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 Sep 24, 2004 11:24 PDT 


FOREST COMMUNITY NEWS

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No. 74
September 24, 2004

IN THIS ISSUE

NEWS
Agriculture Appropriations Update
Interior Department Appropriations Update
Ag Jobs Bill
Tribal Forest Protection Act
Southwest Forest Health Bill
New Roadless Rule
Biscuit Fire Salvage Logging Update

RESOURCES & TOOLS
POSITIONS, FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS
MEETINGS & WORKSHOPS
WHERE DO I SIGN UP?

NEWS
AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATIONS UPDATE
The Senate Appropriations Committee passed their version of the bill to
fund the Department of Agriculture and related agencies.   This bill
funds the Natural Resources Conservation Service and other conservation
programs. S. 2803 set agriculture spending at $84.03 billion- lower
than the FY '04 funding level of $86.587 billion but significantly
higher than the House's sum of $66.37 billion. Also included in the
language of the bill was a provision to lift the cap on the Conservation
Security Program, USDA’s new "green payments" program to offer
incentives for farmers to reach certain environmental targets. The
Environmental Quality Incentives Program, one of the largest Farm bill
conservation programs, is funded at just over $1 billion in the Senate
bill. President Bush requested $1 billion for the program and the House
gave it $1.01 billion. Although this amount is higher than the program
has ever received, the Farm bill mandated $200 million more for EQIP for
FY '05. For more information visit
http://thomas.loc.gov/home/approp/app05.html
To read the current bill or committee report visit
http://thomas.loc.gov/home/approp/app05.html

INTERIOR DEPARTMENT APPROPRIATIONS UPDATE
The Senate could take up at any time the fiscal 2005 interior and
related agencies appropriations bill. The Senate Appropriations
Committee approved S. 2084, a $19.7 billion FY '05 Interior Department
and Related Agencies spending bill. Overall, the bill would provide
$9.87 billion to Department of the Interior and $4.27 billion to the
Forest Service, with an additional $1.5 billion to various Energy
Department programs. Included in the bill is language supporting the US
Forest Service Economic Action Programs: "The Committee does not concur
with the administration's proposal to eliminate funding for the Economic
Action Program [EAP] and has provided $19,575,000 for the program. The
Committee continues to believe that EAP provides critical assistance to
help rural, timber-dependent communities diversify and improve their
economies."

The bill includes a total of $2.447 billion for wildland fire management
activities in the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, plus
$500 million in emergency firefighting funds. The Forest Legacy
Program, a conservation easement incentive program, would receive $76.3
billion, $12.2 million above the enacted level. Unlike the House version
of the bill, HR 4568, the Senate spending measure includes language to
cancel funding for the Forest Land Enhancement Program, a private
landowner assistance program authorized in the 2002 Farm Bill. The
Senate funding bill also provides $552 million for Land and Water
Conservation Fund programs, including $217 million for land acquisition
programs operated by the Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife
Service, Forest Service and National Park Service, more than four times
the figure passed by the House and just shy of the administration's
request for $220 million. For more information and to read the bill text
visit http://thomas.loc.gov/home/approp/app05.html

AG JOBS BILL
Agricultural Job Opportunity, Benefits, and Security Act of 2003, or Ag
Jobs, is awaiting a Senate vote. Under the bill, qualified farmworkers
and their families would be granted temporary legal status and could
qualify for permanent residency by continuing to work in agriculture for
the next three to six years. The UFW estimates that roughly 500,000
farmworkers and their family members would be affected. The bill is
supported by both agribusiness and farm workers. For agribusiness, it
would reestablish a guest worker program with far fewer procedural
restrictions and a temporary moratorium on higher wages. For immigrant
farm workers, it would hold out the promise of a path to legalization
provided they worked at least 360 days in agriculture over a period of
several years.

