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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Grijalva’s 2008 Report on Bush Administration Public Land “Assault”

I think everyone should take a look at this report submitted by Congressman Grijalva. Especially those of us who were involved in different things decried therein. Running through it briefly, I noticed this.. NPS Employee Morale Near All-Time Low A poll of NPS employees conducted by the Campaign to Protect America’s Lands and the Coalition …

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When To Do an EIS for a Regulation?

EIS’s for regulations can be expensive. Yet it seems like sometimes it’s useful. A concerned citizen might ask, “is there some interagency (say CEQ) guideline as when to do such an investment?” or “is it an artifact of case law and different for each kind of action by each kind of agency?” Sort of a …

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4FRI Update:Controversial Forest Restoration Contractor Draws Vote Of Support

Here’s an article in the Payson Roundup from Saturday. Below is an excerpt. Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin — one of the driving forces in the 4FRI movement — was among those openly questioning whether Pioneer had the financing or expertise to undertake the massive thinning project, which depend on the contractor building bio-fuel plants …

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Indian Valley Meadow Restoration

Indian Valley, part of the Amador Ranger District, Eldorado National Forest, is being restored as a high elevation meadow, after decades of misuse. Grazing has ceased but, its impacts still linger. In the past, willows were removed and water was channeled away, causing increased erosion of these shallow and fragile soils. The water table has …

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