Is USFS World’s Most Expensive Wildland Firefighting Agency?

At least in the U.S., no one even comes close. The Forest Service oversees 193 million acres with a wildland fire management budget of about $2 billion. That’s $10.36/acre. The Department of Interior manages 500 million acres with a wildland fire budget of $856 million. That’s $1.71/acre. By the way, DOI enjoys a 98% initial …

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Monangahela National Forest/Park

Monangahela National Forest Park Would the public interest be better served if parts of the Monongahela National Fores were administered by the National Park Service instead of the Forest Service? As Sharon mentions in her introduction to Chris Topik’s guest post, the Nature Conservancy has acquired and protected thousands of acres with the Monongahela. Can …

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Speaking up for America’s Forests

This is from the TNC blog here. The following is a guest post written by Chris Topik. Chris has spent his entire career working to restore America’s forests. Today he serves as director of The Nature Conservancy’s Restoring America’s Forests program. Previously he worked as staff for the House Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations …

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Bugs, fire, politics threaten western Montana forests: from the Missoulian

Here’s the link. Three things will combine to radically transform Montana forests in the next 50 years: bugs, fire and politics. Mountain pine beetles have killed millions of acres of lodgepole pine trees. Those dead stands, combined with a progressively drier climate, will likely burn in wilder, more intense fashion. The biological aftermath should bring …

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Guest Post from Derek Weidensee on the 2011 Cut and Sold Report

The FY 2011 USFS “cut and sold” report just came out. At the risk of sounding to “Rain Man” like, here’s a couple stats some may find interesting. –In Colorado, in 2011, the total “commercial timber harvest” was TWICE that of 2005. 2011= 69-MMBB vs. 2005=33-MMBF. Who would have expected that in the great recession!(The …

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Another Confusing Roadless Story: Aspens, Intervention, and Upper Tier

Thanks again to Terry Seyden for this catch! It’s a bit hard to tell in this news story, but the story is about a couple of different things that if you weren’t following this story closely, might be confusing. I will try to help. Chain saw environmentalism at cutting edge of forest fight Aspen, Colo. …

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Wood Products, Bioenergy and Climate: Lippke et al. Study

Here’s a link to the new paper Sustainable Biofuel Contributions to Carbon Mitigation and Energy Independence Here’s the UW news release. Proposals to remove the carbon dioxide caused by burning fossil fuel from the atmosphere include letting commercially managed forests grow longer between harvests or not cutting them at all. An article (http://www.mdpi.com/1999-4907/2/4/861/) published in …

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Ethnobotany Interrupted

Thanks to Bob Zybach for this piece from the Eugene Weekly. It talks about “what is “restoration” and what is the role of Native Americans and their traditional management techniques. Here’s an excerpt. the original story is here. A Human Dilemma Current restoration objectives for the West Eugene Wetlands tend to center around creating habitat …

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