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1 Division of Forests and Lands Update Blackfly Breakfast April 27 th, 2010

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3 Budget and Staffing Latest budget reductions: Latest budget reductions: Additional 2% reduction in the current fiscal year Additional 2% reduction in the current fiscal year 8% reduction starting July 1 st 8% reduction starting July 1 st Loss of two more positions: Loss of two more positions: Forest Ranger and Forest Technician Forest Ranger and Forest Technician 10 vacancies out of 53 positions (19%) 10 vacancies out of 53 positions (19%) Additional reductions in fire tower funding, seasonal employees, vehicle replacement, etc. Additional reductions in fire tower funding, seasonal employees, vehicle replacement, etc. Increase in demand for services Increase in demand for services

4 Legislation SB 382- Natural Heritage SB 382- Natural Heritage HB Study committee for creating a Department of Natural Resources HB Study committee for creating a Department of Natural Resources HB Enhanced penalty for habitual forestry offenders HB Enhanced penalty for habitual forestry offenders HB Adopt a Fire Tower program HB Adopt a Fire Tower program

5 Saturday May 1, 2010 from 9 am to 3 pm Demonstrations, Tours, Food, Conservation Organization Booths, Tree ID, Smokey Bear, etc.

6 Low SFDREDSouth113 Dumpling Brook WMAFGSouth49.5 Farrar Marsh WMAFGSouth60.5 Pisgah SPDREDSouth78 Rhododendron SPDREDSouth87 Fox ForestDREDSouth36 Vincent SFDREDSouth145 Bear Brook SPDREDSouth150 Pawtuckaway SPDREDSouth60 Bear Brook SPDREDSouth125 Soucook SFDREDSouth50 Franklin FallsUSACESouth37.5 Franklin FallsUSACESouth16.5 Everett LakeUSACESouth85 HopkintonUSACESouth114

7 Nash StreamDREDNorth200 Annie DuncanDREDCentral76 BelknapDREDCentral104 Alton BayDREDCentral83 KearsargeDREDCentral116 Pine RiverDREDCentral48 HamelDREDCentral40 CardiganDREDCentral40 HemenwayDREDCentral96 CardiganDREDCentral100 Total2110 All products22,734cords

8 Forest Ranger Activity First four months of 2010: First four months of 2010: 143 cases/investigations 143 cases/investigations Top three areas: Top three areas: Timber tax (28%) Timber tax (28%) Wetlands (21%) Wetlands (21%) Deceptive Forestry Business Practices (13%) Deceptive Forestry Business Practices (13%) Total for 2009: 618 Total for 2009: 618

9 Current Projects Good Forestry In the Granite State Good Forestry In the Granite State State Assessment and Resource Strategy State Assessment and Resource Strategy Pisgah Management Plan Pisgah Management Plan Keeping Forests as Forests Keeping Forests as Forests Forest Products Industry Report Action Items Forest Products Industry Report Action Items BCAP meeting and response to proposed rules BCAP meeting and response to proposed rules

10 Keeping Forests as Forests Initiative NEGC Commission on Land Conservation NEGC Commission on Land Conservation Three primary goals: Three primary goals: Maintain and strengthening markets for forest products Maintain and strengthening markets for forest products Provide incentives for capital investment in new technology for wood product manufacturing Develop strategic alliances between government and the forest product industry Regional wood products marketing and manufacturing technical support Encourage retail links from producers to customers in buy local campaigns. Minimizing Forest fragmentation, parcelization, and conversion Minimizing Forest fragmentation, parcelization, and conversion Improving forest stewardship (incentives) Improving forest stewardship (incentives)

11 State Assessment and Resource Strategy The Forest Resource Assessment & Strategy project was initiated in response to a mandate from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and contained in the Forestry Title of the 2008 Farm Bill (P.L ). The 2008 Farm Bill Requires State Foresters to develop and submit: State-wide assessment of forest resource conditions State-wide assessment of forest resource conditions A long-term State-wide forest resource strategy A long-term State-wide forest resource strategy Annual report on use of funds Annual report on use of funds Identify priorities and foster greater leveraging of resources to address them. Identify priorities and foster greater leveraging of resources to address them. Complete by June 2010 to remain eligible to receive Federal funding Complete by June 2010 to remain eligible to receive Federal funding In addition, the Farm Bill states that in allocating cooperative forestry funds the Secretary shall focus on the 3 national private forest conservation priorities – or National Themes: Conserve Working Forest Lands Protect Forests from Harm Enhance Public Benefits from Trees and Forests The Strategy document (plan) uses these themes as a framework for the report.

12 Upcoming Projects Revision of BMPs for erosion control Revision of BMPs for erosion control Rulemaking work group for Prime Wetlands Rulemaking work group for Prime Wetlands Four-state Wood Availability Study Four-state Wood Availability Study Update of NEFAs Economic Importance and Wood Flows from New Hampshires Forest Update of NEFAs Economic Importance and Wood Flows from New Hampshires Forest

13 To protect Massachusetts forests and save valuable taxpayer dollars, we call on Governor Patrick to: (1) Enact strong protective legislation and prohibit commercial logging on State public forests, parks and watersheds. (2) Stop permitting new wood biomass power plants and exclude them from eligibility for clean energy subsidies. Stop the Massachusetts Chainsaw Massacre About 80% of State forests and parks are slated for logging with only 20% set aside in reserves. Aggressive logging of State forests and parks has already started and new plans call for a 400% increase in logging rates. The timber program costs outweigh its revenue. Taxpayers are paying to cut down their own forests. The Fate of Massachusetts Forests is at a Crossroads.

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