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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Feds and States spar over Sage Grouse- 165 Million Acres

Here’s the article. It’s kind of interesting to compare these efforts with the spotted owl in the Northwest. One contrast is that the policy context for energy development is different from that for timber. We get timber from our friendly neighbor to the north when we don’t produce it ourselves- energy.. not so much. No …

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Spotted Owls and the NW Forest Plan- Do We Have a Formal Lessons Learned?

I ran across this from Bob Berwyn the other day..below is an excerpt. Here are a couple of thoughts from me. First, according to DellaSalla (not really an objective person, but…) “proposed logging on the Klamath National Forest across 40,000 acres could adversely impact 70 spotted owl activity centers.” Yet info I have from people …

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Warming Temps Not the Only Factor in Beetle Outbreaks

Thanks to Bob Berwyn for this interesting post! here is a link to it and below is an excerpt. “This amount of warming could be the difference between pests surviving in areas that were historically unfavorable and could permit more severe and prolonged pest outbreaks in regions where historical outbreaks were halted by more frequent …

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