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can come into the US. It's on the negotiating table," said Sanders.
Some observers have suggested that
higher prices for Canadian lumber will add
a significant amount to the price for a new
home in the US. Sanders said the price difference would be insignificant.
"It really is miniscule," he said. "The
difference with a tariff in place is less than
2 percent, and I've heard some people say
that it would add less than $300 or $400
[to the cost of a new home]. In the big
scheme of things, it's not going to influence
the decision to buy a home."
Lloyd Irland, president of The Irland
Group (www.irlandgroup.com), a consulting firm based in Wayne, Maine, says the
situation is more complex in his state.
"What's distinctive about Maine is that
we have an unusually high number of logs
from northern Maine going into Canada,
which are then manufactured into lumber
and, for the most part, come right back
into the United States." Irland sees both
positive and negative views of the duty in
"From what I gather, some Maine forest-products companies are saying that it's
good for them, that it will enable them to
increase production or to expand. But the
mills on the other side of the border are not
so excited about it, and I think some of the
[Maine] landowners who are shipping logs
to the Canadian border mills are going to
see their customers at a significant disadvantage now."
Irland noted that J.D. Irving, a Canadian company that has a mill in northern Maine, will pay a much lower duty
on exports of lumber into the US-3.02
percent-than other Canadian exporters.
Much of the timber J.D. Irving processes
in Canada comes from its own land, rather
than provincial government Crown lands.
"There are signs that the negotiators
recognize that this is a complex situation,
that the same duty rates might not apply to
all companies," Irland said. "That makes it
hard to foresee what's going to happen-to
see how the particular circumstances here
in Maine will be reflected in the decisions
by the trade agencies, both on the countervailing duties and antidumping duties."
Irland suggested that a permanent
countervailing duty averaging about 20
percent across the board would encourage lumber producers in Europe and other
areas to send more of their products to the
"There are lumber producers in Europe who are running at less than capacity
right now, and they have really high-quality wood. They're now saying, this [duty]
is good for us, this is the best thing that's
happened to us in a long time," said Irland,
who added that German spruce lumber
was available at a lumberyard a few miles
from his home in central Maine during the
housing boom in the early 2000s.
"What has happened repeatedly in the
past is that we have had countervailing duties," said Irland, "but now we have a new
wrinkle, that there's going to be consideration of an antidumping duty. With both
duties in force, the parties will have an incentive to negotiate."
it your business to bring them into the
discussion and get their reaction to the
speaker or field tour. Engage them without singling them out.
After the meeting, follow up with
new or returning members by asking what
they thought, what they would like to see
in future programming, and what it would
take to have them come again. And, most
important, thank them for coming.
Court, which declined to review it in October of 2016.
Senator Daines has since promoted
changing the law to overturn the ruling,
which he has said cripples the Montana
forest industry and prevents USFS from
reducing fuel loads around Montana
homes.-submitted by Donald Radcliffe
SAF's Henry Clepper Forest Policy Intern.
A Two-Way Street
It is important to remember that inclusion
is a two-way street, and new members
should also consider what they can gain
by becoming active members. Those of us
who have attended professional meetings
for decades have gained and formed valuable relationships when we worked hard
to focus on common values and interests
with our new colleagues. As a new member, find out which of the regulars shares
your curiosity about markets, old barn
boards, biomass, birding, wildflowers,
kayaking, or geocaching, to cite a few examples. If you don't ask, you won't know.
If you have an idea for a future program,
share it with the leaders. If you have an
idea for the icebreaker question for the
next meeting, share it. Don't assume that
what you experienced as a slight was intended in that way-it's only through preparing this paper, for example, that some
of us learned that in some parts of the
country it was once considered bad form
to initiate a handshake with a woman.
Inclusion is not easy. For the forestry profession to persist in a fast-changing
and urbanized world, we will depend
upon our collective commitment to embrace diversity and inclusion in our professional lives and in our professional
society. Success in attracting members to
our workplaces or SAF meetings may in
the short term seem challenging as we
navigate through differing life experiences
and cultural backgrounds. Conversations
may need to include difficult topics, such
as how policies affect the inclusiveness of
the profession and the professional society. Commitments from all members, especially leaders, and formal training may
be necessary to reach a shared future that
is truly inclusive.
As SAF members and foresters, we
have the luxury of working in some of
the world's most beautiful settings. We
have the responsibility to care for those
settings and provide products and services that people need. It's a pretty special
role, and many people in our lives don't
understand or appreciate what we do. If
we all approach SAF meetings focused on
our very special common ground, we can
strengthen the profession and our own careers together.
