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  • Firefighters Fight 60 Wildfires in West

    09/09/2006 7:38:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies · 434+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | September 9, 2006
    Federal officials on Friday were tracking 60 large, active fires that were burning more than 1 million acres, or more than 1,500 square miles, across the West. The states in the region with the most number of fires included Idaho, Nevada, and Montana, according to the Web site of the Boise-based National Interagency Fire Center, composed of various federal agencies that coordinate to battle wildfires. In Idaho, fires had burned more than 231,000 acres, or 360 square miles, the center reported. State officials toured fire camps to survey the damage -- as well as to tell federal firefighting crews here,...
  • Beetle Kill Turns Forest Red, Raises Wildfire Risk

    08/15/2006 8:50:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies · 2,850+ views
    CBS 4 ^ | Aug 15, 2006 | Paul Day
    Experts and emergency management officials in Grand County worry that a large stretch of forest devastated by pine beetles may be waiting to burn in a massive wildfire. At least a quarter million acres of lodge pole pines are either dead or dying because of the mountain pine beetle. They've turned once green forests into large areas of dead, red colored trees. "Some of these county roads are very thin," Billy Sumerlin, director of Grand County's Natural Resources department said. "It makes it very difficult for fire apparatus to get in, especially if we're in the process of trying to...
  • Death of a forest ( more large fires soon across the West )

    08/08/2006 11:52:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 64 replies · 1,069+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | August 7, 2006 | Alex Miller
    Experts paint grim picture for local trees, eye future forest.. It seems there’s just not much good news for trees these days... Pine beetles decimating lodgepole pines across the West ...foresters are already looking ahead to what the landscape will look like in the future. “This mature pine forest is a goner,” said Cal Wettstein, district ranger for the Holy Cross and Eagle ranger districts. “We’re focusing on the next forest.” Asked what the future holds...Wettstein said simply “large fires.” Over the next two decades, the beetle-killed trees will shed their needles and their branches, then fall down and contribute...
  • Nevada fire grows to 300 square miles

    07/31/2006 12:21:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 319+ views
    cnn ^ | July 31, 2006 | The Associated Press
    High wind hampered fire crews again Sunday as they fought a wildfire that had dashed across nearly 300 square miles of remote rangeland in northern Nevada. The brush fire 50 miles northeast of Winnemucca had exploded from less than 30 square miles to 292 square miles since Thursday, making it one of the nation's biggest wildfires of the season, fire information officer Susan Marzec said. "The fire is continuing to make its move because of gusty winds and dryness," Marzec said. "Every time we make headway we're back where we started." The fire was just 5 percent contained, and no...
  • Camping, hiking and fishing in the wild as a child breeds respect for environment in adults

    07/21/2006 8:49:02 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 5 replies · 294+ views
    Cornell University ^ | March 13, 2006 | Susan S. Lang
    Camping, hiking and fishing in the wild as a child breeds respect for environment in adults, study finds By Susan S. Lang March 13, 2006 If you want your children to grow up to actively care about the environment, give them plenty of time to play in the "wild" before they're 11 years old, suggests a new Cornell University study. "Although domesticated nature activities -- caring for plants and gardens -- also have a positive relationship to adult environment attitudes, their effects aren't as strong as participating in such wild nature activities as camping, playing in the woods, hiking,...
  • Fire maps tag homes to skip ( Defensible Spaces : fire buffer )

    06/11/2006 6:46:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 40 replies · 800+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | June 10, 2006 | Todd Hartman
    Wildfire triage helps districts decide which properties to protect... Increasingly wary of powerful forest fires..mountain fire districts are mapping out which vulnerable homes might be sacrificed to avoid putting firefighters in harm's way and make best use of limited resources... Since [ the ] disastrous fire season of 2002, fire districts and departments...are rapidly assembling data to assist in hard decisions about what neighborhoods are defensible and which ones may be left to burn. But should a fast-rising fire force districts with too few resources to make deployment decisions fast, new maps and software give firefighters instant access to the...
  • New beetle invasion may end in sad song for trees on mesa ( Eco-nut lawyers vs foresters )

