Standards in Planning

The question of standards in forest planning has emerged as a central issue in the proposed NFMA regulations.  It seems that a common narrative by the press in covering the story thus far is the amount of discretion afforded in the proposed rule versus its lack of “musts and shalls.” Here is the definition of …

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The Musts & Shalls

One of my hopes for the new planning rule was that it would require the writing of meaningful forest plans.  Here is what I wrote as part of last year’s science panel (Nie NFS planning rule science panel statement): There is little value in writing expensive, time-consuming plans if such plans make no decisions and …

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We’ll Consider It…

Instead of taking on the proposed forest planning regulations in one fell swoop, I’d like to use our blog to analyze it in sections, with a lot of debate and discussion along the way.  There are things in the proposed regulations that I really like.  And I’m planning on writing about those soon.  But I’d …

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Mark Squillace Reviews Draft Rule

Mark Squillace, Director of the Natural Resources Law Center at the University of Colorado in Boulder, is quick out of the gate with a review of the draft rule: http://rlch.org/blog/2011/14/2/first-look-draft-forest-planning-rules If filmed, the Squillace trailer/teaser would begin with the voice of James Earl Jones:  He sees “much to like about the new draft rules,” but …

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Defenders’ Planning Checklist

Here’s a new report from Defenders of Wildlife providing a checklist for evaluating the impending 2011 forest planning rule: Defenders’ Planning Checklist in PDF.  This is sure to be the first of several upcoming evaluations and critiques, and we’ll post those here as well.  I don’t see any big surprises here.  The group is obviously focused …

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County Payments, Jobs, & Forest Health

I thought some of our readers might be interested in a recent paper by Headwaters Economics examining ideas for reforming the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) and Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT).  Here is the PDF Reform_County_Payments_WhitePaper_LowRes and the link http://www.headwaterseconomics.org/tools/reforming-federal-land-payments-to-counties/ This outfit does some really neat work and this paper …

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Hammers, Carrots, and Olive Branches

The Ninth Circuit En Banc This post is in response to Sharon’s recent writing about the role of litigation in federal lands management.  Though I sometimes disagree with Sharon’s framing of issues and assessment of things, I appreciate her willingness to tackle tough issues.  But if we are going to take on such important questions, …

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40th Anniversary of Bolle Report

Next Thursday, Nov. 18, marks the 40th Anniversary of publication of the “Bolle Report” in the Congressional Record in 1970 (Bolle Report in pdf).  Our readers are likely familiar with the Bitterroot controversy and the importance of the Bolle Report in shaping contemporary National Forest law and management.  But here is some background I wrote …

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Secretary Vilsack Letter

Not exactly breaking news, but this is mid-semester, misery-index at 8.5,  so I get a pass: Excerpts from a letter recently sent to Senator Tester from the Secretary of Agriculture.  Vilsack_FJRA_Letter. As with any new program or pilot, providing sufficient funding will be critical to allowing the Forest Service to prepare and implement mechanical treatments …

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