Post-Election Thoughts About Our Forests?

With a new Republican President and a Republican-controlled Congress, how will this affect the Forest Service and the BLM? Regarding the picture: I did some processing with a High Dynamic Range (HDR) program to get this artsy view. It is interesting that it enhanced the flames better than in the original scan, from a Kodachrome …

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Do we need national ‘forests?’

Things seem a little quiet out there, so here is my response to Sharon’s asking what I  think about “disappearing districts” on June 12.  The problem I see with the approach of consolidating districts (and national forests) is that is an ad hoc and opportunistic response, and I haven’t seen much of an effort at long-term …

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Why aren’t forest plan goals accomplished?

Terry Seyden offered this on another thread, but I’d like to hear some other opinions, or better yet, facts. “The principal reasons most forests are not anywhere near meeting their forest plan timber and wildlife habitat goals, in my opinion, lie in the fact that congress funds targets at levels well below what the plans …

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Urgent Action Needed to Save Sierra Forests

This viewpoint shows more of the reasons why the desire to have larger and more intense wildfires, in the Sierra Nevada, is the wrong way to go. In this picture below, fire crews were run out of this stand, and back into the “safety zone”, on this fire I worked on, back in 1988.   …

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House Natural Resources Committee Report Finds White House Office of Management and Budget Ordered Sequester of Secure Rural School Funds over USDA Opposition

Ron Roizen did a splendiferous job in covering the same thing I tried to earlier today.. so I copied in its entirety. Editor’s Note: Report from this morning’s Sierra Sun Times (Mariposa, California). USDA then chose to broadly apply sequester to impact all SRS states WASHINGTON, D.C., January 14, 2014 – The House Natural Resources …

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Forest Coalition Lauds New Emergency Fire Funding Bill in Senate

Would Mirror Funding Response to other Natural Disasters December 19, 2013 (Arlington, Virginia) — A group of conservation, timber, tribal, recreation, sportsmen and employer groups praised Senators Wyden (D-OR) and Crapo (R-ID) for introducing the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2013 that would create an emergency funding process for fire response. This funding structure would …

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Concessionaires File Lawsuit re Shutdown

Here’s a link to the courthouse news service article on the concessionaire’s lawsuit. The National Forest Recreation Association and co-plaintiffs American Land & Leisure, Recreation Resource Management, and CLM Services sued the U.S. Forest Service in Federal Court. They note acerbically that the shutdown of the federal government has cost their employees hundreds of jobs, …

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Shutdown Update: Cycling No, Skiing Yes, Parks Yes, with State Bucks

Parks are reopening across the US with state funds. Here. and a story here. Arapaho Ski Basin opening for the year here. But Colorado Mesa University’s bike race could not go on.. they actually sued see here. I’m still not clear on which special use permits can go on and which can’t (And there could …

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Hickenlooper Asks Feds if State Can Reopen Federal Highway

This reminded me that the Park Service can charge for you to access a federal highway, Trail Ridge Road. So when the Park closes you can’t drive the road. Had to call CDOT, and found this out. It’s always been interesting to me that the Park Service can charge for people to “simply drive the …

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