    05/08/2006 7:17:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies · 716+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | May 08, 2006 | SALLY SPAULDING
    While beetles at low levels always exist on Grand Mesa National Forest, some foresters worry the area may be on the verge of a beetle disaster. “It’s at the edge of possibly blowing up and killing a lot of trees,” said forester Kitty Tattersall of the Paonia and Grand Valley ranger districts. “We’re worried it could become a problem.” Mostly, foresters are concerned about the spruce beetle, whose outbreaks are normally triggered by blowdowns. Last October, violent winds toppled trees near the Alexander Lake area on the mesa, creating the potential for a spruce beetle epidemic. Spruce beetles usually emerge...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, April 30-May 7, 2005: Frigid Sand Dunes

    05/01/2006 12:47:20 PM PDT · by cogitator · 5 replies · 588+ views
    This started as a question to myself: "I wonder if there are sand dunes in northern climates?" Googling on "sand dunes" + Canada revealed another heretofore unknown (at least to me) geological location -- Athabasca Sand Dunes in Saskatchewan. I've heard of Athabasca before in association with tar sands, but this is a the first time I'd heard of a provincial Athabasca Sand Dunes Park. The Web site says that is only accessible by air. So I'm guessing not a lot of people have been there or visit there. Since this is very new to me and perhaps others, first...
  • An enchanted forest (pictures)

    02/27/2006 11:18:21 AM PST · by lizol · 25 replies · 4,774+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | February 27, 2006 | Mat Schulz
    Mat Schulz goes hunting for the endangered bison in a primeval corner of Poland. For most people, Poland is connected with images of factories, coalmines and shipyards. But between the industrial landscapes there are mountains, lakes and sea. Most surprisingly, on the border with Belarus, Poland also has mainland Europe's last primeval forest - 8000 years old and 1250 square kilometres in size. The Bialowieza Forest still exists because Polish and Lithuanian royalty used it for hunting from the 14th century. When, in the 19th century, the land became part of Russia, the tsar reserved it for the same purpose....
  • Millions 'Wasted' Planting Trees That Reduce Water

    07/28/2005 6:17:29 PM PDT · by blam · 34 replies · 1,081+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-29-2005 | Charles Clover
    Millions 'wasted' planting trees that reduce water By Charles Clover, Environment Editor (Filed: 29/07/2005) Millions of pounds in overseas aid are wasted every year planting trees in dry countries in the belief that they help attract rainfall and act as storage for water, scientists said yesterday. In fact, forests usually increase evaporation and help to reduce the amount of water available for human consumption or growing crops, according to a four-year study. Research on water catchments on three continents says it is "a myth" that trees always increase the availability of water. Even the cloud forests of tropical Costa Rica...
  • Judge Blocks Drilling Plan in Mich. Forest

    12/07/2005 6:19:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 557+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/7/05 | John Flesher - ap
    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked an energy company from clearing land in preparation for oil and natural gas drilling near a forest and a river. Judge David M. Lawson issued a preliminary order halting Savoy Energy from cutting timber, building a road and taking other steps to get the project under way in northern Michigan. Lawson said the order was necessary "to prevent irreparable harm" and give the court time to review decisions by the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to permit the exploratory drilling. The Sierra Club and...
  • Growing more forests in United States could contribute to global warming (Save Earth! Cut trees!)

    12/06/2005 7:28:26 AM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 55 replies · 2,177+ views
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ^ | December 5, 2005 | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    LIVERMORE, Calif. — Planting trees across the United States and Europe to absorb some of the carbon dioxide emitted by the burning of fossil fuels may just outweigh the positive effects of sequestering that CO². In theory, growing a forest may sound like a good idea to fight global warming, but in temperate regions, such as the United States, those trees also would soak up sunlight, causing the earth’s surface to warm regionally by up to 8 degrees Fahrenheit. Forests affect climate in three different ways: they absorb the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, and help to keep the planet cool;...
  • Farmers, foresters plead for trade, conservation aid

    10/28/2005 1:33:03 PM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 5 replies · 309+ views
    Capital Press ^ | 10/28/2005 | Mitch Lies
    PORTLAND – Oregon farm and forest representatives urged a USDA panel to fund conservation programs and international trade programs in a 2007 Farm Bill forum here Oct. 25. Also in the listening session that included USDA Undersecretary Eric Bost, participants said it was important that Congress continue to fund price support programs, specialty crop grants and agricultural research in the next farm bill. Barry Bushue, president of the Oregon Farm Bureau Federation, said the Farm Bureau supports a 2007 bill patterned after the 2002 bill, and he urged the USDA to back a bill with fully funded price support programs...
  • Fertilizing forests can slow greenhouse effect (Solve Global Warming: go poop in the forest)

