Navigating Social Forestry

Interesting open-access paper in the journal Land Use Policy: “Navigating social forestry – A street-level perspective on National Forest management in the US Pacific Northwest.” Highlights: • US National Forest management takes place within a vetocratic institutional setting. • Non-agency actors both constrain and enable forest management. • A mismatch exists between official policy objectives …

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CFRP Technical Advisory Panel will meet April 30 – May 4 in Albuquerque

Anyone on this blog going? Note that “The meeting is open to the public and grant applicants are encouraged to attend.” Press release: The 2018 Collaborative Forest Restoration Program (CFRP) Technical Advisory Panel will meet April 30 – May 4 at the Hyatt Place Albuquerque Uptown, 6901 Arvada Ave., NE. The final number of days …

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Groups File Objections to Protect Fish, Wildlife and Recommended Wilderness on the Flathead National Forest

The Swan View Coalition put together the following blog post, which includes links to a bunch of official objections filed on the Flathead National Forest’s revised forest plan (including one from my organization, the WildWest Institute). Conservation groups wanting better protection for fish and wildlife in the Northern Rockies filed Objections to the revised Flathead …

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Firefighters and Cops Win In FY’19 Budget

You know the authoritarians are in charge when firefighters and cops get more money and everyone else gets less. That’s the bottom-line in Trump’s FY 2019 Forest Service budget. Many dismiss the administration’s annual budget exercise because Congress makes the final appropriations decision. But, the budget reflects the administration’s philosophy and priorities. It guides how …

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The Bureau of Land Management is “chaining” our public lands, and BLM’s next stop could be within Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

In my opinion, “chaining” looks straight outta Isengard from Lord of the Rings. The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) has launched a statewide television and online media campaign in Utah to focus public attention on the Bureau of Land Management’s destructive practice of “chaining” native pinyon and juniper forests to create more forage for cattle …

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Oregon Raises Protections for Rare Seabird: Logging, Loss of Prey, Climate Change All Endanger Marbled Murrelet

Here’s the press release from the successful conservation groups. PORTLAND, Ore.— Responding to a petition from conservation groups, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted today to change the status of marbled murrelets from threatened to endangered under the Oregon Endangered Species Act. The decision to uplist the murrelet reflects the increasingly imperiled status of …

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Colville NF poised to set records as timber harvest, restoration increase

This article from the Spokane Spokesman-Review, “Colville National Forest poised to set records as both timber harvest, restoration increase,” notes that “The forest is expected to yield 120 million board feet of forest products in 2018, compared to 70 million board feet in 2017, said Colville forest supervisor Rodney Smoldon.” “Compare that to the two …

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The Unsolved Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet

“The Unsolved Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet,” is from Hakai Magazine, which “explores science, society, and the environment from a coastal perspective.” It also recently was republished in High Country News. “It was partially with the murrelets’ dire straits in mind that broad restrictions were placed on old-growth logging across 9.7 million hectares of federal …

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