Groups object to ‘undemocratic’ Gallatin Community Collaborative process

Date: March 31, 2016 at 4:03:32 PM MDT To: gallatincollaborative@gmail.com Cc: Mary Erickson <mcerickson@fs.fed.us> Please see the attached letter regarding the Gallatin Community Collaborative and our recommendation for the Gallatin Range Wilderness.  The letter is being provided on behalf of 14 organizations and 4 individuals. March 29, 2016 RE: Gallatin Community Collaborative process To Whom …

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New Analysis Shows Utah Public Lands Initiative Guts Wilderness Protections, Creates WINOs

(The following is a press release from Wilderness Watch. – mk) MISSOULA, MONTANA – This week Wilderness Watch released a detailed analysis of the wilderness provisions found in Congressmen Rob Bishop’s (R- UT) and Jason Chaffetz’s (R-UT) discussion draft of their Public Lands Initiative (PLI) for dealing with public lands in eastern and southern Utah. …

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116 Conservation Groups Tell Congress: Keep Bikes Out of Wilderness

Here’s a Forest Service and public lands policy issue that has been in the news more and more: Wilderness and mountain bikes. Personally, I own a mountain bike, but I wouldn’t consider myself a hard-core mountain biker. Then again, I’ve been known to use my mountain bike to haul deer and elk 12+ miles out …

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Beetle-killed forests are surprisingly rich in biodiversity

Imagine that. Read the full article from Jonathan Romeo at the Durango Herald here. Below are some interesting snips from the article. The Forest Service has long maintained such timber sales benefit the health of the ecosystem as it transitions from an old-growth to new-growth forest, but research from the University of Montana, as well …

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Secret clearcut on Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF discovered, conservation groups sue

[The following is a press release from the Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Native Ecosystems Council.  No word yet if the Beaverhead Partnership ‘collaborators’ (ie Montana Wilderness Association, Montana Trout Unlimited, National Wildlife Federation and some timber mill owners) knew about this alleged secret clearcut logging that apparently was conducted without any public involvement or …

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Toward a more ecologically informed view of severe forest fires

A new paper from researchers and scientists at the University of Montana, U.S. Forest Service, University of Missouri and Humboldt State University has just been published in the journal Ecosphere. Download it here. Abstract. We use the historical presence of high-severity fire patches in mixed-conifer forests of the western United States to make several points that we …

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TNC terminated logging agreement with Plum Creek following illegal logging

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has announced it’s logging agreement with Plum Creek Timber Co (now Weyerhaeuser) on 111,740 acres of national forest land in Montana has been terminated after a Federal Court ruled the logging done by TNC on Forest Service lands was illegal. The public was notified of this in the Flathead National Forest’s …

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Outside Takes In-Depth Look at “Collaboration,” Future of Wilderness & Public Lands

This new Outside Magazine article is a must read for those who love America’s public lands and Wilderness legacy and are worried about recent ‘collaborative’ efforts that weaken, undercut and compromise that legacy. Below are some highlights: But some environmental watchdogs, wilderness specialists, and academics worry that the [collaborative] approach is also setting dangerous precedents. …

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Montana Wilderness Association & Collaborative Group Promoting Myths Instead of Facts

By George Wuerthner The recent commentary on community collaboratives that was signed by a number of timber company representatives and forester along with the Montana Wilderness Association (MWA) promotes myths instead of truth with regards to forestry issues in western Montana.  As a former MWA board member, it particularly disturbing to see the organization championing frivolous …

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A-to-Z Timber Sale a bad idea, and a bad model

The following piece was written by Jeff Juel, National Forest Chair of the Upper Columbia River Group of the Sierra Club, which successfully objected to the Mill Creek A-to-Z timber sale, and appeared this weekend in the Spokesman Review. What do folks on this blog think about the fact that the Forest Service contracted a private timber …

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