Congress supports unloading national forests

From a New York Times op-ed by the president of the Trust for Public Land: Last week, the United States Senate voted 51 to 49 to support an amendment to a nonbinding budget resolution to sell or give away all federal lands other than the national parks and monuments. This was bad enough. But it …

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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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Local planning and forest planning

I think this article was an offshoot of the recent surge in discussion of transferring federal land to Montana (and other western states).  (A number of the articles linked in the sidebar are about that.) This article ends up making an important point, but also shows how people can take that point and run the …

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Bipartisan poll finds broad support for public land conservation in Montana

Not sure what to make of this – “Of those polled, 48 percent listed conservation issues as the primary factor in supporting elected officials and 38 percent they were somewhat important. Conservation issues were less important for 9 percent and not important to 4 percent.” “When asked if protecting public lands in Montana has generally …

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Elliot State Forest Parcels Are Sold

Photo by www.facebook.com/LarryHarrellFotoware An update from Bob Z. Elliot State Forest Sale Closes Amid Controversy Elliott State Forest Sale Statesman Journal  The Oregon Department of State Lands has completed the controversial sale of three parcels of Elliott State Forest totaling 1,453 acres to Seneca Jones Timber and Scott Timber Co. The Wednesday sale fetched $4.2 …

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Privatization vs. Insourcing

Thanks to Kitty Benzar for this link … Below is an excerpt. The most commonly reported reason for insourcing is inadequate service quality, followed by inadequate cost savings. Using 2002 and 2007 survey data from the International City/County Management Association, researchers examined why city managers decided to bring previously privatized services back in-house. In both …

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Future of the Forest Service: Management Plans and Implementation Contracts?

Mike articulated the below thoughts on a thread on privatization of campgrounds… I think this is worthy of discussing more broadly, both in the context of Char’s piece on land management needs and budget realities here and as a piece of the whole “privatization” question (discussed here and previously). so here is what Mike said …

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Guest Post by Kitty Benzar on National Forest Concessionaires and Privatization

Thank you to Kitty Benzar for this guest post. Here are three examples of concessionaire operating plans. All of these are included in the lawsuit filed on Sept 11. They include day use fee sites that have never been vetted through any public process, as well as types of fees that FLREA prohibits the Forest …

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