    10/25/2005 10:54:39 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 24 replies · 2,519+ views
    Innovations Report ^ | October 24, 2005 | Staff
    Experiments with intensive fertilization show that a spruce forest in Västerbotten, northern Sweden, can more than triple its growth if the trees have access to all plant nutrients. This favorably affects the function of the forest as a carbon sink. In other words, fertilizing forests can help slow down global warming. This has been shown by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) at Umeå and Alnarp. The research findings were recently published in the journal Global Change Biology. The authors are Per Olsson, Sune Linder, Reiner Giesler, and Peter Högberg. In terms of both the climate and energy policy...
  • Deforestation Doesn't Trigger Floods, U.N. Report Claims

    10/14/2005 12:12:11 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 4 replies · 385+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 13, 2005 | Alister Doyle
    OSLO — Deforestation is often wrongly blamed for causing floods, like in Guatemala this month, under a myth that has skewed agricultural policies, an international report said on Thursday. "There is no scientific evidence linking large-scale flooding to deforestation," the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Indonesia-based Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) said in a report. The frequency of major floods in the past 120 years, back to the late 19th century when forests were far more abundant, has been stable worldwide, it said. That implied that deforestation was not a cause of flooding. It said devastation...
  • CA: Oil leasing terms for Los Padres National Forest announced

    07/28/2005 9:37:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 354+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/28/05 | AP - Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Padres National Forest will allow companies to drill for an estimated 17 million barrels of crude oil or natural gas within its borders but roadless wilderness areas and critical habitat of the California condor will be preserved, forest officials announced Thursday. Forest Supervisor Gloria Brown will allow oil and gas leasing on only 52,000 out of 767,000 acres of land that were included in a decade-long study of Los Padres, a nearly 2 million-acre forest that spans 220 miles from Big Sur in Monterey County south to near western Los Angeles County. On all but...
  • Forest Service watching trails after (gay) sex sting arrests

    07/02/2005 9:03:37 AM PDT · by bourbon · 75 replies · 2,051+ views
    Biloxi Sun-Herald ^ | 07/01/05 | Robin Fitzgerald
    Authorities say an undercover sting at the Tuxachanie Hiking Trail has scared away men suspected of gathering there for sex. That doesn't mean they won't turn up in another area of the DeSoto National Forest. But if they do, federal law enforcement agencies are on the lookout, said Ron Smith, acting district ranger for the U.S. Forest Service. And so are Harrison County deputies who will continue to check the area. Smith, in a meeting Thursday with Sheriff George H. Payne Jr., credited deputies with a sting in early June that resulted in six men's arrests on charges of indecent...
  • CA: Forest plan hit by appeals - Preservation of Del Monte Forest a concern

    06/30/2005 10:36:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 279+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 6/30/05 | Kevin Howe
    More than a score of appeals to Pebble Beach Co.'s proposed massive makeover of Del Monte Forest have been filed with the California Coastal Commission. The plan calls for new projects at 13 locations in the forest, including an 18-hole golf course, a golf driving range, 160 new visitor suites, a new equestrian center in the Sawmill Gulch area next to Holman Highway, 33 residential lots in five subdivisions and 60 employee housing units. The company will set aside 492 acres of permanent forest and open space, relocate existing trails and construct new ones, and make improvements in roads and...
  • CA: (Del Monte) Forest plan goes to coastal panel (CA Coastal Commission)

    06/12/2005 8:35:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 356+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 6/12/05 | Kevin Howe
    Monterey County has officially notified the California Coastal Commission of its approval of the Pebble Beach Co.'s plans for redevelopment of Del Monte Forest, an action that starts the clock ticking on any public appeal of the proposal to the Coastal Commission. The mailing, outlining the county Board of Supervisors' decision on March 15, was sent out Friday, according to Tom McCue, senior planner in the county Planning and Building Department. The supervisors unanimously approved the Pebble Beach Co.'s Del Monte Forest Preservation and Development Plan, which calls for new projects at 13 locations in the forest, including an 18-hole...
  • Good Riddance: Clinton "Roadless Rule" Dead - (58 mil acres returned to "Us, the People")