TRIBAL FOREST PROTECTION ACT
President Bush signed H.R. 3846, the Tribal Forest Protection Act of
2004, into law this summer. The law establishes a process for tribes to
work with federal agencies to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire
on federal lands adjacent to tribal lands. The bill is intended to
improve the ability of tribes and federal agencies to protect tribal
lands by addressing fire, insect infestation and other threats on
federal lands. To do so, the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land
Management would be permitted to contract with tribes to undertake those
projects. The bill complements the objectives of the Healthy Forest
Restoration Act of 2003 for reducing wildfire risk across lands of
multiple ownerships and jurisdictions. House Resources Committee
Chairman Richard W. Pombo (R-CA) introduced the legislation in the House
in February of this year. For more information visit
http://resourcescommittee.house.gov

SOUTHWEST FOREST HEALTH BILL
The Senate passed HR 2696, the Southwest Forest Health and Wildfire
Prevention Act. The bill would demonstrate and promote the use of
adaptive ecosystem health of fire-adapted forests and woodlands in the
interior West. It would establish forest-thinning research institutes
in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. The bill would provide citizens in
the three states free access to research and expert scientific advice at
the institutes. It authorizes $15 million annually and precludes any of
the funds from being spent on the construction of facilities. The bill
will now go to the President’s desk for his signature.

NEW ROADLESS RULE
Ann M. Veneman, Secretary of Agriculture, released the Administration’s
new roadless rule proposal in July, along with a notice reinstating for
the interim, a previous directive that requires the Chief of the Forest
Service’s approval for all entries into inventoried roadless areas in
national forests. The new rule would replace the 2001 Roadless Area
Conservation Rule with a process that would require governors to
petition the Forest Service for roadless area protections on a
state-by-state basis. Additionally, the proposal requests comments on
the creation of an advisory committee that would assist the Secretary
with evaluating and approving petitions. The public comment period began
already and was extended until November 15.For more information and to
read the proposed rule visit: http://roadless.fs.fed.us

BISCUIT FIRE SALVAGE LOGGING UPDATE
Closed-door talks last week failed to solve disputes over logging of
trees burned in Southern Oregon's 2002 Biscuit fire, raising the chances
that U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., will propose legislation requiring
the cutting. It is the latest stage in a fractious debate over what to
do in the aftermath of one of the largest Oregon wildfires in memory.
Loggers want access to the burned wood before it loses value, but
activist groups have sued to stop some cutting they say will damage
fragile older forests reserved for wildlife. Smith said if the lawsuits
now holding up certain timber sales were not settled, he would seek to
exempt the logging from court challenges and direct that it proceed
immediately. Excerpt from The Oregonian, September 21, 2004.



NNFP’S NATIONAL COMMUNITY FORESTRY CENTER:
RESOURCES & TOOLS

LIVING SAFELY IN A FIRE-ADAPTED ECOSYSTEM
Headwaters has a brochure on "Living Safely in a Fire-Adapted Ecosystem"
as well as a series of PowerPoint presentations (on: Wildland Fire
History and Ecology, Defensible Space and the Fundamentals of Fire, Fuel
Break Fundamentals, Thinning and Pruning, Finding Your Home's
Vulnerabilities, Landscaping on the Fringe, Dealing
with Debris, and the Requirements of Law). For copies of the brochure
or other materials please contact Cindy Deacon Williams, Conservation
Director, Headwaters, phone: 541-482-4459. www.headwaters.org

COMPETITIVE SOURCING STUDY
New federal report regarding US Forest Service competitive sourcing is
available. The House Appropriations Committee report is available at
p://appropriations.house.gov/_files/ForestServiceCompSourcingReport.pdf.


MAINE FORESTS PUBLICATION
Finding Middle Ground Through the Arts: Using the Arts to Articulate a
Balance Between "Wood" and Woods" is a new report which chronicles the
Middle Ground Collaborative and its development of an interactive
exhibit to tour the state of Maine in an attempt to generate dialogue
about the history and future of Maine's forest resources. This report
compiles the research results from the various venues at which the
exhibit was shown, in the form of data, opinions, stories and
suggestions, in order to produce a collective vision of the public's
connection to the forests of Maine. A free copy of Finding Middle Ground

Through the Arts can be downloaded from the National Community Forestry
Center, Northern Forest Region (NCFCNFR) website at www.ncfcnfr.net. To
receive a hard copy, contact NCFCNFR, c/o Yellow Wood Associates Inc.,
228 North Main Street, St. Albans, VT 05478, or at (802) 524-6141.

