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of greenhouse gases into the
atmosphere.
Through My Sierra Woods AFF
is focused on engaging private
landowners adjacent to state- or
federally owned forestland in
order to coordinate fuel-reduction
efforts and create vast swathes of
treated land.
"Threats like wildfires don't
respect ownership boundaries,
and tackling them requires an
all-hands, all-lands approach that
engages and incentivizes all forest
landowners to be responsible
stewards of forestlands," said Tom
Martin, president and CEO of AFF.
The main obstacle preventing
family forest owners from reducing
the fuel load on their land is the
substantial cost, so AFF in January
launched the Forest Biomass
Transportation Incentive (FBTI)
to help family forest owners in
Northern California partially offset
the cost of hauling woodchips off
their land. The FBTI addresses
a big hurdle for family forest
owners: Woodchips and other
wood products from fuel-reduction
treatments have very little monetary
value, so unless landowners live
especially close to a biomass
power plant, they typically would
lose money by paying to haul them
off their property. The woodchips
just are not worth enough to the
biomass facility to fully compensate
the landowner for the transportation
costs.
If not for the poor economic
landscape, biomass would

present a golden opportunity for
the Golden State. According to the
Energy Information Administration,
California led the country in
electricity generated from biomass
in 2017 with 5,911 gigawatt hours,
enough to power approximately 4.2
million homes. Still, net biomass
generation in California actually
shrank 11 percent in 2017, according
to the EIA, largely because there
just wasn't a viable market for
woodchips - until now.
The FBTI gives the state a marketbased solution to support more
resilient forests, optimize carbon
sequestration and protect critical
watersheds. The initiative is essential
to California's long-term energy
strategy. Last September, Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a bill requiring
California to obtain 100 percent of
its electricity from renewable energy
resources such as solar, wind and
biomass by 2045.
"Family forest owners want to
do right by their land and be a
part of the solution to protect their
communities," Martin said. "What
prevents many family forest owners
from acting is that they don't know
where to start, or how to pay for the
work needed. Cost is a significant
barrier to action.
"A market-based approach that
promotes responsible stewardship

by helping defray the attendant
costs can help remove that barrier.
This approach is critical to meeting
a problem this widespread and this
costly to solve."
Eligible landowners who respond
to the My Sierra Woods outreach
effort initially will get a free visit from
a registered, professional forester
who will help them develop options
for land management. Foresters
will help landowners determine if
their fuel-reduction projects are
eligible for funding from the FBTI
or programs such as the California
Forest Improvement Program
or the Environmental Quality
Incentives Program, administered
by the USDA's Natural Resources
Conservation Service.
In California, timber
harvesting is heavily regulated,
so all harvesting on private
lands is subject to the state's
Forest Practice Act and Rules.
In addition, the California
Environmental Quality Act, state
and federal Endangered Species
Acts and the Clean Water Act
apply to timber harvesting. To
ensure that each harvesting
project complies with these
rules, the consulting forester
will help the landowner create
an appropriate permit, which
could include an exemption, a

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Woodland - Spring 2019

Overstory
Forest Interactions Seedlings
Forests and Families
Brittany Vanderwall: Saying Yes to Opportunity
‘chipping In’ to Reduce Wildfire Risk in California
Strength in Numbers: Tree Farmers and Advocacy Leaders Rally to Recover Post-Disaster
Tools and Resources
Growing Forest Conservation, Together: The 2019 National Leadership Conference
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Overstory
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Forest Interactions Seedlings
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Forests and Families
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Brittany Vanderwall: Saying Yes to Opportunity
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - ‘chipping In’ to Reduce Wildfire Risk in California
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Strength in Numbers: Tree Farmers and Advocacy Leaders Rally to Recover Post-Disaster
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