2007 Woody Biomass Grants
The Forest Resources Association reported that the federal government is ready to receive applications for grants of $50,000 to $250,000, to fund projects “that address the nationwide challenge of dealing with low-valued material removed from hazardous fuel reduction activities, restoration of insect and diseased conditions, or catastrophic weather events.”
The program is intended to help improve forest restoration activities by using and creating markets for smalldiameter material and low-valued trees removed from forest restoration activities. Specifically, proposals should “help reduce forest management costs by increasing the value of biomass and other forest products generated from forest restoration activities,” and “create incentives and/or reduce business risk for increased use of biomass from national forestlands.” For more details, log on to www.fpl.fs.fed.us/tmu/grant-2007/biomass-grant.html(www.fpl.fs.fed.us
ALC Meets in Montana
American Loggers Council President, Ken Swanstrom and the Montana Logging Association hosted the American Loggers Council’s 12th Annual Meeting in Kalispell, Mont. on September 28-30, 2006. The three-day conference drew a large attendance of approximately 250 professional timber harvesters and industry representatives from across the nation.
More than 125 loggers attended the tour of President Ken Swanstrom’s logging operation near Kalispell, Mont., on F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Company land, which was sponsored by Modern Machinery. The evening was capped off with a luau sponsored by John Deere and John Deere Credit. The luau was followed by an auction that raised over $19,000 dollars.
On Saturday, the ALC Board of Directors got down to business. The ALC Board of Directors and Executive Committee met to discuss legislative, communications, and ALC Master Logger Certification® program issues. During the meeting, new officers were voted in. Logger Charles Johns from Hilliard, Florida was elected to
serve as the new ALC President. Logger Ezell Castelberry of Alabama was elected to serve as 1st Vice President of the organization. Rounding out the elections, logger Allen Ribelin, from Arizona, and logger Mike Wiedeman, from Oregon, will serve as 2nd Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer, respectively.
Partnership to Enhance Redwood Marketing
In September, the California Redwood Association announced a new partnership with the California Forest Products Commission to enhance marketing efforts for California redwood.
Under the partnership, the California Forest Products Commission will manage advertising and public relations efforts for the California Redwood Association.
“We are excited about partnering with the Commission and tapping into its extensive expertise in marketing and communications,” said Kevin Paldino, chairman of the California Redwood Association Board of Directors. “The Commission’s leadership in promoting sustainable forestry, and its leadership role in the California Grown campaign, make it ideally suited to assist the Redwood Association in creating enhanced marketing initiatives.
Donn Zea, president of the California Forest Products Commission, and former chairman of the California Grown campaign, added, “We are looking forward to working with the redwood producers and promoting redwood as the premium natural product for landscape architecture applications, fencing, decking, and high-end interior and exterior architectural design.”
Western Lumber Output Lags 4.7%
The Western Wood Products Association reported that from January 1, 2006 through August, 2006 western lumber production totaled 12.46 billion board feet. This, they said, was off 4.7 percent compared to the same period of 2005. Year-to-date output in the Coast region was off 2.3 percent, Inland production dropped 7.9 percent, and production in the California Redwood region was down 10.1 percent compared with January-August 2005. Western lumber production in August totaled 1.57 billion feet, up 7.9 percent from July and off 8.6 percent from August 2005.
Six Billion Trees
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) program plants an average of 1.7 million new trees a day. But on October 4, they hit a new benchmark. SFI planted its 6 billionth tree since the nonprofit group was founded in 1995. “Six billion trees are enough to cover a land mass the size of New Jersey and Massachusetts combined. That’s certainly a milestone to celebrate,” says Bill Banzhaf, president and CEO of the Sustainable Forestry Board based in Arlington, Va.
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