Towering Peaks of Central Idaho

This will be the first of many postings to share my photography associated with our National Forests. I have worked on 23 National Forests across the country, in 11 states. The photos I took while working for the Feds will be available for free limited usage, if someone thinks it might help their cause. Others …

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A Look at Judge Smith’s Dissent on Sierra Framework Case

One good thing about the recent case is that because there was a dissenting judge (33% of total) we get to hear “both sides of the story” in the case. It sounds like the FS said that analyzing site specific projects impacts on fish made more sense than at the programmatic level. As I’ve said …

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Recreation – Sheepdog Safety

In the interests of safety, I am posting this. I don’t know if this is the only part of the country where this is an issue. From the Durango Herald. A simple solution to sheepdog encounters? Education campaign planned to reduce high-country conflicts Officials are betting that unnerving encounters with dogs guarding sheep in the …

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Sunday Op-ed and Editorial Roundup from the Interior West

In today’s Sunday papers, The Denver Post and the Missoulian had three op-eds and an editorial of relevance to our usual topics. Ski Area Water Rights, 21st century conservation, private lands conservation and Tester’s bill. I lumped them together below and one separate in a separate post (restoration op-ed in the Missoulian), just to reduce …

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Not So Home on the Range

From the Aspen Times here. Cattle grazing has plummeted locally with the rise of industrial tourism December, 19 2011 Scott Condon The Aspen Times Aspen, CO Colorado Editor’s note: Today’s fourth installment of the five-part Aspen Times series, “Land of Opportunity,” focuses on the state of ranching in the Roaring Fork Valley. The final part, …

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Legal Decision on Monitoring SW Species

Thanks to Matt Koehler for this submission.. For Immediate Release, October 12, 2011 Contact: Taylor McKinnon, Center for Biological Diversity, (928) 310-6713 Erik Ryberg, Western Watersheds Project, (520) 622-3333 Court Slams Forest Service’s Refusal to Monitor Southwestern Endangered Species TUCSON, Ariz.— A federal judge on Tuesday sided with the Center for Biological Diversity and Western …

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FS Win on Grazing: Pike San Isabel

From Agjournal.com here: The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) announced June 17 that the U.S. Forest Service, the Chaffee County Board of Commissioners, CCA, and most importantly – 13 livestock producing families – prevailed against a lawsuit filed by Western Watershed’s Project (WWP). In 2009, CCA and Chaffee County joined ranchers in protecting their right to …

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