Evolutionary Theory and the Practice of Policy (3): Disciplinary Fragmentation

In this section, I focus on how producing droves of scientists has led to them forming smaller groups, or disciplinary splintering. This has, in turn, led to “reinventing the wheel” plus micro-disciplinary territorial disputes, all of which might be invisible to the naked policy eye. Policy makers, to my mind, must be aware of the …

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Evolutionary Theory and the Practice of Policy For the 21st Century (2))

In this section, I address different framings of the larger issue around forests, and explore how different framings privilege different scientific and other disciplines. This can occur whether a framing is helpful or not to decision makers, or accepted or not by stakeholders, simply due to how research is prioritized and funded (most often, by …

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Evolutionary Theory and the Practice of Policy For the 21st Century (1)

This summer I am celebrating my 40th year in the forestry profession. I am also going through my files and preparing for a transition to a past-forester, current theologian. I will be posting pieces that strike me as still relevant to the forest science/policy world. The first is a piece I wrote for Dr. Gene …

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This Is How Much America Spends Putting Out Wildfires

Here is an interesting article, with great graphics from Mother Jones Magazine. I just have a small extract here so you can get a flavor, but check out the links and graphics in the original. Indeed, firefighting expenditures have consistently outpaced fire preparation expenditures, even as experts like Covington and Douglas insist that, like the …

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Move-On Petition on Wildfires from Nancy Freeman

Nancy Freeman sent me this link to a Move-On Petition she started with regard to wildfires: Please mandate that Forest Service and Department of Interior agencies designate our tax money for emergency measures to prevent wildfires now. The drought in the West makes the situation urgent. According to the National Interagency Coordination Center, there are …

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South on Wildfires and Climate Change

Thanks to the SAF Linked-In group for this one. Here is a link to a story about Dr. South’s testimony to the Senate Energy Committee. Here are a couple of excerpts: Untrue claims about the underlying cause of wildfires can spread like “wildfire.” For example, the false idea that “Wildfires in 2012 burned a record …

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Ski Areas and the Headwaters Study

A Denver Post article today here talks about ski visits being up this year in Colorado. Below is an excerpt: Thanks to a 5.6 percent surge in visitation for the final three months of the 2013-14 ski season at its Colorado resorts — Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone — as well as increased guest …

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Together We Can Reduce Pest Invasions: Guest Post from Faith Campbell

Faith Campbell has given her time and effort (prodigiously, is the word that comes to my mind) for many years to protecting our forests from introduced pests and diseases, most recently for The Nature Conservancy. As she is retiring, I asked her for a retrospective on her work, and she generously provided one below. Faith- …

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Australia’s First CLT Public Building

Thanks to Forest Business Network for this one.. Australia’s first public building made from cross-laminated timber (CLT) has opened its doors. The Library at the Dock in Melbourne was built in partnership between the City of Melbourne, Places Victoria and Lend Lease. The major structural components of the three-storey library are made from more than …

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Fire Borrowing Impacts Colorado- from Bob Berwyn

Thanks to Bob Berwyn for this one.. Below are some excerpts: FRISCO — U.S. Forest Service officials said they’ve had to defer reviews of ski area projects, delay trail improvements and forest restoration work because of the high cost of fighting wildfires. This year, the agency projects a $470 million gap that ripples through the …

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