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FCN No. 59  Thomas Brendler
 Oct 07, 2002 14:28 PDT 
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No. 59
October 7, 2002

IN THIS ISSUE
House Vote on ?Healthy Forests? Bill Expected Tomorrow
Appropriations Update
Community-Based Forestry Bill Clears Senate Hurdle
Report Raises Questions About Healthy Forests Initiative
Hazardous Fuels Reductions Bill Introduced in House
Gateways Bill Passes House
Farm Bill Hits the Ground, Slowly
Van Accident in Maine Draws Attention to Forest Labor
Resources
Funding
Positions, Fellowships, Awards
Gatherings


NEWS

House Vote on ?Healthy Forests? Bill Expected Tomorrow
Western House members struck a deal last Wednesday that could break a
deadlock in Congress and speed up projects designed to avoid a repeat of
this year's massive wildfires. The agreement seeks to expedite projects
to cut down trees in overgrown national forests and federal land,
focusing on areas near homes, watersheds, endangered species habitat and
diseased or insect-infested forests.

To expedite the forest thinning, the proposed bill would streamline the
environmental studies -- requiring the government to look at fewer
alternatives -- and tighten deadlines for administrative and judicial
appeals. Seventy percent of the forest treatment projects would have to
be focused on areas where the federal land abuts homes or watersheds.
The changes are projected to cut in half the time needed to implement
logging projects designed to remove excess trees from overgrown, at-risk
forests. The agreement comes after weeks of negotiations among key
representatives, but faces an uncertain future in the Senate, where
several proposals to speed up forest treatment bogged down last month in
partisan battles. It would also increase the spending for
forest-thinning projects, from $514 million in 2004 to $900 million to
2008. (Associated Press, 10/2/02)

The House Resources Committee is expected to vote tomorrow on whether to
send the bill to the full House for consideration. Critics have
expressed concern about the Healthy Forests Initiative and related
efforts because, for example they would limit public involvement and
judicial review, and exempt agencies from studying alternatives. Rep.
Inslee (D-WA) is expected to introduce an amendment which would address
some of these concerns. Interested readers are encouraged to contact
their Representatives (Capitol switchboard: 202/224-3121). For more
information and analysis, visit wildfirecentral.org or www.tws.org.

Appropriations Update
The Senate may continue debate of the Interior Appropriations bill (HR
5093/S2708) but delays are expected because of failure to reach a
compromise over a controversial wildfire amendment. Last week Senators
voted twice not to invoke cloture (end debate) on Senator Byrd?s (D-WV)
amendment that would allocate $825 million in emergency funding for 2002
wildfire fighting. Attached to the Byrd amendment is a secondary
amendment offered by Senators Craig (R-ID) and Domenici (R-NM) intended
to reduce hazardous fuel loads in 10 million acres of condition class 3
national forest lands through NEPA exemptions and elimination of
administrative appeals and preliminary injunctions on lawsuits brought
against these projects. Senator Bingaman (D-NM) could also offer an
amendment to the Interior bill with language that would allow
categorical exclusions and eliminate administrative appeals of hazardous
fuel reduction projects in defined areas. If Senators are able to gather
the 60 votes necessary to invoke cloture on the Byrd amendment, the
secondary amendment would be dropped.

Meanwhile, Congress passed its first of what is expected to be a large
number of continuing resolutions (HJ Res 111) to keep the federal
government running while appropriators continue to debate funding for
fiscal year 2003. Fiscal year 2002 funding ended September 30 without
any of the thirteen spending bills passed. HJ Res 111 will fund the
government until October 4, when another resolution will be necessary.
For status reports on the House and Senate bills, visit
http://thomas.loc.gov/home/approp/app03.html. (Source: SAF)

Community-Based Forestry Bill Clears Senate Hurdle
Last week, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee unanimously
passed the Community-based Forest and Public Lands Restoration Act (S.
2672). As reported in FCN No. 54, the bill directs the land management
agencies in the Departments of Agriculture and Interior to conduct
ecosystem restoration and maintenance activities using community-based
approaches. It does this by developing mechanisms to ensure a consistent
program of work to conduct restoration and maintenance activities; by
providing innovative contracting mechanisms; by developing forest
restoration and value added centers that provide technical assistance to
communities; by ensuring multi-party monitoring; and by creating an
applied research program.

