 4,800 people. Its Forestry Division has another 50 (see http://fire.lacounty.gov/Forestry). The Forestry Division has a handful of offices and five tree nurseries throughout the rural portion of the county. In addition to growing trees, the division’s foresters (See “LAFD” page 3)
SAF Task Force Releases “Managing Forests Because Carbon Matters” Report
By Steve Wilent f you’ve read the 50-page supplement to the Journal of Forestry that came along with the October/November 2011 edition, you know why SAF’s Task Force on Forest Climate Change Offsets and Use of Forest Biomass for Energy de-
voted so much time and effort to producing its report, “Managing Forests Because Carbon Matters: Integrating Energy, Products, and Land Management Policy.” If you haven’t read it, you need to. (See “Report” page 4)
SAF National Convention Links Local, Regional, and Global Solutions
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Editor’s Notebook Letters Industry News Science and Tech Field Tech Continuing Ed. Calendar Classifieds
Carbon in a Douglas-fir forest with an 80-year rotation and intermediate thinnings at 30 and 60 years, and in harvested wood products from those harvests. From “Managing Forests Because Carbon Matters: Integrating Energy, Products, and Land Management Policy,” a report by the SAF Task Force on Forest Climate Change Offsets and Use of Forest Biomass for Energy.
ore than 1,100 forestry and natural resources professionals and students attended the 2011 SAF National Convention, which took place November 2–6 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Organized around the theme “Linking Local, Regional, and Global Solutions,” the meeting offered a wide variety of presentations, workshops, scientific and technical sessions, and field tours designed to highlight the environmental solutions that reside at the nexus of local know-how, community involvement, and scientific expertise. Thus, in addition to presentations on resource conservation grounded in traditional values, collaborative strategies to landscape restoration, and the use of technology to enhance the practice of 21stcentury forest management, the meeting also featured concurrent sessions on everything from urban ecosystems and the human dimensions of natural resources conservation to consulting forestry and competency in the global forestry marketplace. Of course, the SAF National Convention is more than five days of educational events. As the year’s largest gathering of forestry (See “Convention Highlights” page 5)
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Forestry Source - December 2011
The Forestry Source - December 2011
Cross-Laminated Timber: Poised to Compete with Steel and Concrete
Science and Tech
Field Tech: Doug Allen, a Cruiser’s Cruiser
GIS for Foresters: When Slope isn’t What You Think
Continuing Ed. Calendar
Tenth Circuit Upholds Clinton- Era Roadless Area Rule
The Forestry Source - December 2011
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