Aerial Fire Retardant Court Decision

Yesterday (7/27), in a lawsuit brought by FSEEE, U.S. federal district court Judge Donald Molloy ruled that the Forest Service had violated the National Environmental Policy Act and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service had violated the Endangered Species Act in regard to the Forest Service’s use of aerial fire …

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Seattle Times on Conservation Northwest Proposal

People seem to be working together successfully… Environmentalists, loggers push new wilderness deal in Northeast Washington Seattle Times article here. However, some are unsure if they are satisfied with the proposal, including cattle ranchers and motor-sport enthusiasts. “They’ve done some groundbreaking stuff, but that coalition has been a teeter-totter between environmentalists and timber companies,” said …

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Fitting Protections to Program Size- A Timber Volume Retrospective

Here’s a link to FS volume sold from 1905 to 2008. The longer term graph (page 2 of the previous link) is more illustrative than the one above. In my view, the historical table and graph definitely raise the question about whether the analytical and monitoring needs for protection of the environment and species for …

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Creekside Ruminations on Climate Change from Bark Beetle Country

A couple of weeks ago, I was on a field trip on part of the old Routt National Forest, when I had to take a climate change conference call. Since cell phone coverage was spotty, we targeted a good spot and I was dropped off for a couple of hours and sat at creekside while …

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Alternative to Litigation- Western Watersheds and Ruby Pipeline

Here’s a link to a piece describing this … But with El Paso’s commitment, “we agreed not to try to delay or litigate Ruby Pipeline,” said Jon Marvel, executive director of the Western Watersheds Project. His group is one on three plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s refusal to …

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Idaho Roadless Litigation- Principle vs. Protection? Colonialism vs. Common Sense?

Here is an article from the Idaho State Journal on TU and ICL filing a friend of the court brief in the Idaho Roadless litigation. My problem with the Sierra Club/Wilderness Society position is that they are so philosophically committed to the concept of roadless area protection requiring a national solution that I don’t really …

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All-Lands & Planning

Without further details and language, I’m unsure of what to make of the USFS’s draft planning rule framework.  I’m anxious to see the draft language and learn more next week at the 4th Roundtable.  But I can’t help feeling somewhat positive about the agency’s apparent willingness to adopt an “all-lands approach” to planning.  It’s impossible …

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Collaboration and Fire Impacts in Northern Arizona- from Derek Weidensee

Derek wrote in to say: Just wanted to share a couple links to a couple news stories in today’s “Arizona Daily” in Flagstaff AZ. The first is a flood resulting from the Schultz fire of a couple weeks ago. The second is an OP-ED by a member of the Greater Flagstaff forest partnership voicing his …

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