[Federal Register: June 29, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 125)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Coordinated Resource Offering Protocol (CROP) Meeting
AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of meeting.
SUMMARY: The Coordinated Resource Offering Protocol (CROP) participants
will meet in Salt Lake City, UT, from July 17-19, 2007. The purpose of
the meeting is to engage participants on CROP information gathered,
analyzed, and used. The meeting will include a public input session
from July 17, 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. through July 19, until 3 p.m.
DATES: The Salt Lake City, UT meeting will be held from July 17-19,
ADDRESSES: The July 17-19 meeting will be held at the Red Lion Hotel
(downtown), 161 West 600 South, Salt Lake City, UT.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Edmund A. Gee, National Woody Biomass
Utilization Team Leader, 202-205-1787 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may
call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339
between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under Title II of Sections 201-203 of the
Healthy Forests Restoration Act (HFRA) of 2003 (Pub. L. 108-148)
provides the authority to obtain information that will help overcome
barriers to the production and use of biomass and help communities and
businesses create economic opportunity through sustainable use of the
Nation's forest resources. CROP is a new biomass removal model employed
on 10 pilot biomass projects across the United States. The projects
incorporate proposed 5-year removal data from 36 national forests, 105
ranger districts, 41 BLM districts, and multiple natural resource
agencies located in 15 states across the United States. CROP is
Coordinate and levelize sustainable removals of biomass
between public agencies in each CROP landscape;
Facilitate the use of long-term multi-agency stewardship
Heighten environmental and public trust in coordinated,
sustainable biomass removal;
Increase the `surety' of annual biomass removal contracts
from public agencies; and
Invite investment back into our Nation's forest landscapes
based on sustainable removals of woody biomass.
Meeting agenda items will specifically focus on (1) reviewing
completed CROP results for all 10 geographic pilot areas and (2)
securing collaborative, coordinated, and cooperative input from agency
personnel and stakeholders regarding CROP deliverables, on-the-ground
annual performance, and monitoring protocols. Agenda items will also
detail new collaborative contracting provisions and authority that
might be used in CROP landscapes; identify lessons learned during the
CROP pilots; target any changes required to make CROP a better forest
restoration tool; and define CROP data update and contracting protocols
that could be initiated in the next 6-12 months.
Dated: June 25, 2007.
Associate Deputy Director, National Forest System.
[FR Doc. E7-12623 Filed 6-28-07; 8:45 am]
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