Federal lands and transitional economies

Headwaters Economics has released this update to a report discussed at length here last year:  “Rural counties in the West with more federal lands performed better on average than their peers with less federal lands in four key economic measures.” “This update of research from last year finds that from the early 1970s to the early …

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IN SEARCH OF COMMON GROUND

It seems like an exercise in futility for the “New Century of Forest Planning” group to be discussing and cussing forest planning &/ policy when we haven’t even agreed to the scientific fundamentals that serve as the cornerstone and foundation for any such discussions. Below, I have developed a tentative outline of the high level …

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What Our Forests Need: A Forum

This is reposted from Dan Botkin’s blog of June 23. here We’re discussing the more philosophical aspects in Virtual Book Club here. But he raises other topics that we can discuss here.. This is a forum open to anyone who has thoughts to share about forests and forestry. I will start by expressing how I …

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Can We Try an Interest-Based Dialogue? A Guest Post by Mike Wood

From Mike Wood: I would like to open up a dialogue concerning the relevance and need for public lands within the United States. My interest in doing so is because I deeply value the experience of wildness and the connections to place and nature that come from working in the woods. These are co-equal to …

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Let’s Just Transfer FS Land to the Park Service: Why or Why Not?

Gil asked a really good question, in my mind, one that is another way of asking what are our public lands for? But a bit more concrete. Here’s his question. I’m hoping regulars on the blog will answer as well as perhaps some newbies. The National Park Service (NPS) approach seems to be what the …

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Buy Local Wood – (from Santa Cruz?)

Thanks to Mike De LaSaux for posting this on the SAF LinkedIn site. It is a TED talk video of a conservationist, Terry Corwin talking about using local sustainably produced wood for construction. Here are some of the snippets I copied.. “islands of privilege” “environmental haves and have-nots” “bias toward local sustainably produced wood,” and …

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Reflections on the Senate Committee Hearing by JZ , and Brainstorming Possible Solutions

JZ sent a comment on the “collaboration is bad for NEPA” thread here. I took part of it out and made a separate post.. as there is a need to ask this larger question . I agree with JZ that the Senate discussion was much more deep and serious. There’s a lot to examine there, …

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Where to do what: some thoughts and the Blue Mountains

Ed raised the question of “where do people on the blog think “intensive management, thinning and prescribed burning” belong.. everywhere? roadless? primitive areas?” So I’ll go first. I think that for places where there is no “timber industry” currently: A. “Thinning for protection” thinning should be done around communities and roads in fire country . …

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Coquelle Trails: Scientific Transparency & Public Lands Management

Earlier this week I gave a 60-minute talk to a meeting of the Alsea Watershed Council, my “home group,” where I have been giving presentations every few years since they first formed in the 1980s. The audience was a little smaller than usual, but all of the old-timers were there and Elmer Ostling’s wife had …

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Rural Resonance for Deputy Regional Forester in California

Here’s the link and below is an excerpt: As long as I work for the agency, the U.S. Forest Service, I want to make a difference. I will personally promise you that. That is what I want to do,” Gyant assured his rapt audience of nearly 400 loggers, mill owners, lumber company executives, truck drivers, …

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