    05/08/2005 5:36:28 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 8 replies · 436+ views
    DON DODD.COM ^ | MAY 6, 2005 | Peyton Knight
    Finally, more than four years after its hideous birth, the Clinton "Roadless Rule" is dead. The Bush administration and the Forest Service just announced a final rule that effectively undoes Clinton's reckless decree. Dying with the "Roadless Rule" are the following: - threats of catastrophic wildfire - threats of forest infestation and disease - lack of public access to public lands - improper resource management - unhealthy forests - top-down federal overreach Recall that Bill Clinton, just eight days before he left office, in the dark of night, penned his infamous, unilateral, executive order that locked up over 58 million...
  • U.S. to Open Remote Forests To Logging

    05/06/2005 10:26:00 PM PDT · by Coleus · 219 replies · 2,481+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 05.06.05 | AP
    The Bush administration, in one of its biggest environmental decisions, moved yesterday to open nearly one-third of all remote national forest lands to road building, logging and other commercial ventures. The 58.5 million acres involved, mainly in Alaska and in western states, had been put off limits to development by President Bill Clinton eight days before he left office in January 2001. In Virginia, 394,000 acres are affected in the Jefferson and George Washington national forests. Under existing local forest management plans, about 34.3 million acres of these pristine woodlands nationally could be opened to road construction. That would be...
  • CA: Eastwood-led building plan leads to battle over forest

    03/25/2005 12:48:50 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 59 replies · 1,043+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 3/25/05 | Ken McLaughlin
    It's Clint Eastwood's half-billion-dollar baby -- a sweeping development plan for Monterey Peninsula's fabled Del Monte Forest. So far the ``baby'' is garnering both jeers and plaudits. In one corner: environmental activists and the California Coastal Commission staff. In the other: the Pebble Beach Co. and Monterey County's elected officials. And both sides are digging in for the long haul. The Pebble Beach Co., owned by Eastwood, golfer Arnold Palmer, ex-baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth and other investors, wants to build a championship 18-hole golf course and driving range in the area's signature Monterey pine forest. The 150-acre development would also...
  • Forest project takes root Community drafts plan to adopt BLM land

    WEAVERVILLE -- It took five years of debate, but residents in this tree-nestled town soon will have a forest of their own. Visions of a "community forest" are coming true thanks to a new ownership strategy that has piqued the interest of Bureau of Land Management officials as far away as the nation's capital. The BLM owns about 1,000 acres of evergreen hills and ridges just southwest of Weaverville. A few years ago, the agency planned to get rid of the land by selling or trading it to timber company Sierra Pacific Industries. But now the BLM is drafting a...
  • (President) Bush Seeks $867 Million Budget for Forest Thinning

    02/04/2005 10:24:13 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 332+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/4/05 | Reuters - Washington
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration will ask Congress to increase funding to $867 million in fiscal year 2006 for a plan to help reduce the risk of wildfires in federal forests, a senior administration official said on Thursday. The U.S. Agriculture Department's Forest Service division and the Interior Department, which work together to fight forest fires, received $811 million in the current budget year for the forest management plan. Environmentalists have criticized the program as a way to give logging companies more access to timber under the guise of forest protection. The proposed increase will be part of the...
  • Forestry for Dummies

    01/12/2005 12:10:44 PM PST · by MikeEdwards · 21 replies · 745+ views
    CFP ^ | January 12, 2004 | Alan Caruba
    Recently, managers of the nation’s 155 national forests were granted more discretion to approve logging and other commercial projects without the lengthy environmental reviews previously required by the 1976 National Forest Management Act. To most people that might not qualify as front page news, but it should be. The nation was saddled with all manner of environmental legislation during the 1970s and part of the payback has been literally catastrophic for many of the nation’s forests. There has also been a hidden cost for anyone using any kind of product involving or derived from wood. The new rules brought the...
  • AP: New Forest Plan Would Lessen Restraints

