The Saga of Sage Grouse : Blue Gov vs. Feds

With all the partisan mud-slinging of the past months, it’s nice to have your delegation all together. The story is that folks in D controlled (Hickenlooper) state of Colorado have been working assiduously to avoid listing. Here’s the Denver Post editorial: OPINION Gunnison sage grouse listing snubs local efforts By The Denver Post Editorial Board …

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Cal Forestry Students Mostly Female

Our information network is full of surprises. I found this on Craig Rawlings’ Forest Business Network. Joe McBride, quoted in this article was one of my professors, lo these many years ago. Here’s a quote: Cal Logging Sports, a traditional sport for old-time male loggers, is just one part of UC Berkeley’s forestry and natural …

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Rare American warbler surprises scientists

Apparently it doesn’t take much to surprise scientists ;), according to this headline. Hopefully, organisms adapting to, and taking advantage of, their environment is not new news. In fact, I seem to remember learning about “niche” theory back in the day, which suggested new niches that became available would be filled by creatures. But maybe …

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Judge rules Ninemile logging, burning may go forward: from Missoulian

Here’s a link to the Missoulian story, which has a very nice map, as well as the court decision. Below is an excerpt: “We had to defend this project in court and that required a significant amount of time and money,” Ninemile District Ranger Chad Benson said in an email Thursday. “I was disappointed in …

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Long- Eared Bats Driving People Batty?

Bats seem to be an appropriate post-Halloween topic. I am cross posting this from Ron Roizen’s blog, “Not Without a Fight.” Here’s a link to Senator John Thune’s piece in the Black Hills Pioneer on the bat.. it turns out that this is the same bat that is also having problems in the East (on …

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Sage Grouse and Gubernatorial Politics in Colorado

Normally I pretty much tune out the hoopla around elections (truth is not usually found anywhere in the vicinity), but thought these two op-eds were of interest, in the sense that sage grouse has come out in gubernatorial politics. Probably would not happen with an endangered species in Texas, Florida, or New York, and maybe …

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RMEF Letter on Public Land Transfer

Here’s a link to the press release: Here’s the link to the letter: Below is the letter: Dear Senator XXX: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) has a growing concern over the continual proposals and rhetoric regarding the wholesale disposal, transfer, or sale of federal land holdings. The notion of transferring ownership of lands currently …

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