WUI in the News

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Nov 2009 contains 11 News Articles.

Udall beetle bill looks to boost biofuel, biopower solutions
Colorado Independent - 24 Nov 2009
The bill would authorize creation of 'insect emergency areas' that the Forest Service can prioritize for treatment to reduce fuel loads and therefore fire risks; expedite environmental analysis by encouraging use of the Healthy Forest Restoration Act; expand throughout the West the 'good neighbor authority' used in Colorado and Utah to treat public lands adjacent to private property and homes; and provide some funding for stewardship contracts to clear out beetle kill.

Elgin to launch project to maintain, preserve, improve local trees
Daily Herald - 19 Nov 2009
City council leaders signed off on a $303,900 contract with Davey Resource Group to complete an inventory and management plan for city-owned trees. City leaders also announced that Davey Tree, an Ohio-based company, landed a $1.8 million grant to partner with Elgin. In the next 16 months, Davey will: develop a risk reduction plan to remove old trees and prune existing ones; host a tree planting campaign; create an invasive species readiness plan; and increase educational efforts. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or federal stimulus plan.

Wildfire danger is on the rise
News-Sun - 18 Nov 2009
Florida continues in what is now a four-year drought. Fifteen of the 16 counties within the district are still on mandated water restrictions. The lack of water and the recent high winds have dried out not just the soil, but the vegetation as well. Florida is at hazard for brush fires all year long, not just during the dry season which typically occurs between December and April. But this year the dangers are greater.

Land-of-Sky gets forest service stimulus grant
Citizen Times - 18 Nov 2009
U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station Director announced that Land of Sky Regional Council was awarded the grant to manage the $1.9 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds awarded to the forest service in North Carolina. The funding will create a cooperative marketing network for timber and nontimber products in Western North Carolina to help stimulate the local forest products industry.

Gypsy moth spraying eyed in Richmond
Richmond Review - 18 Nov 2009
The province wants to use an aerial spray on 2,000 acres of Lulu Island to help reduce the threat the gypsy moth poses on forests, farms, orchards and trees. The ministry has proposed to spray between April 15 and June 30, 2010. Foray 48B has been approved by the Organics Materials Review Institute and contains Bacillus thuringiensis var kurstaki, which does not harm humans, mammals, birds, fish, plants, reptiles, amphibians, bees or other insects, and only affects caterpillars after they have ingested it.The bacteria is naturally present in urban, forest, and agricultural soil around the province, and has been approved for control of gypsy moth larvae in Canada since 1961. Large populations of gypsy moths defoliated sections of forests and residential areas in Ontario and the eastern U.S. in recent years.

Terrain, brush to blame in huge wildfire
AP - 15 Nov 2009
The largest wildfire in Los Angeles County history raged out of control because it jumped into inaccessible terrain, not because the U.S. Forest Service scaled back firefighters and aircraft attacking the flames, a federal review found Friday. Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell ordered the review in September after residents and other critics said firefighters bungled the initial response. G

Shoshone Forest faces beetle budget bust
Billings Gazette - 12 Nov 2009
Dozens of camping spots on public land around Yellowstone National Park could be closed next summer as the U.S. Forest Service focuses spending priorities on the effects of widespread bark beetle infestations in Colorado and southern Wyoming. A preliminary 2010 Forest Service budget for the Rocky Mountain region focuses on thinning beetle-killed timber. Forest managers there have submitted an emergency plan seeking to thin dead and dying trees along more than 600 miles of power lines. A July 2008 study of economic assets at risk found that more than $40 billion in improvements along the wildland-urban interface there were subject to damage or destruction from wildfires.

DOE and USDA Select Projects for More Than $24 Million in Biomass Research and Development Grants
USDA - 12 Nov 2009
The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy announced projects selected for more than $24 million in grants to research and develop technologies to produce biofuels, bioenergy and high-value biobased products. The biofuels produced because of this funding are expected to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The war on deer
The News Times - 7 Nov 2009
There far too many deer in the landscape and no predators to keep the herd in check. That throws the environment out of whack -- the deer damage the forest ecosystem through over-browsing and play a major part in the spread of Lyme disease, hunting proponents say. When drivers hit them on the roads, it can total the car as well as the deer. And because humans largely created this imbalance, they have a responsibility to do something to reverse it.

Climate change will burn Yosemite
BBC - 2 Nov 2009
This article highlights research that suggests declines in snowpack will have an additional effect on wildfire occurrence. They estimate warmer temperatures will trigger a 20% increase in both the number of fires within Yosemite and also in the area of forest that will burn at higher severities.

Farm bill biofuel subsidy could balloon in cost
Green Bay Press Gazette - 1 Nov 2009
A new farm subsidy program created to spur the development of next-generation biofuels could turn out to be a cash cow for a decidedly old business - paper mills and their suppliers.The program was originally estimated to cost taxpayers $70 million over five years, but is now expected to pay out hundreds of millions of dollars just over the next year because of demand from paper companies and wood-burning power plants.