Swan View Coalition Shares Perspective on Collaboration

(The following two columns are guest posts from Keith Hammer with the Swan View Coalition in Kalispell, Montana. Feel free to make comments below, but if you have any specific questions regarding the Swan View Coalition’s perspective on collaboration, please contact Swan View Coalition directly. Thank you. – mk) Swan View Coalition on Collaboration By …

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Barry Wynsma: U.S. Forest Service Collaboration Process: Solution or Sham?

This is pretty interesting because Mr. Wynsma was able to obtain a great deal of information, (should that information be available more generally?) and also his observations as employee and collaborator. I’m starting a page on ideas for solving “the Problem” and will put his ideas, as well as the ideas found (buried?) in comments …

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Courtroom Backroom Collaboration: Southern California Forests

Here’s the link. Here’s an idea. If the FS has to analyze an alternative proposed by a litigo-collaborative group, wouldn’t it have been more cost effective to analyze it right away as part of the rest of the NEPA rather than draw this out.. how many years have these poor folks been planning? Which would …

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Collaboration and NEPA and the Power to Decide: Who Still Has the Reins?

I spent the last week or so in D.C. (see photo above), struggling with various “free” wi-fi’s that didn’t work. I had a carefully crafted post on collaboration and NEPA that I lost when, as I was typing away, the connection drifted away. Even while I was writing this post, WordPress logged me out. Anyway, …

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More News on Colt Summit and “Collaboration”

This morning’s Missoulian has another look at the Colt Summit timber sale on the Lolo National Forest, the first timber sale on the Lolo to be litigated in over 5 years. Here are some snips from that article: Project opponent George Wuerthner, a writer and ecologist, countered in an email that the cumulative effects are …

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Collaboration offers suggestions for Panhandle Forests

From the Spokesman Review here. For four decades, truckloads of logs rolling out of the woods were Bob Boeh’s primary interest in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. No surprise since his employer, Idaho Forest Group, depends on federal timber sales to help keep five sawmills churning out 2-by-4s. But Boeh also finds himself pondering old-growth …

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Chief on Collaboration

Collaboration on forest restoration projects key to sustainability (Go here to see all the hyperlinks.) Agency Chief testifies before House Committee on Agriculture WASHINGTON, March 27, 2012 —In testimony on Capitol Hill today, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell emphasized the importance of collaboration in developing restoration projects on national forests and grasslands. “The aim …

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Collaboration Example: Black Hills Travel Management with FACA Committee

If, as stated by many, collaboration is a tool of “industry”, what industry are we talking about here? Here’s an example of how the recommendations and agency action interrelate on the draft Travel Management Plan. Proposed Action Early development of the proposed action involved extensive consultation with many individuals and groups. Some of this work …

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“Collaboration on natural resource management is divide and conquer” The Wildlife News

Found from another pingback… This is from the Wildlife News here. Here’s the “about” page for the Wildlife News. Collaboration on natural resource management is divide and conquer By Ralph Maughan On March 11, 2012 · 3 Comments Collaboration is all the rage. How it has worked in Montana- Past stories have not been very …

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More Details on Colt Summit and ‘Collaboration’

Thanks to Sharon for her most-recent post (below) on the Colt Summit timber sale project on the Lolo National Forest.  Here is a link to the AP article, which takes a more balanced look at the project, the lawsuit and the “friend of the court” briefs filed this week. As the AP article indicates, my …

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