Humans sparked 84 percent of US wildfires, increased fire season over two decades

How should we deal with the new math on forest fires? If this article published in the February Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is not a fluke then it would seem to me that our expanding population dictates the need for more forest management not less. The less desireable alternative would be to …

Continue reading ‘Humans sparked 84 percent of US wildfires, increased fire season over two decades’ »

IN SEARCH OF COMMON GROUND

It seems like an exercise in futility for the “New Century of Forest Planning” group to be discussing and cussing forest planning &/ policy when we haven’t even agreed to the scientific fundamentals that serve as the cornerstone and foundation for any such discussions. Below, I have developed a tentative outline of the high level …

Continue reading ‘IN SEARCH OF COMMON GROUND’ »

Sage Grouse and Gubernatorial Politics in Colorado

Normally I pretty much tune out the hoopla around elections (truth is not usually found anywhere in the vicinity), but thought these two op-eds were of interest, in the sense that sage grouse has come out in gubernatorial politics. Probably would not happen with an endangered species in Texas, Florida, or New York, and maybe …

Continue reading ‘Sage Grouse and Gubernatorial Politics in Colorado’ »

What Should Congress Do? II Trusts

This post involves information from Mac McConnell, Jay O’Laughlin and about the Valles Caldera experiment. Solving these many and diverse local problems require local solutions based on local know-how. The current topdown, one-size-fits-all land management by the feds has proven itself incapable of problem-solving at the forest level. Removal of selected lands from federal oversight …

Continue reading ‘What Should Congress Do? II Trusts’ »

State Management Has Issues as Well, at Least in Oregon- Krieger’s Bill

So there are many problems with management of federal forests. A helpful and eagle-eyed reader sent these links about efforts to stop physical protests of timber sales on Oregon State forests. Here’s the link to this story and below is an excerpt. The 2011 protests were less about speech than about a sanctimonious form of …

Continue reading ‘State Management Has Issues as Well, at Least in Oregon- Krieger’s Bill’ »