Behind the Curtain: Colt Summit Appeals Resolution Meeting Notes

One of my goals on this blog has been to try to share some of the “behind the scenes” that goes on with Forest Service projects, so that colleagues in academia and elsewhere can get an idea of what it’s like to be a practitioner in this world. Here are the note from an appeals …

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What Went Right with West Bend? Comparing to Colt Summit

A few weeks ago, I posted this on the West Bend Vegetation Project, and asked the question “why was this successful?” Matthew asked the question “could it be because the Deschutes was willing to negotiate with the objectors during the objection process?” He compared it to the Colt Summit collaborative project, that we’ve discussed many …

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Rim Fire trees sailing to China, domestic mills “pretty much at capacity”

From Reed Fujii, staff writer with the The Record, Stockton, California: If there’s a silver lining to last year’s Rim Fire, California’s third-largest recorded wildfire, scorching more than 257,000 acres around and in Yosemite National Park, it may be in the piles of logs now being stacked up at the Port of Stockton. MDI Forest Products, …

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Adopt-a-Project Opportunity: Blankenship Veg Project

UPDATE: One of our generous readers offered a copy of the complaint here. Based on this coverage in the Great Falls Independent paper, I am curious how the FS should have surveyed according to Garrity, and what they actually did. “First, this case is about the Forest Service’s failure to use ‘best available science’ and …

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Tongass Timber Sale Update: How an endemic species can halt a timber sale

Earlier in September, a press release from the Greater Southeast Alaska Conservation Community (GSACC) was shared with this blog. It opened with: On August 16, GSACC and four other organizations filed an administrative appeal of the Tongass Forest Supervisor’s decision to proceed with the Big Thorne timber project. The appeal went to to the next …

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Hazard Tree Lawsuit Update- Volunteers Needed for “Adopt a Project”

I spoke to Ms. Boggs, the Executive Director of the Conservation Congress. She said that she does not post or make available the 990’s and Board of Director information but that that can be found in the State of California records since the organization is incorporated in California. I asked if she had a plain …

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New Project to Watch: Iron Springs Vegetation Project

Interesting how this project is characterized in Courthouse News here…I think the write of the article said “4890 acres of commercial logging.” But in the next paragraph quoting the plaintiffs it says that there are 381 acres of precommercial thinning. So I think you need to subtract that to get a total of commercial. But …

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Colt Summit- The Next Round

This is one of our favorite projects to follow, for newer readers. One of the reasons is that there is a narrative that you will hear from some “if only the FS worked with collaboratives, then litigation would cease to be a problem.” I think I even heard that in some of the Chief’s testimony …

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Lawsuit filed against Kootenai National Forest logging project

The following is a press release from the Alliance for the Wild Rockies.  A copy of the lawsuit is here. – mk “Grizzly numbers in the Cabinet-Yaak ecosystem continue to decline every year,” said Mike Garrity, Executive Director of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies.  “In spite of these falling grizzly bear numbers the Forest …

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