The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, also known as the “omnibus” bill, delivered a number of legislative victories for federal forest management. Notably, the bipartisan forestry package gives federal agencies additional funding and new policy tools to support fuels reduction work on public lands.
On May 9, 2018, Jim Peña announced his retirement as Regional Forester for Region 6, effective July 3 of this year. Region 6 is a linchpin of federal timber supply and has tremendous potential for active management. AFRC staff will work with the Forest Service to ensure that important Region initiatives continue uninterrupted. AFRC will also closely monitor the selection process for the next Regional Forester.
We thank Jim for his years of service and wish him and his family well.
In March of 2018 the AKSAF Executive Committee sent a letter to the Alaska Special House Committee on Fisheries regarding House Bill 199. Alaska House Bill 199 is; “An Act establishing major and minor anadromous fish habitat permits for certain activities; establishing related penalties; and relating to fish ways and the protection of anadromous and other fish habitat”. The original language in the bill called for the assumption of all surface waters in Alaska to be classified as anadromous, changes to riparian buffers and bonding requirements for fish habitat permits. The language in mo
Two Oregon State University students from Douglas County were awarded C. Wylie Smith III Memorial Scholarships. The two recipients are Corrine Walters and Chad Bebeau. Corrine Walters is a graduate from Roseburg High School and Chad Bebeau is a graduate from Oakland High School.
The Northwest Community Forest Forum is taking place in Astoria from May 9-11. The full agenda can be found here. It is three days of events: an opening keynote by Katie Voelke of the North Coast Land Conservancy on the evening of Wednesday 9th, kicking off the Forum with a look at the landscape of the region and the history of Oregon community forests; Thursday features presentations, stories, breakout sessions and workshops by a host of panelists, including Dr.
The Emerald Chapter's Chair, Noelle Arena, put together a response to an opinion piece called “To address climate change, stop clear-cutting.” It was published on April 8, 2018 in The Register-Guard as "Sustainably Managed Forestry is Carbon-Neutral." The viewpoint explains how "sustainably managed forests can reduce greenhouse gas concentrations by sequestering atmospheric carbon in trees and soil, and by storing carbon in wood products made from the harvested trees." The article certainly got the attention of several Oregonians, including the Forum Editor for Hearld and News where it was
Blue Mountain Chapter Chair Richie Gardner and Member Jamie Knight submitted an Op-Ed to the East Oregonian about the life of a forester. They answered the question that many members of the public have; what does a forester do exactly? The article focuses on the attention to sustainablitiy and correcting some of the misconceptions. Read the Op-Ed in the East Oregonian here!
Hagenstein Lectures Seeking Emerging Voices in Forestry Speakers
The World Forestry Center and Society of American Foresters are accepting nominations for the 2018 Hagenstein Lectures, which will be held Sunday, October 14, at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Ore.