2. Who are we?
• Over 650 sawmills, pulp and paper mills,
engineered wood facilities, biomass power
plants, hundreds of logging contractors in 42
• Over 390,000 workers
• Over $19 billion in payroll
• The last best chance for forest management
on our public lands
7. What is at stake?
• Southeastern National Forests are cutting
46.6% of total allowable cut.
• NFS timber is sold in competitively bid timber
sales – but sales are not ramped up or down
based on market conditions.
• Providing supply – even in down markets –
helps stabilize timber demand.
8. What is at stake?
•Roughly 10 percent of total forest area
•Roughly 12 percent of commercial timberland
•3 million acres of high-visibility forest management.
9. What is at stake?
NFS Units have sold an average of 62% of their 208 Million
Board Feet (MBF) Allowable Sale Quantity (ASQ) over the last 5
Year MBF Sold: % of ASQ:
2014 134.109 64%
2013 110.229 53%
2012 131.378 63%
2011 142.373 68%
2010 135.636 65%
11. Current Management Process:
12. How did we get here?
Current laws (NFMA, NEPA, ESA):
• Do not harmonize
• Multi-level planning process creates
redundancy, opportunities for judicial second-
• Put judges, not resource professionals, in
charge of decision-making
13. How did we get here?
Courts have usually presumed that to “protect”
non-timber values, we must:
• Cut fewer trees
• Cut on fewer acres
• Make it harder to pick the acres to harvest
14. How did we get here?
Clinton Administration presided over a nearly
80 percent decline in NFS timber harvest.
• Set aside 60 Million Acres as “roadless”
• Proposed moving money out of timber
• Acres at risk to fire increased from 24 million
in 1999 to 82 million today.
26. A Two Pronged Approach:
HR 2647: The Resilient Federal Forests Act
Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Westerman (Hot
•Streamlines required analysis
•Provides new funding sources
•Solves “fire borrowing” in a fiscally
27. The Resilient Federal Forest Act: On to the Senate!
• HR 2647 passed the House in July.
• Sent to Senate Agriculture Committee
• Hearing – November?
28. The Resilient Federal Forest Act: On to the Senate!
Ask Sen. Boozman and Sen. Cotton to support HR 2647 – fire
funding and forest management
Even enacting some of the key provisions in Westerman will
help get more management on the ground:
•Streamlined analysis for collaborative projects
•NEPA Exemption for early successional habitat projects
The Senate can’t help the Forest Service by simply providing a
new fire funding mechanism.
29. The Resilient Federal Forest Act: On to the Senate!
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Formed in 2011 as a new trade association, expanding informal efforts led by regional trade associations (BHFRA, CFA, AFRC, OTPG)
The National Forest System covers 191 Million Acres. Growth Exceeds removals by more than 2 to 1.
At 454 Million Board Feet, National Forest System in the Southeast is only cutting less than 10% of annual growth.
Because the NFS grows to a longer rotation, NFS timber can help build and maintain markets for high quality sawlogs.
The health of our National Forests – Up to 82 million acres 42 percent of the system, is at risk to catastrophic fire, insect outbreaks
Biggest single forest landowner in the Southeastern United States
The biggest private landowner in the country only controls 6.4 million acres, with only about a third of that in the Southeast.
Region 8 has only 6.8% of the NFS acres, but they account for 21% of NFS timber harvest
Since the late 1980’s, growth has outstripped removals by more than 2 to 1: mortality is increasing due to overstocking and climate change
Whether it has been preserving old trees, leaving large blocks of forest unmanaged, or reducing road densities, it has always (or usually) been presumed that less management is better.
In each case, we were told this approach would lead to healthier forests, healthier wildlife populations, and rural prosperity.
Wrong, wrong, and wrong again.
Nearly 3X increase in acres at risk.
Undersecretary Lyons told Congress “With the roadless issue finally behind us, I intend to focus the agency&apos;s efforts on restoring forest ecosystems that are out of balance due to widespread fire suppression and past management practices.”
So environmental groups continued to litigate, even as the FS moved away from commercial harvest.
In 2012, the Forest Service did commercial thinning or regeneration harvest on just under 110,000 acres.
Even aged management was used on 1/100th of 1% of the National Forests.
Some forests are being thinned, but as forest managers know, unless you regenerate, you are not going to have a healthy forest for the longer term.
Pine beetle outbreak, NFS lands in Mississippi.
Escudilla Mountain Lookout, near Alpine, AZ, after the Wallow Fire, July 2011. Half million acre, high severity fire
Sourdough Biscuit Fire, Siskiyou NF, Oregon, 2002. 200,000 acre fire, reburned this summer. Less than 10 percent salvage from the original fire.
Overmature Aspen stand, Gunflint District, Superior National Forest, Minnesota
This is near Alpine, AZ. Spot the hazardous fuels treatment
El Dorado National Forest, California. Which forest will fare better in a fire?
Pine stand, Ouachita National Forest. This is a seed tree regeneration harvest, and it’s a vital part of meeting timber goals, wildlife habitat goals, and preventing fire danger, both for the forest and it’s neighbors.
The Forest Service has projected that they will basically be eaten by fire in the next decade. The way it works currently, when they run out of suppression dollars, the Forest Service borrows from forest management accounts – basically timber programs – to pay the suppression tab. So funds that should be used to reforest, repair roads, and take care of wildlife habitat after a timber harvest wind up going towards fire suppression instead.
-- It’s a terrible way to budget
-- It’s not fiscally responsible
Congress just paid back $700 Million in fire suppression costs this last week. Overall suppression tab was nearly $3 billion.
These are basic tools the Forest Service can use right away: It streamlines the number of alternatives they must consider
-- requires those suing to post a bond that would cover the gov’ts legal costs,
-- creates alternative funding mechanisms (non-governmental) to help pay for the next project
-- allows access to emergency spending for fire expenses after the FS spends the 10-year average.
We wound up referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee, where Sen. John Boozman sits on that committee, and he has been very helpful in pressing for the November hearing.
Some of the provisions in Westerman are probably too tough for the Senate, but even getting half a loaf is better than getting nothing.