Report Raises Questions About Healthy Forests Initiative
A July 2002 report by the U.S. Forest Service claims that delays
associated with administrative appeals add substantial time to the
implementation of fuel reduction projects that might reduce wildfire
risk. Not so, says a new report by the Santa-Fe based Forest Trust. The
Trust?s detailed review of the USFS report revealed a strong sampling
bias, unreliable data, and unsupported conclusions. The review,
entitled ?Comparison of Two Government Reports on Factors Affecting
Timely Fuel Treatment Decisions.?, was recently unveiled by U.S. Reps.
Tom Udall (D-NM) and Jay Inslee (D-WA) The report explains the
discrepancies between the recent fuel reduction statistics released by
the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and General Accounting Office (GAO). The
report is available on the Forest Trust?s website,
www.theforesttrust.org.

Gateways Bill Passes House
The House recently passed the Gateways Bill (HR 4622) which requires
federal land managers to support and cooperate with designated ?gateway?
communities to improve the ability of those communities to participate
in federal land management planning conducted by the Forest Service and
Interior Department agencies, and to respond to the impacts of public
use of federal lands. The bill now heads to the Senate (S. 1894).

Farm Bill Hits the Ground, Slowly
The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee held a hearing
recently to examine the implementation of the 2002 Farm bill,
specifically the Wetlands Reserve Program, the Conservation Reserve
Program, and the Farmland Protection Program. Senators criticized the
Administration for holding funds authorized for these programs, claiming
the Administration is minimizing Congress? conservation efforts
initiated through the Farm Bill. USDA Secretary Ann Veneman testified
stating funding was still being provided, but out of a discretionary
account rather than the usual Commodity Credit Corporation account. For
more information visit http://agriculture.senate.gov (Source: SAF)

Accident in Maine Draws Attention to Forest Labor
Early last month, in remote northern Maine last week, a van with 15
workers swerved off a bridge into the Allagash River--14 of the workers
died. It was the worst traffic accident in Maine's history, and many in
the region hope that this sad event will draw greater attention to
forest labor issues in New England and elsewhere. For more information
on the incident, visit
5446&byline=DeborahTurcotte%20Seavey&cname=Statewide§ion=City&tt=8AM
).

