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MSU Extension Forestry e-Newsletter

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2016 Forestry MiniCollege - February 27th

MSU Extension Forestry invites you to the 2016 Forestry MiniCollege, held Saturday, February 27th 2016, on the University of Montana campus in Missoula. Program information, course descriptions and registration are available on our website.
We are looking forward to welcome you to this annual educational event, with great speakers and networking opportunities.

 

2016 Forest Stewardship Planning Workshops

For more Information and to register, see our website.

Yellow Bay (for Loggers), April 25-28.
Bozeman, May 12-13 & 20.
Billings, June 9-10 & 17.
Frenchtown (near Missoula), July 21-22 & 29.
Condon, August 11-12 & 19.

 

30th Montana Natural Resources Youth Camp

July 10 - 15, 2016, Lubrecht Experimental Forest, Greenough, MT

Drop the Wii and get in the woods! Summer Camp in Montana for all youth ages 14-18.
A wonderful opportunity to get the kids outside where learning and recreation come together, to foster understanding and instill appreciation for the natural amenities of Montana.

 

Forest Biomass and the Clean Power Plan (CPP)

On August 3, 2015, President Obama and EPA announced the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The EPA proposed a federal plan for the Clean Power Plan that will serve as a model rule for states developing their state plans, as well as a federal plan that the EPA will be put in place if a state fails to submit an adequate plan.

On that topic:
- Governor Bullock has issued an Executive Order establishing the Interim Montana Clean Power Plan Advisory Council to inform the development of the Montana plan.
- The work of the Advisory Council will be documented here (eventually).
- Comments on the EPA Clean Power Plan FIP process were due on January 21st 2016. On the topic of biomass, extensive comments were offered by both proponents and opponents of biomass use for energy. Here are examples from proponents (AF&PA and AWC, NAFO) and opponents PFPI.
- A NEWBio webinar series will address the Role of sustainable Bioenergy in the CPP.
- The EPA is offering CPP Webinars, a CPP Toolbox for States, and a CPP Community Page.
- Notes from EPA webinars on the Role of Renewable Energy in reducing CO2 Emissions, Measures to lower CO2 Emissions, the Role of Biomass, and more Information and Resources.
- EPA is holding a Biomass Stakeholder Workshop: Fostering Constructive Dialogue on the Role of Biomass in Achieving Clean Power Plan Goals on April 7, 2016.

The Clean Power Plan could provide (forest) biomass an opportunity to play a significant role in meeting CO2 emission reduction goals for Montana, while at the same time providing potential market signals for forest products and forest management.

 

Don't move Firewood

Don't risk starting a new infestation of an invasive insect or disease. You have the power to save trees. To see how, visit the Don't move Firewood website.

Don't take firewood with you on your camping trip, RV adventure, or up to your hunting camp. Don't bring firewood back from your second home to your place in the suburbs. Don't bring it with you on your scout's camping trip.

Instead, buy it where you'll burn it.

 

Imagine Tomorrow

Annual high school problem-solving competition, May 20–22, 2016

Washington State University, Pullman
Up to $70,000 in cash prizes!

Imagine Tomorrow challenges 9th through 12th graders to seek new ways to support the transition to alternative energy sources. Students research complex topics related to renewable energy, then innovate technologies, designs, or plans to mobilize behavior. They forge connections in their communities and create positive change. In this energy competition, as in life, solutions are limited only by imagination.  

 

Facing the Future

Energize your classroom with Fueling Our Future: Exploring Sustainable Energy Use, a series of interdisciplinary lesson units that are aligned with the U.S. Department of Energy's essential concepts for energy education.

Curricula are available as Lesson Plans (Elementary School, Middle School, High School), as well as SMART Board Lessons (High School).

 

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