Groups File Objections to Protect Fish, Wildlife and Recommended Wilderness on the Flathead National Forest

The Swan View Coalition put together the following blog post, which includes links to a bunch of official objections filed on the Flathead National Forest’s revised forest plan (including one from my organization, the WildWest Institute). Conservation groups wanting better protection for fish and wildlife in the Northern Rockies filed Objections to the revised Flathead …

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The Bureau of Land Management is “chaining” our public lands, and BLM’s next stop could be within Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

In my opinion, “chaining” looks straight outta Isengard from Lord of the Rings. The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) has launched a statewide television and online media campaign in Utah to focus public attention on the Bureau of Land Management’s destructive practice of “chaining” native pinyon and juniper forests to create more forage for cattle …

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Oregon Raises Protections for Rare Seabird: Logging, Loss of Prey, Climate Change All Endanger Marbled Murrelet

Here’s the press release from the successful conservation groups. PORTLAND, Ore.— Responding to a petition from conservation groups, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted today to change the status of marbled murrelets from threatened to endangered under the Oregon Endangered Species Act. The decision to uplist the murrelet reflects the increasingly imperiled status of …

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Does Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Want to Log America’s National Parks?

It sure sort of, kind of, sounds that way. Check out this piece from Outdoor Life: The Sprague Fire that burned the [Sperry] chalet was part of a wider trend last summer that saw the worst fire season in Montana in 30 years. As we walk, Zinke points to the dense stand of Douglas fir …

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Does wildfire create home sweet home for bees?

In case you haven’t heard, bees are in serious trouble all around the world. If you like to eat food, that’s a big concern. Turns out, researchers with Oregon State University are also finding that with increased wildfire severity they are also noticing a higher abundance of bees. I have to wonder if that higher …

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Report: Timber harvesting is by far the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon

A new analysis released this week by the Center for Sustainable Economy found that: Timber harvesting is by far the largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Oregon. Since 2000, annual emissions associated with removal of stored carbon, sacrificed sequestration, and decay of logging residuals averaged 33 million metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent (mmt …

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What if our efforts to stop wildfires actually make them bigger?

Yes, what if. The full article from today’s Missoulian is here, and some interesting snips are below. “It’s a counter-intuitive result,” said research ecologist Sean Peck. “We put out the fire, but in the long run, there are negative unintended consequences. If we’re putting out all fires under moderate weather conditions, the fire we can’t …

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U.S. House OKs bills paving way for mining near the Boundary Waters Wilderness

In the (very dry) summer of 1988 I did an extended Outward Bound trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, which for a variety of reasons, changed my life forever. According to Minnesota Public Radio: The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to reopen Superior National Forest land near the Boundary Waters …

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