More Colt Summit Than You Can Possibly Imagine

This is a pain in the patootie, but I noticed that we had run out of “replies” in our previous discussion of why Matthew is underpaid. So to give him a chance to reply (and if we run out of other Colt Summit space) Below is my comment # 16 restated so folks can respond. …

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National Institute for the Elimination of Catastrophic Wildfire

Thanks to one of our readers for this. The National Institute for the Elimination of Catastrophic Wildfire 11236 N. Highway 3, Fort Jones, California 96032 – (530) 468-2888 – bcourtright@sisqtel.net “The mission of the National Institute for the Elimination of Catastrophic Wildfire is to educate, collaborate and motivate decision makers at all levels to take …

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Recovering $600 Billion by Collecting the Rent on our Public Lands

Thanks to Matthew Koehler for finding this… Here’s the link. This is the project of the “Council of Elders” of the Resource Renewal Institute here. Here is the description of the idea: Council of Elders The Council of Elders, a project of the Resource Renewal Institute, is comprised of retired and active resource managers, scientists, …

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From Forest Planning to Adaptive Governance

“If planning is everything, maybe it’s nothing.” Aaron Wildavsky [Author’s note: This is a lengthy (for a blog), partisan, historical view rant on the road from NFMA “forest planning” to “adaptive governance.”] Let’s face it, the “forest land and resource management plan” is an anachronism—an artifact of a bygone era. That era was in its …

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Dreaming about Reforming Public Land Laws

It has been 40 years since public land laws have been systematically reviewed by a land law commission, the longest period ever separating their use.  Much of the gridlock in how public lands are managed can be traced back to statutory language.  Lawyers and policy-makers met at the University of Colorado Law Center in early June …

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The Power of Precedence- Recreation Residences

One fundamental principle in public lands policy that I would propose is that it is much more difficult to remove or reduce an existing use, than to never have allowed it in the first place. At the “One Third of the Nation’s Land” Conference today at University of Colorado, the planning panel was asked to …

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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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Energy and Federal Lands: Sympathy, and Conflicting Laws

Energy opportunities for all forms of energy occur on public lands: oil and gas, geothermal, solar, coal, and wind. Each has environmental impacts.They seem to have different policies attached to them with regard to siting on federal lands. This week we had an interesting decision by Judge Matsch on San Juan Mountains Coalbed Methane. John …

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Land Law Review- Ideas Wanted On Improving Planning I. Overview

We are working on a presentation for the University of Colorado Law School summer conference on the need for a new land law review commission. The conference program is located here. Our group has been assigned Chapters 3, 4 and 13 of the document “One Third of the Nation’s Land” the report of the previous …

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