The Forestry Source - February 2012 - (Page 1)
News for forest resource professionals published by the Society of American Foresters
February 2012 • Vol. 17, No. 2
NJ Audubon Society Supports Active Forest Management Bill
For Forester Don Donnelly, Wildlife Habitat Is Objective No. 1
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MT SAF hits the airwaves with the “Montana Forestry Minute” Go to any SAF meeting and you’re bound to hear at least a few people discussing what can be done to inform the public about the importance of forestry. Well, at least one SAF state society has moved beyond the discussion and devised an effective way to get its message out—and, surprisingly, it doesn’t involve the Internet. Page 9. Students show vested interest in New England–New York SAF Student Conclave Last September, the 2nd Annual NE–NY SAF Student Conclave was held in Paul Smiths, New York. Hosted by the SAF student chapter at Paul Smith’s College, the theme of the event was “Succession in the Adirondacks,” and it drew more than 30 students and faculty from five universities. Page 9. Seven things you need to know about using FVS for forest carbon estimation Generating estimates of key carbon pools can be time consuming and cumbersome, and exploring the carbon consequences of management alternatives is often complicated. In response to this, carbon reporting capability has been added to the Forest Vegetation Simulator growth-and-yield modeling system, allowing users to produce carbon reports along with traditional FVS outputs. Page 12. Field Tech: A forester’s wish list Here’s a look at some new products that field foresters might put on their wish lists. Page 14. Texas drought: 100 million to 500 million trees dead The drought in Texas continues, despite some welcome rainfall in January. What does “exceptional drought” mean to forests? Dead trees. Page 20.
By Steve Wilent t’s no surprise that a bill promoting commercial timber harvesting on state-owned forestlands would provoke opposition from environmental groups. This has been the case in New Jersey, where Senate Bill 1954 and its companion in the state General Assembly have stirred passions and ignited controversy, according to news reports. However, the bill has the support of the New Jersey Audubon Society, one of the oldest independent Audubon societies (it has no connection with the National Audubon Society). The bill would require the state Department of Environmental Protection to “develop a forestry harvest program to provide for the harvest of forest products on state-owned lands for which a forest stewardship plan has been developed.” The department would be responsible for developing a comprehensive forest management plan that provides for the cutting and sale of wood, obtaining the best price for the harvested wood, and developing a strategy for the creation of a viable economic market for forest products, including the processing of forest products into wood pellets or other alternative energy fuels. Revenues from timber sales would be deposited into a special account dedicated to the operation and management of the state’s parks and forests. (A draft copy
The New Jersey Audubon Society is using small clearcuts to create wildlife habitat on the Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area in New Jersey.
of the bill is available on the Source Extras page, www.safnet.org/members/archive /source_extras.cfm.) The New Jersey Audubon Society recently issued a letter of support for the bill, saying that it “establishes a muchneeded forest harvest program on stateowned land. Science has shown that the health of New Jersey forests is declining. It is vital that we actively manage our for-
ests to protect them and the species that reside within. If we are to appropriately manage all of our hundreds of thousands of acres of public forested land with declining Department of Environmental Protection staff and budgets, we need to look to new funding methods to support appropriate management while continuing to (See “Audubon” page 3)
US Forest Service Issues Agency-Wide Invasive Species Policy
he US Forest Service has long battled invasive species on its 193 million acres and has conducted extensive research into controlling and eradicating a wide range of invasive terrestrial and aquatic plants, pathogens, vertebrates, and invertebrates. However, until last year, the Forest Service had no agency-wide policy for ad-
dressing invasives. The new policy, published on December 5, requires the integration of invasive species prevention; early detection and rapid response, control, restoration; and collaborative activities across all National Forest System lands. (See “Invasives” page 4)
Tom Heutte, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
MN DNR Private Forestry Budget Cut 75 Percent, Other States Hurting
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Editor’s Notebook News Briefs Industry News Society Affairs Science and Tech Classifieds Continuing Ed. Calendar
The US Forest Service’s new invasive species policy will sharpen the agency’s focus on battling Japanese knotweed and many other animal, insect, and plant invaders.
n these economic doldrums, just about everyone in forestry is hurting to some degree. That includes most state forestry and natural resources departments. One prominent example is the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, which recently announced that the budget of its Division of Forestry’s private forest management program would be cut by 75 percent, to $500,000 in fiscal year 2012 from $2 million in 2011. The program’s staff will be pared to 12 foresters, down from 17, and seven of the 12 positions will be funded by federal grants instead of state funds. “Many state agencies have seen dramatic impacts over the last couple of years,” said Jay Farrell, executive director of the National Association of State Foresters. “As the economic crisis has worsened, there has been a direct impact on state forestry agency budgets, to the point where they’re going beyond just tightening their belts and actually cutting into critical programs. We’ve seen cuts on the order of 30 to 40 percent in state forestry agency budgets across the country, and staff reductions are fairly common. States such as Alabama have been hit (See “DNR” page 5)
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Forestry Source - February 2012
The Forestry Source - February 2012
MT SAF Hits the Airwaves with the “Montana Forestry Minute”
Students Show Vested Interest in New England–New York SAF Student Conclave
Seven Things You Need to Know about Using FVS for Forest Carbon Estimation
Science and Tech
Field Tech: A Forester's Wish List
Continuing Ed. Calendar
Texas Drought: 100 Million to 500 Million Trees Dead
The Forestry Source - February 2012
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