Anti-Logging Activists Cause Catastrophic Forest Fires . . .

Today, NASA posted this image of forest fires burning around Siberia’s Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world. A drought has gripped the region throughout 2015. As in Alaska this year, these boreal forest fires are burning unchecked. Question for our readers. Would fuels treatment, thinning or other logging have prevented these fires?

“Koch Brothers’ Mouthpiece” Slams Forest Service Firefighting Spending

Every now and then, Cato Institute senior fellow Randal O’Toole returns to his public land policy roots. Today he plays a familiar riff on firefighting spending. Twenty years ago, one could have imagined a congressional coalition of Blue Dog Democrats and sensible Republicans working together to come up with a new fire policy. No longer. …

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You Gotta Tell Me What I Already Know

The job of enforcing environmental laws rests primarily with the government. But, as regular readers know well, sometimes the government doesn’t do its job. That’s why Congress included “citizen suit” remedies in several key laws, such as the Endangered Species and Clean Water Acts. These provisions deputize citizens to enforce the law when the responsible …

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Federal Judge Tosses Out Timber Industry Lawsuit Against NFMA Planning Rule

In a decision that should surprise no one who has been paying attention, a D.C. federal district court judge has tossed out the timber industry’s lawsuit challenging the 2012 NFMA planning rule. Industry alleged a potpourri of substantive claims against the planning rule, but won’t get a chance to argue them. The judge dismissed industry’s …

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Seeing the Forest

If you’re looking for something to watch on date night, you might enjoy “Seeing the Forest,” an FSEEE-produced 30-minute documentary released on-line today. The movie chronicles the Siuslaw National Forest’s path to a fish and watershed restoration mission. It’s a sequel to “Torrents of Change,” which recounted how the 1996 flood helped galvanize and reinforce …

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In the SES, Everyone is Above Average

Assiduous readers will recall that Forest Service employees generally think poorly of their agency, according to the annual “Best Places to Work” polling. Dissatisfaction with the Forest Service cuts across the demographic spectrum — young, old, black, white, male, female. With one exception. If you are fortunate enough to be one of the Forest Service’s …

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Kent Connaughton retired from his position as Pacific Northwest Regional Forester in June of last year. Nora Rasure was promoted from her PNW deputy RF position to the Intermountain’s top dog seat two years ago. Former deputy RF Muareen Hyzer is something called “Threat Characterization & Management Program Manager” in the Wenatchee Forest Sciences Lab. …

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Valentine’s Day Land Theft

In an administrative coup d’etat, the Department of Interior added the Arapaho National Forest to its vast federal estate. The Valentine’s Day massacre came to light in “The Sweetest Valentine’s Day Video You’ll Watch Today,” released today on YouTube. The touching video shows couples in love getting married on national parks and monuments administered by …

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We’re Throwing a Party! And You’re Not Invited.

The Forest Service is throwing an invitation-only party for “key stakeholders.” How do you know if you’re a “key stakeholder?” Well, have you been invited? No? There’s your answer. The party is to revise the nation’s most important forest plan — the Northwest Forest Plan. Remember it? It either saved 8 million irreplaceable old-growth forest …

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