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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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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