The Forestry Source - November 2012 - (Page 1)
News for forest resource professionals published by the Society of American Foresters
November 2012 • Vol. 17, No. 11
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SAF Leader Lab: Poor expectations—the root rot of human performance As foresters, we know the importance of healthy root systems, and for managers, an important part of the “root” system is expectations. When the roots are strong, the staff flourishes; but when roots are weak or don’t exist at all, the result is a painful and recurring lesson for everyone. Page 7. GIS for Foresters—ArcGIS Online puts the GUI in the WUI Hylton Haynes’s recent trip to the Esri International User Conference, and his current work on a unique fire mapping project, led Forestry Source editor Steve Wilent to ask him to write a follow-up to The Source’s recent pieces on ArcGIS Online and its implications for foresters. Page 8. Ben Meadows announces Natural Resources Scholarship winners Ben Meadows recently announced the winners of its Natural Resources Scholarships for 2012. The scholarships are awarded annually to students who stand out in leadership or academic achievement. Page 9. House of Society Delegates Names National Recognition Award winners The Society of American Foresters House of Society Delegates (HSD) recently announced the recipients of National Recognition Award for 2012. The awards recognize the work of state societies and local chapters to inform the general public about forestry, serve communities in their areas, and promote sound forest management and awareness of SAF and its mission. Page 12.
By Steve Wilent tewardship contracting is essential to the US Forest Service’s accelerated forest restoration strategy, said Chief Tom Tidwell in an interview in last month’s The Forestry Source. Stewardship contracting also is an important tool for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). “One of the main reasons is that it’s an efficient tool for treating low-value or marginal-value types of wood product sales,” said Wade Salverson, stewardship/biomass forester at the BLM’s Washington, DC, office. “When you can bring in some higher-value timber as a part of a restoration project, you reduce the amount of the appropriations that would be required to accomplish that work.” According to reports prepared earlier this year by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation, about 14 percent of all timber sold in 2011 by the BLM, and 20 percent of timber sold by the Forest Service, was removed under stewardship contracts. In 2003, Congress gave the Forest Service and the BLM the authority to “enter into stewardship contracting projects with private persons or other public or private entities to perform services to achieve land management goals for the National Forests and the public lands that meet local and rural community needs.” Those land management goals were defined as:
Logs from a stewardship contract designed to improve wildlife habitat on the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests.
Road and trail maintenance or obliteration to restore or maintain water quality; Soil productivity, habitat for wildlife and fisheries, or other resource values; Setting of prescribed fires to improve the composition, structure, condition, and health of stands or to improve wildlife habitat; Removal of vegetation or other activities to promote healthy forest stands, reduce fire hazards, or achieve other land management objectives;
Watershed restoration and maintenance; Restoration and maintenance of wildlife and fish habitat; and Control of noxious and exotic weeds and re-establishment of native plant species. The 2003 law also gave the agencies the authority to “apply the value of timber or other forest products removed as an offset against the cost of services received.” (See “Contracting” page 3)
Pinyon-Juniper Expansion, the Dragon Wagon, and Wood-Powered Country-Rock Concerts
By Darren McAvoy he Utah Biomass Resources Group (UBRG) held Utah’s firstever wood-powered concert on September 19, in Beaver, Utah. Utah State University’s (USU) mobile gasifi-
cation demonstration unit, dubbed the Dragon Wagon, supplied power for the concert. The Muddy Boots Band played country-rock for 150 people while USU Extension personnel cooked hamburgers and hotdogs for the crowd. This was part
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A Rotochopper grinder processes whole pinyon and juniper trees. Some of the ground wood was used as feedstock for the Dragon Wagon’s gasifier later this same day. In addition to biomass fuels, this grinder can produce landscape mulch and other products.
of the third annual Utah Biomass Field Days (utahbiomass.com), an event geared toward educating professionals and the public about woody biomass utilization. The Field Days are co-hosted by Southern Utah Biomass, USU Beaver County Extension, and the UBRG (utah biomassresources.org). The Dragon Wagon is a former Air Force delivery van retrofitted by the USU Extension to haul a gasification reactor and electric generator that convert woody pinyon and juniper (PJ) biomass into electricity. This unit is designed as an outreach tool to help raise awareness of the PJ expansion and densification problems in the Intermountain West, and to demonstrate how woody biomass can be converted directly into electricity. Utah has nearly 10 million acres of PJ woodlands, with many thousands of acres being thinned annually to reduce the threat of wildfire and to improve wildlife habitat. Surrounding states have another 30 million acres of PJ forests. Research shows that PJ covers 10 times the number of acres than it did 150 years ago, and that the amount of biomass in this resource (See “Biomass” page 6)
Chris Casey/US Forest Service
Field Tech: Timberrrr! The World Forestry Center looks at the history of working in the woods The World Forest Center’s exhibit on the history of logging includes many photographs, a film, and a variety of old-time woods gear, including one of the first one-person chainsaws. Page 5.
Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service Rely on Stewardship Contracting for Collaborative Restoration
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Forestry Source - November 2012
The Forestry Source - November 2012
Field Tech: Timberrrr! The World Forestry Center Looks at the History of Working in the Woods
SAF Leader Lab: Poor Expectations— The Root Rot of Human Performance
GIS for Foresters—ArcGIS Online Puts the GUI in the WUI
Ben Meadows announces Natural Resources Scholarship Winners
House of Society Delegates Names National Recognition Award Winners
People in the News
The Forestry Source - November 2012