Wood Stoves, Pollution and Climate Change from the New Scientist

This article in New Scientist (UK-based) is a bit of a public service announcement, or item of curiousity, for wood stove owners. It’s also interesting how they look at the climate effects. The New Scientist article is mostly about pollution from wood burning in cities (London), but also speaks about indoor pollution. The trendy log-burning …

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Good Industry, Bad Industry: Colorado’s Oil and Gas Legal Case

. I’m posting this as an example of a court case that doesn’t involve the FS nor public land management but does relate to environmental policy. In some respects, it’s even odder than our FS cases as it apparently is looking to re-regulate an industry with new criteria. This case, taken as reported by Colorado …

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Forest Service Litigation Weeklies April 28 and May 5, 2017

Complete listings are in pdfs attached below. April 28 1. Range & Wildlife I Region 5 Sierra Forest Legacy and Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center submitted a Notice of Intent to Sue (N01) for claimed violations of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in the Stanislaus National Forest. The NOl claims that the authorization of livestock …

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Reorganizing the Federal Government and Why Does Wyden Care So Much About BLM/FS?

here. Norman’s comment reminded me of this piece I read about FS and BLM coordination/reorganization, that describes how Senator Wyden is against “senseless reorganization”. Since I personally think it makes a lot of sense (as opposed to senseless), I was curious as to why he cared.. since the last time this was proposed that I …

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Monument Designation Trumps 12 Year Process for Trail in Bears Ears

Two weeks too late… I think that this is a sad story. I understand both sides of “not wanting more ATV trails” and “wanting to connect existing trails” and especially “getting ATV’s off other roads.” I get that “if there are hundreds of miles already within the monument, what’s six more?” and “if there are …

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It’s About Science- You’re Kiddin’ Me (Bears Ears)

We all know that “science” is good and “politics” is bad, right? That’s if we don’t read in disciplines like sociology of science, or science policy studies (not “science”?). As I noted recently, when journals that don’t usually talk about natural resource stuff start publishing things, there is usually some kind of political angle. Again, …

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Mind the Gap: Monument Review Via the New York Times

It’s interesting to see how folks outside the Interior West see things, as per this New York Times story. I think there are some gaps which we can try to fill in as this unfolds. Mr. Trump, signing the order at the Interior Department, described the designations as a “massive federal land grab” and ordered …

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Understanding the Legalities of National Monument Designation

I thought this was interesting in an NPR story here.. “More recently, with most large public lands protection bills stalled in Congress, presidents from Bill Clinton to George W. Bush and Barack Obama have used the act as a tool to protect sweeping amounts of federal land mostly in the West. President Obama’s late hour …

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Introduction to the Landscape of Fire Sciences

Jon asked an excellent question in our previous discussion: “who counts as a wildfire expert?”. It seems to me that with the recent March for “Science” it’s probably a good time to dig deeper into some aspects of how the science business works in reality. So a simple question, like “who is a wildfire expert” …

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Monuments, Tourism and the Environment- Jim Stiles on Bears’ Ears

This opinion piece by Jim Stiles was published in the Denver Post on Sunday April 9th. But when I went back to the DP couldn’t pull it so when to High Country News. There are some interesting themes related to our recent discussion about wilderness, environmental impacts of recreation and marketing tools. In this case, …

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