Next Step on Colt Summit- Complaint

Thanks to Matthew Koehler for sending this brief that was filed Friday. Summary.Judge.OPENING.BRIEF.FINAL.filed.jan.27 . I think it’s great to watch a single project go through appeals and litigation. We can also ask the question “how do we think it would be different if we had an objection process instead? I’m still trying to glean what …

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MSNBC and Oregon Live on Planning Rule

I forgot to post this MSNBC story sooner. I think it’s particularly interesting because of this quote: The Natural Resources Defense Council had a mixed initial take on the rule. “It is much more meaningful about getting local officials to apply the best available science,” NRDC forest analyst Niel Lawrence told msnbc.com, and there’s “significant …

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The Missoulian on Objections and Appeals

Thanks to the Missoulian for giving us a break from the planning rule.. my comments in italics.. U.S. Forest Service streamlines appeal process By ROB CHANEY of the Missoulian | Posted: Saturday, January 28, 2012 10:16 pm | No Comments Posted What’s the difference between an appeal and an objection? When dealing with the U.S. …

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Denver Post Editorial – Balancing Act (Media Watch #5)

This is the first editorial I’ve seen.. Editorial: Forest blueprint is a balancing act The management plan is the product of significant collaboration. We hope it stands the test of time. Posted: 01/28/2012 01:00:00 AM MST By The Denver Post The Obama administration’s proposed blueprint for management of the nation’s 193 million acres of national …

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Voices from the Interior West: Missoulian and KTAR -Phoenix – (Media Watch #4)

Here’s the Missoulian: missoulian.com Obama administration releases new national forest management rules By ROB CHANEY of the Missoulian | Posted: Friday, January 27, 2012 6:15 am A proposed planning rule for managing national forests puts new emphasis on watershed health and recreation, but also strives to keep loggers in the woods, U.S. Forest Service officials …

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And now: from The New York Times (Media Watch #3)

January 27, 2012, 10:07 am How to Manage U.S. Forests, Version 3.1 By FELICITY BARRINGER In the high-tech world, new versions of programs are released to fix new bugs. In the federal regulatory world, new versions of management blueprints are released to address legal problems. Each is generally judged by a simple metric: did the …

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Climate Change Strategy

Thanks to the Wildlife Society for providing the following. There are 16 Federal agencies on the steering committee and I assume that USDA is one of those. Obama proposal battles climate change impact on wildlife Western Farm Press In partnership with state, tribal, and federal agency partners, the Obama administration released the first draft national …

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Planning Rule Media Watch (2) – ENN and Asheville Times

First from the Environmental News Service (thanks to Terry Seyden). My comments in italics. Obama’s New Forest Planning Rule Fails to Satisfy Conservationists http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jan2012/2012-01-26-091.html WASHINGTON, DC, January 26, 2012 (ENS) – The Obama administration today proposed a new forest planning rule that will guide the management of 155 forests, 20 grasslands and one prairie in …

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Wash Post story on Planning Rule

Obama administration issues major rewrite of national forest rules http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/administration-issues-major-rewrite-of-forest-rules/2012/01/26/gIQAnquvTQ_story.html By Juliet Eilperin, Thursday, January 26, 6:42 PM The Obama administration finalized a rule Thursday governing the management of 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands, establishing a new blueprint to guide everything from logging to recreation and renewable energy development. The guidelines — …

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New Planning Rule Released!

Thanks to Terry Seyden for being on top of this one! More (much more..) to follow. Send me stories you find and I will post.. terraveritas@gmail.com. APNewsBreak: US to unveil new forest rules http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46144914#.TyFOmvmX2Zc updated 1 hour 39 minutes ago By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration says new rules to …

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