Fee Simple: Why We Should Pay to Hike, Boat, Fish, Camp and Just Plain Visit Our National Forests

From Char Miller here: John McKinney means well, and his sentiments scan nicely: “I don’t think a nature hike is a forest product and that hikers are forest consumers. We’re out there for something that you can’t put a price on.” That’s what he told the Los Angeles Times following the 9th Circuit Court of …

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New Research: Who Litigates, Who Collaborates and Why?

A few years ago I received a phone call from from a researcher conducting a study about grassroots environmental organizations’ attitudes and behaviors toward ‘collaboration’ in national forest management. Caitlin Burke, Ph.D., with the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University wanted to know about the factors that affect state and local …

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Way Beyond Greenwashing: Have Corporations Captured “Big Conservation”?

Yesterday, Truthout ran this very thought-provoking piece from Jonathan Latham. While not directly related to National Forest planning issues, the article delves into many issues concerning the relationship between some of the world’s largest corporations and some of the world’s largest conservation organizations, a topic that has also been debated on this blog from time …

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Alliance for Wild Rockies Responds to MT Standard Editorial

A few days ago, the Montana Standard ran this editorial blasting the Alliance for Wild Rockies and Native Ecosystem Center for a lawsuit filed on the Fleecer timber sale on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.  The editorial also claimed that the paper couldn’t think of any instance in recent years when WildWest Institute hadn’t sued to …

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Uprisings in the West

Lawmakers pick fight with feds over public lands By Michelle L. Price and Josh Loftin Associated Press / March 7, 2012 http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2012/03/07/lawmakers_pick_fight_with_feds_over_public_lands/ SALT LAKE CITY—Some Western lawmakers are pushing for a showdown with Washington over federally-controlled land, picking a fight on an issue that they say puts an economic stranglehold on their states. Republican legislators …

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Forest Service Budget Hearing Reported in Colorado Independent

Forestry budgets sapped by scourges of warming climate Franken at Senate hearing calls Capitol Hill climate change denial ‘very disturbing’ in face of mounting costs The warming climate is breeding more beetle-ravaged forest and prolonged fire seasons, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell testified before a Senate committee on Tuesday, as he fielded questions about …

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