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  • A Weed, a Fly, a Mouse and a Chain of Unintended Consequences

    04/03/2006 8:16:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies · 1,110+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 4, 2006 | JIM ROBBINS
    MISSOULA, Mont. — First came the knapweed. Then came the gall fly. And now the mice population is exploding — the mice that carry hantavirus. In a classic case of unintended ecological consequences, an attempt to control an unwanted plant has exacerbated a human health problem. Spotted knapweed, a European plant, is a tough, spindly scourge that has spread across hills and mountainsides across the West. In Montana alone, one of the worst-hit states, it covers more than four million acres. In the 1970's, biologists imported a native enemy of knapweed, the gall fly. The insect lays eggs inside the...
  • WHAT IS "GMUG" AND WHY IT MATTERS TO YOU

    10/05/2005 7:38:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies · 1,014+ views
    BLUERIBBON COALITION ^ | September 26 | Brian Hawthorne
    "GMUG" stands for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. Combined, they encompass some 2.9 million acres of National Forest lands in Central and Western Colorado. These three forests are home to some of the most outstanding recreational opportunity in the West. Right now, the forest's are revising their Forest Plans. These management plans provide broad guidance on what activities may or may not occur on these lands. The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), a national recreation advocacy group that champions recreational access and responsible use of public and private lands, is growing increasingly concerned about the influence several anti-access groups...
  • Mystery Mammal Discovered In Borneo's Forests

    12/06/2005 6:41:43 AM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 902+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 12-6-2005 | Shaoni Bhattacharya
    Mystery mammal discovered in Borneo’s forests 00:01 06 December 2005 NewScientist.com news service Shaoni Bhattacharya The new beast, with its dark red fur and long tail, could be a new species of marten or civet, or belong to a new group entirely (Image: Stephan Wulffraat, WWF) Experts are mystified by the new creature, with some saying it looks like a civet, and others say that it resembles a lemur (Image: Wahyu Gumelar/Stephan Wulffraat, WWF)The mammal, which is slightly larger than a domestic cat, has dark red fur and a long, bushy tail. It was snapped twice at night by a...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, November 6-12, 2005: Autumn Foliage There and Somewhere

    11/08/2005 10:06:17 AM PST · by cogitator · 13 replies · 455+ views
    Though there's geology involved, today we will just take a look at the colors of autumn from the air. Using Bertrand's Web site, I guessed and got lucky with an identification of the first one. I have no idea where the second one is from, so if someone has the time and enterprising spirit, have fun figuring out the location. The caption for the first is below the picture. AUTUMN FOREST IN THE REGION OF CHARLEVOIX, QUEBEC, CANADA (47°40' N, 71°02' W) The hills of the Charlevoix region along the Saint Lawrence River in Quebec province are dominated by a...
  • 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...
  • Forest Service, bowing to court, embraces Scrooge

    10/11/2005 11:14:53 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 26 replies · 779+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | October 11, 2005 | By Audrey Hudson
    A federal court ruling in favor of environmentalists is forcing the Forest Service to suspend more than 1,500 permits for activities ranging from fire prevention to Boy Scout meetings and also is threatening to delay cutting of the Capitol's Christmas tree until after the new year. A Forest Service regulation that allowed projects determined as having minimal environmental impact to be exempt from environmental studies and reviews was challenged by the Earth Island Institute. Judge James K. Singleton of the Eastern District Court of California ruled in July against a project to remove charred and damaged trees, which could kindle...
  • Enviros sue feds to block development in roadless forests

    10/07/2005 9:34:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 506+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/7/05 | Terence Chea - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twenty environmental groups sued the Bush administration over a decision to repeal Clinton-era regulations that blocked road construction, logging and industrial development on more than 90,000 square miles of the nation's last untouched forests. In the lawsuit filed Thursday, the Sierra Club, National Audubon Society, Greenpeace and other groups challenged the U.S. Forest Service decision earlier this year to reverse the 2001 "roadless rule" that protected 58.5 million acres of undeveloped national forest. "These are the last wild areas of North America, and there is overwhelming public support for their protection from development," said Kristen Boyles,...
  • Western states sue feds over decision to open pristine forests

