Science Article on Jerry Franklin, Early Seral and the PNW Plan

I’m still on vacation, but saw this and thought it worth posting.. thanks to Forest Business Network. This article is about the need for early seral in the PNW, but not clear on how much and exactly why. That seems to be why people disagree about how and where. This reminds me of what FS …

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Fall Break – Plus Still Looking For Ideas

I’m off for a few weeks and will return October 17. Until then, if something comes up that needs urgent attention, please email me at terraveritas at gmail.com. Also I’m still looking for a few things for projects I’m working on… (1) Ideas about improving Forest Service recreation .. any ideas no matter what size …

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Forest management for swifts, swallows and big hollow trees?: Guest post by Brandon Keim

After Sharon’s post on the Boundary Waters post-blowdown logging project, my first thought was: was it really so necessary to log at all? Blowdowns are habitat, too, and part of natural disturbance cycles that make landscapes richer. Is the need to keep nature subservient so all-consuming, and our regard for the role of dead trees …

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Thinning for Water in California: Various Disciplines Weigh In

M of T noted in a comment that a force against MT (mechanical treatments) which may be necessary before PB (prescribed burns) is the problem of dealing with non-commercial material that needs to be removed. Her comment reminded me of this article in The Economist. Thinning efforts are off to a great start but must …

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Wildfire and Fuel Treatment Minus the “Blame Game”

It seems like one person’s “accountability” is another person’s “blame.” So let’s not use any inflammatory or pejorative words, and talk here civilly (no politicians in this room :)). We in the interior west must live with fire. To do so we need an “All of the Above” strategy or a “Three Legged Stool”, 1. …

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Success Story for “All of the Above”- Post Blow Down Actions in Boundary Waters

It might be illustrative (and encouraging!) to look at landscape scale fuel treatment strategies that did work- when all the forces are aligned- and what it takes to get things done and the effects. It’s also interesting to take the discussion (with the same elements, prescribed fire, mechanical fuel treatments, wildfires) away from the western …

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Watershed, Wildfires and BMP’s – Montana

2nd Law said a while back here “Logging on the other hand, is much more likely (than wildfires) to harm watersheds, especially commercial logging that requires dragging logs and maintaining a road system.” At first when I read his comment, I thought “I wonder why he/she thinks so differently than Denver Water, Santa Fe and …

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Why NEPA Docs are Long… Example of Agency Comments (EPA)

I would bet if you examined agency comments from the agencies involved in reviewing NEPA docs for actions proposed by other agencies, you would find almost entirely “you need to do more’s” and not many “you could have shortened this section by leaving out’s”. Culturally, reviewers tend to be supporting their agency’s view, or a …

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Why We Disagree About Fuel Treatments: VIII. Need For Change: Embracing Prescribed Fire

We’ve talked about people who are doing fuel treatments successfully (the watershed examples here and here). But in some parts of the country, as we will see in future posts, it is really really difficult to do, for a variety of reasons we’ll explore. As folks have described to me some of the difficulties, I’ve …

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