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Backyard Woodland Handbook

AOL (Associated Oregon Loggers) reported that the Oregon State University Extension Service has recently published its new forestry handbook for small woodlot owners, Backyard Woodland: A Landowner Resource Notebook. The publication contains information for small woodlot owners who have little forestry knowledge, but want to learn more. It covers a variety of topics, from stewardship planning to business and tax considerations.

To view the guide, log on to:

http://extension.oregonstate.edu/catalog/pdf/em/em8745.pdf. Or receive the notebook for $54.00.

 

ATFS Selects National Tree Farmer

At the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) national convention, Kintigh’s Mountain Home Ranch was named the 2006 National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the year. The award recognizes nonindustrial tree farmers who demonstrate leadership and do an outstanding job managing their timber and promoting
good forestry, education, and community service. Bob and Margaret Kintigh manage 249 acres of forest, Christmas trees, and nursery stock near Springfield. If Bob’s name sounds familiar, that is because he served as Oregon State Senator for 12 years.

 

Biomass Comic Book

The National Association of Conservation Districts is excited to offer a new education tool for use in local youth education efforts. The Hidden Treasure: Forests and Woody Biomass is a full-color comic book targeted at students in the upper primary education grades and middle school. The book can be previewed at www.discoverycomics.com/review/TheHiddenTreasure.pdf. And it can be ordered, by contacting the National AgroForestry Center at http://www.unl.edu/nac/order.htm, or by contacting Nancy Hammond at hammond@fs.fed.us or (402) 437-5178, ext 11.

 

Woodlot Survey

Oregon Small Woodland Association (OSWA) recently conducted a survey to identify the issues of the members — those with family forestlands that are under 5,000 acres. Family forestlands encompass 45 million acres, or 16 percent, of Oregon forestlands. Responses from 7 members revealed that:

• Owner age is up

• Owners are concerned about the next generation’s increasing lack of desire to maintain family owned land The principal reasons given for ownership of the forestlands were: scenery; forest product production; pass land to next generation; and investment. Other interesting information gathered from the study included:

• Two-thirds experienced some obstacle when trying to harvest — too large or too small diameter, lack of market awareness, and lack of mill and logging infrastructure.

• More then 80 percent have harvested since acquiring the land (an average of 36 years ago.)

• 57 percent have written management plans.

• Around 1/3 are certified, primarily by the American Tree Farm System. Issues most important to those surveyed were:

• Information/understanding forest management practices

• Forest taxation

• Sustainability and certification

• Marketing timber

• Estate planning

• Mixed species management

 

ITB Asks for More Money

The Idaho Logger reported that the Idaho Transportation Board was sending a proposal to the Idaho State Legislature to add a base fuel tax (excluding state and federal tax) of six percent, eliminate the ethanol exemption on fuel tax, increase registration fees by 75 percent, and add a one percent assessment on the daily rental rate of rental cars.

Why do they need the extra income? Idaho’s population is expected to increase by 56 percent by 2030 and possibly 100 percent in populated areas. To keep up with the transportation needs, $20 billion will be needed over the next 30 years.

 

Abundant Forest Alliance Applauds New Study

According to a report released by the National Academy of Sciences, the United States continued to show gains in forestland over the past 15 years, reinforcing the message of the Abundant Forests Alliance (AFA).

The report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (the Academy’s scientific journal) notes, “Many of the world’s forests appear to be making a comeback and some countries are more thickly forested now than they were nearly 200 years ago.” The report specifically found, “The U.S. gained growing stock during 1990-2005, while harvesting much round wood and some fuel.”

These findings complement the message of the Abundant Forests Alliance, a coalition of wood and paper products companies in the United States, created to promote the industry’s positive record to consumers and customers.

An international team of researchers analyzed the 50 nations with the most extensive forestland and, in turn, rated each country’s Forest Identity based on national or regional forest area, growing stock density per area, biomass per growing stock volume, and carbon concentration. The results showed that the
U.S. was among the leaders in greatest total gain of the number of trees and area of forestland — and that, overall, the number of large trees actually increased from 1990 to 2005 in 22 of the 50 countries with the most forest.

The findings of the new report also reinforce research done by the U.S. Forest Service, which shows that forestland in the United States has been fairly stable over the past 100 years, despite the huge population growth. Among the reasons accounting for this strong record are industry practices, including the planting of more than 1.7 million new trees every day.

 

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