Forest Service facing a cow conundrum

We have been discussing a variety of issues around moral philosophy on this blog lately, so here something a bit more earthy. P.S. The evacuees from the Lower North Fork Fire and (human and cat) staying at our house went home Friday. Forest Service facing a cow conundrum- here’s the link. Writer: Carolyn Sackariason Byline: …

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Before and After- Utah Style

In driving between Cedar City and Bryce Canyon, I was struck at the severe mortality from bark beetles. Here is what I saw the first time. The entire area had severe bark beetle mortality, with surviving aspen trees. I really doubt that any green trees were cut, as the bark beetles were still busily chewing …

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Harris Sherman interview in Missoulian

The story is here.. here’s an excerpt   Another topic that’s raised questions from both the Center for Biological Diversity and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is the new emphasis on “maintaining viable populations of species of conservation concern.” These plants and animals aren’t necessarily on the endangered species list. Environmentalists argue the new term …

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Highlighting Matthew’s Links on Wolves

As per request by Larry, from Matthew: For those who want to read the actual article, it can be found here: http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/elist/eListRead/wolf_torture_and_execution_continues_in_the_northern_rockies/ The Great Falls Tribune also ran this article this morning: Photos of live, trapped wolf prompt threats to Missoula-based group http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article/20120330/NEWS01/203300316/Photos-live-trapped-wolf-prompt-threats-Missoula-based-group?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Frontpage

Toward an Era of Restoration in Ecology: Successes, Failures, and Opportunities Ahead

Given the many discussions we’ve had on this blog concerning the top of restoration, this new research from Katharine N. Suding, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley should be of great interest to readers.  The title of the paper is “Toward an Era of Restoration in Ecology: Successes, …

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Collaborative Forest Management: What the FACA?

Recently, one of the main the topic of conversation here at NCFP has been about collaborative forest management. We have wandered though several posts and many comments into the controversy surrounding, in particular the Montana Forest Restoration Committee in Montana and the Tongass Futures Roundtable in Alaska. In these discussions, there have been those sitting …

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New Forest Service planning rule highlights the tension between flexibility and accountability

Here’s a piece by Holly Doremus on the new Planning Rule, on the Legal Planet blog here. I didn’t copy the links in the original to the piece below. ********************************************************* The Forest Service has now finalized the new planning rule it proposed a year ago. The final rule with preamble runs more than 240 pages. …

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Flathead NF wants to cut down 270 of the biggest, best larch for seeds

Forest activists at Montana’s Swan View Coalition are calling BS on the FS over the Flathead National Forest’s plans to cut down 270 of the biggest, genetically best western larch trees remaining on the forest in order to, get this, collect seed cones.  Yep, that right, while the federal government could put a man on …

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Chief on Collaboration

Collaboration on forest restoration projects key to sustainability (Go here to see all the hyperlinks.) Agency Chief testifies before House Committee on Agriculture WASHINGTON, March 27, 2012 —In testimony on Capitol Hill today, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell emphasized the importance of collaboration in developing restoration projects on national forests and grasslands. “The aim …

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