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A rally to overturn Gov. Sununu's misinformed and misguided vetoes of Senate bills 365 and 446 will be held on the State House plaza in Concord, N.H., on Sept. 6, 2018, beginning at 10 a.m. Speakers and a press conference will follow at 11 a.m., with lunch after.
Senate bills 365 and 446, both of which were passed by the N.H. legislature with overwhelming bipartisan majorities, are crucial for the survival of hundreds of jobs, hundreds of millions of dollars of economic contribution to the N.H. economy, and the health of our state's extensive forests. The bills give critical support to the biomass energy sector.
The Governor claims that he vetoed the bills because they would increase energy rates for N.H. residents and businesses. This is nonsense. There is a much greater cost to residents, businesses, and the state if biomass energy and all its associated jobs and economic contribution disappear as a result of the vetoes.
Overturning the vetoes requires a two-thirds majority of both chambers of the legislature (House and Senate) of the representatives and senators present for the vote. The vote will be taken on Sept. 13.
On Sept. 6 in downtown Concord, please join the NHTOA and all those who support healthy forests, the $1.4 billion N.H. timber industry, and thousands of landowners who want to sustainably manage their woodlands for forest health.
Valley News reporter John Lippman authored an excellent story about the devastating impact on Springfield Power, one of six independent biomass energy plants in New Hampshire, of Gov. Sununu's vetoes of Senate bills 365 and 446. The story was published in the Saturday, August 4, 2018, edition of the Valley News, and it can be read here.
The New Hampshire legislature will meet on Sept. 13 to consider overturning Sununu's misguided vetoes, which, if not overturned, will have a ruinous effect on the state's timber industry as well as on hundreds of jobs, hundreds of millions of dollars of economic contribution to the state's economy, and the health of New Hampshire's forests.
Last November, Timberwolf Logging of Littleton, N.H., logged a parcel in Rumney, N.H., owned by the French Family Exempt Trust. The sale was a seed tree cut, which was accomplished with whole-tree harvesting, to encourage fresh new growth of White Pine, and the logging was timed to take advantage of last year's bountiful seed crop.
Prior to the harvest, site preparation involved removing Beech and some other species in the understory with a feller-buncher. Some 100-year-old White Pines were cut as well. But dozens of strong adult seed Pines were left behind to produce the next generation. Following the cut, Chris Crowe of Timberwolf returned to the site to scratch the soil with a bulldozer to improve the ground for new White Pine growth.
Now, nine months later, the first tiny White Pine trees are beginning to sprout on the ground. In time, a new Pine forest will become established here, supporting wildlife and the local economy.
Robert Berti of FORECO, one of the foresters on this sale, makes a critical point. "This timber sale would not have happened without the market for woodchips that our independent biomass energy plants support," he states. Sustainable forest management, new wildlife habitat, as well as hundreds of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars of economic contribution depend on the woodchip market. Yet Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed two bills, Senate bills 365 and 446, that support biomass energy. Both bills passed both houses of the New Hampshire legislature with overwhelming bipartisan majorities.
On Sept. 13, both the N.H. House and Senate will convene to consider Sununu's vetoes. Overturning the misinformed and irresponsible vetoes of Senate bills 365 and 446 will guarantee further such timber sales as the one in Rumney and will improve the health of our forests for wildlife and recreation.