The Forestry Source - December 2009 - (Page Cover1)
Source News for forest resource professionals published by the Society of American Foresters December 2009 • Vol. 14, No. 12 FSC, SFI Revise Forest Management Certification Standards Regional FSC Standards Go National, SFI Adds Five Principles By Source Editor Steve Wilent I N T H I S I S S U E HSD award recognizes outstanding SAF projects at the chapter, state society, and divison levels. Each year, during the annual House of Society Delegates (HSD) meeting at the SAF National Convention, HSD highlights successful projects that showcase the benefits of forestry and help realize the SAF mission. Page 8. Researchers pin hopes on “new beetle” in fight against HWA in the Northeast. For members of the forestry community concerned about the spread of the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), a pest responsible for killing eastern hemlock through its range, good news about the ongoing fight against this non-native invader has been hard to come by—until now. Page 11. Field Tech: More tips on webbased imaging. The Field Tech column in the August issue of The Forestry Source on online imaging and the follow-up in October with feedback and tips from readers engendered still more responses from readers. Here they are. Page 12. Here’s how to use shelterwood to improve oak regeneration (Part 2) The oak shelterwood system is designed for implementation when oak advance regeneration is present. Page 13. New Tree Farm certification standards emphasize planning, conservation. The American Tree Farm System released its 2010–2015 Standards of Sustainability for Forest Certification in November. The new standards, which take effect January 1, will be available to the 91,000 family forest owners and 24 million acres of forestland enrolled in AFF’s American Tree Farm System. Page 20. T he coming year will be an important one for the three major US forest management certification bodies— the American Tree Farm System (ATFS), the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). ATFS released revised certification standard in November—see the article on page 20. SFI is scheduled to issue its revised standard on January 1, and FSC’s new national standard will be released early next year. SFI has added five new principles, for a total of 14: Avoidance of Controversial Sources, including Illegal Logging in Off-Shore Procurement Research Training and Education Public Involvement Transparency It also has added eight new objectives, for a total of 20, such as Objective 11: “Promote Conservation of Biological Diversity, Biodiversity Hotspots, and Major Tropical Wilderness Areas.” SFI also has made significant changes to existing objectives, such as the addition of a new indica- Regenerating stands of aspen may be defined as plantations under a draft of the new FSC-US Forest Management Standard. tor to Objective 2: “Forest Productivity,” which requires consideration of “potential ecological impacts of the selection and planting of tree species in nonforested landscapes.” FSC also made several changes to its standard, including two that have been the subject of controversy among FSC-certified forestland managers: The nine regional standards have been merged into a single FSC-US Forest Management Standard, which includes the same 10 FSC-International principles, as (See “Standards” page 4) Plum Creek’s Maine Conservation, Development Plan Gets State OK M ore than six years after proposing the creation of the nation’s second-largest conservation easements, the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) unanimously approved Plum Creek Timber Co.’s Concept Plan for the Moosehead Lake Region. Under the plan, Plum Creek will receive $10 million from the Forest Society of Maine, a private, nonprofit land trust, for a permanent, working forest easement on 363,000 acres. The plan also includes the re-zoning of another 16,910 acres for the company’s planned future development of two resorts and more than 2,000 residential lots. In separate but related deals, the company agreed to sell an additional 29,500 (See “Maine” page 5) Map: The Nature Consevancy Harvesting Key to Productive Habitat at Wildlife Refuge O D E PA RT M E N T S 3 5 11 13 15 16 17 Letters In Brief Science & Technology Here’s How to People in the News Continuing Ed. Calendar Classifieds Maine’s Land Use Regulation Commission recently approved a plan to establish a conservation easement on 392,500 acres on Plum Creek Timber Co. land and to re-zone nearly 17,000 acres for development. n a rainy, soggy late-October day, Jeff Denman, supervisory forester at the White River National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas, was thinking about the unusually dry weather last January that allowed for timber harvesting on the refuge’s 160,000 acres of bottomland hardwood. “Winter logging is unheard of around here, in these floodplains and in these types of soils. But it was really dry, and so we had a sale and the loggers asked how soon they could get started. Well, I told the refuge manager that I thought the equipment would stand up and not rut. He said, ‘I don’t see why not,’ and the loggers worked for several weeks. An old fellow I work with said it had been nearly 50 years since he could remember working in the bottoms in January with equipment. In the old days, when they had to get it, they would get it, and sometimes they would rut it up pretty bad. But this wasn’t even leaving tire tracks.” Fast forward to October, when heavy rains left all but 20,000 acres of the refuge under water. By November 3, the refuge was closed to hunters because of the flooding. Soils were saturated. Bears climbed into the trees, and deer headed for high ground both inside and outside the refuge. (See “Refuge” page 6) Joseph O’Brien, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Forestry Source - December 2009
The Forestry Source - December 2009
HSD Award Recognizes Outstanding SAF Projects at the Chapter, State Society, and Division Levels
Researchers Pin Hopes on "New Beetle" in Fight Against HWA in the Northeast
Science & Technology
Field Tech: More Tips on Web-based Imaging
Here's How to Use Shelterwood to Improve Oak Regeneration (Part 2)
Here’s How to...
People in the News
Continuing Ed. Calendar
New Tree Farm Certification Standards Emphasize Planning, Conservation
The Forestry Source - December 2009
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