New Congress, New Ideas (This Time I Really Mean It!)

In yesterday’s post I asked: New Congress, new ideas.. we could take this project and ask the question, how could we do better with justice for all and still follow the existing laws? Ideas? When I retired, the solution to this was “collaboration”- folks have been doing this, and spending a great deal of time …

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More Details on the Daschle Amendment

Due to the word limit of op-eds, it’s difficult to get all the nuances, even when you are trying to do so. It’s a pretty obscure field of knowledge, so here goes. In our op-ed, we were saying that if you trade wilderness for “managed acres”, you should understand if the situation will be different …

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What Should Congress Do? II Trusts

This post involves information from Mac McConnell, Jay O’Laughlin and about the Valles Caldera experiment. Solving these many and diverse local problems require local solutions based on local know-how. The current topdown, one-size-fits-all land management by the feds has proven itself incapable of problem-solving at the forest level. Removal of selected lands from federal oversight …

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CREATE: What Should Congress Do? I.Harmonize BLM and FS Appeals

When I worked for the Forest Service, I worked on many coal and oil and gas projects. If a Forest Service fuels reduction project appeals and litigation seems incredibly complex, think about coal or oil and gas, in which BLM and the Forest Service have different pieces, different appeal processes and different lawyers all for …

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The Series: CREATE: What Should Congress Do?

I’d like to start a discussion along the lines of CREATE (as you may or may not recall, “Conflict Resolution Effectiveness, Accountability and Transparency Enhancement”) for Forest Service projects and plans. Here and here are some previous posts. We have some bills that are place-based. But the problem with these, to some, is that areas …

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Chuck Roady on Budget Cuts

Gil suggested posting this… I don’t believe that people litigate for the money. I think they believe that they are doing good. However, it does seem that some people’s opinions count more than others and there are issues of justice involved in who has access to these decisions, as we’ve pointed out on this blog …

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“Paid Gladiators” or Unpaid Peacemakers:There Must Be a Better Way

OR But, the fighting goes on and accelerates infrequency and intensity. The people, our sense of community, and the forest are bruised and battered in the process. The gladiators never tire of the fight – it is what they do. The fight itself provides their sustenance. I detect, however, that many concerned about forests we …

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The Saga of Colt Summit Continues: Opportunity for Direct Action?

Just when you think it might be done, because it went to court and the judge told the FS to analyze more and the FS did… Maybe it’s time for some of the direct action proposed earlier on this blog. Here’s a link to the members of the Western Environmental Law Center Board of Directors. …

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Idaho Roadless Upheld by Appeals Court, Plus An Idea For CREATE

Thanks to Terry Seyden for this one.. Here’s the link. First congratulations to all those folks who worked on the Idaho Rule throughout the state, the Forest Service folks, and OGC and DOJ for all their assistance. I met some of the folks who worked on the Rule at various RACNAC meetings and other roadless …

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When To Do an EIS for a Regulation?

EIS’s for regulations can be expensive. Yet it seems like sometimes it’s useful. A concerned citizen might ask, “is there some interagency (say CEQ) guideline as when to do such an investment?” or “is it an artifact of case law and different for each kind of action by each kind of agency?” Sort of a …

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