26 Apr 2010, 9:21am
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This land is your land; this land is my land

By Leonard Gilroy, Washington Times, April 23, 2010 [here]

The federal government owns nearly 30 percent of all the land in the country. In the West, those numbers soar even higher. The federal government controls more than 84 percent of the land in Nevada, more than 50 percent of the land in Alaska, Utah, Oregon and Idaho, and more than 40 percent of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Wyoming.

It’s safe to say that many of these states are getting tired of the feds. Utah recently passed a law authorizing it to seize federal land through eminent domain. The law, while likely unconstitutional, reflects a widely felt sentiment in Western states: Let states control the land within their borders.

The U.S. Forest Service holds more than 156 million acres of land - nearly equivalent to the size of Texas - west of the Mississippi River. It controls 155 national forests and 600 ranger districts. With an ever-growing federal bureaucracy and massive budget deficits, it is time to let states manage this land, taking up to $5 billion a year off the federal books.

It is highly unlikely that the feds would simply give valuable land to the states for free. And deficit-riddled states are in no position to purchase expensive land right now. But a payback period of 30 years (like your standard mortgage) could make deals feasible.

Once in state hands, what would they do with the land? There would be political pressure to keep large portions of it, especially parks and recreation areas, undeveloped. But there are huge portions of land that could be put to better use. The supporters of the Utah law, for example, hope to sell certain parcels for development and apply the proceeds to fund education programs.

Still, even if a state does buy land from the feds, would they simply absorb those areas into their own state park systems - and thus add large new budget items to their own budgets? No, that doesn’t have to be the case.

Private companies already operate the commercial activities - lodges, shops, restaurants and the like - in treasured national parks, including the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Yellowstone. Similarly, the Forest Service makes extensive use of concessionaires to operate and maintain complete parks and campgrounds better and cheaper than government could.

States could use this model to take over parks - without absorbing them into the state budget. One Forest Service contractor in Arizona recently offered to take over six state parks that were going to be closed owing to budget cuts. The company would collect the same visitor fees the state charges today while taking the operations and maintenance costs off the state’s books entirely. Not only that, but the company would also pay the state an annual “rent” based on a percentage of the fees collected, turning parks into a state revenue generator instead of a loss leader. The state would still own the land, and the company would be subject to strict state controls on operating rules, fee-setting and development restrictions.

The devolution of Forest Service land could be implemented over time, starting with pilot programs in select Western states, like Utah or Nevada, to test the model and refine best practices. Once perfected, the process could be extended throughout the Forest Service system, and then expanded throughout the Bureau of Land Management system, which owns roughly the same amount of Western land and costs taxpayers another $1.1 billion a year.

All sides of the political spectrum should be able to agree that decisions about how to most wisely use land are best made at the local or state level, by officials with accountability to those residents. And since the federal deficit could top $1.5 trillion this fiscal year, now more than ever it doesn’t make sense for the federal government to be the biggest landowner in the West.

Leonard Gilroy is the director of government reform at Reason Foundation and a certified urban planner.

Note: The Feds have adopted No Touch - Let It Burn policies that are destroying public and private lands. Incinerating forests in catastrophic holocausts degrades all resources. Transfer of the Federal Estate back to local control is about more than “wise use”; it is a desperate necessity if we are to save our forests, watersheds, homes, and communities from scorched earth disasters.

26 Apr 2010, 9:13am
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AFBF: Reject Fed Takeover of Puddles

Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding ‘America’s Commitment to Clean Water Act’ [here]

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 22, 2010 – “The American Farm Bureau Federation does not support legislation that would change and expand federal control of our nation’s waters. We are greatly concerned that ‘America’s Commitment to Clean Water Act,’ introduced yesterday by Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.), would do precisely that. We urge all members of the House of Representatives to not support this bill. This measure would change the Clean Water Act by extending federal control of all waters in the United States, not just real navigable waters, as Congress clearly intended when it passed the Clean Water Act in 1972.

“Farm Bureau has always supported the Clean Water Act as a vital tool for protecting our nation’s valuable water resources. The bill unveiled yesterday, however, goes farther by removing the word ‘navigable’ from the Clean Water Act. If the word ‘navigable’ is deleted from the law, any farm pond or ditch would be at the mercy of federal regulations. This vague and overreaching amendment to the Clean Water Act is unacceptable to America’s farm and ranch families.

