Planning Rule FACA Committee- Your Chance for a Seat at the Table

While some of us were vacationing, the alert Charles Pekow published this. From the Federal Register Notice here. In accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended (5 U.S.C. App. 2) and with the concurrence of the General Services Administration (GSA), the Secretary of Agriculture intends to establish the National …

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Wuerthner on Rocky Mountain Front Range Heritage Act

… Thanks to Matthew Koehler for this link and also for the above photo FYI: http://www.newwest.net/topic/article/rocky_mountain_front_heritage_act_misses_on_weeds_and_wilderness/C41/L41/ Guest Column Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act Misses on Weeds and Wilderness A coalition claims it wants to protect Montana’s Rockies by supporting the proposed Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act, but is it a wolf in sheep’s clothing? By …

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Promoting the Lorax

In keeping with the Holiday season, the Forest Service announced it is uniting with the Ad Council to promote Universal Pictures’ new movie, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. At least that’s likely how Universal Pictures’ p.r. department spun the story to its board. The Forest Service says that Universal Pictures is promoting forests to kids. [BTW, …

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Rural Family Incomes Drop 2007-’10- from the Daily Yonder

Here is a piece on the changes in income in rural communities, also some other economic statistics for rural communities from the Daily Yonder. May be relevant to the current interest in jobs in rural communities in Oregon and elsewhere. Note 1: the text says “click on the map”; that only works on the maps …

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Oregonian Editorial- Down the center path on federal forests

Here is the link. Congress has to get cracking; time is running out on timber counties Three Oregon congressmen recently described on these pages the outlines of a plan aimed at breaking the impasse on federal forests and preserving basic county services across timber country. It looks promising, and we’re eager to see more. Democrats …

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Buyer Beware

In September, 2007, the lightning-ignited Moonlight Fire burned 65,000 acres in and around California’s Plumas National Forest. In keeping with the ecology of these forests, the fire burned a mosaic of high-intensity mixed with unburned trees. The Forest Service estimated 549 million board feet were scorched. In making its salvage logging decision, the Forest Service …

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A Couple of Bipartisan Place-Based Bills

From Oregon here: Oregon’s rural communities cannot afford another 20 years of gridlock in our federal forests. Without a new path forward, mills will continue to disappear, forest jobs will be outsourced and counties will be pushed off the budgetary cliff. During a time when it’s particularly hard to find common ground in public policy, …

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Black-Backed Woodpecker, a 1400 Acre Project, and Species Viability

Note: the map above can be found in the final EA for the Angora project. CA initiates state protection for rare woodpecker By SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press Monday, December 26, 2011 (12-26) 02:44 PST South Lake Tahoe, Calif. (AP) — Over the objections of the U.S. Forest Service, wildlife officials in California are taking steps …

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New Study: Fuel Reduction Likely to Increase Carbon Emissions

Thanks to Matthew Koehler for finding this paper..it’s an interesting review paper. Here’s a summary from Science Daily: Forest Health Versus Global Warming: Fuel Reduction Likely to Increase Carbon Emissions Forest thinning, such as this work done in the Umpqua National Forest in Oregon, may be of value for some purposes but will also increase …

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