How the Outdoor Industry Could Really Help the Forest Service and BLM- Disruptive Innovation

I had an op-ed published in my local paper, the Colorado Springs Gazette, Saturday. My point is that we’ve been fighting about fees for recreation and federal budgets for (at least?) 30 years.. maybe it’s time to try something different? Below is an excerpt. Check out the whole thing here. As veteran of federal public …

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Whassup with That SUWA Commercial? Chaining, Planning and Trumpfoolery

I guess I have to say I was a little suspicious that the SUWA ad brought up the Trump Administration. As many of you know, the wheels of Federal project planning move very.. very… slowly. So, for there to be a difference between Trump and Obama administration policies, the rules in the Plan about where …

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New Tree Technologies: Chips and Capacitors

A couple of new tree technology items.. From Quebec here. The town of Rosemère, Que., is opting for a more environmentally-friendly way of keeping roads from becoming slippery due to ice, snow and freezing rain — it’s using wood chips. The town, located just northwest of Laval, is testing out wood chips as a replacement …

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What’s In the 2018 Budget for the Forest Service?

I was hoping that since some Appropriations Bill has been passed, that our friendly “people who are paid to analyze things” would share with us what was in this bill for the Forest Service. As helpful readers have pointed out, all I could easily get was the President’s budget, not what ultimately passed. I see …

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Media Campaigns and Their Sources: Dave Skinner on the Western Values Project

While looking at the Western Values Project following up on the E&E News story Steve Wilent mentioned here, I found this op-ed in the Sacramento Bee about the Land and Water Conservation Fund. This campaign against reform of the conservation fund is cleverly disguised. The group behind the ads is called the Western Values Project, …

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Southern Utah- Home of Presidents’ Last Minute Public Lands Gifts

Another piece worth reading by Jim Stiles of the Canyon Country Zephyr. Here’s the link. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell came to Utah to hear both sides of the issue. But PLEASE…let’s be honest. No one thought Jewell would come down on the side of monument opponents. And as the presidential election approached and …

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Discussing the Undiscussables: Gender, Harassment, Discrimination, Favoritism and All That

Back when I worked for pay in Region 2, our Regional Leadership Team had a couple of discussions around “undiscussables”. One I remember was about the Regional Forester overruling a Forest Supervisor on a resource decision. In my experience, just talking about it openly took out some of the underlying tension. But don’t believe me! …

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Light and Heat and and Paychecks and Taxes: Contributions of Federal Minerals

Pileated Woodpecker made this comment here on this post about the Outdoor Industry and Bears Ears. There is, I think, a very critical reason why the issue now is not the same, or at least is not perceived that way: the water produced by damming Hetch Hetchy benefited a great many people. The profits produced …

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“Outdoor Recreation” Industry Goes Political- What’s the Battle of Bears Ears Really About?

For those of you who haven’t been involved in Interior West public lands drama, the Outdoor Industry decided to move their annual trade show to Denver from Salt Lake City because of a disagreement with elected officials about Bears Ears. As it turns out in this E&E News story, apparently that industry has decided to …

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USDA OIG Harassment Survey and Report in Forest Service Region 5 Released

Posted today: The FS response here. Here are some actions that the FS is doing or is going to do. Opened the Harassment Reporting Center (Nov. 2017): The Forest Service Harassment Reporting Center is a single office dedicated to receiving all reports of all types of harassment. The Harassment Reporting Center is open seven days …

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