“Farm Bureau is also deeply concerned that the legislation will overturn the current treatment of prior converted cropland, a regulation that has been in place for nearly two decades. This would effectively give federal control of the development rights of 53 million acres of private land. This extension of federal control over private property rights is dangerous and unprecedented.

We urge members of Congress to support America’s farm and ranch families and reject ‘America’s Commitment to Clean Water Act.’”


Note — The Puddle Power Bill is co-sponsored by the usual urban extreme lefties: Senators Boxer, Cardin, Brown, Cantwell, Carper, Dodd, Durbin, Gillibrand, Kerry, Kohl, Lautenberg, Leahy, Levin, Lieberman, Menendez, Merkley, Reed, Sanders, Schumer, Shaheen, Stabenow, Whitehouse, and Wyden. If you own it, they want to steal it from you. That’s what Stalin-style socialism is all about.

26 Apr 2010, 7:51am
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Appeals court upholds more water ruling for tribe

AP, Las Vegas Sun, April 21, 2010 [here]

A federal appeals court has upheld most of a ruling that ordered a rural Nevada irrigation district to pay back billions of gallons of water that it took from a tribe decades ago.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday directed a federal judge in Reno to go back and determine how much more water the Pyramid Lake Paiutes are entitled to as a result of the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District illegally diverting flows for its own farmers and ranchers in northern Nevada’s high desert during the 1970s and 1980s.

The appellate court rejected most of the district’s bid to overturn a 2003 decision that determined the water from Lake Tahoe and other reservoirs should have continued down the Truckee River to help bolster a traditional tribal fishery in serious decline.

U.S. District Court Judge Howard McKibben in Reno was correct when he determined at that time the irrigation district had “willfully failed to comply” with a 1973 agreement that divided up the water, according to the opinion Judge Mary Schroeder issued on behalf of a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit in San Francisco.

Since then, the district has made “several additional attempts to sidestep accountability” under that agreement, she wrote.

A lawyer for the tribe who hailed the ruling as a victory said Wednesday that he is certain it will mean additional water for the tribe and perhaps as much as 75 percent more than McKibben ordered in 2003. … [more]

Another polar rescue must send chills down spines of alarmists

by Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun, April 21, 2010 [here]

TOM Smitheringale wanted to prove the world was warming. Now he’s another alarmist with frostbite.

The 40-year-old from Perth planned to be the first Australian to trek unassisted to the North Pole, but announced he’d raise some consciousness along the way.

As he wrote on his website: “Part of the reason Tom’s One Man Epic is taking place now is because of the effect that global warming is having on the polar ice caps.”

Indeed, he wanted to see the North Pole while it was still there: “Some scientists have even estimated that the polar ice cap will have entirely melted away by 2014!”

Have your say at Andrew’s blog

But Antarctica isn’t melting away, and Arctic ice has slowly increased since its big low in 1997.

But no one seems to have told Tom, who soon found his extremities freezing.

Two weeks ago he nearly called off his trek after suffering excruciating pain in his fingers and thumbs, forcing him to call in emergency help.

And last week he had to be rescued by Canadian soldiers after falling through the ice sheet.

“(I) came very close to the grave,” he said, on being flown out.

This is actually now the fourth year running that warming alarmists have had to be rescued from expeditions to prove the Arctic is warmer than it actually is. … [more]

26 Apr 2010, 7:46am
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Arctic sea ice is highest for this date in 8 years

Earth gives us an Earth Day present

Watts Up With That, April 22, 2010 [here]

You gotta love it when the Earth gives back the love, especially today.

Those who have been following NSIDC and JAXA sea ice plots have noted that this has been an extraordinary year so far, with Arctic sea ice hitting the “normal” line on some datasets. Today the Earth gave back more for us.

As of today, JAXA shows that we have more ice than any time on this date for the past 8 years of Aqua satellite measurement for this AMSRE dataset. Yes, it isn’t much, but if this were September, and the sea ice minimum was down by this much compared to all other years, you can bet your sweet bippy we’d see it screamed in news headlines worldwide.

