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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Feds to Update Endangered Species Act

Here is an interesting post from Bob Berwyn’s blog. Thanks, Bob,  for finding this! I tried to simply “repost” it to this blog but had technical difficulties.. Below is an excerpt: Details The changes would provide greater clarity to the public and states on what information would best inform the evaluation of a species’ status …

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Malmsheimer Testifies on Litigation Study

Thanks much to Joseph Smith of SAF, who posted this on the SAF Linked- in site. SAF member and SUNY ESF professor Bob Malmsheimer testified before House Subcommittee about litigation’s impacts on managing fire-prone forests – http://goo.gl/JiQX18 Between 1989 and 2008, 1,125 lawsuits were filed challenging Forest Service land management decisions. SAF members Chris Topik …

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Participating, Objecting and Litigating: AWR and Some Montana Projects

A reader sent me this series of questions about AWR’s objections to some Montana projects: It would appear the Alliance for the Wild Rockies isn’t participating in the formal public comment piece of the proceedings. The attached are objection responses for the East Reservoir (Kootenai) and Trapper Creek (BDNF) projects in Montana. Dated 7/17/14 and …

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Why The State Approach Could Work Better for Sage Grouse

Today there were a couple of articles on the sage grouse and Gardner’s bill that I think are worthy of interest. There is one in the Denver Post (may they live long and prosper!) here. Also a couple in E&E News here (I think you need a subscription for this one) and here . So …

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Forest Service Litigation Weekly–April 20, 2015

Attached are the Weekly itself, and the court order related to the below: Big Thorne │Forest Management │ Region 10 Circuit Court Denies Appellants’ Motion for Emergency Injunction of the Big Thorne Project on the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska Conservation Council et al. v. U.S. Forest Service et al. On April 16, 2015, …

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Swiss Dude with Outsized Policy Influence

A shout-out to E&E News, and to an unnamed blog reader for sending this in.. I think this piece is important just because as a person up to my gills in some of these controversies, I had never heard of this chap. As regular readers know, it makes me uncomfortable from a social justice perspective …

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