    12/22/2004 9:16:29 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 380+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/22/04 | Matthew Daly - AP
    WASHINGTON - Managers of the nation's 155 national forests will have more leeway to approve logging and other commercial projects with less formal environmental review under a new Bush administration plan, The Associated Press has learned. The long-awaited plan will overhaul application of the landmark 1976 National Forest Management Act, which sets the basic rules for management of nation's 191 million acres of forests and grasslands and protects forest wildlife. Forest Service officials scheduled a Wednesday conference call to announce the changes, which will be published in the Federal Register next week. The Associated Press obtained highlights of the plan,...
  • California will sue to block Sierra national forest plan

    11/19/2004 5:22:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 549+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 11/19/04 | Don Thompson - AP
    SACRAMENTO - California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said Friday he will sue to block the federal government from proceeding with a far-reaching plan to manage 11.5 million acres of Sierra Nevada national forests. The head of the U.S. Forest Service approved the plan Thursday. U.S. Agriculture Undersecretary Mark Rey has 15 days to decide whether to review the decision before it becomes final. Should Rey not act, Lockyer said he will sue in federal court contending the plan violates federal environmental protection laws, and will increase logging, endanger wildlife habitat, harm water quality and weaken grazing restrictions. Environmental groups said...
  • CA: Sierra national forest plan approved with minor changes

    11/18/2004 6:38:06 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 438+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 11/18/04 | Don Thompson - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - The head of the U.S. Forest Service on Thursday approved a sweeping plan to manage 11.5 million acres of national forest land across the Sierra Nevada range, renewing debate over how best to prevent wildfires like those that devastated Southern California a year ago. Chief Dale Bosworth rejected appeals by environmental groups, prompting immediate promises of lawsuits as the administrative process grinds to an end. Regional Forester Jack Blackwell said the plan he approved in January will improve wildlife habitat while reducing fire danger particularly around mountain communities. Environmental critics called it a veiled effort to triple...
  • Antarctic Forests Reveal Ancient Trees

    11/08/2004 7:59:44 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 19 replies · 1,121+ views
    Discovery Channel ^ | 11/5/04 | Larry O'Hanlon
    Nov. 5, 2004 — A quarter-billion years ago, forested islands flashed with autumnal hues near the South Pole — a polar scene unlike any today, researchers say. Geologists have discovered in Antarctica the remains of three ancient deciduous forests complete with fossils of fallen leafs scattered around the tree trunks. The clusters of petrified tree stumps were found upright in the original living positions they held during the Permian period.

    10/16/2004 11:49:23 AM PDT · by forest · 5 replies · 652+ views
    Fiedor Report On the News #321 ^ | 10-17-04 | Doug Fiedor
    Did I hear Kerry mention Constitutional "rights we afford the people" in Wednesday's debate? Yeah, I did. How stupid! But, that's what happens when you let a lawyer talk. Our "rights" are said (by Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Washington, and a couple dozen other Founding Fathers) to be "unalienable," natural rights, God given, and to be protected -- not violated -- by government. That's what separates us from other countries. Some people in our government still believe a little of that. Government was formed to "secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity." It says...
  • CO2 credit trading coming to a forest near you (the days in which air is free could be numbered)

    10/04/2004 4:57:57 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies · 974+ views
    The Daily Yomiuri ^ | 10/04/04 | Kazuma Ono
    CO2 credit trading coming to a forest near you Kazuma Ono Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer The days in which the air we breathe is free look to be numbered. With the Kyoto Protocol likely to take effect with the Russian government's decision Thursday to submit a bill for ratification of the Kyoto treaty, the creation of a market in which greenhouse gas emission credits are traded has become a real possibility. Should the 1997 climate pact take effect, Japan will have to slash its emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2)--the main cause of global warming--to the levels specified under the protocol....
  • New Pill May Help Recovering Alcoholics Stay Sober

    07/30/2004 3:25:44 PM PDT · by QQQQQ · 19 replies · 2,271+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 29, 2004 | Susan Heavey
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new pill that aims to keep alcoholics from drinking again after they have quit could hit the shelves by the end of this year after U.S. health officials approved the drug on Thursday. The drug, called Campral, may not work for people who are actively drinking when they start taking the pill or who are abusing other substances, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a statement. It was not clear how the pill worked, health officials said, but studies showed more patients who took the drug stayed away from drinking compared to those who...
  • U.S. Rep. McInnis To Kerry/Edwards: Where Have You Been?