Of course some will argue that it “doesn’t matter” in the context of trend, or that it’s just a “weather” blip. Let us remind our friends of such blips the next time a heat wave or a storm is cited as proof of global warming.

What can be said about the short term trend in Arctic sea ice is that for the past two years, it has recovered from the historic low of 2007. It recovered in 2008, and more in 2009. If today’s Earth Day gift is any indication, it appears that it is on track now for a third year of recovery in 2010 as we’ve been saying at WUWT since fall of 2009. … [more, with graphs]

25 Apr 2010, 8:56pm
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Climate consensus collapses in Senate

By Matt Viser and Beth Daley, Boston Globe, April 25, 2010 [here]

WASHINGTON — In one of the proudest moments of his long legislative career, Senator John F. Kerry was poised to unveil a long-awaited climate change bill tomorrow that would put a price on carbon emissions and provide billions of dollars in incentives to industry to drastically cut greenhouse gases. …

Then his effort ran headlong into the Senate’s partisan snarl, and last night the release of the bill was postponed indefinitely.

Senator Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who had allied himself with Kerry on the issue, abruptly abandoned the effort last night, saying he was irate that the Senate’s Democratic leadership might proceed with a controversial immigration bill first.

“Moving forward on immigration — in this hurried, panicked manner — is nothing more than a cynical political ploy,’’ Graham said. “I know from my own personal experience the tremendous amounts of time, energy, and effort that must be devoted to this issue to make even limited progress.’’

The sudden switch of priorities began late last week when Senate majority leader Harry Reid suggested to other congressional leaders that he might want to tackle immigrant legislation before the Senate deals with climate change. …

The Obama administration also made it clear the importance the president attaches to passage of a climate change bill. Shortly after Graham’s announcement, the White House climate czar Carol Browner weighed in.

“We’re determined to see [climate legislation] happen this year, and we encourage the senators to continue their important work on behalf of the country and not walk away from the progress that’s already been made,’’ she said in a statement.

Without Graham’s support, the bill, which would have been a challenge to pass in any case, will face a much steeper uphill battle. … [more]

25 Apr 2010, 7:55pm
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The wolf threat to ranchers’ livelihood

Editorial, Wallowa County Chieftan, 4/22/2010 [here]

Wildlife managers say the recent wolf hunts in Montana and Idaho were successful in every way. They limited the growth of the wolf populations and the amount of damage the predators could do to other wildlife and livestock.

All of which discredits the arguments environmentalists offer that the hunts hinder wolf recovery efforts.

Hunters fell short of taking their wolf quota in either state, dispelling concerns that the hunt would become a free-for-all. …

In the wake of those hunts, the wolf populations in both states remain healthy and continue to grow, managers say. Idaho still has about 840 wolves, and Montana about 532, according to the states’ wildlife managers. …

As that political and legal battle continues, wolves continue to prey upon cattle and sheep in both states and Oregon.

In Montana and Idaho last year, wolves killed 187 cattle, 546 sheep, 20 dogs and three goats. Ranchers, however, estimate that only 20 to 25 percent of wolf kills are ever verified. …

For example, here in Wallowa County, wolves have been repeatedly sighted on private land and were run out of Joseph rancher Karl and Karen Patton’s calf pasture in the middle of the night March 26. His neighbors, Scott and Kellie Shear, have had wolves among the cattle this week. Ranchers are getting up several times in the night to conduct livestock checks in previously safe pastures. Rancher Ramona Phillips is not just scared for her cattle; she’s scared for her children. …

Phillips echoes the feelings of dozens of ranchers when she emphasizes that the issue is not just financial - it’s about stewardship. “It’s not in me to watch a wolf tear apart one my calves and just stand by,” she said. “It’s scary. I’ve always done night checks on heifers to make sure they’re calving all right, but now we’re doing checks every few hours and my husband Charley is getting up at 3 a.m. and staying out with the cattle.”

Sirens are up on the Patton ranch, but there aren’t enough sirens to go around - ODFW only has one. …

“I just talked to ODFW. According to their GPS-collared-wolf records, these wolves are spending 80 percent of their time on private land,” said rancher Rod Childers.

Judging from their rapidly expanding populations across the West, it is obvious that wolf populations are healthy. Our concern is whether we’ll be able to say the same thing about the West’s ranchers in years to come.

