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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The Shut-Down Shuffle: One Step Ahead, Two Steps Back

It seems almost criminal to post these links after Travis’s photos below. Sigh. But here goes. Despite my exhortations to have a consistent approach.. as regular readers know, I am a fan of logic, and not so much concessionaire management. But here goes: Here’s a link to a story titled:US Forest Service Reverses Itself and …

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Rec-tech for a day: Misty Fiords by floatplane

This is a guest post by Travis Bushman.. thanks for being so generous with your (furloughed) time to share these with us! This is partially a meditation on the challenge of developed recreation on the Tongass, and partially an excuse to post some spectacular aerial photos of Misty Fiords. The week before the furlough hit, …

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Forest Service Closing Concessionaire Campgrounds

Here’s a link to a story from New Hampshire NPR. The shutdown of the federal government is expanding to include privately run campgrounds in national forests across the country, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service said late Thursday. “We are in the process of shutting these operations down at facilities across the country due …

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Fire Borrowing.. The Beat Goes On With House Approps

Excerpt from an E&E story here (subscription needed). House CR provides $600M to restore USDA wildfire shortfall The House Appropriations Committee yesterday proposed a bill that would restore $600 million to Forest Service programs whose funding was siphoned last month to help pay for wildfire suppression. The continuing resolution, which would extend government funding through …

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How we can fix wildfire funding: Oregonian Op-Ed by Hank Kashdan

Here’s the link. By Hank Kashdan When U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell announced on Aug. 16 that the agency would “borrow” $600 million from non-fire-suppression funds to cover the cost of wildfires this season, I could feel the gut shot to Forest Service employees across the nation. The national forests compose 8 percent of …

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The Shifting Winds of Fire Policy

This fire policy stuff is more confusing than a person might think. Here’s a new story from the Standard Journal about letting fires burn to save money. But I thought last year, the reason the fire policy came out about being careful to not let fires big and out of control, was also to save …

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Idea for Congress: Give Forest Service Flexibility

Two articles of interest this morning.. reductions in firefighter hires due to sequestration.. as in the LA Times story here… Here is an excerpt: The U.S. Forest Service will hire 500 fewer firefighters this year, the result of “line by line” budget reductions required by Congress, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a conference call …

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