Comments on Federal Projects: Values vs. Technical Info

This article from The Conversation isn’t aimed at the USFS, but at federal agencies in general: “Want to change federal policies? Here’s how.” An excerpt: “Federal agencies need the expert information that scientists and professionals can provide. An analysis by the U.S. Forest Service found that the majority of public input was value-based. While these …

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“Public lands advocates push collaborative approach “

A Nov. 7 article in The Missoulian by Rob Chaney. Public lands advocates push collaborative approach Collaboration brings people together. Lawsuits divide them. Reaching the first without triggering the second remains the challenge for those interested in the future of forests. Montana public lands currently have between 30,000 and 40,000 acres left in legal limbo …

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E&E News: Bipartisan bill would help feds, states exchange tracts

“Some environmental groups agree” — including the Wilderness Society — but the article doesn’t mention opposition from anyone…. The bill applies to state trust lands, but it would be very helpful if other state and private land exchanges were easier. In my neck of the woods, some county-owned parcels surrounded by USFS and BLM lands …

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Study: Spotted owls compatible with managing forests for fire, drought

Just came across this item from the PSW Research Station…. Key point: Owls look for tall trees, not dense canopies. Study: Supporting owls compatible with managing forests for fire, drought For Immediate Release: October 5, 2017 ALBANY, Calif. — In what is believed to be the largest spotted owl study in terms of area analyzed, remote …

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Resilient Federal Forests Act Section-by-Section Summary

The American Forest Resource Council has a section-by-section summary of the Resilient Federal Forests Act. This is a complex bill with much to discuss and debate. Here are three provisions that you may have not heard about — yet: Sec. 301. Establishes a Pilot Program for Utilizing Arbitration for Resolving Legal Challenges to Projects Carried …

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Reviewers Needed for USFS Book

NCFP Bloggers, You may recall that I am editing a book, a collection of essays called 193 Million Acres: Toward a Healthier and More Resilient U.S. Forest Service. The aim is to present constructive proposals for increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the agency — solutions that would address challenges the agency faces. I have …

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Op-ed: Collaborative work on Forest Service plan cost Martin his job

Interesting look behind the scenes…. The former Southern Appalachian Regional Director for The Wilderness Society was the catalyst and key facilitator for a compromise and groundbreaking proposal for the Pisgah-Nantahala national forests that brought conservationists and recreational users together under one umbrella. But that collaboration would eventually cost Brent Martin his job. A local activist …

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“Wildfire legislation’s NEPA provisions generate divisions”

From E&E Daily today…. “Congress risks stirring old political battles by trying to scale back environmental rules in the fight against wildfires.” But we are not talking about the same types of forest management — thinning and fuels management, rather than clearcutting old-growth, or clearcutting at all.   Wildfire legislation’s NEPA provisions generate divisions Marc …

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“Cutting for Health is a Scam for Wealth”

The era of tree-sitting isn’t over yet. This article explains the latest protest: Environmental group blocks path to timber sale Cascadia Forest Defenders’ protest halts access near McKenzie Bridge “Environmental activists ratcheted up their logging protest Monday about 50 miles east of Eugene, suspending a platform 80 feet in the air on a tree and …

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