Wilderness & the Politics of Compromise

The former Solicitor of the Interior, John Leshy, says there exists in wilderness politics a tension between idealism and pragmatism. This tension is evident in the 1964 Wilderness Act and subsequent wilderness laws, for each is generally the product of some negotiation and compromise.   Though too simplistic, this split is helpful to understanding the past, …

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Place-based National Forest Legislation & Agreements: Report to USFS

As our readers know, there has been a considerable amount of debate on this blog regarding place-based national forest legislation (e.g., the Tester and Wyden bills).  A while back I put together some tables comparing various bills and formalized agreements, to see how they approach things such as NEPA, restoration, and other matters.  [Here it …

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Planning Without the Mess?

One of my favorite political scientists (Elizabeth Theiss-Morse) co-authored a book a while ago entitled Congress as Public Enemy: Public Attitudes Toward American Political Institutions (1995).  The authors remind us, if we ever needed reminding, that the democratic process is slow and often characterized by compromise, uncertainty, disagreement and conflict.  But the authors find in …

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All-Lands & Planning

Without further details and language, I’m unsure of what to make of the USFS’s draft planning rule framework.  I’m anxious to see the draft language and learn more next week at the 4th Roundtable.  But I can’t help feeling somewhat positive about the agency’s apparent willingness to adopt an “all-lands approach” to planning.  It’s impossible …

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The Forest Service’s Fatal Flaw?

Guest Post by Bethanie Walder, Wildlands CPR.  (as requested by Martin Nie) Oedipus Rex, Macbeth, Willy Loman, Tony Soprano, and … the Forest Service? A diverse group with a common theme – tragic or fatal flaws. From ancient literature to modern times, people have written about, read about and dissected the concept of the fatal …

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Place-based Bills & Agreements: Defining Characteristic #3: Frustration with Status Quo and Desire for Change

Martin Nie, University of Montana Here is my third post focused on the defining characteristics of selected place-based bills and agreements.  I should have started with this one obviously.  But unlike the other posts on the topic, this one doesn’t emerge from just looking at those tables and associated documents—but required some further background, digging, and …

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Place-Based Comparison Tables

“Noneofyourbusiness lake,” Inventoried roadless area protected as federal wilderness under Senator Tester’s proposed Forest Jobs and Recreation Act.  As part of a cooperative agreement with the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service I put together a bunch of tables comparing key provisions of selected place-based bills and agreements.  The tables will be an …

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Boundaries, Eh.

  A Canadian Whale? A Vancouver Canucks fan? Drink Labatt’s blue? Smoke du Maurier’s at a Tim Horton’s?  Other clues…. I spent part of last week at a workshop focused on “Integrating and Applying Conservation Science for Transboundary Coastal Temperate Rainforests.”  Basically a lot of intense time thinking about the Tongass in Southeast Alaska and …

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Place-Based Agreements & Laws Symposium

Another reason to travel to Missoula in June I thought some of our faithful readers and contributors might be interested in attending the Place-Based Forest Agreements & Laws Symposium, to be held in Missoula, Montana on June 8th and 9th.  I’ve teamed up with the National Forest Foundation to organize the event.  We have invited …

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9th Circuit, Monitoring, and Viability…Again

Given all the talk on this blog about monitoring, NFMA diversity, and viability, etc., this recent 9th Circuit Case is another must read (file here: Native ecosystems v_ Tidwell(2) I found it particularly interesting in light of the presentations focused on wildlife and monitoring at the planning science forum.  See e.g., presentations by Sam Cushman and …

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