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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Rim Fire trees sailing to China, domestic mills “pretty much at capacity”

From Reed Fujii, staff writer with the The Record, Stockton, California: If there’s a silver lining to last year’s Rim Fire, California’s third-largest recorded wildfire, scorching more than 257,000 acres around and in Yosemite National Park, it may be in the piles of logs now being stacked up at the Port of Stockton. MDI Forest Products, …

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The bonfire of insanity: Woodland is shipped 3,800 miles and burned in Drax power

This weekend an article ran in the UK titled “The bonfire of insanity: Woodland is shipped 3,800 miles and burned in Drax power.”  The article was written by David Rose and provides an additional look into the issue of cutting down forests in North Carolina, chipping those forests into pellets and then shipping those pellets nearly 4,000 …

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New Dogwood Alliance Video Exposes Wood Pellet Industry Impact on Rural Communities

The following is a guest post from the Dogwood Alliance’s Scot Quaranda. mk We thought you might be interested in our new video… Dogwood Alliance is proud to release our investigative video Our Forests Aren’t Fuel: Injustice in Northampton While Southern wetlands are going Up in Smoke so European Governments can meet their renewable energy targets, our forests and …

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Dr. Law: Role of Forest Ecosystems in Climate Change Mitigation

Dr. Beverly Law recently gave a presentation titled, “Role of Forest Ecosystems in Climate Change Mitigation.”   Here’s some information on Dr. Law’s background, education and area of expertise, via  Dr. Law’s website at Oregon State University: Dr. Beverly Law is Professor of Global Change Forest Science in the College of Forestry, and an Adjunct …

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Incorrect Road Data Presented to Flathead NF Collaborative

Here’s another letter from Swan View Coalition Chair Keith Hammer to the Flathead National Forest and the Meridian Institute.  The letter is shared with Mr. Hammer’s permission, as it is part of the public record. The letter also highlights more problems and frustrations with the “collaborative” process as being carried out by the Forest Service …

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More Flaws in Flathead NF “Collaborative” Process

For a few years now some of us have been trying to hammer home the point – based on our actual experiences – that not all Forest Service “collaborative” processes are created equal, and in some cases, lead to even greater feelings of mistrust and frustrations. One such recent example of a questionable “collaborative” process …

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