The Forestry Source - November 2009 - (Page Cover1)
Source News for forest resource professionals published by the Society of American Foresters November 2009 • Vol. 14, No. 11 Guidelines Help Family Forest Owners Enter Carbon Market Stratification Keeps Inventory Costs, Number of Plots to a Minimum By Source Editor Steve Wilent I N T H I S I S S U E 2009 SAF convention highlights. If you weren’t able to attend the 2009 SAF National Convention in Orlando, Florida, then check out the recap of the meeting’s highlights. Page 8. SAF national committee positions now open. SAF currently has 15 national committees established to help it accomplish the Society’s ongoing and long-term goals. If you’d like to serve on one of them, review the information herein. Page 11. Web cameras help fire managers monitor wildfires from afar. Members of the Northern Rockies Wildland Fire Management Team and personnel from the National Center for Landscape Fire Analysis at the University of Montana recently installed two remote-controlled, solar-powered cameras on ridge tops in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to monitor fire activity. Page 12. Field Tech: Taking the measure of MDL’s LaserAce Hypsometer. Measurement Devices Ltd., maker of the LaserAce Hypsometer, describes its product this way: “Simple, ‘all-in-one’ heighting, diameter, and log volume instrument with data storage.” Can one instrument replace several and help a forester be more productive? And if it can do all that, is it worth the price? Page 13. Here’s how to use a shelterwood to improve oak regeneration (part 1). The oak shelterwood method has been developed to enhance the regeneration potential of oaks growing on intermediate- and high-quality sites. The method involves a well-timed midstory removal to improve the number and vigor of oak advance regeneration and a subsequent overstory removal to facilitate regeneration of the stand. Page 14. I f the US forest carbon offset marketplace is in its infancy, so are standards for quantifying the carbon dioxide content of forests. The Forest Carbon Standard Committee (www.forestcarbon standards.org) is working to “develop a binational standard to measure carbon from forestry activities that is environmentally sound, scientifically based, and economically feasible.” Key organizers of this process are SAF and the Canadian Institute of Forestry, along with the American Forest & Paper Association and the Forest Products Association of Canada. The group will employ standards development procedures accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). The Forestry Source will provide detailed coverage of the standard once it is released. In the meantime, to assist the owners of small woodland properties in participating in the forest carbon marketplace, the American Forest Foundation (AFF is a Forest Carbon Standard Committee member) has entered into partnerships with two forest landowner associations, the Empire State [New York] Forest Products Association, CarbonTree LLC and Woodlands Carbon Co. have developed guidelines for carrying out forest carbon inventories, each can help landowners determine whether entering the carbon marketplace is an economically viable proposition. and the Oregon Small Woodlands Association. The two associations have each established companies that act as offset aggregators: CarbonTree LLC (carbontreellc.com) and Woodlands Carbon Co. (oswa.org), respectively. In addition to organizing and marketing carbon offset pools for groups of landowners, the companies also have developed guidelines for carrying out the forest carbon inventories. The guidelines were de(See “Carbon Market” page 4) Boxer, Kerry Introduce Senate’s Answer to House Energy and Climate Bill T he Senate took a much-anticipated step toward writing climate-change and energy legislation in September, with the release of a first draft of the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, a bill intended, “To create clean energy jobs, promote energy independence, reduce global warming pollution, and transition to a clean energy economy.” The bill, a counterpart to the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACESA) passed by the US House of Representatives in June, was sponsored by two powerful senators: Barbara Boxer (DCA), chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and John Kerry (DMA). Although the Boxer-Kerry draft is shorter (821 pages) than the House bill (1,428 pages), they are similar in purpose but with some important distinctions. For example, Boxer-Kerry aims to reduce car(See “Boxer-Kerry” page 5) US Senate Biomass: Is There Enough for All the Southern WoodEnergy Projects? T D E PA RT M E N T S 3 6 12 14 15 16 17 Letters In Brief Science & Technology Here’s How to People in the News Continuing Ed. Calendar Classifieds Sen. Barbara Boxer and Sen. John Kerry introduced their Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act in September. wo biomass projects, one setting production records and another to be completed in the coming years, point to a turning point in the forest products industry in the southern United States. As existing power companies ready themselves to meet renewableenergy mandates and startups seek a foothold in the energy marketplace, one question critical to all of these ventures is whether enough biomass can be produced to satisfy the demand. Green Circle Bio Energy Inc. has been producing wood pellets since April 2008 at its plant 58 miles north of Panama City, Florida. In a presentation at the SAF national convention in October, Bill Waller, the company’s wood-procurement manager, said the plant is the largest pellet manufacturing facility in the world, and it recently set a company record by producing 1,369 metric tons of pellets in a single day. Green Circle ships its pellets to Europe via the deep-water port in Panama City. “We’re creating wealth,” said Waller. “Our product is grown, harvested, manufactured, and shipped by American workers, and it’s all paid for by European power customers.” Georgia Power, a subsidiary of the (See “Biomass” page 6) Mary Ann Fajvan, West Virginia University, Bugwood.org
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Forestry Source - November 2009
The Forestry Source - November 2009
2009 SAF Convention Highlights
SAF National Committee Positions Now Open
Science & Technology
Web Cameras Help Fire Managers Monitor Wildfires From Afar
Field Tech: Taking the Measure of MDL's Laser Ace Hypsometer
Here's How To...
People In The News
Continuing Education Calendar
The Forestry Source - November 2009
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