Swan View Coalition Shares Perspective on Collaboration

(The following two columns are guest posts from Keith Hammer with the Swan View Coalition in Kalispell, Montana. Feel free to make comments below, but if you have any specific questions regarding the Swan View Coalition’s perspective on collaboration, please contact Swan View Coalition directly. Thank you. – mk) Swan View Coalition on Collaboration By …

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Planning Rule Committee Meeting- August 2013

Sounds like all will be able to participate via conference call or webinar. Here’s the link to the story. The National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule has scheduled a three-day meeting for late August. The U.S. Forest Service announced the meeting on Thursday, Aug. 1. You can …

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True Nature: Revising Ideas On What is Pristine and Wild

I thought this was interesting, as it came across my screen right after our discussions of “ecological integrity” in the new planning rule. My hypothesis is that every twenty years or so the same “truths” are rediscovered..because the shifting and fragmenting nature of disciplines leaves scientists unfamiliar with previous thought on the same topic. So …

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“Sustainable Recreation”: USDA /Forest Service Bites the Hand that Feeds Them?

First, let’s go back to the Mike Dombeck quote I cited previously from this article in Forest History: The most enduring and powerful maxim of business is that “money flows to things people want.” People want their cultural heritage protected, clean air and water, healthy forests and rangelands, good hunting and fishing, sustainable supplies of …

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The Incredible World of Sustainability Definitions in Planning Rules

I want to talk about “Sustainable Recreation” in the planning directives. But first we need to lay the groundwork, so we need to go back to the Rule. Clearly everything has to be (plans must promote) sustainable, as in every rule since the 2000. Sustainability is defined in the 2012 Rule as: Sustainability. The capability …

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Potential for Collapse of Forest Ecosystems

A guest post from Kevin Matthews: A substantial body of science shows a general pattern, that when the ecological integrity of a natural ecosystem is degraded, its response curve is non-linear. The state that occurs when the response curve becomes non-linear, such that small additional impacts result in large losses of ecosystem integrity, is sometimes …

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Warning: Fuzzy Concept in Regulation- “Ecological Integrity”- IV- After the “AND”

Fortunately for everyone this will be my last post on the concept of “Ecological Integrity”as described in the NFMA Rule. Perhaps unfortunately, not my last post on the planning directives. Other guest posts on the directives are welcome. Wading through the directives was a lonely business, and thanks much to the others on this blog …

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Planning Rule Directives Comments- New 15 Day Comment Period

I picked this up from the Teton Valley news here. If you thought the 400 pages or more of directives were too daunting to review (and who didn’t, really?), you can now get pointed in a direction to check out certain parts, by the other comments in the reading room here… I tried to check …

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Warning: Fuzzy Concept in Regulation- “Ecological Integrity”- III- Deja Vu From 2000

Thinking about the ecological integrity and NRV reminded me of my comments on the 2000 (yes!) planning rule. (Aren’t computer searches grand!) Caveat: at this time of my career, I had not worked in planning or NEPA. Also I was working at OSTP at the White House when the 2000 rule was clearing, and OMB …

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