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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Armed Militia in Oregon Part of Long-running, Right-wing Fight Against Public Lands

Below is a press release from the Center for Biological Diversity.– mk An armed militia has taken over a federal building in southeastern Oregon as part of a long-running campaign of violence, intimidation and right-wing paranoia that has festered for decades in the West, most recently with the standoff with Cliven Bundy in Nevada in 2014. …

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Stewart Brandborg on “Today’s Wilderness Challenge”

As a Montanan I am blessed to live in a place of incomparable beauty and wealth of natural resources.  In appreciation of that I find myself moved to make a plea to thoughtful citizens to resist the corrosive effects of growing threats to the quality of life we enjoy. The Wilderness law has delivered to …

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Will a pro-logging ‘rider’ bill in Congress bring clearcuts for Christmas?

Post-fire clearcutting on the Stanislaus National Forest in the Rim fire area, eliminated the wildlife-rich snag forest habitat and left only stump fields. Photo by Maya Khosla. [NOTE: The following article first appeared in the Earth Island Journal. – mk] Clearcuts for Christmas? Pro-logging “rider” bill in Congress would allow clearcutting in our national forests By Dr. Chad …

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Montana Wilderness Association Goes Off-The-Rails

If anyone saw the Missoulian on  November 16th it was hard not to notice an epic, off-the-rails rant from the Montana Wilderness Association’s ‘communications manager’ Ted Brewer (entirely propped up by strawman arguments) against longtime environmental and public lands champion George Ochenski. Here’s how Ted Brewer’s Montana Wilderness Association piece opened up: Recently the Missoulian published two columns on its Opinion …

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Gypsum, CO Biomass Plant Update: Fires, ‘fraudulent transfers’ & ‘civil conspiracy’…Oh my!

Over the past few years this blog has covered a few articles related to the Gypsum biomass plant in Colorado. In fact, back in August 2013 this blog shared an article in which “U.S. Sen. Mark Udall said the Gypsum biomass power plant is a “win-win-win” project when he and state Sen. Gail Schwartz toured …

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Forest Service announces plans to withdraw destructive Tongass old- growth timber sale

[Below is a press release from the Greater Southeast Alaska Conservation Community, Cascadia Wildlands, Center for Biological Diversity, Greenpeace, the Alaska Wildlife Alliance and Crag Law Center dated October 12, 2015. – mk] PETERSBURG, Alaska – In a federal court filing last Friday the U.S. Forest Service announced it will withdraw its decision on the Mitkof Island …

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