    07/15/2004 11:48:54 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 3 replies · 594+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | July 15, 2004
    “Kerry/Edwards Forest Plan is Simply Political Pandering to the West” Washington, DC – U.S. Rep Scott McInnis, author of the bipartisan Healthy Forests Restoration Act, issued the following statement regarding the Kerry/Edwards forest plan announced today: “The announcement of a new forest plan by the Kerry/Edwards campaign for the west’s ailing forests is embarrassingly late and offers little if any new and constructive ideas to address the growing wildfire crisis. “This sudden introduction of a forest management plan, said McInnis, should not be interpreted as a commitment to the health of our forests but rather seen for what it is:...
  • Open Letter from Congressman McInnis to Kerry on His Flip-Flop on the Healthy Forest Initiative

    07/09/2004 2:57:26 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 8 replies · 640+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | July 9, 2004
    Open Letter from Congressman Scott McInnis (R-CO) to Senator John Kerry Regarding His Flip-Flop on the Healthy Forest Initiative(title edited for length) Senator Kerry-During your recent campaign stops throughout the west, you have waffled in your position on the President's Healthy Forests Initiative.  At the time of passage in 2003, you made unfounded claims concerning the Administration's forest health policies.  As you said, "Bush signed the so-called 'Healthy Forests' initiative that takes a chainsaw to public forests in the name of protecting them."  Now it appears you've changed your position, emphasizing your support for many of the forest management reforms President...
  • Statement by Gov. Bill Owens Regarding Colorado's Economy

    06/22/2004 12:00:26 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 11 replies · 276+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | June 21, 2004
    ARLINGTON, VA—Gov. Bill Owens issued the following statement. "Colorado's economy has created 9,300 more jobs over the last year, causing unemployment to drop to 4.9 percent. Helped by the President's historic tax relief, Colorado's economy is strong and growing stronger. Despite all this encouraging economic news, John Kerry is talking about the Great Depression and making our state a stop on his pessimism and misery tour. "When the President signed the Healthy Forests legislation into law, Senator Kerry said that it would take 'a chainsaw to our public forests.' The Massachusetts Senator now says that he likes 'a lot of...
  • Louisville Metro Council may discuss forest name change to honor Ronald Reagan

    06/09/2004 11:18:14 AM PDT · by RonPaulLives · 4 replies · 377+ views
    RonPaulLives | 06/09/04 | RonPaulLives
    Louisville Metro Council may discuss forest name change to honor Ronald Reagan We are not allowed to post articles or news pieces from several Gannett publications to Free Republic, including the Louisville Courier Journal, better known to many of you as the Communist Journal. Therefore I will give you my account of what is occuring in an effort to change the name of Jefferson Memorial Forest to honor President Ronald Reagan. The idea came from my good friend (for whom I once ran a campaign) and Louisville Councilman Doug Hawkins, R-25th District. Some Council members are bickering with Hawkins about...
  • Wildfire Forecast for West From Bad to Worse

    05/23/2004 7:47:02 PM PDT · by Stoat · 11 replies · 381+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 23, 2004 | Staff
    <p>YAKIMA, Wash. — Months ago, national fire managers predicted the 2004 wildfire season (search) would be a bad one in the West.</p> <p>Now, they're changing their forecast: It's going to be worse.</p> <p>With unseasonably warm temperatures in March and April, the potential loss of heavy air tankers for safety reasons and a years-long drought continuing, Western states and the federal government are facing the possibility of another devastating fire season.</p>
  • Forest Service Putting Up Smokescreen About Using Super Tanker?

