Interior and Ag Departments to Reorganize?

Wow. Need more details on this…. Zinke previews agency reorganization Brittany Patterson, E&E News reporter Published: Thursday, June 8, 2017 Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke today fleshed out plans to reorganize the sprawling department, pitching lawmakers on a “joint system” that would shift federal employees from Washington to the field. The revamp would create 13 “joint …

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Webinar: Recovery and adaptation after wildfire

This webinar may be of interest. “Recovery and adaptation after wildfire across the United States, 2009-2011,” Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (MST). Presenter: Miranda H. Mockrin, USFS Northern Research Station Becoming a fire-adapted community that can live with wildfire is envisioned as a continuous, iterative process of adaptation. In eight case …

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The end of “Norm & Jerry” forestry?

The excerpt from the American Forest Resource Council’s May newsletter, below, is about a pilot project implementing Norm Johnson and Jerry Franklin’s principles of ecological forestry on BLM land in Western Oregon, which is blocked by litigation, and this court order may be the end of it. There are objections to the principles from all sides, but …

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Purdue: : ‘There will be balance’ in U.S. forest management

This op-ed is in the Idaho Statesman and probably elsewhere. Purdue writes that the USFS “must reorient its culture to embrace a generational approach to responsible forest management.” How that would change the agency’s operations he doesn’t say. Ag secretary: ‘There will be balance’ in U.S. forest management BY SONNY PERDUE Today’s challenges for the United …

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60 Minutes: “Why fighting wildfires often fails — and what to do about it.”

Thanks to Nick Smith for including this May 28 “60 Minutes” segment in his Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities newsletter: “Why fighting wildfires often fails — and what to do about it.” Text and video online. Features Q&A with Robert Bonnie, Jack Cohen. Overall, very well done. I plan to show it at a meeting of …

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Locals Short-Changed by Stewardship Contracts?

Greenwire article today: Localities feel short-changed by program to thin overgrowth Marc Heller, E&E News reporter Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 A program that awards federal contracts to companies to thin overgrown forests has won praise from timber interests but is leaving localities feeling empty-handed. Unlike most federal timber-harvesting operations, the stewardship contracts used by …

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Alliance Wild Rockies v Farnsworth

A recent court decision, Alliance Wild Rockies v Farnsworth, is interesting in that the court denied a suit aimed at halting salvage logging in Montana. The conclusion of B. Lynn Winmill, Chief Judge, United States District Court, is unusual for its commentary: Conclusion In the West, fuel and climate are combining to create intense wildfires. Fuels are …

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Fewer openings, fewer moose

“Logging, intentional fires planned in Superior National Forest to improve moose habitat.” Good article that describes well what’s happened: cutbacks on logging = fewer openings = fewer moose. Treatments proposed on 8,000 acres out of a 115,000-acre management area. Gives opponents only a mention and no quotes: “Not everyone is happy. The Sierra Club and …

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Thinning and Rx Fire Project in Wyoming Faces Competing Objections

This article illustrates the difficulties the USFS can face…. Teton-to-Snake faces competing objections Bridger-Teton National Forest officials are being pulled hard in two directions as they try to finalize plans to thin and burn wildlands abutting the west side of Jackson Hole. Tugging on one side of the issue are the Wyoming State Forestry Division …

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