Sage grouse planning do-over

This article discusses the last Trump/Zinke twist in the effort to prevent sage listing of the greater sage grouse under ESA.  While sage grouse habitat on federal lands is mostly under BLM jurisdiction, the Forest Service is also a big player, and 20 forest plans were amended in 2015 to include conservation measures that were …

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Wildlife in Managed Forests

In a previous post titled “The response of the forest to drought” the questions led to the opportunity to bring us up to date on the current state of elk and the role that sound forest management can play. Here are some quotes from various sources some of which contradict what we have heard on …

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Forest Service and BLM slightly lose sage grouse lawsuit in Nevada

The state of Nevada, nine counties, three mining companies, and a private ranch challenged the adoption of greater sage grouse conservation measures in Forest Service and BLM land management plans.  Most of the agency actions were upheld in Western Exploration v. USDI (D. Nevada), including compliance with FLPMA requirements of BLM for multiple use and …

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The beginning of state management of national forests

A group of Western senators, including Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo, both R-Idaho, have introduced a bill to allow states to implement their own conservation plans to protect sage grouse and their habitats, in lieu of federal management. Congress would be allowing states to override the decisions by the Forest Service and BLM to …

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Should federal lands bear the brunt of ESA conservation obligations?

Sage grouse are putting that question out there.  BLM and the Forest Service are amending plans to adopt strategies for federal lands that are more ‘strict’ than what states would do.  States don’t like this; do you? A related question – how important is it to have a consistent conservation strategy across jurisdictions? I am …

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Sage grouse plans are out

Here are national and state perspectives.   The proposals to amend federal BLM and Forest Service plans to protect sage grouse have been released. I haven’t read the new plan components but I have followed the process since I was peripherally involved before I retired from the FS, and I was also more heavily involved …

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The Dust Bowl, Shelterbelts and the Forest Service

Since Ken Burns’ film on the Dust Bowl is starting tonight, see website here. Two Forest Service linkages to shelterbelts are noted in this note from Darrel Kenops, of the National Association of Forest Service Retirees The U.S. Forest Service from the start and up to today worked in concert with many including the USDA …

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National Grasslands Week

US Forest Service celebrates 75 years of national grasslands The U.S. Forest Service is celebrating National Grasslands Week June 17-23, showcasing the beauty, history and economic value of these national treasures on the 75th anniversary of the legislation that established them. America’s 20 national grasslands, spanning 12 states and 4 million acres, were created through …

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Wildfires and Soil Carbon- Grasslands Study

I had thought I had reposted this from Bob Berwyn’s blog here but couldn’t find it- the last two weeks have been a blur.. Climate-fire feedback loop likely to accelerate global warming Wildfires can spur increased releases of nitrous oxide from the soil, adding significantly to greenhouse gas concentrations. By Summit Voice SUMMIT COUNTY — …

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