    05/18/2004 9:49:26 PM PDT · by Stoat · 78 replies · 629+ views
    The Denver Channel ^ | May 18, 2004 | Tony Kovaleski
    Just two years ago, the Hayman Fire roared through the Rockies, blackening 138,000 acres and destroying more than 130 homes. It cost roughly $240 million to fight. Did that fire have to grow to that size? Did that many homes have to burn? 7NEWS Investigator Tony Kovaleski has exposed a troubling trail of conflict and red tape inside the U.S. Forest Service. Earlier this month, after years of problems, the Forest Service grounded its fleet of air tankers. 7NEWS asks: has the government wasted taxpayer money on outdated, dangerous and underperforming aircraft while ignoring bigger, faster and newer technology? Twenty-three...
  • Mayan Queen's Tomb Found In Rain Forest

    05/06/2004 3:52:59 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 411+ views
    The State ^ | 5-6-2004 | Jamie Stengle
    Posted on Thu, May. 06, 2004 Mayan Queen's Tomb Found in Rain Forest JAMIE STENGLE Associated Press DALLAS - While excavating an ancient royal palace deep in the Guatemalan rain forest, archaeologists made a rare discovery - the 1,200-year-old tomb and skeleton of a Mayan queen. Archaeologists announced the find Thursday, and said the woman appears to have been a powerful leader of a city that may have been home to tens of thousands of people at its peak. They found her bones on a raised platform, with evidence of riches scattered around her body. "We find clues of people's...
  • Daschle, administration at odds over forest funds

    03/14/2004 11:37:02 AM PST · by Paladin2 · 18 replies · 203+ views
    Rapid City Journal ^ | March 14, 2004 | Bill Harlan
    Daschle, administration at odds over forest funds By Bill Harlan, Journal Staff Writer Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota and the Bush administration are at odds over how much money should be spent to thin the nation's forests. The Senate passed its budget resolution early Friday. It includes a provision Daschle pushed that would spend $343 million more than the Bush administration to remove excess trees, brush and debris from fire-prone forests. "The Bush administration was wrong to underfund programs designed to protect our communities from the threat of forest fires in the legislation we passed last year,"...
  • A Stroll Through the Lyman-Alpha Forest!

    02/19/2004 1:54:19 PM PST · by vannrox · 19 replies · 5,272+ views
    Alternate View Column AV-116 ^ | 08/06/2002 | by John G. Cramer
     As the author of these columns describing cutting edge physics and astronomy, I get quite a few letters and E-mail from readers who are more interested in ?over-the-edge physics and astronomy?.  One recurring theme is various alternatives to the standard model of Big Bang cosmology.  Perhaps the universe is not expanding; it?s just that light ?gets tired? on its path from far away and loses some of its energy.  Perhaps quasars are closer than we think, particularly since some of them appear to be linked to closer galaxies.  Perhaps relativity is wrong, and it?s the speed of light that is...
  • President Bush Secretly Axes Old-Growth Forest

    01/26/2004 2:49:14 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies · 922+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | January 24, 2004 | staff
    President George W. Bush axed any hope that his administration was becoming more conservation- minded with another sly dismantling of a wilderness protection area. Christmas week, the administration quietly moved to deny Alaska's magnificent Tongass National Forest protection from timber industry road-building. This was typical. The administration has announced other environmental offenses during holidays or over weekends. Bush's decision will allow widespread destruction in the nation's largest old-growth forest, which contains trees dating back to the Middle Ages. The administration claims the decision will affect only 300,000 acres. That's not true. The industrial facilities needed for the road construction -...
  • Save us from the saviors(CA wildfires)

    01/04/2004 9:02:09 AM PST · by kellynla · 19 replies · 643+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | 1/4/2004 | CHRISTOPHER DICUS
    <p>The fires are out for now, but real dangers still threaten Southern California, as the toll of Christmas Day mudslides have shown.</p> <p>Winter rains have begun to trigger mass erosion and mudslides on exposed slopes, setting back forest restoration and further impacting some wildlife habitats already scarred by fire. Further, tens of thousands of beetle-killed trees still stand like kindling over the San Bernardino Mountains, primed to fuel another wildfire.</p>
  • UFO Invasion at Rendlesham on the SCI FI channel (Live Thread)

    12/12/2003 5:37:54 PM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 186 replies · 870+ views ^ | Friday, December 12, 2003 | Bryant Gumbel
    About the Rendlesham Incident In late December 1980, in Rendlesham Forest, England, numerous U.S. military personnel witnessed what has come to be regarded as the most significant military-UFO incident in the history of Great Britain. The servicemen were posted to the RAF Bentwaters and RAF Woodbridge facilities — which together constitute one of the largest NATO bases in rural Suffolk, East Anglia — when, on December 27, they noticed unusual lights and activity near the base's back gate. A trio of security patrolmen led by Jim Penniston, thinking a military aircraft might be down or in distress, ventured into Rendlesham...
  • U.S. Pledges Millions to Help Forests