    08/31/2005 9:20:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 789+ views
    ap on Monterey Herald ^ | 8/31/05 | Terence Chea - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO - California, New Mexico and Oregon sued the Bush administration over the government's decision to allow road building, logging and other commercial ventures on more than 90,000 square miles of the nation's remaining pristine forests. In the lawsuit filed Tuesday, attorneys general for the three states challenged the U.S. Forest Service's repeal of the Clinton administration's "roadless rule" that banned development on 58.5 million acres of national forest land, mostly in western states. "The Bush administration is putting at risk some of the last, most pristine portions of America's national forests," California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said. "Road...
  • G8 Leaders Told It Pays to Protect Forests (by the U.N. environment chief )

    07/06/2005 7:44:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 262+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/6/05 | Edith M. Lederer - AP
    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. environment chief has a message for leaders of the world's major industrialized nations: scientists have shown that it pays to preserve forests, coastal waters and marshes. Klaus Toepfer made the case that investing in the environment will go a long way toward meeting U.N. goals to reduce poverty, supply clean drinking water and fight the spread of infectious diseases. "Our motto is environment for development," he said in an interview last week. The Group of Eight meets in Scotland on Wednesday and will address global warming and climate change — and Toepfer expressed hope that...
  • People evicted from forest land (Surprising not in US)

    06/17/2005 11:52:25 AM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 1 replies · 256+ views
    New24.com ^ | 6/17/2005 | Fidelia van der Linde
    Nairobi - Kenya is evicting thousands of families who illegally occupy a vast swathe of forest in the country's Rift Valley region, the government spokesperson said on Friday. Alfred Mutua said the government would not backtrack on its decision to forcibly evict thousands of families from the Mau Forest, a vast swathe of indigenous woodland in the Central Rift Valley region, west of the capital Nairobi. "We are not going to allow people to live in forests," Mutua said, adding that: "These forest areas are water catchment areas and the waters from these areas not only feed our country but...
  • Changing planet revealed in atlas [satellite images]

    06/06/2005 8:35:35 AM PDT · by cogitator · 31 replies · 1,500+ views
    BBC News ^ | June 4, 2005
    Changing planet revealed in atlasAn atlas of environmental change compiled by the United Nations reveals some of the dramatic transformations that are occurring to our planet. It compares and contrasts satellite images taken over the past few decades with contemporary ones. These highlight in vivid detail the striking make-over wrought in some corners of the Earth by deforestation, urbanisation and climate change. The atlas has been released to mark World Environment Day. The United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) produced One Planet Many People: Atlas of Our Changing Environment in collaboration with other agencies such as the US Geological Survey and...
  • New Monkey Species With Goose-Like Call Discovered

    05/19/2005 2:15:43 PM PDT · by hispanarepublicana · 34 replies · 844+ views
    ABCnews.com ^ | 5/19/05 | AMANDA ONION
    New Monkey Species With Goose-Like Call Discovered Two Separate Teams of Scientists Stumble Across the Strange New Animal in Tanzania By AMANDA ONION - When a team of scientists first heard hunters from Tanzania's Wanyakyusa tribe talk about a quiet, black-faced monkey that hung out in high elevations, they weren't sure if it was real or a "spirit" animal from the tribe's oral tradition. "Sometimes the difference between real and spiritual animals is not clear-cut when you speak with the Wanyakyusa. So we went into the forest with one of the hunters," said Tim Davenport, director of Wildlife Conservation...
  • Alien Woodwasp, Threat To US Pine Trees, Found In N.Y.

    05/14/2005 4:34:14 PM PDT · by aculeus · 12 replies · 679+ views
    ITHACA, N.Y. -- Despite dozens of interceptions at U.S. ports, a public enemy has infiltrated the nation's borders. Taken captive in Fulton County, N.Y., and identified by a Cornell University expert, the adult female alien is the only one of its kind ever discovered in the eastern United States. The discovery of a single specimen of Sirex noctilio Fabricius, an Old World woodwasp, raises red flags across the nation because the invasive insect species has devastated up to 80 percent of pine trees in areas of New Zealand, Australia, South America and South Africa. If established in the United States,...
  • Bush ends development ban in national forests