RESOURCES

Online Forest Products Sales Training--The Selling Forest Products Short
Course, a popular training course sponsored by the Center for Forest
Products Marketing and Management at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, is
now available online through Virginia Tech's website (www.vto.vt.edu).
The course introduces students to the basics of personal selling and
methods of identifying new customers. It consists of 10 self-directed
modules varying in length from 10 to 30 minutes. Upon completion of a
module, students take a short examination and work through an applied
project. For more information, visit the website or contact Bob Smith at
540-231-9759, 540-231-8868 (fax) or rsmi-@vt.edu. (Source:
http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/documnts/nltr/nltr_new.htm)
Cutting Costs With Recycled Paperboard Packaging--A report by the
Alliance for Environmental Innovation, a project of Environmental
Defense, shows that switching to recycled paperboard packaging can cut
costs for businesses while demonstrating environmental leadership and
maintaining package quality. The report, Greener Cartons: A Buyer's
Guide to Recycled Content Paperboard, says that paperboard is used to
make the folding cartons that package a broad range of consumer
products, from over-the-counter medicines to fast food. The Alliance
calculates that switching to just 35% post consumer recycled content for
medicine and cosmetic cartons would create the following annual
environmental benefits: 156,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions and 2.6
billion gallons of wastewater would be avoided, 510,000 fewer tons of
trees would be used, and 106,000 tons of solid waste would be
eliminated. For the whole report, visit
www.environmentaldefense.org/Alliance.
(Source: BioCycle, March 2002 via
http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/documnts/nltr/nltr_new.htm)
Electronic Training Tools (eTools) on Occupational Safety and Health
Topics for the wood products industry have been posted on OSHA's
website. These tools are interactive, stand alone modules that contain
information as well as links to other sources of information on worksite
safety regulations. In addition to the eTools, OSHA and State standards
can be accessed, video clips and images from OSHA inspections displaying
machinery and related hazards can be viewed, and data from the Bureau of
Labor Statistics characterizing injuries and illnesses associated with
wood products operations are available.
The Sawmills eTool page
(www.osha-slc.gov/SLTC/sawmills_etool/index.html) covers hazards
involved in log handling, sorting, and storing; log breakdown, including
related machinery and facilities; dry kilns and facilities; lumber
storage; and plant-wide hazards. The page also has links to additional
references, definitions, and a user guide.
The Woodworking eTool page
(www.osha-slc.gov/SLTC/woodworking_etool/index.html) describes principal
hazards and possible solutions for rough mill, production, assembly,
finishing, and packaging/shipping operations. Included are links to a
user guide, additional references, and a slide presentation showing
various types of saws used in woodworking operations.
[Source: OSHA Wood Products Industry Webpage] From:
http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/documnts/nltr/nltr_new.htm)
?The State of the Nation's Ecosystems,? a report by the Heinz Center,
examined the state of the nation's ecosystems, including forests, and
lays out a blueprint for periodic reporting on their conditions and use.
The report aims to provide policymakers and the general public with a
succinct and comprehensive yet scientifically sound and nonpartisan view
of ecosystem health. To view the official website for the report, go to
www.heinzctr.org/ecosystems/index.htm. To read the testimony from a
House hearing on the report, visit the House Committee on Science
website at www.house.gov/science/hearings/full02/index.htm.


FIA BioSum - The Forest Inventory and Analysis Biomass Summarization
System
is a research project explores the financial feasibility of landscape
scale fuel treatments that reduce fire hazard, leave healthy and
sustainable residual forests, and generate both wood products and
sub-merchantable woody material suitable as feedstocks to
biomass-to-energy generating stations. Because it uses FIA data and
standard silvicultural and fire hazard models, this modeling framework
can be applied in any forested region of the United States. For more
information go to:
http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/fia/ear/jfried/projects/fia_biosum/

Low-Impact Forestry: Forestry As If the Future Mattered by Mitch Lansky.
Lansky?s 1992 book Beyond the Beauty Strip: Saving What's Left of Our
Forests is widely considered a 'must read' for anyone interested in
northern forest issues,
and has served as the bedrock of the forest protection movement in New
England and around the country. The 172-page book is printed on 100%
post consumer recycled, non-chlorine bleached paper. For more
information and to order the book visit http://www.lowimpactforestry.org
or call 1-800-639-4099. Chelsea Green will distribute the book
nationally. MEPI is on the web at http://www.meepi.org

Course-Scale Spatial Data for Wildland Fire and Fuel Management-These
data are intended for national, programmatic and strategic planning, and
will be used by federal land managers, states, and other
non-governmental organizations in fire and fuel management planning,
assessments of ecosystem health, and risk assessments. For more
information go to: http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/fuelman/.

Residential Green Building Programs-The National Association of Home
Builders has concluded that the market for green building is expanding
rapidly nationwide. On the web site of its Research Center are several
excellent resources for builders and local
governments interested in accelerating high quality green building:
http://www.nahbrc.org.

