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A Single, Devastating California
Fire Season Wiped Out Years of
Efforts To Cut Emissions

 
A nearly 20 year effort by Californians to cut their emissions of planet-warming carbon dioxide may have been erased by a single, devastating year of wildfires, according to UCLA and University of Chicago researchers.
 
California’s 2020 fire season, more than 4 million acres burned, produced almost twice the tonnage of greenhouse gases as the total amount of carbon dioxide reductions made since 2003, according to a study published recently in the journal Environmental Pollution.
 
The findings challenge the notion that wildfire emissions should be considered differently than the emissions of tailpipes, industry and other sources because forests eventually grow back, said Michael Jerrett, a professor of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and a lead author of the research. 
 
The study found that wildfires were second only to transportation as the primary source of planet-warming gases in 2020, ahead of industry and electrical power generation.
 
California is working to reach carbon neutrality in the coming decades, including banning the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035.
 
Forest management will also play a significant role, especially because a century of wildfire suppression has allowed for a buildup of carbon inside forests. 
 
Managing forests through mechanical thinning, prescribed burns and other methods will make a difference, Jerrett said, especially as more is learned about the wildfires and greenhouse gas emissions.
 
“That conventional wisdom of the wildfires as carbon neutral is something we have to rethink in the context of a climate crisis,” he said, especially “when we have so little time to meet critical goals.”



Ski-Doo P.A.S.S. Grants

Ski-Doo announced this week that in two years, it has provided nearly $900,000 funding toward 175 snowmobile projects in the U.S. and Canada. 
 
Ski-Doo partnered with their dealer network to provide these funds to the volunteer snowmobile clubs across the snowbelt. 
 
The grant program offers up to $5,000 in matching funds to community-led projects from associations and clubs engaged in the many activities that ensure the sustainability of the sport. The projects chosen to receive funding allow hundreds of thousands of riders to continue to enjoy the trails and backcountry access across North America, from Québec to Alaska.
 
Ski-Doo feels with the passion and dedication of organizations and riders such as these, the future of snowmobiling remains bright.
 
Also, Ski-Doo, through its Responsible Rider program, recognizes the importance of preserving our winter playgrounds and helping people understand that you can have an adventure in the great outdoors while remaining aware of and attentive to your surroundings and behavior. 
 
Ski-Doo invites all snowmobile lovers to view and share this video to celebrate and thank the clubs for their efforts. 
 
For additional information on the PASS Grant program,  click here
 
THANK YOU SKI-DOO!!
 
 

Carbon Credits
 
Michigan:  Bluesource Sustainable Forests Co. has purchased 29,019 acres of forestland in the Upper Peninsula from The Lyme Timber Company in Schoolcraft, Mackinac, Alger, Chippewa, and Luce counties.
 
This property will be part of over 90 North American forest carbon projects covering over 4 million acres that Anew Climate currently manages in partnership with landowners.
 
Bluesource plans to initiate a selective logging operation below annual growth levels. This will allow the forests to continue to be working forestlands to support the local economy and produce high value forest products, while also developing carbon credits.
 
Bluesource ensures the land will remain open for public recreational access and sustainably managed for the benefit of both people and wildlife.
 
Washington: Six months after Washington Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz introduced Finite Carbon as the state’s partner in selling carbon credits, the terms of that partnership remain undisclosed. Finite Carbon, owned by oil giant BP, calls itself the developer and manager of a plan to cancel logging on 10,000 acres in Western Washington to “offset” carbon emissions by companies. The plan was drawn up without the approval or knowledge of the Board of Natural Resources, a panel that purportedly sets timber policies for the Department of Natural Resources.

 

Nonprofit Buys 31,000 Acres By
Copper Harbor To Keep Land Public

 
The Nature Conservancy announced Thursday it had struck a deal to purchase more than 31,000 acres (50 square miles) in the forests of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula.  Tens of thousands of acres of beloved Upper Peninsula forest will remain undeveloped and open to the public, after an environmental nonprofit bought the property from its hedge-fund owners. 
 
It’s the latest large U.P. land transaction by the conservancy, which has spearheaded several high-profile efforts to exclude the region’s wild landscapes from fragmentation and development.
 
