Court Rules Firefighting Exempt from NEPA

In a case brought by FSEEE, a federal district court judge ruled that forest fires are emergencies; and, as such, firefighting actions are exempt from any form of NEPA documentation. FSEEE filed the case in response to concerns raised by Wenatchee national forest employees that a 30-mile long fuels break logged through spotted owl critical …

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Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest Plan

This article in the Smokey Mountain News looks at the draft forest plan for the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest, which is “still nearly a year away.” “I can’t commend the Forest Service enough on how they’ve rolled this out and how transparent they’ve been,” said David Whitmire, a hunter and outfitter who is also a member …

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“BLM starts bid to revamp land-use planning, NEPA reviews” (Greenwire)

More fodder for discussion. The article includes a link to an Interior memo on the topic. The goals include finding “better ways” to partner federal land-use planning efforts with “state planning efforts,” seeking “opportunities to avoid delays caused by appeals and litigation” and developing a process to “right size” environmental review documents, “instead of defaulting …

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Greenwire: “Western governors call for revamping Forest Service”

Article published today, June 28…. “Pointing to ‘significant dissatisfaction’ with the management of national forests, the Western Governors’ Association yesterday approved a resolution that calls in part for overhauling the Forest Service. The seven-page policy resolution was adopted after a yearlong review of best practices and policies for forest and rangeland management in an effort …

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The Guardian on the Scientific Publishing Biz

Having grown up in the science biz, the business models seemed a little iffy to me.  But I’ve never heard the scientific publishing models so clearly critiqued as this Guardian article. Below are excerpts.   But Elsevier’s business model seemed a truly puzzling thing. In order to make money, a traditional publisher – say, a …

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Interior and Ag Departments to Reorganize?

Wow. Need more details on this…. Zinke previews agency reorganization Brittany Patterson, E&E News reporter Published: Thursday, June 8, 2017 Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke today fleshed out plans to reorganize the sprawling department, pitching lawmakers on a “joint system” that would shift federal employees from Washington to the field. The revamp would create 13 “joint …

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