Rim Fire Update

Apparently, enough of the hazard trees within the Rim Fire on the Stanislaus NF have been cut so that the travel ban has finally been lifted, after more than a year. I heard one report that says that the litigation has failed at the District Court level, losing their pleas to stop the logging three …

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Interview With Lynn Jungwirth, Community Forestry Pioneerwith

About 15 or so years ago, I attended a Leadership Academy for the Society of American Foresters for which Lynn Jungwirth was the keynote speaker on leadership. She was amazing and inspiring. I was thinking about the SAF meeting and thought I’d see if I could find a copy of her speech. While I couldn’t, …

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Elliot State Forest Parcels Are Sold

Photo by www.facebook.com/LarryHarrellFotoware An update from Bob Z. Elliot State Forest Sale Closes Amid Controversy Elliott State Forest Sale Statesman Journal  The Oregon Department of State Lands has completed the controversial sale of three parcels of Elliott State Forest totaling 1,453 acres to Seneca Jones Timber and Scott Timber Co. The Wednesday sale fetched $4.2 …

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Can Idaho manage public lands better than the feds? Idaho Statesman and Some Whiffs of Domestic Imperialism

Now I am not for land transfer as a solution. I think that there is a middle way, or a variety of middle ways, to be tested that could help us deal with the concerns of local people and officials. But first we have to be willing to listen, and not enemize or partisanize them, …

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Rocky Barker: Good reasons why federal forests don’t pay like the state’s

Here’s the link and here’s an excerpt. In the days when the Forest Service did try to emphasize making money from logging, it lost support across the West because it was clear-cutting. No matter how many times the timber industry tried to put a good face on that accepted forest practice, the public just didn’t …

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Hearing on Forest Service Management and Trusts by House Resources Committee

Here’s a link to the report. Thanks to Derek! Also here is a piece from E&E news daily. Below is an excerpt. Legislative proposals from last Congress In concept, yesterday’s proposals are similar to legislation introduced last Congress by committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) to require the Forest Service to establish “trusts” under which logging …

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Subpanel to explore discrepancy in state-federal logging levels

From E&E News.. Here is a link and below is an excerpt. For example, Washington state’s Department of Natural Resources over the past decade harvested an average of 566 million board feet per year on roughly 2.2 million acres of state forests, generating about $168.6 million annually, or more than $300 for every thousand board …

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“A New Approach to Public Lands” Oregon State University Seminar with Dr. Gary Bull

Note: you can click on the below photo to get closer to the ground. Here is the stored webcast. I found the idea that our neighbor to the North has some interesting ideas and experiences that we could learn from was quite interesting. The discussion afterwards was also very stimulating.. and the ideas thrown around …

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Baucus and Wyden Pledge to Extend Secure Rural Schools Program

Given the discussion at OSU yesterday about what Canada is doing with community forests ( i missed the end of the discussion on stewardship contracting due to other commitments) I thought this was interesting..maybe we could learn some things from the experience of our norther neighbor, and break the Secure Rural Schools “logjam” (so to …

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