This area for ATV riders, snowmobilers, hikers, bikers, anglers and hunters, is part of a vast outdoor playground that has begun to garner international renown.
 
When the New York hedge company listed 32,700 acres with a $43.2 million asking price last year, area residents, business owners and government leaders feared a new buyer could abruptly revoke access or parcel off the land for development. 
 
They formed a group called the Keweenaw Outdoor Recreation Coalition, and petitioned the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to buy nearly half of the land. But DNR officials said it wasn’t feasible. So they turned to The Nature Conservancy, a massive land conservation organization with more than a million members worldwide and a history of similar transactions in the U.P.
 
The conservancy said it paid $27.2 million for three tracts totaling 22,700 acres and expects to close on another 8,900 acres by year’s end.



BLM Headquarters…DC or Colorado??

After much work by Congressman Laura Boebert (R-CO) following the announcement that the BLM senior leadership would be returning to DC, Bobert got some results.  BLM Director Stone-Manning announced an increased number of leadership would remain in Colorado. 
 
According to one BLM leaders, he said “during my time managing the agency in Washington, I made decisions using a piece of paper, photograph, and map. That changed when I moved with the headquarters to Grand Junction. I often drove a government rig to visit district and field offices where I went onto the land and met with locals to learn firsthand rather than via two-dimensional documents.”
 
The employee continued, “For example, when the Pine Gulch fire raged near Grand Junction, I saw the clouds, smelled the smoke, and brushed the ash off my car before joining firefighters’ briefings and meeting them on the fire lines, which I could not have duplicated remotely from Washington. That is why, decades ago, the AD and staff in charge of BLM’s firefighters were relocated to Boise, Idaho, where, thankfully, they remain.”
 
However, many leaders will move back to DC, including the head of BLM law enforcement, who supervises over 200 law enforcement rangers and 76 special agents stationed principally across 11 western states and Alaska.  Also returning to DC include the Assistant Director in charge of oil, gas, and minerals, most of which are in the West and Alaska; and the Assistant Director responsible for wild horses and burros, whose uncontrolled growth poses an existential threat to public lands, 70% are in Nevada. 
 
Efficient?  More changes to come? 

 

Shortages on the Horizon?

Diesel:  U.S. diesel supplies are becoming critically low with shortages and price spikes likely to occur soon.
 
Stocks of diesel and other distillate fuel oils were just 106 million barrels on Oct. 21, the lowest for the time of year since the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) started collecting weekly data in 1982.
 
Distillate inventories were a massive 26 million barrels (-20%) below the seasonal average for the previous ten years (“Weekly petroleum status report”, EIA, Oct. 26).
 
The deficit has been worsening steadily since the start of the year when stocks were 15 million barrels (-11% ) below the 10-year average.
 
In terms of consumption the inventory is estimated to have fallen to a record seasonal low of fewer than 27 days of demand in October.
 
Paper:  A shortage of the paper used to make ballots could impact Election Day. 
 
The 2022 election cycle will use an estimated 30 million pounds of paper, according to industry experts. Soaring demand and a shortage of manufacturers during the pandemic have pinched national stockpiles, leaving little room for error.
 
During the pandemic, many surviving paper mills stopped producing new paper and relied on their stockpiles to fulfill orders, experts said. Those have since dwindled. Mill workers and truck drivers have also been in short supply, adding strain on the paper supply chain.



Did You Know?

USFS Region 6 (Pacific Northwest) timber outputs declined again in FY 2022, registering its lowest output in nearly 20 years, at the same time the agency is receiving record funding for forest management and hazardous fuels reduction.



In Case You Missed This…

The Biden Administration announced this week that the recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus Program rebate competition. 
 
The first $1 billion of $5 billion total will go to support 2,468 new school buses in all 50 states, as well as D.C., territories and tribal institutions. 
 
·     Nearly all — 95 percent — of these buses will be electric. The rest will be powered by natural gas or propane. The buses will serve 389 school districts.
 
·     The fleet of school busses across the county is approximately 500,000. 
 
  Click here for the press release.


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