First NCSAF Luncheon of the Year
Greg Walcher, president of Natural Resources Group, LLC, will be coming to talk to us about the latest government and private-sector workings on biomass utilization. How is Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) going to transform the playing field? The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is funding for co-generation plants.
Greg Walcher brings to DC a lifetime of experience, institutional knowledge, contacts and advocacy on natural resources and environmental policy and issues. He specializes in issues related to energy, forest management, public lands and private property rights. Walcher served as executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, a department of 2500 employees, 8 divisions, 14 boards and commissions, and a $180 million budget. Its jurisdiction includes wildlife, parks, water, forestry, public lands, oil and gas, minerals and geology. His national colleagues elected him president of the national organization of natural resources/environment cabinet secretaries, and he has been a national leader in conservation policy debates.
Leveraging a decade of Capitol Hill experience as an aide to U.S. Sen. Bill Armstrong, Walcher spent ten years as president and CEO of CLUB 20, a non-partisan, non-profit association of cities, counties, businesses, and individuals serving the interests of Western Colorado. He also served on the national policy committee for the American Society of Association Executives. Natural resource issues are personal to Walcher. He and his wife Diana own Walcher Orchards, a Colorado operation including a peach orchard, direct marketing and fresh fruit shipping business with customers in over 40 states. In 2009, h e authored the book "Backlash: the Theft of the Conservation Movement and its Pending Recovery." Now-a-days he is a familiar face seen around biomass discussions on the Hill and in the Executive Branch.
NCSAF Luncheon Presentation – Biomass Utilization
Forest conditions :
Green jobs (subsidized jobs) – Alternative Energy (subsidized energy)
You might think the two issues (the overstocking of trees and scarcity of energy) go together – and could solve each other – Greg doesn’t think so.
We agree with more and better utilization of biomass; it is wasteful and dumb to burn piles.
Three primary issues :
USFS has “Woody Biomass Utilization Strategy” but constrained by Congressional definitions that don't include federal lands – USFS can't contribute actual biomass, only commitment to collaborate, coordinate and advise others. “Goals and Actions” section – nothing about actually producing biomass from the national forests.
Forest Management still requires chain saws.
And we can do better than the old quote: Forests precede civilizations, deserts follow.