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Friday, March 7, 2012
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Here's the Problem

submitted by:
Tom Troxel
Executive Director
Colorado Timber Industry Assn

.  In 2010, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that forest roads and their stormwater management systems (culverts, ditches, etc.) are “point sources” discharging “pollutants” into the “waters of the United States”, and require National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits.  The ultimate effect of the ruling is that NPDES permits would be required for road construction, road reconstruction, culvert installation, and some road maintenance on all forest roads, whether on federal, state, or private lands.   Currently, this is applicable only in the Ninth Circuit, but you can bet that some are already working to expand the decision to include the rest of the country.  To give you an idea of the magnitude of the issue, the U.S. Forest Service estimated they would have to obtain more than 400,000 permits if they are required to implement this ruling nationwide. 

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Senate Forest Hearing

submitted by:
Jill Ozarski
Natural Resources Policy Advisor
U.S. Senator Mark Udall

This morning U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell testified before the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee about their FY13 proposed budget (the entire hearing is archived at www.energy.senate.gov).  Senator Udall raised a number of issues, as did his colleagues on the committee.  Forest biomass was an especially popular topic.  These issues will continue to be a top priority issue for Senator Udall and we value your insights and ideas moving forward.

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 Watch video of Udall's exchange with Tidwell here:


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Gypsum barely keeps biomass plant plan alive

submitted by:
Scott Golden
Larimer County Tree Farmer

EAGLE, Colorado — Emotions started to flare as Gypsum Town Council narrowly approved the first readings of a resolution and ordinances that prepare the way for a biomass power plant in the community.

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