Forest road pollution back in court

Sometimes winning a lawsuit doesn’t get you anywhere. “EPA has concluded that forest roads are a “major source of erosion from forested lands, contributing up to 90 percent of the total sediment production from forestry operations. “In 2003, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered EPA to strengthen and correct rules for urban runoff that …

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The Rim Fire: Landscape View

Here is a view of the Granite Creek watershed, and a peek at the Tuolumne River canyon, too. The Rim Fire burned all the way to those most-distant ridgetops. For scale, you can see a vehicle in the middle of the picture. That road is the Cherry Oil Road, which connects Cherry Lake with Highway …

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Rim Fire Salvage Logging, by SPI

Bob Zybach and I went on a field trip to the Rim Fire. The first stop on the tour showed us the Sierra Pacific Industries’ salvage logging results. I’m posting a medium resolution panorama so, if you click on the picture, you can view it in its full size. You can see the planted surviving giant …

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Repeat Photography: Part Deux

It’s kind of a challenge to assemble pictures shot in different years, from different spots, and from different cameras. This is an excellent way to view and monitor trends, showing the public what happens over time to our National Forests. Sometimes, you have to look hard to see the differences. In any future repeat photography projects, …

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Federal forestlands would benefit from Oregon rules: Op-ed In Oregonian

From the Oregonian, here. By James E. Brown, Hal Salwasser and Ted Lorensen Managing some of the federal O&C forestlands more like private forestlands, as is supported by Oregon’s Reps. Peter DeFazio, Greg Walden and Kurt Schrader, would produce a better set of environmental and economic outcomes than is currently the case. Oregon’s 29 million …

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Floods, Climate and Fires- Front Range, Sept. 2013

The history of flooding and economic and social hardships is related, of course, to ideas of Nature and to Book Club topics. However, in the interest of topical and timely information, I thought that this piece by Roger Pielke, Jr. is relevant and worth posting outside of Book Club. Here’s his blog post, titled “Against …

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Dr. Paul Adams Responds to Oregonian Water Quality Story

UPDATE: HW Policy & Mgmt – AdamsP 07 is a copy of the Adams paper that Loup Loup referred to. This article was run in the Oregonian on Aug. 20 entitled “Do Oregon’s clear-cut and pesticide buffers protect drinking water from creeks, rivers? “. It makes one wonder if this was timed to raise this …

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At $5 Million, This is a Deal: Jumpstarting the Restoration of Big Tujunga Canyon by Char Miller

Char sent this as a comment on another thread, so I thought I would repost. Kudos to NFF; it is good to hear positive stories about people working together. Here’s a video. Excerpt below.. The life-giving watershed is in trouble, however, in part as a consequence of the 2009 Station Fire. Ignited by an arsonist …

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