Plan for Plans; Rule for Rules

I really liked the “plain Englishness” of this story by Orlando Montoya of Georgia Public Broadcasting. Forest Land Plans Could Change By Orlando Montoya ATLANTA, Ga. — Controlled burns are just one of many issues addressed in a proposed rule change in the National Forest Service. (photo Chattahoochee-Oconoee National Forest) National Forest Service officials are …

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Should Numbers Count?

Over 7,000 people have signed an Earthjustice petition at change.org.  The Forest Service has always insisted that commenting on NEPA documents is not a numbers game.  Should it be?  The agency insists that substantive comments carry more weight that mass mailings.  Should they?  What do these 7,000 signatures really mean? SIGNATURES 7,130 PETITIONING U.S. Forest …

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National Parks, I Mean Forests

From TreeHugger.com.  I know the Sierra Club clearly knows the difference, but note that the “Read more” links at the end of the piece all reference national parks. I wonder how many Americans are actually well-informed enough to comment critically on the draft planning rule? An Opportunity to Protect Our National Forests by Sarah Hodgdon, …

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Op-Ed on Planning Rule: Scientists in the Fishbowl

This op-ed, in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, reminds me of suggestion I would like to make to all science students (or natural resources, or environment)- and to designers of curricula. I was blessed to have had an excellent course in history of science at UCLA before I started my science degree programs. At the time …

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Forest Service Retirees’ Position Statement on Forest Health and Fire

Below is a position statement from the National Association of Forest Service Retirees. Here’s a link to their website. What do you think? Position Statement on Forest Health and Fire, April 27, 2011 To achieve forest health, protection of adjacent communities from catastrophic fire, other forest management goals and to maintain National Forest lands in …

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On Corruption, Agency Capture and Forest Service Experience

In comments on a recent post I noted that “corruption and bias are always in play” when dealing with high-level politics. Over at the Kaufmann Governance Post, Daniel Kaufmann has taken up a crusade to daylight and castigate what he calls “corruption,” moving it beyond more traditionally narrow framing as bribes, kickbacks, direct money payoffs, …

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The End Of and Era– Wildlaw No More

Ray Vaughn, sometime contributor to this blog, has announced (in the letter which follows) that his organization Wildlaw, will soon cease to exist.  After many successful suits against the Forest Service, Ray decided a few years ago that, as much fun as suing and winning might be, it might be more satisfying to work cooperatively …

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