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Re: Reports From The States
« Reply #340 on: January 03, 2018, 05:11:05 PM »
Michigan

RE:  NRCS FUNDING FOR OAK WILT TREATMENT 

Happy New Year everyone!  Andy Henriksen distributed this EQIP news and some of you have seen it already. 

I wanted to make sure that you were aware that NRCS is now offering financial assistance, through EQIP, to treat areas infected with oak wilt. This may be something that you want to consider adding to plans, including potentially as an addition to/revision of existing plans if a new occurrence of OW is detected. Please note that, as indicated with the second limitation below, EQIP isnít always going to be a suitable mechanism for treatment funding, but it is now an option.

Please familiarize yourself with the Tree/Shrub Pruning (660) Conservation Practice Standard (attached), particularly the ďGeneral Criteria Applicable to All PurposesĒ (required design elements) and the Plans and Specifications section (required documentation) and Operation and Maintenance section (required follow-up).  Although it is largely written with typical above-ground pruning in mind, root pruning is also covered. 

The following is an excerpt from an NRCS guidance document developed to help staff with selecting practices and payment scenarios.  It may help you understand how this practice is intended to be used with EQIP.

Please note that the first cutoff for EQIP funding this year is 19 January.  So, if you know of forestowners who have oak wilt or other resource concerns to address, encourage them to visit their local NRCS field office ASAP!

Andy Henriksen, CF
State Forester
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
3001 Coolidge Rd., Suite 250
East Lansing, MI  48823-6321
Ph: 517-324-5234
Fax: 855-701-4363


ē   FY2018 Payment Rates
Scenario Number   Practice Name   Component/Scenario   Unit Type   Unit Cost
14   Tree/Shrub Pruning   Root Pruning for Oak Wilt Control   LnFt   $2.84
14 HU   Tree/Shrub Pruning   HU-Root Pruning for Oak Wilt Control   LnFt   $3.40
Limitations:
ē   This scenario is specifically for root pruning for oak wilt control. EQIP funding is not provided for branch/limb pruning, or for purposes other than oak wilt control.
ē   Do not use EQIP for oak wilt control, if program funding availability precludes timely treatment of infected area.
Notes:
ē   Payment unit is the linear feet of trench/plow line required to contain the oak wilt infestation.
ē   Treatment includes preparation of the trench/plow line with a dozer and chainsaw, and herbicide application within treatment area, as needed.
ē   Consult with a Conservation District Forester, DNR Forester, or other qualified individual to determine treatment needs.
Maintenance:
ē   Practice must be maintained for a lifespan of 10 years after installation.


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Re: Reports From The States
« Reply #341 on: January 26, 2018, 04:04:52 PM »
Michigan 

WMUK 102.1, Jan. 19, 2018

State Hopes to Squash Hemlock Pest Before it Spreads

A bug that kills hemlock trees has invaded West Michigan. Hemlock woolly adelgid has been found in four counties: Allegan, Ottawa, Muskegon, and Oceana. It's a tiny bug that makes small, cotton-like sacs at the base of a hemlock tree's needles. This month the state awarded more than $800,000 in grants to help invasive species managers survey, map, and control Hemlock woolly adelgid. The bug was spotted in Michigan in 2006, but it's been plaguing the east coast of the U.S. for decades. 

http://wmuk.org/post/state-hopes-squash-hemlock-pest-it-spreads

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« Reply #342 on: February 10, 2018, 02:08:48 PM »
Maine

How the Last U.S. Ice Cream Stick Manufacturer, Here in Maine, Stays Competitive
 
Maine Public, Feb. 5, 2018
When the doctor tells you to open up and say, "Ahhh," pretty much anywhere in the world, there's a chance that the wooden stick pressing on your tongue was made in Maine. And the wooden stick in that Creamsicle? Probably also from Maine. Hardwood Products Co. in Guilford has something of a split personality. The company is divided into two operations, one right across the road from the other. 

http://mainepublic.org/post/how-last-us-ice-cream-stick-manufacturer-here-maine-stays-competitive#stream/0

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« Reply #343 on: February 10, 2018, 02:15:22 PM »
Ikea Buys Massive Alabama Forest
   
Alabama

Woodworking Network, Feb. 6, 2018

In an effort to source timber more ethically, furniture giant Ikea has purchased a massive 25,000-acre forest in the middle of Alabama. This is the Swedish company's first forest purchase in the United States. "As a responsible forest owner, we are interested in identifying and applying sustainable management methods that will allow us to preserve and even increase the quality of the forest over time," said Ikea's head of financial asset management Krister Mattsson. 

https://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/news/woodworking-industry-news/ikea-buys-massive-alabama-forest

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« Reply #344 on: February 10, 2018, 03:00:56 PM »
Hopefully, they will follow the ethics of their Swedish brethren. The Swedes practice good forestry.  :)

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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« Reply #345 on: April 30, 2018, 05:08:04 PM »
Michigan

RE:  REGISTERED FORESTER PROGRAM BILL SIGNED INTO LAW  
 
 The RF Program was signed into law 26 April.


House bills 5000 & 5001.

Next step is a meeting to begin implement of the program.

Stay tuned.

Enrolled House Bill


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« Reply #346 on: May 04, 2018, 12:49:26 PM »
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Conservation Group Acquires Nearly 18,000 Acres of Forest In Coastal Maine

Maine Public, May 2, 2018
 A Virginia-based group has acquired three forested properties totaling nearly 17,900 acres in Hancock and Washington counties. The Conservation Fund acquired the properties from H.C. Haynes, Inc., a forestry company based in the Penobscot County town of Winn. The properties ó the purchase prices of which were not disclosed ó will be conveyed to other nonprofit conservation organizations after those groups raise money to purchase them.
 

Conservation Group Acquires Nearly 18,000 Acres Of Forest In Coastal Maine | Maine Public

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« Reply #347 on: August 26, 2018, 01:24:04 PM »
Montana

$500,000 Timber Equipment Sabotaged Near Montana Forest Project

KGVO-FM, Aug. 21, 2018
 There are currently 21 court injunctions against forest restoration projects in Montana. One is near West Yellowstone, where Ed Regan of RY Timber out of Livingston had brought his equipment to begin logging, when the next day an injunction stopped the work, but not before someone had vandalized a half-million dollar feller buncher.
 

0,000 Timber Equipment Sabotaged near Montana Forest Project

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