BREXIT, Common Forest Policy in Europe and “empty formulas” – an interview with prof. Max Krott

  From Forest Monitor blog via SAF Linked In . The author, Rafal Chudy of Oregon State,  asked the question “are there empty formulas in the U.S.” and we have described some here in the 2012 planning rule, but I’m sure they are fairly common.  It’s a natural human tendency to agree to something when …

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Litigation Weekly Feb. 10, 2017

Court Decisions Wildlife & Timber I Region 1 The District Court for the District of Montana granted the Forest Service’s motion for summary judgement on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and National Forest Management Act (NFMA) claims filed against the Forest Service concerning the North Whitetail Post Fire Project Salvage Sale (Whitetail Project) in the …

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Making Every Dollar Count: Leveraging Federal Investments in Land Management to Benefit Local Communities

  Thanks to Chelsea McIver for providing this (investment study) about how the “benefit to local communities” consideration in the 2012 Appropriations Committee is working in practice. Below are the conclusions.. As these two case studies demonstrate, well over half of the value of federal investments in forest restoration and maintenance activities are being lost …

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Lyle Laverty on “If I Were Chief of the Forest Service”

Thanks to the Rocky Mountaineers, our Region 2 retirement group, for this link to an Evergreen interview with Lyle Laverty.  I have been out of the loop on potential Secretaries, Undersecretaries and Chiefs and perhaps others can share what they’ve heard… Interesting that Lyle has worked in both DOI and USDA.  I notice that Evergreen …

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Litigation Weekly Feb. 6, 2017

No new court decisions. Litigation Update No new litigation updates. New Cases Minerals I Region 9 Plaintiffs filed suit in the District Court of the District of Minnesota alleging the Forest Service’s final Record of Decision (ROD) approving a land exchange known as the PolyMet NorthMet Land Exchange (PMLE) in the Superior National Forest violates …

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Litigation Weekly January 30, 2017

Hope springs eternal – in me, anyway, that the new administration will post these on the FS website (or have?). Til then, though,…(post is just the first paragraph of each item, read pdf of Litigation Weekly for entire write-up). Wildlife I Region 4 The District Court of Idaho enjoined the Forest Service and the Idaho …

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Transition Shout-out to Career Feds

  I’ve worked in DC during a couple of transitions, including the last D to R transition. That one was pre-social media, so scrutinizing every miss-step was more difficult.  You had to read the newspapers, and there’s only so much space in newspapers.  And there are many, many agencies and departments where things can go …

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Pruitt Comments on Federal Green Wood Purchasing

  Just as I had written in some comments below, that I thought that the Trump administration will have bigger fish to fry than those from our own little policy streamlet, I ran across this from Greenwire via SAF. It’s so easy to be wrong.. Here’s the link.   President Trump’s nominee to head U.S. …

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The Ethics of Forest Land Management and Consumerism

  The following is a guest post by Dick Powell. I’ve long harped about the American’s disconnect between the management and use of natural resources. This disconnect leads to a question of ethics, a question I’ve raised a number of times on this blog but no one seems interested in addressing that question (certainly not …

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Old Folks Buy Your Passes..Now!

This is a public service announcement via Kitty Benzar (caveat, I did not check on this, I’m assuming she’s correct here). SENIOR PASS PRICE SKYROCKETING On Tuesday December 6, in the lame duck session of Congress, the House passed by unanimous consent a bill (HR 4680) that will eliminate the $10 lifetime Senior Pass (formerly …

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