24 Apr 2010, 11:48pm
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Officials monitoring flooding in New Harmony area

AP, Salt Lake Tribune, 04/22/2010 [here]

CEDAR CITY - An emergency coordinator says local firefighters and officials from Washington County and the federal Department of Homeland Security and Forest Service are monitoring flooding of rain-swollen creeks in the rural New Harmony area.

New Harmony Emergency Manager Julie Woods said Wednesday that structures weren’t immediately threatened by water flowing through the valley.

But Harmony Valley Fire Chief Greg Gonzalez says the ground is saturated.

Gonzalez says residents in low-lying areas and around Main, Straight and Dam canyons should prepare for possible evacuations.

Woods says one bridge could be threatened, and officials have found some channel erosion of tributaries into Ash Creek and the Mill Flat fire area.

Note: Government officials have a habit of “monitoring” disasters around New Harmony. Makes one wonder just what “monitoring” means to government functionaries. It is pretty clear that the town can’t take much more of it, whatever it is.

18 Apr 2010, 9:15pm
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Oregon Integrated Water Resource Strategy swayed by modern politics

By Curtis W. Martin, Guest editorial, Hermiston Herald, April 14, 2010 [here]

Oregon’s Water Resources Department (OWRD) has embarked upon a project, mandated by the 2009 Legislature (House Bill 3369), to review the management of water as prescribed in our water code, in existence for over 100 years.

One of the key points to understand is that it is totally politically motivated.

It was not initiated by the Water Resources Department from a known problem needing correction, nor requested from any other agency or organization.

The concept that the 1909 Water Code is outdated and immutable is incorrect. It is not a stagnant document. It has been modified numerous times, as evidenced by the inclusion of minimum stream flows (benefiting aquatic habitat), codifying storage and delivery systems and prioritization of societal needs for the quality and quantity of this precious resource.

Nevertheless, the Integrated Water Resources Strategy (IWRS) is statutory and is being promulgated by a project team, assembled by the Water Resources Department. To their credit, they have established good information about the “strategy” on the OWRD Web site, which I would encourage everyone interested in production agriculture to visit, become informed about and then participate in the “open house” sessions currently being held around the state — most recently in Umatilla.

The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association has multiple concerns with the IWRS. Lead among these are possible major changes to adjudicated water rights, as are now contained within the 1909 Oregon Water Code. The September 29, 2009, OWRD Briefer states that — although the Integrated Water Resources Strategy project is not “intended to overhaul water law or reallocate — but if during this process, statutory modifications are deemed necessary, the Water Resources Commission will forward recommendations to the Legislature to achieve the objectives of the Water Strategy.”

Make no mistake, this clearly could jeopardize how and where we currently prioritize water use and management. The economy of this state would suffer, in that businesses (not only agricultural) could no longer be sure that their supply of water would not be threatened.

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18 Apr 2010, 9:02pm
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Murkowski: government uses ESA to halt development

By Sean Manget, Alaska Journal of Commerce, April 16, 2010 [here]

The Endangered Species Act is being used by the federal government to stop resource development in Alaska, according to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and several panelists at a recent forum event.

This accusation follows a recent push on the part of the Republican senator to keep the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon emissions, an effort Alaska Governor Sean Parnell joined recently.

“The ESA is being used and, indeed, abused, to shut down economic development and regulate climate change, which it wasn’t meant to do,” Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan said at the forum, where eight panelists representing different principal players in the debate on the local level answered a series of questions issued by Murkowski.

“It seems as if they go after species in areas where it would hurt development,” said Jason Brune, executive director of the Resource Development Council, an oil industry trade group.

Brune said there have been oil platforms in Cook Inlet for 50 years, and that companies have been coexisting with the beluga whales during that time without harming the whale population.

In 2008, Cook Inlet belugas were listed as an endangered species under the ESA. Since then, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service has sought to designate the inlet as a critical habitat, meaning any new development in the area funded or developed by the federal government would need to be OK’d by NMFS before being allowed to continue. … [more]

Thanks for the news tip to Julie Kay Smithson of Property Rights Research [here, here]

18 Apr 2010, 8:56pm
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Rehberg co-sponsors bill to stop record tax increase

‘Taxpayer Certainty Act’ provides stability and stimulates job creation

by Jed Link, The Clark Fork Chronicle, April 15 2010 [here]

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Montana) today cosponsored The Taxpayer Certainty Act, which would make permanent the tax relief passed in 2001 and 2003. The legislation would prevent the largest tax increase in American history, which goes into effect automatically at the end of the year unless Congress acts to stop it.

