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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Severe fire increasing in Oregon

Press release today from Oregon State University. The first few paragraphs: As more of the Pacific Northwest burns, severe fires change forest ecology CORVALLIS, Ore. — Over the last 30 years, the landscape annually affected by forest fires has slowly increased across the Pacific Northwest, and in some regions, severe blazes account for a higher …

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Center for American Progress: “America’s Forgotten Forests”

New report from the Center for American Progress (CAP): “America’s Forgotten Forests: A Vision for Revitalizing Rural Economies Through Restoration” Greenwire used this headline: “Think tank urges Trump to transfer agency to Interior” but the policy paper is much more comprehensive. Greenwire says the report lays out policy recommendations that “include responsible timber harvest but also …

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Greenwire: “Federal fire policy may be based on faulty science”

Chad Hanson is featured prominently in a Greenwire article today, “Federal fire policy may be based on faulty science.” “A growing amount of research by Hanson and other scientists suggests forests with a lot of dead trees are at no more risk of catastrophic wildfire — and possibly less — than woods cleared of them. …

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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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