USFS Book: Call for Contributions

NCFP folks, This is an early call for contributions of essays for a book to be published by the Society of American Foresters, for which I will serve as editor. Working title: 193 Million Acres: Toward a more healthy and resilient U.S. Forest Service The book will present a collection of essays describing constructive proposals …

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Seasonals Exempt from Federal Hiring Freeze

According to this article, “”Park rangers and firefighters hired each summer to serve the nation’s public lands appear to be exempt from the freeze, according to a memo issued Tuesday evening by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.” The memo says this applies to, “Appointment of seasonal employees and short-term temporary employees necessary to …

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What is the “best” forest value?

Folks, this is from an op-ed by Andy Geissler, a forester who works for the American Forest Resource Council in Eugene, Oregon. He is writing about a previous op-ed on the recent expansion of a national monument in SW Oregon. The Jan. 12 guest viewpoint headlined “Expanded monument could benefit economy” offers a strange and disturbing …

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“If California wants to secede, let it go”

Interesting viewpoint from High Country News….   If California wants to secede, let it go By Robert H. Nelson/Writers on the Range Many Californians woke up the night after the presidential election thinking that they were living in a different country. A few felt so alienated that they publicly raised the possibility of seceding from the …

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10,000 Square Miles: Montana Forests Testing Planning Reforms

Three National Forests, the Flathead, the Helena-Lewis and Clark and the Custer-Gallatin are all writing the basic governing documents that lay out what can and can’t happen, and where, in their vast territories. In January the Helena-Lewis and Clark is holding a series of public input meetings on their new forest plan. Montana Public Radion …

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Conifer regeneration poor after high-severity fire

Some “best available sound science” to inform forest managers…. Key finding: “Across all fires, 43% of all plots had no conifer regeneration.” But this comes as no surprise to foresters…. From “Predicting conifer establishment post wildfire in mixed conifer forests of the North American Mediterranean-climate zone,” by Kevin R. Welch et al, Ecosphere, December 2016. …

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National Park Service policy: precautionary principle and “best available sound science”

If you’re weary of debating USFS policy, here’s a look at National Park Service policy, in a document released yesterday: DIRECTOR’S ORDER #100: RESOURCE STEWARDSHIP FOR THE 21ST CENTURY The document states that “To achieve the stewardship goal, the NPS will adopt the precautionary principle and adaptive management as guiding strategies for resource management subject …

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