A closer look at Montana’s ‘second-biggest wildfire season so far this decade’

This AP article, which ran in most all Montana newspapers, caught my eye yesterday. I’d like to use it to point out a few things related to wildfires. The title of the article is “State’s wildfire season second-biggest so far this decade.” For starters, what’s sort of bizarre, is that the reporter only looked at a 6 …

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Despite Rhetoric, Study Finds Severe Wildfires NOT Increasing in Western Dry Forests

A new study from Dr. William Baker of the University of Wyoming titled “Are high-severity fires burning at much higher rates recently than historically in dry-forest landscapes of the western USA?“, was published today in the international scientific journal PLOS ONE, and is freely available here. Below is a portion of the press release: LARAMIE, Wyo., Sept. …

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Official Year-to-Date Wildfire Stats: Beyond the Rhetoric & Hysteria

With so much media and political attention focused on wildfires – and in some cases public lands management and calls to greatly increase logging on national forests by reducing public input and environmental analysis – it may be helpful to take a look at this year’s wildfire stats to see what’s burned and where. Here’s …

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Forest Service’s Fire Budget is 10 X’s larger per acre than National Park Service’s Fire Budget

According to this information complied by Michael Kellett of RESTORE: The North Woods, the U.S. Forest Service’s wildland fire budget is about 10 times larger per acre than the National Park Service fire budget. Kellett writes: “There are some differences in the details of each agency’s budget. But the big-ticket items appear to correlate to each …

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WaPost’s Fact Checker gives Senator Tester 4 Pinocchios for logging lawsuit lies

Good thing the Washington Post’s Fact-Checker doesn’t check many of the claims on this site, right? In reality, this article about Senator Tester’s “whoppers” could just as easily be a FACT CHECK on the entire Montana political, media and environmental establishment, which also repeat variations of these same lies and untruths, and have for years. I’m especially …

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Regulators: Oregon logging rules don’t protect fish, water

The AP’s Jeff Barnard has the full story here. The opening few paragraphs, as well as a quote from the organization that brought the lawsuit, are below. Federal regulators ruled Friday that Oregon logging rules do not sufficiently protect fish and water from pollution caused by clear-­cutting too close to streams, runoff from old logging …

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PEER: BLM Dumbing Down Reports on Livestock Range Conditions

People may want to view the following press release from Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) in context of the so-called “Grazing Improvement Act” rider, which was attached to the $585 Billion Defense Bill.  In Montana, this public lands grazing rider was proudly touted by Sen Tester and Rep Daises, while it wasn’t publicly opposed …

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“Have We Heard the Chimes at Midnight?” Wilderness50 Keynote from BLM Wilderness Expert

If you care about the future of America’s public lands and Wilderness legacy, please watch this video! – mk Are we are in danger of losing the Wilderness System? Chris Barns is the Wilderness Specialist for the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center’s BLM National Landscape Conservation System in Missoula, Montana. With millions of acres …

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Judge blasts Forest Service, reaffirms ruling protecting endangered species on 111,740 acres of National Forest lands

The following press release is from the Alliance for the Wild Rockies. – mk  The federal district court in Montana reaffirmed and clarified its September 2014 ruling that the U.S. Forest Service violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when it approved logging procedures for 111,740 acres of newly-acquired …

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