BIOMASS ENERGY SYSTEM COMMUNITY PUBLICATION
Meeting the Needs of Communities and Forests: The Development of a
Biomass Energy System in Richford, Vermont. This publication summarizes
the learning and insights of a group of citizens from Richford, Vermont
as they have explored the issues relating to the supply and harvesting
of biomass from local lands. This report frames some of the key
questions that any community must answer if it is interested in
developing a similar project. A free copy of Meeting the Needs of
Communities and Forests can be downloaded from the National Community
Forestry Center, Northern Forest Region (NCFCNFR) website at
www.ncfcnfr.net. To receive a hard copy, contact NCFCNFR, c/o Yellow
Wood Associates Inc., 228 North Main Street, St. Albans, VT 05478, or at
(802) 524-6141.   

ENVIRONMENTAL TRENDS PUBLICATION
Pacific Research Institute, a free-market policy research think tank,
has just released the ninth annual review of the nation's most critical
environmental trends. A FREE download of the study, based on the latest
government statistics, is available at:
http://www.pacificresearch.org/jump/enviro04/aw.html.


TOOLS OF THE TRADE: CULTURAL COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT TOOLS
The Vancouver Ethnocultural Advisory Committee of the Ministry of
Children and Families has created a set of definitions and tools
intended to assist community-based agencies of all sizes in the
Vancouver area in becoming more culturally competent. The tool includes
definitions and principles of cultural competence, approaches to
developing program policies and procedures, and many other resources
that may be relevant to a wide range of nonprofit organizations. To
access the tool online, visit:
www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/publications/cultural_competency/assessment_tool/tool_index1.htm


IDENTIFYING WILDLAND URBAN INTERFACE
New Tools Identifying Wildland Urban Interface: Where Forests, Homes And
Wildfires Meet is now available from the Forest Service And University
Of Wisconsin. Visit:
http://www.fs.fed.us/news/2004/releases/07/university-wisconsin.shtml


FOREST POLICY FOR PRIVATE FORESTRY: GLOBAL AND REGIONAL CHALLENGES
This new publication asserts that much more attention needs to be placed
on developing policies governing private forestry and the impacts they
might have on economic, social and environmental goals. The book
addresses key issues shaping the future of private forestry in
four parts: the emergence of a new paradigm for public involvement in
private forestry, the challenges of sustainability, forest certification
programs, and experiences of countries from the Americas, Europe, Asia
and Oceania. January 2003, ISBN: 0-85199-5993.
www.cabi-publishing.org/bookshop/readingroom/0851995993/0851995993toc.htm


MONITORING PLANT AND ANIMAL POPULATIONS
Monitoring Plant and Animal Populations offers an overview of population
monitoring issues that is accessible to the typical field biologist and
land manager with a modest statistical background. The text includes
concrete guidelines for ecologists to follow to design a statistically
defensible monitoring program. User-friendly, practical guide, written
in a highly readable format.
http://www.sciencesbookreview.com/Monitoring_Plant_and_Animal_Populations_063204442X.html


CREATING JOBS IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Back to Basics; How to Create Good Jobs in the Pacific Northwest, a new
book by Martin Desmond is now available. The book covers a broad array
of information to provide the economic, ecological and institutional
information needed to discuss forest thinning and job impacts, and to
present them in the context of widely held values. More information on
the book and download a chapter at www.forestryfinancial.com.

USDA LAUNCHES WEB SITE IN SPANISH
Visit: http://www.usda.gov/EnEspanol/

POSITIONS, FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS
AMERICAN LANDS SEEKING FOREST RESTORATION ADVOCATE
The Forest Restoration Advocate would direct and coordinate the work of
the Collaborative Forest Restoration Project whose mission is to build a
movement to advance ecologically and socio-economically sustainable
forest and watershed restoration. For more information on American Lands
Alliance, go to: www.americanlands.org . Please e-mail cover letter
(stating your interest and why you are qualified for this position),
resume, contact information for 3 references, and a writing sample to
Anne Martin at ann-@americanlands.org or mail to: Anne Martin,
American Lands Alliance, 423 W. First Ave. Suite 240, Spokane, WA 99201.

