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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Winter Reflection

It is especially so, in a profession like forestry, that some of us get a chance to reflect on what has happened, and what might happen. Some of us find other ways of being outdoors and enjoying nature. My winter “data collection” involves sampling, organizing and capturing millions of scenic “data points” in a pleasing …

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RPA Assessment Released

Terry Seyden forwarded this link to an article in the Lake County (Calif) news regarding the publication of the RPA Assessment. Here is one in the Santa Barbara Independent. The article said it was released Tuesday, I couldn’t find anything under USDA press releases, nor Forest Service, but I finally located it on the FS …

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Agriculture Secretary Scolds Rural Folks

Just reading this, I’m thinking that maybe Mr. Vilsack and his Department could team up with rural folks in developing a proactive message. It seems to me that if you take/decide to keep a job as an Agriculure Secretary, you are part of the solution. And there are more “folks” in rural America, at least …

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“The Future of the National Forests – Who Will Answer an Uncertain Trumpet?” by Jack Ward Thomas

Here’s a link to the paper, well worth reading in its entirety from Jack Ward Thomas, wise elder, world-class scientist and former Chief of the Forest Service. Here are some excerpts: Courts ruled that the FS’s applications of “professional judgment” fell short of the required “hard look” in evaluating proposed management actions. As a result, …

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Canada (BC) and US (Tongass) Forest Policy Comparisons: Nie and Hoberg

Check out these videos from Policy Issues in the Pacific Coastal Temperate Rainforest of North America On April 19, 2012. I thought it was extremely interesting to compare what happens in our system of court-governance compared to Canada’s and the way they work and results in neighboring and connected forests. Props to Bruce Botelho (City …

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Governor Kitzhaber’s Forest Vision

All: I have received NO responses to my visualization request here. OK, maybe that was too right-brained. How about sharing your visions for the future and submitting them to me for future posts (terraveritas@gmail.com)? To get you started, here’s one from Governor Kitzhaber of Oregon. Thanks to a colleague for this contribution. Oregon is an …

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Catching Up After SAF Convention

I hadn’t been to a Convention since I entered Planning World and it was amazing to see all the changes; in the people, in what they are studying and the way that everyone is looking at the world. I could post on every presentation I attended (and may, through time). I also found a variety …

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Introducing “Catching People Doing Something Right”

Listening to folks at the Retiree Rendezvous in Vail last week, and having spent the last three years or so on this blog, I noticed some similarities between their concerns and the public’s concerns. Because they were retirees, and we had all been to the same management training, some of the discussion was couched in …

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