    11/30/2003 10:33:15 AM PST · by texastoo · 12 replies · 150+ views
    El Universal Online ^ | 11/30/03 | El Universal
    The US25 million will go to groups that help protect the nations's heavily logged forests.The U.S. Agency for International Development has pledged US25 million over the next five years to protect Mexico's forests, the U.S. Embassy said Friday.The donation will funnel US900,000 to Rainforest Alliance, an environmental group that works with logging interest to ensure they obtain wood from sustainable forests and the develops new markets for certified timber.On Dec. 1, a Mexican logging concern that has been working with Rainforest Alliance since 2000, the Ejido Pueblo Nuevo in northern Durango state, will make its first furniture shipment to Swedish...
  • Finally, a forest policy

    11/24/2003 8:57:05 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 201+ views
    OC Register ^ | 11/24/03 | Op/Ed
    <p>It took the most destructive fires in California history to ignite reform, but on Friday both houses of Congress passed a more sensible policy on clearing forests to prevent future fires.</p> <p>"House and Senate negotiators led by Republican Rep. Richard Pombo of Tracy and Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California agreed Wednesday on controversial forest-clearing legislation they hope will curb increasingly dangerous wildfires across the West," reported the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday. "The accord, developed at informal talks led by the Bay area lawmakers, merges widely divergent versions of legislation drafted after President Bush unveiled his Healthy Forests initiative in September 2002."</p>
  • Crews get a handle on blazes

    11/01/2003 10:44:41 AM PST · by farmfriend · 1 replies · 91+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | November 1, 2003 | M.S. Enkoji, Laura Mecoy and Jon Ortiz
    <p>A natural blessing swept into Southern California Friday -- cool breezes loaded with moist air -- giving firefighters the upper hand on deadly wildfires that in 10 days overran an area larger than Sacramento County. With the fire lines taking a turn toward the orderly, the focus today turns to the difficult task of rebuilding and recovering for thousands of victims lined up for an array of state and federal aid.</p>
  • Nature vs. Politics (by Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore)

    10/31/2003 6:31:26 PM PST · by doug from upland · 11 replies · 336+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2003 | Patrick Moore
    Patrick Moore grew up in the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest — and holds a doctorate in ecology from the University of British Columbia. A self-described "radical environmental activist," he was one of the founders of Greenpeace, and one of the most radical eco-extremists. In recent years, however, former Greenpeace friends have branded Dr. Moore as an "eco-Judas" because he came to realize that the positions taken by Greenpeace and other groups in regard to forests and forestry were actually "anti-environmental." Since breaking with Greenpeace in 1986, Moore has spoken out tirelessly in defense of a more sensible appreciation of...
  • The Sierra Club-Clinton Legacy: Dead Firemen, Charred Forests, Dying Economy

    10/31/2003 6:37:12 AM PST · by Brian S · 42 replies · 545+ views
    I lived in the California Sierra foothills almost at the edge of the El Dorado National Forest from 1976 to 1999 and had a front row seat in the Great Debate over sustainable development, the Sierra Club´s environmental propaganda and the death of the economy in my county as its economic base, logging and related businesses, were slowly strangled to death during the eight years of the Clinton Administration. As I watched the massive fires now raging in Southern California, that have so far killed 20 people, burned about a half-million acres and hundreds of homes, I thought about articles...
  • California Fires Reignite Forest Thinning Debate

    10/31/2003 8:13:47 AM PST · by Dan Evans · 6 replies · 162+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 31, 2003 | By Steven Milloy
    <p>"Our forests are detonating like napalm bombs. We need to remove dead and dying bug-killed timber," said Rep. Wally Herger, R-Calif.</p> <p>Is this Monday-morning quarterbacking spurred by the wildfires now raging in California? Hardly.</p> <p>Rep. Herger uttered those words in August 1994 as part of his demand that Congress declare a state of emergency in federal forests to permit quick removal of dead trees, fallen branches and other debris that fuel wildfires -- like those that burned 3 million Western acres and killed 14 firefighters that year.</p>