CSREES FOREST HEALTH AND PROTECTION NATIONAL PROGRAM LEADER

Located in the CSREES Natural Resources and Environment unit, the
incumbent serves as an expert in forest health and protection and/or
related forest biology/ecology, and applies
this knowledge in planning, organizing, and providing leadership to
broad national renewable resource educational and research programs.
December 6 is the application deadline.
http://www.csrees.usda.gov/about/announcements/s4m-0066.html


POSITIONS, FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS
The USDA Forest Service is seeking nominations for five positions on the
National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC). The
terms begin January 1, 2005 and members serve a three-year term. NUCFAC
members serve without compensation but are reimbursed for travel
expenses to attend the Council's three meetings in February, June, and
October annually. If applicable, potential members must have the
support of their employer to attend all the meetings. The Secretary of
Agriculture makes the selection as to who will sit on the Council. The
five positions are 1) Person representing a national non-profit forestry
and conservation citizen organization; 2) Person representing State
government; 3) Person representing county government; 4) Person
representing urban forestry, landscape, and design consultants; and 5)
Person representing a professional renewable natural resource or
arboriculture society. The Request for Nomination Letter and all
necessary documents to submit a nominee are located at
http://www.treelink.org/nucfac



MEETINGS & WORKSHOPS

New events are marked with an asterisk (*).

*SIERRA BUSINESS COUNCIL 10TH ANNUAL MEETING
October 7 thru 9, 2004 in Reno, NV. Register today for a gathering of
civic and business leaders from across the Sierra and Northern Nevada to
debate and plan for the future of this area. For more information visit
www.sbcouncil.org (click on Annual Conference).

*2004 FOREST AND COMMUNITIES CONFERENCE
October 9 and 10, 2004 in Hood River, Oregon. For more information,
please contact Michelle Rintelman at 503221-2102 ext. 4 or
mich-@gptaskforce.org.

NNFP’S 14TH ANNUAL MEETING
NNFP’s 14th Annual Meeting in southwestern Colorado will again bring
together forest practitioners from around the country for four days of
learning, networking, and just plain fun. This year’s meeting will be
held October 13-16 in Ouray, Colorado with the theme of “Restoration,
Collaboration, and Responsibility.” The event will cover a wide range of
the critical issues facing communities and forests today, including
wildfire, collaboration, ecological restoration, local leadership,
gender equity, small business development, and non-timber forest
products. For agenda, registration, scholarship forms, and information,
contact Kim Ziegelmayer at 888-252-1008 or ki-@nnfp.org.

LAND TRUST ALLIANCE RALLY 2004
October 28-31, 2004, Providence, Rhode Island. Join more than 1,700 of
America's conservation leaders at the world's premier gathering of land
trust professionals, volunteers, board members, public agency staff,
attorneys and others devoted to land conservation.
Check http://www.lta.org/training/rally.htm for more information and
periodic updates.

FIREWISE CONFERENCE
Firewise is pleased to announce an upcoming national conference.
“Backyards and Beyond” will be held November 4-6, 2004 in Denver,
Colorado and is sponsored by the National Wildland/Urban Interface Fire
Program. For more information about this exciting event, visit
http://www.firewise.org/2004conference.

*MIXED SEVERITY FIRE REGIMES: ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE
November 17 to 19 in Spokane, WA. This first of its kind conference will
focus on generic attributes of mixed severity fire regimes, current
research, and managerial challenges. The conference web site is
http://www.emmps.wsu.edu/fire/.

*NATIONAL FIRE PLAN CONFERENCE AND WILDLAND FIRE, 2005
February 16 to 18, 2005, in Albuquerque, NM.
http://www.iafc.org/conferences/wildland/

PLACE, COMMUNITY, & TIME: SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY FOR LANDSCAPE
PRACTITIONERS
This course aims to help designers, managers, planners, and educators
create and care for places as movies, rather than as snapshots or
paintings. We focus on history as a
collaborative tool for landscape planning, management, interpretation,
and design. Offered by the Landscape Institute, Arnold Arboretum of
Harvard University, Course L13604FA, Spring 2004. For more information
contact Alice E. Ingerson, at applied-@rcn.com.

WHERE DO I SIGN UP?



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Editors: Wendy Gerlitz and Thomas Brendler. Special thanks to: Kate
Fernholz of Community Forestry Connections, Michael Goergen of Society
of American Foresters, Cass Moseley of the Ecosystem Workforce Program
and Mila Alvarez at American Forests.

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. The NNFP is an alliance of
rural people working on the ground to build a forest economy that is
ecologically sound and socially just. We are a clearinghouse for
information and technical assistance, and a place for people to meet,
learn, and make their voices heard. To join the network or to obtain
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