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  • Great presentation, thank you. Nice to see others looking at the road aspect (and associated erosion) of the biomass/timber industry's plans for our public forests.
    The latest talk (as of May '09) is that it may be more efficient to burn forest biomass to produce electricity to power electric cars (instead of converting it to cellulosic ethanol). I believe such mega corporate industrial biomass uses of our National Forests is much more of a threat than wildfires.
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Fanning The Flames Of Wildfire Hysteria Fanning The Flames Of Wildfire Hysteria Presentation Transcript

  • “Forest Biomass” from Public Lands
  • FISHLAKE NAT’L FOREST SISKIYOU NAT’L FOREST UTAH OREGON B. Campbell
  • Firewise.org Firesafe home measures 35- 200 feet around home: Pruning low-hanging dead tree 1) limbs Clearing flammable 2) vegetation (grass, blackberries, etc) Moving combustibles away 3) from home (woodpiles, fuel tanks) Replacing shake roof with 4) metal Available water source 5) Proper signage, access and 6) turnaround space for fire vehicles Screens on vents 7)
  • BEFORE AFTER
  • HEALTHY FOREST RESTORATION ACT (HFRA), 2003 SEC. 2. PURPOSES. The purposes of this Act are— (1) to reduce wildfire risk to communities
  • BITTERROOT NAT’L FOREST, MT WILLAMETTE NAT’L FOREST, OR (ON CHOPPING BLOCK 2009) 2006
  • BITTERROOT NAT’L FOREST 4 MILES FROM NEAREST HOME MONTANA MIDDLE EAST FORK HFRA Matthew Koehler, Wildwest.org
  • OAKRIDGE THINNING & FUELS REDUCTION PROJECT SEQUOIA NAT’L MONUMENT WILLAMETTE NAT’L FOREST, OREGON Sequoiaforestkeeper.org
  • HFRA = Biomass SEC. 2. PURPOSES. The purposes of this Act are— (2) to authorize grant programs to improve the commercial value of forest biomass (that otherwise contributes to the risk of catastrophic fire or insect or disease infestation) for producing electric energy, useful heat, transportation fuel, and petroleum based product substitutes, and for other commercial purposes;
  • Forest Biomass = GREENWASH Using Forest Residues Reduces Soil Carbon Stock — The use of harvest residues for energy production decreases soil carbon stocks. These changes in soil carbon stocks are remarkable compared to the other greenhouse gas emissions caused by the use of forest residues for energy. On a national scale, soil carbon stocks play an important role in forest carbon balances. -ScienceDaily, 2008
  • $$$ Taxpayer for forest biomass The US Forest Service has awarded $1.2 million as a one-time grant…involving the use of woody biomass. -2007 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY INVEST $18.4 MILLION IN SUPPORT OF BIOMASS ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS -2008 AGRICULTURE SECRETARY SCHAFER AWARDS MORE THAN $4.1 MILLION FOR USE IN WOOD BIOMASS DEVELOPMENT -2008 $50 million of Forest Service’s $1.15 billion stimulus payoff can go to “wood to energy grants to support the increased use of biomass” on forest land. -2009 $10 million of stimulus for “hazardous fuels reduction” across 8 Oregon counties. “Biomass would be used to reduce non-renewable energy consumption.” -2009
  • FOREST BIOMASS INDUSTRY NEEDS PUBLIC LANDS!!! “Obtaining a consistent supply of woody biomass from federal lands is one of the primary impediments to developing a biomass utilization sector.” -Sustainable Northwest (pro-biomass group out of Portland, OR)
  • Forest Biomass in Oregon “The bulk of potentially available forest biomass is located on federal lands in Oregon. However federal lands account for little of the forest biomass supply currently utilized.” - State of Oregon Forest Biomass Working Group
  • “Instilling” urgency? “A sense of urgency for the work outlined by the Forest Biomass Working Group to reduce un-natural fuel buildups must be instilled.” -State of Oregon Forest Biomass Working Group
  • US Forest Service: Fanning the Flames “The geographic scope of the fire-fuels problem is enormous, with estimates exceeding 180 million acres of Federal lands at risk from unusually severe fires.” “Reducing wildfire hazard is now the Forest Service’s top priority.” -US Forest Service
  • OREGON CHAINSAW MASSACRE “These biomass projects will boost economic fortunes, fire safety and environmental protection across Oregon’s forests and forest communities,” said Wyden. -wyden.senate.gov, 2005 S. 536 would amend the Clean Air Act to classify “forest biomass” from federal lands as “renewable biomass.” Artist rendition of Senator Wyden
  • Forest biomass = Pandora’s box “Expanding the market for woody biomass could lead to adverse ecological consequences if the demand for woody biomass leads to excessive thinning.” -U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), 2005
  • The Science on “Thinning” “Fuels reduction” thinning means: THE WATERSHED IMPACTS OF -Elevated road use…roads are typically the FOREST TREATMENTS TO single largest source of elevated erosion in forested watersheds. REDUCE FUELS AND MODIFY FIRE BEHAVIOR -Accelerated topsoil erosion through the combined impacts of soil compaction and removal of soil cover. BY JONATHAN J. RHODES -Soil damage from intensive thinning is likely to be as great as or greater than that from conventional logging. prepared for PACIFIC RIVERS COUNCIL -The loss of topsoil is irreversible within human timescales; associated reductions in soil productivity are essentially permanent. 2007
  • Roads to ruin “The amount of sediment delivered from forests with roads can be more than 300 times greater than from undisturbed forest land.” -Morrison, 1975 “Roads can contribute 50 to 80% of the sediment that enters streams .” -Haans et al., 1986
  • The largest, most comprehensive forest  protection & restoration legislation ever considered by Congress. Would ban logging in “last core areas of  forest biodiversity,” ie: ancient forests, roadless areas, riparian zones, and over 100 other “specially named” forest areas. Endorsed by over 600 eminent scientists  including E.O. Wilson and Jane Goodall. In 2000, nearly ¼ of Congress  cosponsored bill: 135 Representatives and 6 Senators. saveamericasforests.org
  • Solution Orville Camp’s Natural Selection “Ecostry” Camp Forest Selma, Oregon
  • eco-advocates.org info@eco-advocates.org (541) 344-6017 Volunteer co-directors: Samantha Chirillo Josh Schlossberg Shannon Wilson