Why Three Planning Levels?

Anyone who has followed this blog knows that I am fond of talking about adaptive management (here) and railing against planning. (here, here, here). Sometimes both at once. Today I puzzle, once again, over why the Forest Service insists on three levels of planning: national, forest, and project or activity. Note: it used to be …

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We’ll Consider It…

Instead of taking on the proposed forest planning regulations in one fell swoop, I’d like to use our blog to analyze it in sections, with a lot of debate and discussion along the way.  There are things in the proposed regulations that I really like.  And I’m planning on writing about those soon.  But I’d …

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Planning: The View from Plato’s Cave

A “forest planner” friend called me the other night to chide me for missing one of the best powder skiing days ever. As our conversation progressed I shared my frustration with the Forest Service’s thirty years failed national forest planning efforts. My friend said that I ought not to expect forest planning types, including those …

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You’ve Got To Have Friends

Dave Iverson, in responding to Sharon’s post The Ranchers and the Feds Should Be Friends said that: “. . . the Forest Service has no business courting friendship. The folks involved with the many “friends of” groups associated with a number of national forests might disagree.   A few years ago, I was fortunate to spend …

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4FRI Agreement Signed

Here’s the link to an Arizona Daily Sun story. On paper, they are all starting on the same page. Now comes the hard part: finding the money and implementing one of the most ambitious forest restoration plans in the country. More than 20 organizations — some of them past legal adversaries — signed a memorandum …

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The Ranchers and the Feds Should Be Friends

The National Grasslands don’t often get the limelight in our Forest Service discussions. Sometimes I think the filter of the timber wars obscures a vision of our best mutual future. But listen to these words and see if you think they might be relevant to some of our other disputes. Especially the concept- there are …

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Squillace on Species Diversity

Professor Mark Squillace, Director of the Natural Resources Law Center at the University of Colorado Law School, who authored the previous post reviewing the proposed Rule linked to our blog here, sent along this link to a specific post on species viability. Here’s the introduction: The much-anticipated draft Forest Service land use planning rules were …

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Stirling on Science and Skepticism

This quote is relevant to recent discussion between David Beebe and me here. It’s always a great discovery when others agree with you and they are also 20 x more articulate (plus have social legitimacy)! The entire post is well worth reading for its discussion of the science biz. [T]he basic aspirational principles of science …

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In Search of Our Desired Forest

“What we leave on the land is more important than what we take away.” – Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth, 2002 “Narrowly defined desired future ecosystem conditions, particularly if they are historical conditions poorly aligned with the unprecedented future, will seldom provide useful targets for management intervention.” – Stephenson, Millar, and Cole In Beyond Naturalness, …

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