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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Draft Omnibus Bill

Crossposted from Left in the West here. Draft Omnibus Bill: North Fork Flathead protections in, Tester’s mandated logging bill out by: Matthew Koehler Wed Dec 08, 2010 at 12:57:22 PM MST The folks at Politico have obtained a draft copy of the “Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2010“, which is currently being circulated by …

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Secretary Vilsack Letter

Not exactly breaking news, but this is mid-semester, misery-index at 8.5,  so I get a pass: Excerpts from a letter recently sent to Senator Tester from the Secretary of Agriculture.  Vilsack_FJRA_Letter. As with any new program or pilot, providing sufficient funding will be critical to allowing the Forest Service to prepare and implement mechanical treatments …

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Wilderness & the Politics of Compromise

The former Solicitor of the Interior, John Leshy, says there exists in wilderness politics a tension between idealism and pragmatism. This tension is evident in the 1964 Wilderness Act and subsequent wilderness laws, for each is generally the product of some negotiation and compromise.   Though too simplistic, this split is helpful to understanding the past, …

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