“BLM starts bid to revamp land-use planning, NEPA reviews” (Greenwire)

More fodder for discussion. The article includes a link to an Interior memo on the topic. The goals include finding “better ways” to partner federal land-use planning efforts with “state planning efforts,” seeking “opportunities to avoid delays caused by appeals and litigation” and developing a process to “right size” environmental review documents, “instead of defaulting …

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Greenwire: “Western governors call for revamping Forest Service”

Article published today, June 28…. “Pointing to ‘significant dissatisfaction’ with the management of national forests, the Western Governors’ Association yesterday approved a resolution that calls in part for overhauling the Forest Service. The seven-page policy resolution was adopted after a yearlong review of best practices and policies for forest and rangeland management in an effort …

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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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