Senate Committee Hearing: Challenges and opportunities for improving forest management on federal lands

A reader sent me this link: here’s his review: Bill Imbergamo’s hit it out of the park with his oral and written testimony. I wanted to give him a hug. Norm Johnson was awesome about the variable retention and science, children’s books, etc Risch was spot-on also. If you haven’t watched, I highly recommend it. …

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Supreme Court Affirms Programmatic EIS for Sierra Nevada Framework

Jun 20: In the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Case No. 08-17565.Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. The Appeals Court indicates that, “This court’s opinion filed on February 3, 2012, and reported at 668 F.3d 609 (9th Cir. 2012), is withdrawn, and is replaced by the attached Opinion and Dissent. …

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Request for NEPA Success Stories from Natural Resources Defense Council

I received a request from Amanda Jahshan of the Natural Resources Defense Council for NEPA “Success stories”. The accumulation of information is being funded by NRDC, which I think is good because I remember when I worked for the Forest Service, we had to yard those up in-house at least once, that I recall. Plus …

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Collaborative Learning on EA vs. EIS for Vegetation Projects

This is a test. If this works everyone could enter a project or two from his or her own area and then we could compare what happens across the country, and then ask questions. So the first step is this: Take a look at this spreadsheet in google docs. Check and see if you can …

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McClatchy Take on Pacific Rivers Supreme Court Case

Note: This post is not just an excuse to run Martin’s photo again. Planners: I’m looking for a photo that shows a real forest plan and all its associated documentation for future posts. Here’s a link to another story about the Supreme Court case. Below are a couple of excerpts I found interesting: One key …

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Collaboration and NEPA and the Power to Decide: Who Still Has the Reins?

I spent the last week or so in D.C. (see photo above), struggling with various “free” wi-fi’s that didn’t work. I had a carefully crafted post on collaboration and NEPA that I lost when, as I was typing away, the connection drifted away. Even while I was writing this post, WordPress logged me out. Anyway, …

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E&E News on House Committee, NEPA and Antiquities Act

Here’s a link, and below is an excerpt: Areas of agreement? Despite their differences, both Bishop and Grijalva said they are optimistic that the 113th Congress could reach bipartisan compromises on public lands issues that have eluded it over the past two years. Bishop, for one, said he could support conservation bills if Democrats are …

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Flexible NEPA in the Black Hills

Here’s a story from the Rapid City Journal on attempts (with CEQ) to design NEPA documents and decisions in a more flexible way. Here’s an AP story as well, not so clear about the NEPA, more about the funding. Black Hills National Forest officials will rely on streamlined regulations and extensive commercial tree thinning in …

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