Trust-y Federal Land Management- O&C Version

When I started reading the news stories about this, I felt like I’d come into the middle of a novel. First, I’d like to start with some thinking by Bob Malmsheimer of SUNY ESF, who said something along the lines of “we can never have a meaningful discussion about “trust management” until we clarify exactly …

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Parts of The Corporate Recreation Industry vs. Utah Elected Officials

We have had much discussion about “corporations” when it comes to oil and gas and timber. The situation with the Outdoor Industry Association is an another industry association lobbying, and with its own PAC. They seem to be lobbying, in this case, to get rid of the messy and seemingly interminable place-by-place public processes in …

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Op-ed on Heritage Act by Former Forest Supervisors

Guest opinion: Front legislation reflects local concerns Story Discussion By GLORIA FLORA, SPIKE THOMPSON and RICK PRAUSA | Posted: Saturday, January 21, 2012 12:00 am | No Two years ago, three former chiefs of the U.S. Forest Service asked Montana’s congressional delegation to support a local Montana effort aimed at protecting the Rocky Mountain Front. …

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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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Wuerthner on Rocky Mountain Front Range Heritage Act

… Thanks to Matthew Koehler for this link and also for the above photo FYI: http://www.newwest.net/topic/article/rocky_mountain_front_heritage_act_misses_on_weeds_and_wilderness/C41/L41/ Guest Column Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act Misses on Weeds and Wilderness A coalition claims it wants to protect Montana’s Rockies by supporting the proposed Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act, but is it a wolf in sheep’s clothing? By …

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Oregonian Editorial- Down the center path on federal forests

Here is the link. Congress has to get cracking; time is running out on timber counties Three Oregon congressmen recently described on these pages the outlines of a plan aimed at breaking the impasse on federal forests and preserving basic county services across timber country. It looks promising, and we’re eager to see more. Democrats …

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A Couple of Bipartisan Place-Based Bills

From Oregon here: Oregon’s rural communities cannot afford another 20 years of gridlock in our federal forests. Without a new path forward, mills will continue to disappear, forest jobs will be outsourced and counties will be pushed off the budgetary cliff. During a time when it’s particularly hard to find common ground in public policy, …

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Two Views of the Tester Bill

Thanks to Matthew Koehler for finding this.. Missoula Independent December 22, 2011 Nada for collaborators: Tester’s forest act isn’t sleeping–it’s dead http://missoulanews.bigskypress.com/missoula/nada-for-collaborators/Content?oid=1525219 by George Ochenski It’s the winter solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. Trees are up and lights are twinkling to fend …

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Bugs, fire, politics threaten western Montana forests: from the Missoulian

Here’s the link. Three things will combine to radically transform Montana forests in the next 50 years: bugs, fire and politics. Mountain pine beetles have killed millions of acres of lodgepole pine trees. Those dead stands, combined with a progressively drier climate, will likely burn in wilder, more intense fashion. The biological aftermath should bring …

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Bosworth Op-Ed on Tester’s Bill

Thanks to Terry Seyden for this one! From the Billings Gazette, here. Guest opinion: Tester’s jobs & rec bill would benefit Montana forests By DALE BOSWORTH As regional forester for the Forest Service here in Montana and as chief of the Forest Service in Washington, D.C., I have watched how the heavy traffic of opinion …

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