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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FOIA Improvement Act – coming next year

I saw FOIA from the government side when I was a regional FOIA coordinator as an unfunded mandate that made agency staff drop their priority work, but then sometimes get bogged down in attempts to deny requests under changing administration policies regarding the “presumption of openness.”  But when I hosted a FOIA conference, I invited …

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ESA lawsuits: fair and balanced

Environmental litigants seem to be a favorite target these days of both Congressional hearings and criticism on this blog.  So after reading (here) about a recent lawsuit that led to DE-listing of species, I decided to look into what these anti-environmental plaintiffs were trying to accomplish with it.  What we have (here) is an exact mirror image …

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Science, Law, and the Press: Idealized vs. Real

I’ve been thinking about how people use the terms “science” as in ” policies are better if they’re based on science”; and law as in “environmental laws are great because Congress made them, but if Congress messes with any of the case-law derived interpretations, that would be bad.” It’s almost like there’s an idealized institution …

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Largest “Dealbreaker” Ever?!?

This may shock some readers but, I am actually against HR 3188. I don’t support any logging in Yosemite National Park, or in the Emigrant Wilderness, other than hazard tree projects. What is also pretty amazing is that others in the House have signed on to this bill. It seems like political “suicide” to go …

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What Rep Daines Mandated Logging Bill Would Mean for National Forests in Montana

Here’s some new information to consider regarding Rep Doc Hastings (R-WA) and Rep Steve Daines (R-MT) mandated logging bill, the so-called “Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act” (HR 1526), which passed the US House on September 20. In Montana, it’s estimated that Rep Daines’ mandated logging bill would result in a 6 fold increase …

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Senate Committee Hearing: Challenges and opportunities for improving forest management on federal lands

A reader sent me this link: here’s his review: Bill Imbergamo’s hit it out of the park with his oral and written testimony. I wanted to give him a hug. Norm Johnson was awesome about the variable retention and science, children’s books, etc Risch was spot-on also. If you haven’t watched, I highly recommend it. …

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Oregonian Editorial Board on Forest Roads

While we’re waiting for the objections rule, thought I’d post a few miscellaneous items.. Here’s a link and below are some excerpts. Forest owners, logging companies and those who value gainful employment won a significant victory Wednesday in the U.S. Supreme Court, which opined that logging roads are not point sources of pollution requiring discharge …

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Objections Rule to Be Released (?) and a Recap on “Contacting Your Representatives”

This came across me email from the LM Tribune online here. The U.S. Forest Service is changing the process by which citizens can challenge timber sales and other actions. Under the new guidelines, which are expected to be unveiled this week, people who want to challenge agency actions will be required to fully participate in …

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