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Idaho Forest Health
The Evergreen Foundation recently released a report on Idaho’s national forests. The report notes that of the 696 million cubic feet of net growth on Idaho’s forests, 80 percent is dying each year. To put that amount of mortality in perspective, Idaho’s annual forest mortality would “be a solid block of wood the size of a football field stretching 1.8 miles into the sky.”
The report entitled “The Ticking Time Bomb in Idaho’s National Forests: Where do we go from here?” discusses recommendations to address this extreme forest health crisis.
Jonathan Martin Receives Bronson J. Lewis Award
Jonathan Martin, chairman and CEO of RoyOMartin of Alexandria, Louisiana, was honored with the Bronson J. Lewis Award at the APA Annual Meeting in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The meeting took place Oct. 17-20, 2015. The annual award is named after the late Bronson Lewis, who served for 24 years as secretary and then executive vice president of APA. The award recognizes individuals for their lifetime leadership and outstanding contribution to the industry.
Martin has been a recognized force in the structural panel industry for more than 40 years. In 1981 he directed the design and construction of the first oriented strand board plant in the South, and in 1995 he directed the design and construction of a new, state-of-the-art plywood plant.
N. California Doesn’t Meet FY15 Targets
Rick Svilich reported for the American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) that Klamath, Six Rivers, Shasta Trinity, and Mendocino National Forests did not meet their Fiscal Year 2015 targets. The combined target was 103.2 million board feet (mmbf), but the final tally was 82.3 mmbf or 80 percent of the goal. Sawlog volume accounted for 57 percent, biomass accounted for 28 percent, and firewood accounted for 15 percent.
The Mendocino accomplished 98 percent (all firewood) of its target, the Six Rivers 92 percent, the Klamath 79 percent, and the Shasta Trinity 77 percent. Svilich says, “Consultation issues with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service kept the Klamath from offering recovery [salvage] sales and meeting the target. Fires on the Shasta Trinity burned through one sale that was being advertised, which had to be pulled and kept the forest from meeting its target.”
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