Lessons Learned in Public Participation and Forest Planning under the 2012 Rule

Thanks to Matthew McKinney of the University of Montana Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy for sending this paper. Below is the summary and here is a link to the document. (Technical Question for readers: I haven’t tried to extract text from a pdf in a while..couldn’t do it it- came out as each …

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Should the State of Colorado Fund Fire Modeling Research?

Apparently NCAR (Boulder, CO) folks visited the Denver Post editorial board, who produced this editorial last Sunday. Colorado has been ravaged by large and unpredictable wildfires and floods in recent years that have left death and destruction in their wake. If we could rewind time and know 12 hours in advance what some of these …

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Forest Service Litigation Weekly 2/17/15

Thanks again to FS employees who send this to me..would prefer the FS would would post it on a website, but hey ;)! NOI ǀ Bull Trout NOI Filed Alleging ESA Violations for Failure to Re-initiate Consultation on Bull Trout. On January 27, 2015, Cottonwood Environmental Law Center, on behalf of Western Watersheds Project, Native …

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Rocky Barker on Crapo’s Collaborative

From the Idaho Statesman, here is a link, and below is a quote. YEARS IN THE MAKING Despite that, the Wilderness Society, an organization established to protect wilderness and wild values, has spent eight years at the table working on an agenda to restore the forests, wildlife, rivers and rural economy of the region. Working …

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The 2015 Extreme Fire Behavior Webinar Series

(note from Sharon.. I wasn’t capable of just copying the nice-looking ad from JFSP  so sorry this doesn’t look nice.. it does have the info). Seven webinars covering important content  highlighted in our  Extreme Fire Behavior publication Stay tuned January through early May as we roll out these important webinars. All will be recorded for …

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National Stewardship Contracting Virtual Meeting Jan 27 2015

Sounds like quite the wonkfest…. National Stewardship Contracting Virtual Meeting Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Eastern Case Studies: 11:00 AM EST Western Case Studies: 12:30 PM EST Registration required: Register now Why should you attend? Fresh off its permanent authorization in the 2014 Farm Bill, stewardship contracting is factoring into the activities of National Forests and …

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Hermosa Creek- Model Place-Based Legislation?

This is from the Denver Post editorial board: There is no small amount of satisfaction to be had in last month’s federal approval of a locally crafted protection measure for the lovely area of Southwest Colorado known as Hermosa Creek. We feel the need to pinch ourselves in disbelief that Congress could have found a …

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New Congress, New Ideas (This Time I Really Mean It!)

In yesterday’s post I asked: New Congress, new ideas.. we could take this project and ask the question, how could we do better with justice for all and still follow the existing laws? Ideas? When I retired, the solution to this was “collaboration”- folks have been doing this, and spending a great deal of time …

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New Congress New Ideas… Example AWR and the East Reservoir Project

It would be interesting if courts required documentation of mediation efforts prior to this kind of litigation…like I have said before, it would be interesting to know in advance, in public, transparently, what changes in design would be asked for by the plaintiffs. That would be one way of trying to get more justice in …

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