Book Review: “Toward a Natural Forest: The Forest Service in Transition” by Jim Furnish

Many thanks to Teri Cleland for her contribution! Review by Teri Cleeland, who retired from the US Forest Service in 2013 after a nearly 30 year career with assignments in Arizona, Washington DC, and Florida. After seven years working as a seasonal archeologist for the Forest Service and Park Service, I finally landed a permanent …

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Disappearing Districts: A hundred years of lumping and leaving!

While linking to the Rocky Mountain Mountaineers website (for the previous post on the OPM data breach), I ran across this history piece by Tom Thompson. Here’s an excerpt: “From 1960 to 1980, another 26 districts were eliminated. Regional Forester Craig Rupp was not pleased with the direction this was going and in January, 1983 …

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Neighbors and Idaho Rivers United File Suit on Forest Service Road Use by State

Here are some links to this lawsuit.. Idaho Rivers news release here Here’s the AP story, below is an excerpt: Sharla Arledge, spokeswoman for the Idaho Department of Lands, said the Selway Fire Salvage Timber Harvest was scheduled for April 24 but was postponed after the state agency couldn’t reach an agreement with the Wrights …

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NFS Litigation Weekly May 26, 2015

It took more than the allotted time to extract paragraphs from this pdf and reformat, so I just left the Newsletter as is, in pdf 2015_05_26 NFS Litigation Weekly, with the following associated legal documents. 20150507OrderConservationCongress_v_George_KelseyPeak 20150511ComplaintAWR_v_SavageEastReservoir 20150511NOI_EastDeerlodgeProject 20150512MotionToReconsiderFFRC_v_Vilsack2012PlanningRule 20150513NOI_AdvocatesForTheWestGrazingFremontWinema

The Extinction Crisis- 45 Years of Crying “Wolf?”

While we were discussing the extinction crisis, I had a vague memory (boy, all those old memories are getting fairly vague!) about past predictions by scientists of future cataclysmic environmental events. While looking around the web, I found this in Reason magazine in 2000 (15 years ago). Yes, Reason magazine, but the quotes are either …

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Court Rules In Favor Of Rim Fire Logging

Coincidentally, this on the Rim Fire litigation..from a local paper..here is the link and below an excerpt. No need for photos, thanks to Larry! Sonora, CA — Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals nixed an argument by a group of nonlocal environmentalists that Rim Fire recovery logging threatens spotted owl habitat, effectively removing a potential …

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Interview with Mike Petersen on Collaboration

Thanks to a reader for finding this interview with Mike Petersen Executive Director of the Spokane-based Lands Council by Jim Petersen… on his group’s changing from a litigation strategy to a collaborative strategy. Below is an excerpt: Evergreen: When you set out to find common ground, what was your first area of agreement? Petersen: Neither …

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Silverstone- Vietnam Memorial on the Rio Grande

Here’s what I thought was the best story about this…thank you, Kevin Torres (KUSA), here’s a link and below is an excerpt. The Mountains of the Rio Grande National Forest conceal mystery. The sort of mystery that fills a field as it fills a void. Hidden away in the 1.8-million-acre forest is a treasure few …

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