Notes from the Battlefield: Is There a Better Way?

This post is the beginning of a series on the possibility of turning our public land conflict “swords” into “plowshares.” Outside our natural resource and public lands world, this is generally considered to be a good thing to do. Even though we shed only dollars, piles of documents and snarky words, not blood; we must …

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House Members Weigh In On Treatment of Recreation in Planning Rule

Is Forest Service planning becoming so complex that analysis paralysis is causing delays in decisions affecting outdoor recreation?  The importance of recreation and public access in National Forests continues to draw attention as the Forest Service attempts to move a proposed forest planning rule through the government clearance process.  Earlier this week, the planning team …

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Rep. Rehberg of Montana on Planning Rule and Recreation

Here’s an article in the Clark Fork Chronicle. Here’s a quote Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT) is demanding the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) protect recreation and access in national forests when drafting National Forest System land management planning rules. The letter is in response to concerns being raised in Montana and elsewhere that current draft planning …

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Draft Forest Service Planning Rule Delayed

The release of a draft Forest Service planning rule has been delayed until early 2011, according to an announcement today on the planning rule website.  Originally, a draft rule and accompanying Draft Environmental Impact Statement were targeted for December with a final in November 2011.  A planning rule is required by the 1976 National Forest …

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Wanted: Forest Advisory Board

this photo is of the Black Hills Forest Advisory Board In this Arizona Daily Sun editorial piece some interesting points are raised about the advantages of an advisory board or group including: TOP-DOWN AFFAIR But the visioning process for the forest remains a very top-down, internal affair, just the opposite of what the 2009 conferees …

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21st Century Problems- Overuse and Abuse

Here’s a great description of some of the 21st century challenges facing federal forest land management. An interesting quote: According to a survey, a large number of visitors also included low-income, low-education, often minority visitors looking for a free swimming hole and an escape from the Valley’s swelter. The Forest Service consultant said few of …

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Forest Service Leadership Sinks Morale

Forest Service Chief Tidwell responded this week to the agency’s “morale focus groups,” which convened in response to the Forest Service’s basement-dwelling rankings as a good federal agency workplace. In the survey, employees ranked Forest Service leadership 217th out of 223 federal agencies. Tidwell’s response? He appointed a new director for the Office of Communications …

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