What if our efforts to stop wildfires actually make them bigger?

Yes, what if. The full article from today’s Missoulian is here, and some interesting snips are below. “It’s a counter-intuitive result,” said research ecologist Sean Peck. “We put out the fire, but in the long run, there are negative unintended consequences. If we’re putting out all fires under moderate weather conditions, the fire we can’t …

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U.S. House OKs bills paving way for mining near the Boundary Waters Wilderness

In the (very dry) summer of 1988 I did an extended Outward Bound trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, which for a variety of reasons, changed my life forever. According to Minnesota Public Radio: The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to reopen Superior National Forest land near the Boundary Waters …

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GOP Bill Would Amend Wilderness Act to Allow Bikes in All Protected Wilderness Areas

On December 7, 2017 the House Natural Resource Committee’s Subcommittee on Federal Lands will hold a hearing on H.R. 1349, a bill from Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) [Lifetime 4% LCV rating,], which would “amend the Wilderness Act to ensure that the use of bicycles, wheelchairs, strollers, and game carts is not prohibited in Wilderness Areas …

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More Domestic Cows and Sheep Coming to Your Favorite Wilderness Area?

I just got a heads up that there is a provision in the Interior Appropriations bill that would require the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to give grazing permits to ranchers on any vacant allotment to replace lost grazing opportunities to due to fires or anything else “beyond the permittees control.” The …

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Comments on Federal Projects: Values vs. Technical Info

This article from The Conversation isn’t aimed at the USFS, but at federal agencies in general: “Want to change federal policies? Here’s how.” An excerpt: “Federal agencies need the expert information that scientists and professionals can provide. An analysis by the U.S. Forest Service found that the majority of public input was value-based. While these …

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“Public lands advocates push collaborative approach “

A Nov. 7 article in The Missoulian by Rob Chaney. Public lands advocates push collaborative approach Collaboration brings people together. Lawsuits divide them. Reaching the first without triggering the second remains the challenge for those interested in the future of forests. Montana public lands currently have between 30,000 and 40,000 acres left in legal limbo …

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E&E News: Bipartisan bill would help feds, states exchange tracts

“Some environmental groups agree” — including the Wilderness Society — but the article doesn’t mention opposition from anyone…. The bill applies to state trust lands, but it would be very helpful if other state and private land exchanges were easier. In my neck of the woods, some county-owned parcels surrounded by USFS and BLM lands …

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Study: Spotted owls compatible with managing forests for fire, drought

Just came across this item from the PSW Research Station…. Key point: Owls look for tall trees, not dense canopies. Study: Supporting owls compatible with managing forests for fire, drought For Immediate Release: October 5, 2017 ALBANY, Calif. — In what is believed to be the largest spotted owl study in terms of area analyzed, remote …

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Resilient Federal Forests Act Section-by-Section Summary

The American Forest Resource Council has a section-by-section summary of the Resilient Federal Forests Act. This is a complex bill with much to discuss and debate. Here are three provisions that you may have not heard about — yet: Sec. 301. Establishes a Pilot Program for Utilizing Arbitration for Resolving Legal Challenges to Projects Carried …

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Reviewers Needed for USFS Book

NCFP Bloggers, You may recall that I am editing a book, a collection of essays called 193 Million Acres: Toward a Healthier and More Resilient U.S. Forest Service. The aim is to present constructive proposals for increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the agency — solutions that would address challenges the agency faces. I have …

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