OSU study finds old-growth forests provide temperature refuges in face of climate change

Wow! Imagine that. Oregon Public Broadcasting has the story. Old-growth forests in the Northwest have the potential to make the extremes of climate change less damaging for wildlife. New research out of Oregon State University shows complex forests do a surprisingly good job of regulating temperature on the ground – even compared to fully mature …

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Conservation Groups Challenge Inadequate Bull Trout Recovery Plan

[The following is a press release from Friends of the Wild Swan and Alliance for the Wild Rockies. -mk] Conservation groups Friends of the Wild Swan and Alliance for the Wild Rockies filed a lawsuit in the Portland federal district court challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s bull trout recovery plan. The Plan fails …

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“I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your old-growth down!”

I just saw these new photographs of the Jim’s Creek logging project on the Willamette National Forest posted on Facebook by Doug Heiken, who has sometimes commented on this blog. Today, on Facebook, Doug wrote: “The Forest Service logged the crap out of this old forest in 2008 in order to ‘save’ the old pines which are …

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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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