The Forestry Source - August 2012 - (Page 1)
News for forest resource professionals published by the Society of American Foresters
August 2012 • Vol. 17, No. 8
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Weather, Destructive Fires Spur Calls for Reform
Western Govs. Urge Expedited Fuels-Reduction, Forest-Health Projects
Illinois, Iowa SAFs share experiences, learn from each other at joint meeting On May 3 and 4, the Illinois and Iowa SAFs held a joint meeting near Quincy, Illinois, during which more than 50 SAF members, students, and guests explored the islands and floodplains of the upper Mississippi River, shared experiences, and learned about the challenges of forest management in this everchanging environment. Page 9. SAF Leader Lab: Influence! From comfort zones to microphones The focus of this column is a leadership skill that is common to all people-oriented situations, the art of influencing—the ability to cause people to think, feel, or act differently. There are five key principles for you to assess, develop, and apply in the growing scope and evolving complexity of your roles. Page 10. Webinar examines the “new normal” for mobile GIS software Does it matter what operating system your handheld device uses? Yes, but less than it once did. Page 14. Field Tech: MyLandPlan gives woodland owners an online stewardship tool One of the nation’s greatest forestry challenges is convincing family forestland owners to develop management plans for their properties. Helping to meet that need is the main purpose of MyLand Plan.org, an interactive website “for woodland owners, by woodland owners,” launched by AFF in June. Page 15.
Home owners search the ashes of some of the 259 homes burned by the High Park Fire, near Fort Collins, Colorado, in June.
manager for fire prevention and mitigation for Lewis & Clark County, Montana, and spokesperson for the Tri-County FireSafe Working Group. “You usually see a mosaic [of fire severity], but this one burned hot pretty much throughout,” said McKelvey, an Ash Creek Complex public information officer. “There’s going to be some green stuff left, but boy, there was radical fire behavior like a lot of people who have been in this game for a long time have never seen. Winds gusting to 50, 60 miles per hour,
humidities in the 3 to 8 percent range, temperatures of 105, 106. At one time the thermometer in a vehicle I was in registered 112. We have conditions like this periodically, but not for a sustained period like this. It was nuts.” The Ash Creek Complex hasn’t been the only instance of “radical” fire behavior this year. Two fast-moving fires in Colorado made national headlines in June and July. The Waldo Canyon Fire, deemed the (See “Wildfires” page 3)
Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters Committee Holds Field Tour in New Jersey
By Joseph M. Smith, Source staff his past spring, the Cooperative Forest Management Committee of the Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters (NAASF) held its 2012 meeting in Atlantic City, New Jersey, May 14–17 to discuss forest stewardship plans and get a first-hand look at their implemen-
tation on the ground in the southern part of the state. So, with an invite to tag along from Bob Williams, CF—a consulting forester and presenter for part of the field tour—I met up with the tour participants on the morning of the 15th in front of a garage on a cranberry farm owned by Lee Brothers Inc.
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Among the stops on the recent field tour of private land in New Jersey was this 300-acre clearcut that, today, features a varierty of eight-year-old pines.
The group had just come from a presentation on pygmy pines, fire ecology, and northern pine snakes given by Walter Bien, a professor at Drexel University, and it traveled to the Lee property to hear presentations from New Jersey Forest Fire Service personnel before heading out into the field. Typically, the committee’s field tours are to state-owned lands; however, in New Jersey, stewardship plans are written by foresters like Williams working to meet the objectives of private landowners, such as the Lee family. “We started working with Bob Williams about 15 years ago, when we started putting together a management plan for our woodlands,” Lee Brothers Inc.’s Stephen Lee told tour attendees. “The woodlands are important to us, and their management is something that my family has been doing for a long time. Typically, with cranberry growers in New Jersey, if there are 100 acres of cranberry bogs, then there needs to be at least 1,000 acres of woods surrounding them as a watershed protection area. In our own case, we have about 120 acres of bogs and roughly 2,000 acres as watershed.” (See “Tour” page 4)
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SAF national committee positions now open SAF currently has 13 national committees established to help it accomplish ongoing and long-term goals. Here is a list of the openings on each committee and information on how to apply for them. Page 8.
By Steve Wilent, Source editor his is what Tom Heintz faced on July 1 as incident commander of the Ash Creek Complex in Montana: In the week since lightning ignited it, the fire had ripped through 170,000 acres of Custer National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, Cheyenne Indian Reservation, and state and private land, and was just 40 percent contained. Sixteen homes and 22 other buildings had been destroyed. Evacuations had been ordered in a half-dozen rural communities. The weather forecast for July 2: a Red Flag Warning, temperatures of up to 106 degrees, relative humidity somewhere around 5 to 15 percent, and a cold front passing through that would bring southerly winds at 10 to 20 miles per hour, with gusts up to 35 miles per hour. “As long as the fire is in the heavy timber, it is unlikely that we can safely catch it in these weather conditions,” said Heintz in his daily report. “We will work on the areas where it is safe, but it may not be until the fire enters into the lighter fuels that we are able to get ahead of it.” By July 11, after a supreme effort by Heinz and his crews, aided by cooler temperatures and lighter winds, the fire was 100 percent contained at just under 250,000 acres and was in “patrol and mop-up status.” The Ash Creek Complex was a very dangerous fire, said Pat McKelvey, project
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Forestry Source - August 2012
The Forestry Source - August 2012
SAF national committee positions now open
Illinois, Iowa SAFs share experiences, learn from each other at joint meeting
SAF Leader Lab: Influence! From comfort zones to microphones
Science & Tech
Webinar examines the “new normal” for mobile GIS software
Field Tech: MyLandPlan gives woodland owners an online stewardship tool
Continuing Ed. Calendar
The Forestry Source - August 2012