Forest Service releases soil burn severity maps for some Montana wildfires

The U.S. Forest Service has just started releasing detailed soil burn severity maps for wildfires that burned in the Northern Rockies this year. Hopefully some of this information and these maps are shared by the news media and political leaders. The Inciweb homepage is here. Individual maps of some specific fires are here. What’s the …

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Take a Flyover of the Chetco Bar Fire

How cool is this? I’ve been meaning to post this for the past week. From the comfort of your own computer screen you can take a flyover of the 191,000 acre Chetco Bar Fire in southwestern Oregon with the National incident Team! The thing that strikes me right away is the very clear mosaic pattern …

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Senator Tester’s 100% untrue statement about USFS Forest Plan Revision process: “Everything Stops.”

Last night on Montana Public Radio and Yellowstone Public Radio there was a story about Senator Tester’s and Senator Daines’ effort to overturn a U.S. Federal District Court ruling (which was affirmed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court also refused to rehear the case) that they don’t like. Here’s …

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Forester (and former Forest Service spokesperson) Frank Carroll says Environmentalists are “arsonists” and “bomb-throwers;” Mike Garrity is a “henchman;” and there’s a whole “enviro-terrorist industry.”

You can read the entire opinion piece from Frank Carroll, co-owner of “Professional” Forest Management out of South Dakota right here. I find it shocking that the Rapid City Journal would published such a piece. Also, somewhat shocking is the fact that Frank Carroll was the official public affairs officer for the Black Hills National …

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Experts: More logging and thinning to battle wildfires might just burn taxpayer dollars

On Sunday, the Missoulian published on their homepage and Facebook page – and then about 4 hours later, deleted – this in-depth story about public lands logging, fuel reduction and wildfires. The editor claims it was a ‘mistake’ that it was published and that the article isn’t finished and needs editing. The complete version of …

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Struggling Oregon county spent $490,000 in federal safety net money on pro-timber video, animal trapping

Douglas County, in southwestern Oregon, is so broke it had to close all its public libraries earlier this year. However, according to an investigation in the Oregonian, Douglas County Commissioners “have awarded Communities for Healthy Forests a total of $490,000 in federal money over the last two years, $250,000 of it to make videos. Only …

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WILDFIRES: Politicians out of step with science, serve up myths promoted by commercial interests

I’ve been a contributor on this blog for a long time, and if there are two people and/or organizations that some folks on this blog love to hate more then the rest it’s the Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Dr. Chad Hanson. So, how cool is it that AWR’s director Mike Garrity and Dr. …

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Forest Service tried to quash paper debunking Montana wildlife authority

This is a must read! Public lands, wildlife management and Forest Service censorship, oh my! Dr. Martin Nie is not only the director of the distinguished Bolle Center for People and Forests at the University of Montana…but Dr. Nie was one of the founders of this blog. The Missoulian article also includes quotes from current …

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University of Montana Forest Ecologist Takes Senator Daines to the Woodshed for Wildlife Blame-Game

Last night Montana Senator Steve Daines, who hasn’t hosted an in-person town hall meeting in over 1,000 days hosted a ‘teletownhall’ to blame ‘radical environmentalists’ for wildfires. Montana Public Radio News Director Eric Whitney sat in the studio and listened to Senator Daines’ phone call with University of Montana Forest Ecologist Dr. Andrew Larson. You …

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The Science of Fighting Wildfires Gets a Satellite Boost

This piece, “The Science of Fighting Wildfires Gets a Satellite Boost” from Megan Molteni in Wired is certainly worth a read. While the news media in Montana seems entirely intent on just letting Montana’s politicians – especially from the GOP – engaged in childish name calling like calling Montana citizens who are environmentalists ‘extremists’ ‘fringe’ …

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