Judge Upholds Idaho Roadless Rule

Here’s the decision. Here’s a link to an Idaho Stateman story. U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill, in a decision dated Jan. 29, ruled in favor of the U.S. Forest Service against the Wilderness Society and other environmental groups. The decision upholds the Idaho roadless rule that Sen. Jim Risch negotated when he was governor. …

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Adventures with the Biochar People

The State of Colorado convened an interesting meeting to discuss biochar. For those of you unfamiliar with it, here’s the Wikipedia article and here is another general and historic description of its use. The group included a variety of scientists, from the Forest Service, ARS, and CSU; and a variety of people with interests in …

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It’s Baaack.. The Beetle-Fire-Science Fracas!

After some internet searching, couldn’t find more than this AP story, but I’m sure we can find the journal article itself in time. Study ties pine beetle to severe Wash. wildfires THE ASSOCIATED PRESS YAKIMA, Wash. — A new study mapping the mountain pine beetle outbreak in north-central Washington shows that infested areas were more …

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Recreation and the Planning Rule- New West Story

Is Recreation in the Rockies Becoming a Bigger Forest Service Priority? Ski resorts, outfitters and others in the recreation industry want the U.S. Forest Service to think about outdoor sports enthusiasts in the same way they think about species and habitat. Will the Forest Service listen? by Steve Bunk This story is a description of …

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The “Common Interest” Approach: Useful for Federal Lands Issues?

Jim Fenwood and I ran into Keith Allred when he taught us at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. During his lectures, Allred described “the Common Interest”, an organization he founded described here. Yes, he also ran for Governor of Idaho recently. What intrigued me the most about the project was not so much …

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Court Decision- NEPA for Ski Master Development Plan

Pp 10-12 of this Ark Initiative vs. Forest Service decision deal with the “NEPA for master development plan” question. It also has a good discussion of a variety of NEPA issues and the detailed discussion of the FS approach and why the judge found it was OK. Sometimes on this blog we talk about “if …

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More on the Green Mountain Lookout

Haven’t had time for thoughtful responses to the last two posts yet (one of my other volunteer activities is having some difficulties), but here is another story on the Lookout in Wilderness from Joel Connelly of the Seattle PI. The story is here. Warning: the rhetoric of this article is fairly inflammatory. As an ultimate …

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Jack Ward Thomas on the Role of DOJ and Settlements

This cartoon is from Stu’s Views and used with his permission. This post is another on some of the advantages and disadvantages of use of litigation in resolving environmental conflicts, and so let me clearly reiterate my position. I am not anti environmental law. I am not against the use of courts to decide when …

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Conflict

Sure, Dr. King was concerned about the great issues of the day, war and peace and civil rights. But some of the things he said about peace also relate to environmental conflicts. Things to think about. In honor of our holiday honoring Dr. King, I selected some quotes that may be worthy of our consideration …

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