Study: Managing fire, rather than suppressing it, makes wilderness areas more resilient to fire

The following is a press release from the University of California-Berkeley. mk Berkeley — An unprecedented 40-year experiment in a 40,000-acre valley of Yosemite National Park strongly supports the idea that managing fire, rather than suppressing it, makes wilderness areas more resilient to fire, with the added benefit of increased water availability and resistance to drought. …

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ICYMI – Federal court blocks logging in Wild and Scenic Selway canyon

In case you missed it, below is a joint press release from Idaho Rivers United, Friends of the Clearwater and Advocates for the West. Interested readers can also find a handy link toU.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale’s ruling to see what the clearcuts and roads planned by the U.S. Forest Service in the Selway and Middle …

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Trees are dying in the Sierra but the forests aren’t

Occasional blog contributor Char Miller had the following OpEd appear in the LA Times this weekend, which should be of interest to regular blog readers and commenters. – mk The trees are dying. The forests are not. This distinction is getting lost in all the angst over the tree die-off in the central Sierra, coastal ranges …

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East Reservoir Timber Sale on Kootenai National Forest in Montana Halted by Injunction

Regular readers of this blog will recall the numerous posts, comments and discussions concerning the East Reservoir timber sale on the Kootenai National Forest in Montana. Here’s a sampling of some those previous debates. Well, earlier today, two federal judges at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (including one judge who was appointed by George W. Bush …

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Judge orders expanded habitat protection for rare Canada lynx

According to Reuters, Chief U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen in Missoula, Montana “ordered U.S. wildlife managers on Wednesday to enlarge habitat protections in Idaho, Montana and Colorado for the Canada lynx, a rare wild cat that roams the Rockies and mountain forests of several other states.” Below is yesterday’s press release from the Alliance for the …

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New Analysis Shows Exactly How the Utah Public Lands Initiative Act Guts Wilderness Protections

Wilderness Watch has just released a new, detailed analysis of the Wilderness provisions found in the so-called “Utah Public Lands Initiative Act,” which was introduced in Congress on July 14 by Utah Republican Reps Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz. The day before the bill was released, E & E Publishing wrote this story, which contains some …

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Forest Service violated Wilderness Act, NFMA & NEPA in approving Wilderness mine in Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness

Here’s a bit of good news for those who value Wilderness in general, and specifically the Frank-Church River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho, the largest contiguous Wilderness area in the lower 48 states. On Tuesday, a federal judge in Idaho issued an order declaring that the U.S. Forest Service’s approval of the Golden Hand …

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Federal Judge orders Forest Service to stop logging secret clearcut on Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

The following is a press release from the Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Native Ecosystems Council. Back in March 2016 we had this blog post about the secret clearcut on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest in Montana. You can view photos of the logging project here. – mk On July 28, 2006 the Federal District …

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Bill to open Wilderness areas to mountain bikes – and chainsaws – introduced in Senate

The following press release is from Wilderness Watch. – mk New Legislation is an Assault on the Very Idea of Wilderness and the Values of the Wilderness Act The Sustainable Trails Coalition is attempting to amend and weaken the Wilderness Act MISSOULA, MONTANA – Last week Utah Republican Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee introduced the …

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George Ochenski on the true freedom of wilderness

Happy 4th of July, everyone! George Ochenski, the Monday morning columnist for the Missoulian (and a tremendous mountaineer, backcountry adventurer, hunter and fisherman), has this piece in today’s paper. There will be a lot of blustering about freedom by politicians today, but you can bet there won’t be any talking about one of the greatest …

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