“Raising taxes during an economic crisis is like looting a burning house,” said Rehberg, a member of the House Liberty Caucus. “I’ve heard from countless Montana small business owners who could create new jobs, but instead are paralyzed by the uncertainty of new regulations combined with a higher tax liability in the future. By preserving this tax relief, we can create the economic stability that promotes job growth.”

Without this bill, much of the tax relief passed in 2001 and 2003 will expire at the end of the year, generating the largest single tax increase in American history. All Americans, rich and poor, will owe more.
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18 Apr 2010, 8:54pm
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Tahoe fire restoration focuses on long term

By Jeff Delong, (Reno Gazette-Journal) The San Jose Mercury News, April 17, 2010 [here]

South Lake Tahoe, California - When the Cain family rebuilt their Tahoe Mountain home, leveled during the Angora Fire of June 2007, most windows were installed facing east. In that direction, many trees survived, their trunks scarred by fire, but with canopies now green with healthy needles.

To the west, looking toward Angora Ridge, the forest is dead. Bare tree trunks rise from the snow like huge, blackened toothpicks.

“Up there it’s terrible,” said Julie Cain, 42. “We only have one window looking out there.”

Nearly three years after the wind-whipped inferno charred nearly 5 square miles and destroyed 254 homes, signs of Lake Tahoe’s largest, most destructive wildfire are everywhere.

Much work has been accomplished on the fire-scarred landscape, but the federal government is embarking on a long-term effort to restore the forest.

The idea isn’t to return it to what it was before the blaze: an overgrown tinderbox, dominated by white fir and Jeffrey pine, that sprung up in the wake of Comstock-era clear-cutting, livestock grazing and other human-related changes dating back nearly 150 years.

Instead — in a process that will take years and cost up to $15 million — the U.S. Forest Service wants to bring back a healthier forest with a mix of Jeffrey and Sugar pine, incense cedar and red fir. It would be a forest more resistant to drought and insect attack and less susceptible to fire.

Portions of Angora Creek — where the fire raced through thick vegetation to rocket into neighborhoods — will be reconstructed.

And Seneca Pond — the site of a 1960s hippie commune and where a carelessly abandoned campfire started the disastrous blaze — will be altered from a swimming hole to a natural wetlands area that will help filter out sediment now flowing into Lake Tahoe, providing important habitat for wildlife at the same time.

“Our strategy is looking at the ecosystem as a whole,” said Duncan Leao, a forester and planner for the Forest Service’s Tahoe unit. “We’re looking at the future sustainability of the forest. Overall, the project will have a long-term benefit.” … [more]

Thanks for the news tip to Julie Kay Smithson of Property Rights Research [here, here]

16 Apr 2010, 10:38pm
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26 Percent of JoCo on Food Stamps

Rogue Pundit, April 16, 2010 [here]

Oregon’s official unemployment rate is 10.5 percent. Roughly 18.2 percent of our 3.8 million residents are on food stamps.

Statewide, there were 696,306 people receiving food assistance, an increase of 23 percent from a year ago, and a 44 percent increase since July 2008, when Oregon’s unemployment rate was last below 6 percent.

In March alone, the cost of food assistance exceeded $88 million statewide…

The unemployment in Josephine County was 12.4 percent in February. Only three counties in the state had higher rates: Crook, Douglas, and Harney. Despite a net loss of 80 jobs, the unemployment rate here declined from 13.0 percent in January. Following that theme, despite a net loss of 580 jobs over the last year, the unemployment rate declined from 13.7 percent last February. Too many people are dropping off the unemployment rolls for the wrong reasons.

In Josephine County, 21,614 people received food assistance, or 26 percent of the county’s 83,000 residents. … [more]

Note: This article is filed under Forest News because Josephine used to be a major forest products producer. The forests are still there, but they are owned by the Federal government and now off limits to any activity except catastrophic fire.