Fading Forests II: Trading Away North America's Natural Heritage
examines why North American forests are at increased risk of damage by
exotic (foreign) insects and pathogens and what Americans (and
Canadians) can do to minimize the onslaught. The report also describes
how the USDA Forest Service can better protect forests from those pests
that have already become established. Based on their years of
experience, Faith and Scott concluded that rapidly rising imports
combined with misguided international trade policies greatly magnify the
already substantial damage caused by established exotic forest pests.
You may download a PDF version of the report from
http://fwf.ag.utk.edu/Schlarbaum/selection.htm or purchase a CD-ROM
version of the report, which will be illustrated with photographs of
exotic pests and affected trees, by sending a check for $6 (US) to Faith
Campbell, American Lands Alliance, 726 7th Street, SE,
Washington, D.C. 20003.
Rural Tourism: An Annotated Bibliography is available on the Rural
Information Center (RIC)?s publication page at
http://www.nal.usda.gov/ric/ricpubs/ricpubs.htm.

Digital Grove (http://www.digitalgrove.net/) help users make digital
maps with free data and programs on the web. The site includes tutorials
and links to data sites.

Developed by: Paul Pingrey, DNR Private Forestry Specialist, PO Box
7921,
Madison, WI 53707, ph. 608-267-7595, e-mail paul.p-@dnr.state.wi.us
http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/land/forestry/

Digital video recordings available of every presentation, and the field
tours conducted at the Specialty Forest Product Production and Marketing
Workshop held in Nebraska City, NE May 23-24. To access these digital
videos, you'll need Real Player, available as a free download. Feel
free to use these videos in your own trainings (for example, you could
access them on-line during the training and project them for your
audience to watch. Find them at
http://g2.unl.edu:8080/ramgen/programs/sfp2002/

The purpose of the Building Community Collaboration and Consensus site
(www.communitycollaboration.net) is to provide practical information for
building collaboration and partnerships, locating assets and resources,
developing and completing goals and objectives and achieving success.
There are many wonderful resources in your own neighborhood, community,
and/or organization. This web site will help you to locate and make use
of them.


FUNDING

USDA Rural Development Website for Value-Added Agricultural Product
Market Development Grants (www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/coops/vadg.htm).
Grants are available for developing feasibility studies or business
plans needed to establish a viable value-added marketing opportunity for
an agricultural product or for acquiring working capital to operate a
value-added business venture that will allow producers to better compete
in domestic and international markets. The use of any agricultural
product or commodity to produce renewable energy on a farm or ranch is
also included. For more information, visit the website.

Cooperative Development Loans-The National Cooperative Bank Development
Corporation (NCBDC), which creates ownership opportunities for America's
low-income and underserved communities. NCBDC offers loans for the
following types of projects:
community development; worker-owned cooperatives; health care; private
and
charter schools; Head Start and childcare facilities; and natural food
cooperatives.
For more information, visit http://www.ncbdc.org/ or contact Alexandra
Johns at 202/682-7349 or e-mailto: ajo-@ncbdc.org.


POSITIONS, FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS

Rural Development, Grants and Agreements Program Coordinator--The
Cherokee National Forest is soliciting applications for this position,
which will be located in the Tennessee Department of Agriculture,
Division of Forestry Office in Nashville, TN. The coordinator will be an
employee of the Cherokee National Forest with responsibility for
providing overall management assistance to the Tennessee State Forester
in all grants, agreements, and rural development programs. For more
information, contact Rita Herman at 423-476-9734 (rher-@fs.fed.us) or
review the vacancy announcement (R804-025-D-02) posted on the USAJOBS
website (www.usajobs.opm.gov).

Wood Utilization and Business Development Specialist--The Greater
Flagstaff Forests Partnership, Inc., located in Flagstaff, AZ, is
soliciting applications to fill this full-time, permanent position. The
specialist would assist in research, development, implementation, and
outreach activities in the Partnership's program areas of utilization of
small wood and other forest restoration byproducts and associated
business & industry development & recruitment. The job description,
including necessary qualifications, is posted at www.gffp.org.

