Advice for the Tongass young-growth plan amendment

Though some doubted it could be done, the group of industry leaders, scientists, conservationists and government representatives has reached a consensus: the Tongass Advisory Committee has submitted its draft recommendations for managing timber harvests in the national forest that covers much of Southeast Alaska. There are lots of interesting ideas here; maybe some becoming relevant beyond …

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Rocky Barker on Crapo’s Collaborative

From the Idaho Statesman, here is a link, and below is a quote. YEARS IN THE MAKING Despite that, the Wilderness Society, an organization established to protect wilderness and wild values, has spent eight years at the table working on an agenda to restore the forests, wildlife, rivers and rural economy of the region. Working …

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Collaboration on plans vs projects

Some observations about the recently revised Kootenai forest plan. Robyn King, president of the stakeholders’ group, said her organization hasn’t taken a stand on the broader forest plan, although they did publicly support the East Reservoir Project that could result in several small-to-medium timber sales in Lincoln County this year. “As you can imagine, due …

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More on monetizing public lands

The latest on Montana, giving credit where credit is due (i.e. there’s nothing ‘grassroots’ about it): “The American Lands Council is leading the charge on this. I’m not a member, but I do appreciate that they’re helping elected officials get better educated on this,” Fielder said. I’m sure that education includes these facts: ALC bases …

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Urgent Action Needed to Save Sierra Forests

This viewpoint shows more of the reasons why the desire to have larger and more intense wildfires, in the Sierra Nevada, is the wrong way to go. In this picture below, fire crews were run out of this stand, and back into the “safety zone”, on this fire I worked on, back in 1988.   …

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Collaboration: Not Easy for Place Based Bills Either

When I got back from holiday shopping and reflecting on how national forests could use a little “good will toward folks”, I found that a reader sent me the below link from a press release about environmental groups and Wyden’s Eastern Oregon bill. It was interesting to me that while we were engaged in all …

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“Community-Driven” Management Through Place-Based Bill: Brown’s Canyon

Synchronistically, as we were discussing NFMA planning, I received an email from Senator Udall’s office. My italics.. note two things, it was based on community negotiating, and uses will not change or be revised on a regular (or not so regular) basis. And it’s “All Lands”. I didn’t look at the bill. After working for …

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Wyden’s Bill Preview (?)

I can’t vouch for the accuracy of this Preview. I received on an email trail that supposedly starts from Wyden’s office. I am as likely as the next person to be bamboozled. Still, just in case, I thought it worth sharing. As I reformatted this from the email, I had many thoughts, but I will …

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Quid Pro Nada: Be Wary of Trading Wilderness for Managed Acres

Now some people don’t agree with the concept of Place-Based Bills (or PBB’s as I call them). I am not an ideologue about that. But I do think that if you have one that trades more wilderness for more management, then you should get what you trade. I apologize to those offended by my mixing …

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Planning in HR 1526 – Guest Post by Jon Haber

This recent article on the ‘Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act’ got me to look at the actual bill. Neither the Administration nor the previous discussion on this blog really addressed the ‘forest planning’ implications of this bill. Section 505 is titled ‘Clarification of National Forest Management Act of 1976 Authority,’ and it addresses …

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