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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Tongass Socialism

Although Ross Gorte has retired from the Congressional Research Service, where he made a career of critiquing fiscally irrational Forest Service timber management, his analytical skills are undiminished. In a report published this month by Headwaters Economics, Gorte and co-author Ben Alexander show that there has been no “transition to a second-growth economy” in the …

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Star Wars Comes to the Olympics

Olympic Mountains, that is. The Navy wants a Forest Service special-use permit to deploy mobile electromagnetic radiation emitting vehicles on Washington’s Olympic National Forest. To the Forest Service’s credit, it has extended the public comment period (until tomorrow) to accommodate concerns of local folks who don’t read the Seattle-area newspapers where the scoping notices were …

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