U.S. Community Forestry Research Fellowship (CFRF) Program-The U.S.
Community Forestry Research Fellowship (CFRF) Program provides
fellowships to graduate students to support their field work in
communities in the United States, and also funds undergraduate
internships and assistantships. Students at any institution of higher
learning may apply to
either the graduate or undergraduate program. While the graduate program
is open to all students enrolled in degree-granting programs in the
social sciences or related natural resource sciences, the undergraduate
program is specifically for minority students. For more information go
to: http://www.cnr.berkeley.edu/community_forestry/.


GATHERINGS

The National Network of Forest Practitioners 2002 Annual Meeting will be
held November 6-9 at Chico Hot Springs Resort in Pray, Montana.
Preliminary agenda and registration information available at
www.nnfp.org or for more information call 401-273-6507 or e-mail
sus-@nnfp.org.

The 2002 National Convention of the Society of American Foresters (SAF)
Winston-Salem, NC., October 5-9, 2002. For detailed convention
information, including registration and lodging, visit
http://www.safnet.org/calendar/natcon.htm website)

Designing for Efficient Use of Wood Oct. 9, 2002, Minneapolis, MN. For
details and to register see http://www.cala.umn.edu/cps/ or call Amy
Greenberg at 612/624-1832.

Harvester involvement in inventorying and monitoring of nontimber forest
products (aka Special Forest Products) in the western region states of
Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming and Montana. October 17,
2002 in Lakewood, Colorado. For more information and to pre-register,
please contact Katie Lynch (503-320-1323, ktly-@ifcae.org).

Forest Owner Cooperation: Balancing Ecology and Economics November 1-2,
2002, Northampton, Massachusetts. Contact Sara MacKay (413) 774-7599,
extension 114 or email: smac-@cooplife.com.

Sixth Annual Sustainable Business Symposium, "Turning Vision into
Reality: Linking Economy, Ecology, and Community." November 7-10, 2002,
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403. Information: (541) 346-0670 or
visit http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~sbs/.

In November, the Northern Forest Center and partners from across the
region will host two major gatherings designed to enhance the overall
well-being of the Northern Forest of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and
New York. Please visit us The Northern Forest Center at
www.northernforest.org and click on the Upcoming Events icon for
detailed program information and registration materials for these two
events.

Northern Forest Community Leadership Exchange-November 15-16, 2002,
Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire. A work session for leaders
from across the region to build action strategies for a prosperous and
sustainable Northern Forest

Promise of Place: Community Based Education in the Northern Forest
Region-November 22-23, 2002, Eagle Mountain House, Jackson, New
Hampshire. A conference to explore and advance place-based education in
the region.

Sustainable Forestry Improvement Collaborative II Dec. 6-7 in
Minneapolis, MN, and
March 21-22, in the Madison, WI area. Contact Barbara Spears at the
Community Forestry Resource Center at (612) 870-3407 , or e-mail Barb at
=bsp-@iatp.org , the registration form is available at
http://www.forestrycenter.org

Timber Techniques, hands-on-the-job training for forest owners who want
to get more value from their natural resources. Each session is
individually tailored to the interests of those attending. For more
information, email Ji-@timbergreenforestry.com or call (608) 588-7342.
Visit the website http://www.timbergreenforestry.com.

The National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture's Annual Meeting and
Conference, February 21-24, 2003. For more information, call
845-744-8448, email shei-@sustainableagriculture.net, or visit
www.SustainableAgriculture.net.

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Editors: Kim Ziegelmayer and Thomas Brendler. Special thanks to: Natasha
Sitarz at American Forests, Michael Goergen of SAF, Community Forestry
Connections, Greenlines, The Wilderness Society, the Center for
Biological Diversity, and Forest Trust.

The mission of the National Network of Forest Practitioners is to
promote the mutual well being of workers, rural communities, and forests
by supporting individuals and groups that build sustainable
relationships between forests and people. NNFP is a grassroots alliance
of rural people who are striving to build a forest economy that is
ecologically sound and socially just. As one of the leading community
forestry organizations in the United States, the NNFP provides
information and technical assistance, a forum for networking and
organizing, and a meaningful role in national discussions about forests
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