Wildfire prevention or forest destruction? Mountain communities question forest service clear cutting

The following article was written by Josh Schlossberg and appears in the current issue of the Boulder Weekly. – mk Drive along Highway 119 south of Nederland or Highway 9 south of Frisco and you’ll see large swaths of bare soil and scattered slash — including entire hillsides — where once there was forest. These …

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Science: Recent Front Range fires not fundamentally different from similar events that occurred historically under extreme weather conditions.

A new scientific study titled Historical, Observed, and Modeled Wildfire Severity in Montane Forests of the Colorado Front Range should be of interest to blog readers. The study is by Rosemary L. Sherriff, Rutherford V. Platt, Thomas T. Veblen, Tania L. Schoennagel, Meredith H. Gartner.  View the full study here. Abstract Large recent fires in the …

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Women Allege Harassment and Abuse on Forest Service Firefighting Crews

From the New York Times: WASHINGTON — Current and former female firefighters of the United States Forest Service have filed a complaint with the Department of Agriculture alleging that they suffered job discrimination, harassment and sexual abuse at the hands of male co-workers and that top agency officials failed to stop it. The women said …

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Conservationists Claim Clearwater Basin Collaborative Tarnishes Wilderness Act on its 50th Anniversary

What follows is a press release from Friends of the Clearwater. Moscow—In an ongoing effort to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Friends of the Clearwater released a report today that critically examines the Clearwater Basin Collaborative  (CBC)Agreement and Work Plan. If enacted by Congress, the agreement would put into place provisions that are incompatible …

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New Forest Service Data: Spotted Owls Living in Rim Fire Area Slated for Massive Logging Project

Source: Here. SAN FRANCISCO— New data from California’s Rim fire area shows there are at least 37 occupied owl territories in burned forest that the U.S. Forest Service wants to substantially cut as part of a post-fire logging project. Government surveys conducted this spring and summer in the Stanislaus National Forest, where last year’s Rim fire …

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Recovery after Severe Fire in the Klamath-Siskiyou: What Happens without Planting?

Download the entire article from Fire Science here. Summary The Klamath-Siskiyou forest of southern Oregon and northern California is home to a fire-adapted conifer ecosystem that historically experienced frequent, low-intensity fire. Often the management response to severe fire in the Klamath- Siskiyou includes planting—there is genuine and historical concern that without planting, the conifers will …

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New Interactive Maps Show National Forest Timber Sale Data

From Headwaters Economics: Headwaters Economics produced two interactive maps that help users better understand the commercial activities on National Forests such as the timber economy–gross receipts, timber harvest sales, and timber cuts–at a variety of scales. Gross Receipts from Commercial Activities allows users to view and download data on gross receipts from all commercial activities at …

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New Rim Fire Study: Extreme Weather Trumps Fuel Reduction

A new scientific study on the Rim Fire has just been published. “Severity of an uncharacteristically large wildfire, the Rim Fire, in forests with relatively restored frequent fire regimes” by Jamie Lydersen, Malcolm North and Brandon Collins is available here.  What follows is the abstract, with some emphasis added. Abstract The 2013 Rim Fire, originating …

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Bob Berwyn: Forest health crisis ends with a whimper

Read the entire article here. Below is a snip: “We may be cutting down the very trees we need to save the forest,” said Diana Six, a Montana-based U.S. Forest Service biologist who studies bugs and trees right down to the genetic level. Along with the salvage harvest of dead trees, many of the logging …

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Update: Montana Citizens Given Zero Notice or Opportunity to Participate in Gov Bullock’s 5.1M acre “Fast Track” Logging Proposal

Last week Steve shared this article about Montana Governor Steve Bullock nominating 5.1 million acres of National Forest lands in Montana for “fast track” logging under the recently passed Farm Bill. Since that article appeared in the Missoulian I attempted to gather basic information from the Gov’s office and the MT DNRC regarding what type …

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