Citizens’ Call for Ecological Forest Restoration: Forest Restoration Principles and Criteria

These national Restoration Principles, released about ten years ago, were the result of a 4-year bridge building effort between conservation groups and restoration practitioners to develop agreement on a common sense, scientifically-based framework for restoring our nation’s forests.  I believe over 100 + conservation groups from around the country signed onto these Principles. Citizens’ Call …

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When Policy Trends Toward Bullshit

Much government policy and some law resides in a realm philosopher Henry Frankfurt labels “bullshit”—in earlier times called humbug or balderdash. Much US Forest Service policy falls here too: regulation, manual and handbook directives. At least that’s the way I’ve seen it for a very long time. Early in my Forest Service career, a colleague …

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Federal Judge Puts Final Nail in Coffin of Bush-Era Logging Plan

From EcoWatch: On March 20, a federal court in Oregon formally struck down a Bush-era plan that abandoned scientific protections for federal public lands in western Oregon and would have opened up those lands to outdated boom-and-bust logging. The plan, called the Western Oregon Plan Revision (known as WOPR and pronounced “whopper”) would have dramatically …

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