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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...