Supreme Court Affirms Programmatic EIS for Sierra Nevada Framework

Jun 20: In the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Case No. 08-17565.Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. The Appeals Court indicates that, “This court’s opinion filed on February 3, 2012, and reported at 668 F.3d 609 (9th Cir. 2012), is withdrawn, and is replaced by the attached Opinion and Dissent. …

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Hooray for Transparency!

Here is Region Five’s “Ecological Restoration Implementation Plan”. It is definitely worth a browse, especially if you are a local within or near any of these National Forests. Each Forest spells out what it is doing and what it is planning. http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5411383.pdf (The picture is an old one, from fall of 2000. I had been …

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California’s Dense Forests Present New Opportunities

Forestry operations and bioenergy have been part of the economic and social fabric in Northern California for decades. A five-year study produced in 2009 by the USDA Forest Service modeled forest management under different scenarios across 2.7 million acres encompassing the Feather River watershed. The model’s time horizon spanned four decades, examining wildfire behavior, forest thinning operations and a range of environmental and economic …

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Indian Valley Meadow Restoration

Indian Valley, part of the Amador Ranger District, Eldorado National Forest, is being restored as a high elevation meadow, after decades of misuse. Grazing has ceased but, its impacts still linger. In the past, willows were removed and water was channeled away, causing increased erosion of these shallow and fragile soils. The water table has …

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County Payments, Jobs, & Forest Health

I thought some of our readers might be interested in a recent paper by Headwaters Economics examining ideas for reforming the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) and Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT).  Here is the PDF Reform_County_Payments_WhitePaper_LowRes and the link http://www.headwaterseconomics.org/tools/reforming-federal-land-payments-to-counties/ This outfit does some really neat work and this paper …

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Forests Can Protect Humans from Disease

Here’s one more benefit of National Forests which needs to be considered in forest planning: protection from infectious human diseases. A group of scientists published a study earlier this month in the Nature journal, citing mounting evidence that biodiversity loss frequently increases infectious disease transmission. One of the primary authors, Felicia Keesing from Bard College, explained the general pattern …

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Next Week: Land Law Review Conference

Next week is the summer June 2-4, 2010 Martz Summer Conference 2010 The Past, Present, and Future of Our Public Lands. University of Colorado Law School It sounds like John Rupe, Martin and I will all be there. Martin is the moderator of the timber session, and Rick Cables is speaking about Forest Service planning. …

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Ecosystem Services: The New Multiple-Use Idea

  So what’s the value of a forest? In a previous post, I described the shift away from the Forest Service’s multiple-use mission to a sustainable ecosystem mission.  Many public stakeholders are confused by this shift, including those that rely on forest uses and services.  The same is true for Forest Service employees trained in multiple-use …

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