14 Apr 2010, 10:58pm
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The Cooling of Greenland over the past 8000 Years

The Hockey Schtick, April 10, 2010 [here]

A 2009 paper[1] plots GISP2 paleoclimate icecore data from central Greenland over the past 8000 years, finding at least 6 periods of warming exceeding that of the 20th century. In addition, the rate of warming 900-1000 AD leading up to the Medieval Warming Period exceeds the rate of warming in the 20th century. The authors find close agreement between two analysis methods of the temperature proxies for GISP2 data, stable isotope analysis[2] and Oxygen 18/16 variability[3]. The Medieval, Roman, and Minoan warming periods are all found to be hotter than the 20th century, in addition to other unnamed periods of warming over the past 8000 years.

If you look at this graph in detail, you can see that the retreat in the period 1929-1953 (24 years) was faster than in 1953-2003 (50 years).

Thus all together, the retreat of Greenland ice is the result of global warming at least since 1850, and the retreat was faster around 1930-1940 than today, when GHGs were not playing any important role.

Moreover, the summer temperatures around Greenland in recent years (still) are slightly less than in the 1935-1950 period.

[1] Florides GA, Christodoulides P Global warming and CO2 through sciences. Environ Int. 2009 Feb 35(2):390-401.
[2] Alley RB. GISP2 ice core temperature and accumulation data. IGBP PAGES/World Data Center for Paleoclimatology Data Contribution Series #2004-013. NOAA/NGDC Paleoclimatology Program, Boulder CO,USA;2004.
[3] Grootes PM, Stuiver M. Oxygen 18/16 variability in Greenland snow and ice with 10^3 to 10^5-year time resolution. JGeophysRes1997;102:26455–70

14 Apr 2010, 1:59pm
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Improving Tax Policy Will Expand Renewable Biomass Energy

Dan Whiting, National Alliance of Forest Owners, April 14, 2010 [here]

WASHINGTON, DC — The National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) submitted a statement for the House Ways and Means Committee’s hearing on “Energy Tax Incentives Driving the Green Job Economy.” NAFO told the Committee that the U.S. is not achieving its full domestic, low carbon, renewable energy potential because current tax policy disadvantages open-loop biomass energy compared to other renewable energy sources, such as wind and geothermal. NAFO urged the Committee to enact legislation to treat biomass consistently with other renewable energy sources in the tax code.

David P. Tenny, President and CEO of NAFO, highlighted the need for renewable biomass energy, “Tax policy must support forest biomass energy as an essential means of achieving our renewable energy goals. Forest biomass provides a critical source of base load energy to complement intermittent sources, like wind and solar, and is the only viable renewable energy source in many parts of the country. Putting all renewable energy sources on a level playing field in the tax code will enable us to develop the resources that are best suited to, and most economic for, each area of the country.”

NAFO’s statement to the Committee highlighted its support of H.R. 2626, introduced by Representatives Meek, D-17-Fla, and Herger, R-2-Calif., which would equalize tax credit rates for all renewable technologies under the Section 45 Production Tax Credit. Biomass is presently eligible for 50 percent of the tax credit available to other sources, such as wind and geothermal. Tenny underscored how the market responds, “In too many cases renewable electricity projects are selected based more on the comparative value of the tax credit than on the viability of the technology for the region. Congress should equalize tax policy so that project decisions can better focus on optimizing renewable energy production through the most viable energy source.”

Tenny also highlighted its benefits, “Scientists and other federal and private sector experts recognize that sustainable production of forest biomass energy is critical to realizing our greenhouse gas reduction goals, because it recycles atmospheric carbon rather than adding to it. In addition, it is sustainable, domestic, and renewable. The tax code should support what the experts have told us.”

NAFO’s full statement(PDF) is available [here] in addition to two papers on the sustainability of private U.S. forests: NAFO’s Advocacy Position on Sustainability [here] and Environmental Regulation of Private Forests in the U.S. [here].


NAFO is an organization of private forest owners committed to advancing federal policies that promote the economic and environmental values of privately-owned forests at the national level. NAFO membership encompasses more than 75 million acres of private forestland in 47 states. View NAFO’s interactive map [here] to see the economic impact of America’s working forests.

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