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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Op-ed: Collaborative work on Forest Service plan cost Martin his job

Interesting look behind the scenes…. The former Southern Appalachian Regional Director for The Wilderness Society was the catalyst and key facilitator for a compromise and groundbreaking proposal for the Pisgah-Nantahala national forests that brought conservationists and recreational users together under one umbrella. But that collaboration would eventually cost Brent Martin his job. A local activist …

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15 Minute TED Talk: “Forest Service ecologist proposes ways to help curb rising ‘Era of Megafires’”

“Dr. Paul Hessburg, a research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service, has traveled across the West to share the result of 30 years of research into wildfires and what might be done to prevent them.” –> My thought: Err! Reduce them – preventing any from occurring is impossible. Other opportunities for disagreement but well worth …

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“Wildfire legislation’s NEPA provisions generate divisions”

From E&E Daily today…. “Congress risks stirring old political battles by trying to scale back environmental rules in the fight against wildfires.” But we are not talking about the same types of forest management — thinning and fuels management, rather than clearcutting old-growth, or clearcutting at all.   Wildfire legislation’s NEPA provisions generate divisions Marc …

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“Cutting for Health is a Scam for Wealth”

The era of tree-sitting isn’t over yet. This article explains the latest protest: Environmental group blocks path to timber sale Cascadia Forest Defenders’ protest halts access near McKenzie Bridge “Environmental activists ratcheted up their logging protest Monday about 50 miles east of Eugene, suspending a platform 80 feet in the air on a tree and …

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More Research: Prioritizing forest fuels treatments

More research that shows the value of fuels treatments, and especially treatments that are strategically placed. Text of press release is below. The paper cited is here ($). ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Fighting fires before they spark UNM research could impact forest management around the world By Aaron Hilf October 17, 2017 With warm, dry summers comes a …

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There Is No There There

Hispanic Heritage Month began on September 15 and ended yesterday. Or so says the U.S. Forest Service’s homepage. However, unlike the other four banner ads, which click through to provide information on Fall Colors, wildfires, and the like, the Hispanic Heritage Month banner ad links to nothing. The Wayback Machine says that the Forest Service’s …

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ClimateWire – What we know about wildfires and climate change

Pretty good article (posted here as a PDF) that presents a range of research on the relationship of wildfires and climate change. The author might have added more about other factors, such as fuels management, but did add this paragraph near the end of the article: “Additionally, wildfires, perhaps more than any other type of …

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