Editorials You Wouldn’t Find in the New York Times- Air Tankers

Where you stand depends on where you sit and all that… not very often do I see a blog contributor mentioned in an editorial in my hometown paper…from the Colorado Springs Gazette editorial board. If anyone knows the FS side of the story, or the FS side of the Waldo Canyon story in the editorial, …

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Why We Disagree About Fuels Treatment II. Prescribed Burning and Fine Fuels

Some of the fuels folks I’ve spoken with think you shouldn’t bother doing mechanical fuels treatment (in forests) unless you also do prescribed burning. The question to me is whether prescribed burning is 1) the only way or 2) the best possible, sort of the gold standard, but in some cases, fuel treatments can work …

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Why We Disagree About Fuel Treatment: I. Fuel Treatment Basics and Nomenclature

One of my favorite climate change books is called “Why We Disagree About Climate Change” by Michael Hulme (here’s a micro-version of the book). In honor of that book, I’m going to call this series “Why We Disagree About Fuel Treatment”. This should be an opportunity to slowly work through observations and conclusions from various …

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Ideas And Suggestions Wanted! Forest Service Recreation

As you all know, I’ve been interested in Forest Service recreation for some time. Recreation is the place where human lives are touched by the Forest Service, every day, all year, from the White Mountain to the Cleveland and from the El Yunque to the Chugach. Every age, ability, gender, race, nationality, are out there …

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Montana’s Public Lands/Water Access Association

Thanks to Andy Stahl posted something that I did not want to get overlooked because it was a comment in this previous post. It’s the existence of a not-for-profit in Montana, the Public Land Water Access Association with the mission: “to maintain, restore, and perpetuate public access to the boundaries of all Montana public land …

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“Not Enough Analysis”: The Ongoing Saga of the Village at Wolf Creek

When I was working in Region 2, I used to call this project “Reasonable Access for Unreasonable People”- I think at that point it involved ANILCA access to private land, and not a land exchange. This is a later incarnation of the same project. For those who don’t remember the first incarnation, there was the …

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Chief Rumors.. Cables for Chief?

Here’s the link: Colorado native Rick Cables, a veteran Forest Service boss who led Colorado Parks and Wildlife before joining Vail Resorts as vice-president of natural resources and conservation, is on the shortlist to become the new chief of the U.S. Forest Service, according to news reports. The energy and environmental network E&E News last …

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The Guardian on the Scientific Publishing Biz

Having grown up in the science biz, the business models seemed a little iffy to me.  But I’ve never heard the scientific publishing models so clearly critiqued as this Guardian article. Below are excerpts.   But Elsevier’s business model seemed a truly puzzling thing. In order to make money, a traditional publisher – say, a …

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Waldo Canyon- Five Years Later : Colorado Springs Gazette

The Colorado Springs Gazette just completed a great series on five years after the Waldo Canyon Fire- lots of photos and videos.. Here is a link to a piece of the story from which you can click around to find other pieces. Maybe I am old-fashioned but I found it much easier to read and …

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