This article was written by members
of SAF's Diversity and Inclusion Working
Group. See tinyurl.com/lkfyv25.
Editor's note: An icebreaker question at
a recent SAF chapter meeting was, "What's
the strangest thing you've ever found in the
woods?" The answers-meth labs, marijuana
farms, and even dead bodies-were fascinating.
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lack of transparency with respect to SAF's
annual budget and deviations therefrom.
As Bob Loiselle writes, "It's all about transparency these days, and here SAF comes
up lacking." He reminds us of a college
dean who conducted all of his business on
a glass-top table. It was this dean's position
that by doing so everything was transparent and nothing was done under the table.
SAF's Board of Directors and its CEO
have a fiduciary responsibility to the
membership to show that they are providing excellent stewardship of members'
financial resources. An equivalent of a
glass-top table would be for the membership to have constant access to a detailed
budget somewhere on the website. Budgeted income and expenses and deviations
therefrom should be posted monthly or
quarterly. We need to know where those
missing millions of dollars have been
spent and the returns from those expenditures. This is standard policy for most
groups and should be for the Society of
As we were drafting this letter, we
learned that the Board at its last meeting
approved measures to post its financial
statements and budgets on the SAF website, as well as to audit the expenses from
the Grosvenor property sale [see page 2].
While we applaud this measure, we want
to be sure that these actions are implemented.
We have contacted our district Board
member to express our concern and have
been assured that he is taking these matters seriously. We encourage all SAF members to do exactly the same. Find out
who your current Board member is and
call or e-mail him or her to demand fiscal accountability and transparency from
our professional organization. Responsible, ethical behavior is part of our Society's beliefs, and it should be part of our
financial practices. Let's all demand it from
our CEO, our Board of Directors, and the
House of Society Delegates.
John E. Gunter
Deborah Gaddis Gunter
White Ash Not Resistant to EAB
Nice work on the invasives edition of
The Forestry Source. I have a correction
to report in the "Emerald Ash Borer: Still
Spreading, but Progress in Treatments"
article, which states that New Hampshire
does not have EAB, when it most certainly
does. It was first detected in Concord, in
2013 and has since been found in other
areas in southern and central parts of the
state. Just ask the Canterbury Shaker Village where it used to manage for white ash
to use in basketmaking. Today, the museum's forester has been working to remove
most, if not all, of it due to EAB.
I'm also not so sure about Sadof's
comment about white ash being "relatively resistant." We have plenty of evidence
to the contrary here in the Catskill region
of New York, and logging activity is picking up (even in recently cut stands) to stay
ahead of the spread, and state agencies
have recently expanded the quarantine to
virtually half of the state. Since white ash
is by far the most dominant ash species we
have here, where there's EAB, white ash
is dying and it's going fast. By the third
year [after infestation], the woodpecker
"blonding" starts to resemble the orange
one might find in Scotch pine. The timber becomes incredibly dangerous to work
around due to the lack of moisture in the
tree, and there is a lot of breakage in the
tops. Eradication efforts are impossible,
but we're doing what we can.
Downsville, New York
Miller is a watershed forester with the
New York City Department of Environmental
I introduced an error when I wrote
that EAB has not been detected in New
Hampshire; however, the insect has not been
found to date in Vermont, according to www
.emeraldashborer.info. I checked with Mr.
Sadof about the effects of EAB on white ash,
and he said that "The vast majority are killed.
Only a few survive." I apologize for these
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log, and the device flew out of my hand,
hit a sapling, and landed on duff. This
mishap caused no apparent harm to the
RT7. This also highlights the value of carrying a tablet in a case with a stout strap, if
only for the purpose of having both hands
free when crossing logs. Handheld offers
an RT7 case and shoulder strap as separate
accessories; such products are also available from third parties.
As you might expect, the RT7 weighs
a bit more than a typical tablet: about 1.4
pounds (650 grams) including the battery,
a bit heavier than Samsung's Galaxy Tab E's
1.1 pounds (490 grams). The RT7 also is
about twice as thick as the Galaxy. Nonetheless, it fits well in one hand and has a
textured case that is less slippery than on
some devices, such as my iPad Mini. Its
size and weight are another reason to invest in a case and shoulder strap; holding
any rugged tablet for long periods can be
hard on the hands.
Overall, the RT7 is well-built, solid
hardware and comes with a mature operating system familiar to many foresters.
The bottom line is whether the ruggedness
justifies the price: $1,149. For the same
money, you could by a half-dozen Samsung or other brand of nonrugged tablet.
Which is the best option? Your call.