Boundaries, Eh.

  A Canadian Whale? A Vancouver Canucks fan? Drink Labatt’s blue? Smoke du Maurier’s at a Tim Horton’s?  Other clues…. I spent part of last week at a workshop focused on “Integrating and Applying Conservation Science for Transboundary Coastal Temperate Rainforests.”  Basically a lot of intense time thinking about the Tongass in Southeast Alaska and …

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Place-Based Agreements & Laws Symposium

Another reason to travel to Missoula in June I thought some of our faithful readers and contributors might be interested in attending the Place-Based Forest Agreements & Laws Symposium, to be held in Missoula, Montana on June 8th and 9th.  I’ve teamed up with the National Forest Foundation to organize the event.  We have invited …

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A Taxonomy of Publics: From “One Third of the Nation’s Land”

In our discussion of where decisions are made with regard to public lands, there is a tension between those who feel that local concerns and interests should be preferred and those who feel that national concerns and interests should be preferred. George Hoberg of University of British Columbia, argues here that nationalizing issues was and …

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Forest Advisory Boards- Past, Present and Future?

John Rupe and I spent a day last week in Rapid City, South Dakota for a public meeting on the new planning rule, and also for a meeting of the Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board. It was an interesting experience for me to start with the Science Forum, the National Roundtable in DC, then …

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Filming the Planning Rule Process

EPA is sponsoring a video contest to “explain rulemaking and win $2,500.” EPA says that “government regulations help set the price of the coffee you drink, the voltage of electricity your alarm clock uses, and the types of programming allowed on the morning news.” Get your video uploaded to YouTube by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight …

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Land Law Review- Ideas Wanted On Improving Planning I. Overview

We are working on a presentation for the University of Colorado Law School summer conference on the need for a new land law review commission. The conference program is located here. Our group has been assigned Chapters 3, 4 and 13 of the document “One Third of the Nation’s Land” the report of the previous …

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The Right Mix For Collaboration

We have had a number of discussions about collaboration and the right mix of communities of interest and communities of place. Here’s a real world example, the National Forest Advisory Board for the Black Hills National Forest. Here’s a link to their charter. They incorporate many of the concepts we have discussed, including being advisory …

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Roundtable in Juneau

Here’s a link to a story on the Juneau roundtable. Community leaders given a chance to comment on forest planning Tuesday during a regional roundtable in Juneau said they want more control over decisions made on public lands surrounding their towns. The inability of the U.S. Forest Service to get projects through its system, or …

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