Locals Short-Changed by Stewardship Contracts?

Greenwire article today: Localities feel short-changed by program to thin overgrowth Marc Heller, E&E News reporter Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 A program that awards federal contracts to companies to thin overgrown forests has won praise from timber interests but is leaving localities feeling empty-handed. Unlike most federal timber-harvesting operations, the stewardship contracts used by …

Continue reading ‘Locals Short-Changed by Stewardship Contracts?’ »

Good Industry, Bad Industry: Colorado’s Oil and Gas Legal Case

. I’m posting this as an example of a court case that doesn’t involve the FS nor public land management but does relate to environmental policy. In some respects, it’s even odder than our FS cases as it apparently is looking to re-regulate an industry with new criteria. This case, taken as reported by Colorado …

Continue reading ‘Good Industry, Bad Industry: Colorado’s Oil and Gas Legal Case’ »

U.S. Forest Service’s Northern Region has met 89% of their timber sale volume target over the past 15 years

If you listen to most western politicians – regardless of political party – talk about the U.S. Forest Service’s timber sale program you’ve likely heard them describe it as a failure. Many of these same politicians give the general public the impression that next to zero logging is taking place on America’s national forests because …

Continue reading ‘U.S. Forest Service’s Northern Region has met 89% of their timber sale volume target over the past 15 years’ »

Does increased forest protection correspond to higher fire severity in frequent-fire forests of the western United States?

A new study recently published in ECOSPHERE, an open access journal, found “found forests with higher levels of protection had lower severity values even though they are generally identified as having the highest overall levels of biomass and fuel loading.” Here’s the Abstract, and again the full study can be viewed here. ABSTRACT: There is …

Continue reading ‘Does increased forest protection correspond to higher fire severity in frequent-fire forests of the western United States?’ »

Trump’s Interior Nominee Tied to Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Scientific Fraud Over Oil, Says PEER

In the spirit of the goal of this blog being “to solicit broad participation from a cross-section of interests in a respectful atmosphere of mutual learning on topics related to the Forest Service and public lands policy”, here’s a press release from Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). – mk Washington, DC —David Bernhardt, Trump’s …

Continue reading ‘Trump’s Interior Nominee Tied to Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Scientific Fraud Over Oil, Says PEER’ »

The spotted owl in the context of, well, owls in general

The current issue (May 25th, 2017) of the New York Review of Books contains a review of two books on owls, penned by reviewer Robert O. Paxton (I didn’t know, BTW, that he was an “owlologist” – try saying that fast 25 times! – or an “owlophile”).  Anyhow, there wasn’t much on the spotted owl …

Continue reading ‘The spotted owl in the context of, well, owls in general’ »

Alliance Wild Rockies v Farnsworth

A recent court decision, Alliance Wild Rockies v Farnsworth, is interesting in that the court denied a suit aimed at halting salvage logging in Montana. The conclusion of B. Lynn Winmill, Chief Judge, United States District Court, is unusual for its commentary: Conclusion In the West, fuel and climate are combining to create intense wildfires. Fuels are …

Continue reading ‘Alliance Wild Rockies v Farnsworth’ »

It’s About Science- You’re Kiddin’ Me (Bears Ears)

We all know that “science” is good and “politics” is bad, right? That’s if we don’t read in disciplines like sociology of science, or science policy studies (not “science”?). As I noted recently, when journals that don’t usually talk about natural resource stuff start publishing things, there is usually some kind of political angle. Again, …

Continue reading ‘It’s About Science- You’re Kiddin’ Me (Bears Ears)’ »

Fewer openings, fewer moose

“Logging, intentional fires planned in Superior National Forest to improve moose habitat.” Good article that describes well what’s happened: cutbacks on logging = fewer openings = fewer moose. Treatments proposed on 8,000 acres out of a 115,000-acre management area. Gives opponents only a mention and no quotes: “Not everyone is happy. The Sierra Club and …

Continue reading ‘Fewer openings, fewer moose’ »

Analysis of Senator Barrasso’s “National Forest Ecosystem Improvement” Bill from TWS

A new summary and analysis of S. 879, the “National Forest Ecosystem Improvement Act” – which Senator Barrasso (R-WY) introduced on April 6 – is available here. It was put together by Mike Anderson at The Wilderness Society. The text of S. 879 is available here. Below is Mr. Anderson’s summary of the bill. “S. …

Continue reading ‘Analysis of Senator Barrasso’s “National Forest Ecosystem Improvement” Bill from TWS’ »