Collaborative Forest Management: What the FACA?

Recently, one of the main the topic of conversation here at NCFP has been about collaborative forest management. We have wandered though several posts and many comments into the controversy surrounding, in particular the Montana Forest Restoration Committee in Montana and the Tongass Futures Roundtable in Alaska. In these discussions, there have been those sitting …

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New Planning Rule : Less Litigation? More Defensible?

Check out this EE news story. FOREST SERVICE: Agency chief says no ‘redraft’ for planning rule (06/14/2011) Phil Taylor, E&E reporter Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell today said he has no plans to scrap the agency’s draft planning rule for the nation’s forests and grasslands, as urged last month by a group of nearly 60 …

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Rep. Walden et al. on the Planning Rule

This story, with the letter, is linked here . Walden Leads Forest Planning Rule Foes: Sees Good Chance of More Long Legal Battles – Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) said Friday he is leading a bipartisan chorus of House members in protesting the Obama administration’s national forest planning rule, saying it will lead to more litigation …

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SAF Principles for a Planning Rule

Here’s a link to the Society of American Forester’s letter on the planning rule. They started with some principles (I numbered them for the purpose of discussion): An effective PR: 1) enables forest plans that are simple and efficient to prepare and amend to account for changing conditions, rather than overly prescriptive and onerous to …

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Timber-Itching or Past-Hankering

Agency must curtail ‘timber-itch’ By Jim Furnish | Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 12:15 am Aldo Leopold, the iconic American conservationist, spoke of once watching “a fierce green fire” dying in the eyes of a wolf he killed, noting “there was something new to me in those eyes.” The she-wolf was not just a varmint, …

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Western Governors on Planning Rule

Here is the link.. Below is the summary in the press release. The governors said it is imperative that the U.S. Forest Service coordinate with states and others in refining and implementing the new rule. The letter was signed by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter (Idaho), Chairman of the Western Governors’ Association, and Gov. Christine Gregoire …

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Science and the Planning Rule Redux

See this story in the Sacramento Bee: Critics say Obama abandons science in forest rules GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Obama administration’s proposed new rules for protecting clean water and wildlife on the United States’ nearly 200 million acres of national forests goes against the president’s pledge to let science be the guide, conservation groups …

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NRDC Planning Rule Comment Form

For those of you who haven’t found this site: here’s the page: Tongass Save the Tongass National Forest Your Information Be a BioGems Defender When you take action and become a BioGems Defender we will keep you informed by sending you alerts and progress reports (learn more »). Consider adding your own thoughts before you …

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Rural lawmakers fear planning rule will crimp timber harvests, spur lawsuits: ENN story

FORESTS: Rural lawmakers fear planning rule will crimp timber harvests, spur lawsuits (05/05/2011) Phil Taylor, E&E reporter The Forest Service’s proposed planning rule could open the door to special-interest lawsuits and does little to ensure timber harvests will increase across the nation’s millions of acres of national forests, House lawmakers from rural districts warned today. …

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