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New Industry Coalition Formed To Promote Woody Biomass
Forest industry stakeholders have joined together in a new coalition to promote energy production from woody biomass — logging and mill residue that can be used for energy production.                       

The new Woody Biomass Coalition aims to provide advocacy, education, information, and outreach to public and private entities to promote research, development, and funding for sustainable woody biomass utilization and markets. An initial focus is developing strategies to ensure inclusion of woody biomass in the upcoming Farm Bill, such as eligibility for renewable energy tax incentives and inclusion in renewable energy research and deployment programs.                       

Authorization for farm program funding expires September 30, 2007, and the Administration’s 2007 Farm Bill proposal includes $1.6 billion in new funding for renewable energy programs. Among the new proposals is a $150 million wood-to-energy program and a plan to provide $100 million to cellulosic ethanol.                       

“The need to diversify our nation’s energy supply is an important issue, and the industry has come together in a coordinated effort to spotlight woody biomass in the policy discussions,” stated Daniel Dructor, Executive Vice President of the American Loggers Council (ALC), one of the coalition founders.                       

The goals of the Woody Biomass Coalition include reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil, improving forest health, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Another goal is to create new markets for renewable fuels, including woody cellulosic ethanol, which will promote economic opportunities and growth, while providing a sustainable supply of woody biomass for all biomass/bioenergy products. Participants in the coalition include, among others: Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference, American Forest Resources Council, ALC, Associated Oregon Loggers, Assoc. of Consulting Foresters, Assoc. of Equipment Manufacturers, Blount Inc., Caterpillar Inc., Deere & Company, Forest Landowners Association, Hancock Forest Management, Intermountain Forestry Assoc., Montana Logging Assoc., National Assoc. of Conservation Districts, National Woodland Owners Assoc., Society of American Foresters. For more information visit www. woodybiomass.net or contact Danny Dructor of the American Loggers Council at 409-625-0206.

U.S. Lumber Output Down
The Western Wood Products Association announced that U.S. lumber production totaled 2.8 billion board feet in January, an increase from the previous two months, but down 19.6 percent compared to production for the same month in 2006.

AusTimber 2008
The international event, AusTimber 2008, will be staged at Mount Gambier, South Australia, from March 2 to 8 next year, and will be run in conjunction with the Institute of Foresters of Australia, the sawmilling industry, forest growers, and machinery suppliers. “…AusTimber 2008 in Mount Gambier will bring the Green Triangle — the largest regional plantation base in Australia, with more than 298,000 hectares of plantations — to the centre stage,” said Colin Shipard, executive director of the Australian Forest                       

Contractors Association (AFCA.) “We will cater to a full range of in-forest harvesting demonstrations, processing, and haulage equipment. We will also show re-establishment gear working the full cycle of harvest and re-forestation operations within a 48-hour time-line.” For more information email dtquill2@bigpond.com

AOL Recognizes Exceptional Individuals
The Associated Oregon Loggers (AOL) recognized Kay King as its 2006 Woman of the Year. Kay actively promotes the logging industry and is active in the management of the familyowned logging company — R & R King Logging Inc of Florence, Ore. AOL President, Ben Swaggart, noted that Kay had lobbied for the industry in Washington D.C. and Salem. She has challenged the motives of environmental organizations, advocated for forestry classroom education, been active in the Oregon Women in Timber for over 16 years, and “ . . . still has time to be actively involved in the ownership and management of the family logging business,” he said. Basco Logging was named Logger of the Year. The Sutherlin company is owned by brothers Nick, Juan, and Jaime Yraguen. The brothers have continued the hard work and dedication of their grandfather, father, and uncles who started the business in 1947.  

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