    05/06/2005 5:07:00 AM PDT · by advance_copy · 11 replies · 381+ views
    Knight Ridder ^ | 5/6/05 | Seth Borenstein
    WASHINGTON - The Bush administration ended a four-year-old ban on development in roadless areas of national forests Thursday. The move could pave the way for oil and gas drilling, logging, mining and road building in 34.3 million acres of untouched woods. The new rule gives governors of pro-development Western states greater say over forest management in their states, which environmental groups fear will lead to development that threatens fish and wildlife in pristine areas. The first intrusions into the forests will probably be by natural gas-drilling rigs rather than chainsaws and timber mills because of market forces, according to economists,...
  • Bush ends forest development ban

    05/06/2005 6:11:36 AM PDT · by Utah Binger · 25 replies · 813+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | May 6, 2005 | By Seth Borenstein
    WASHINGTON - The Bush administration ended a 4-year-old ban on development in roadless areas of national forests Thursday. The move could pave the way for oil and gas drilling, logging, mining and road building in 34.3 million acres of untouched woods. The new rule gives governors of pro-development Western states greater say over forest management in their states, which environmental groups fear will lead to development that threatens fish and wildlife in pristine areas. The first intrusions into the forests will probably be by natural gas drilling rigs rather than chainsaws and timber mills because of market forces, according to...
  • Arnold pledges to save trees - roadless areas will be safe from Bush policy

    05/06/2005 6:47:05 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 5 replies · 373+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | May 06, 2005 | Lisa Friedman
    Arnold pledges to save trees Governor says California's roadless areas will be safe from Bush policy Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vowed Thursday that the Bush administration's attempt to open a third of national forests to logging, mining and development will not diminish protections for California's remote forestlands. Announcing an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to protect about 4.4 million California acres left vulnerable to construction under the new Bush administration rules, Schwarzenegger said those largely undeveloped areas will remain untouched. "I am committed to protecting the vibrant health and sustainable future of our forests," Schwarzenegger said in a statement. "Roadless...
  • New Rule Opens National Forest to Roads

    05/05/2005 5:08:25 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 12 replies · 404+ views
    AP ^ | 5/5/05 | JOHN HEILPRIN
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The last 58.5 million acres of untouched national forests, which President Clinton had set aside for protection, were opened to possible logging, mining and other commercial uses by the Bush administration on Thursday. New rules from the U.S. Forest Service cover some of the most pristine federal land in 38 states and Puerto Rico. Ninety-seven percent of it is in 12 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Governors can submit petitions within 18 months to stop road building on some of the 34.3 million acres where it would...
  • RUSSIAN FORESTS THREATENED BY CHINESE POACHERS

    04/07/2005 11:49:28 AM PDT · by jb6 · 13 replies · 471+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 2005-04-04 13:40
    MOSCO2, April 4. (RIA Novosti)-Experts forecast that China's demand for Russian timber will increase by a third within the next five years, which will lead to poachers stepping up their efforts more than anyone else, Biznes reports. Alexei Yaroshenko, a Greenpeace expert says China imported about 20 million cubic meters of lumber from Russia in 2004. "Russia's total annual lumber exports do not exceed 40 million cubic meters," says Vladimir Gorshkov, the vice president of Bumprom. Anatoly Kotlobai, an expert on illegal timber procurement and trade with the World Wildlife Fund, maintains that half of the exported timber was felled...
  • Environmentalists Sue Bush Administration (..again)

    02/17/2005 3:41:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 454+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/17/05 | Matthew Daly - AP
    WASHINGTON - Environmentalists sued the Bush administration on Thursday over new rules for managing the 192 million acres of national forests. The rules issued in December give managers of the 155 national forests more discretion to approve logging and other commercial projects without lengthy environmental reviews. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, claims the rules water down protection of wildlife and the environment "to the point where they are virtually meaningless." The suit filed by San Francisco-based Earthjustice on behalf of a coalition of conservation groups said the rules fail to include important environmental protection measures...
  • 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...
  • Cicada infestations boost nutrients for forests

    11/25/2004 8:43:54 PM PST · by Fatalis · 4 replies · 350+ views
    CBC News Online ^ | 11/25/2004
    WASHINGTON - Insects that emerge every 17 years in the eastern United States provide valuable nutrients to forest ecosystems when they die, an ecologist says. The Brood X cicadas emerge from their burrows on a regular cycle, sing to attract a mate and lay eggs before dying on the forest floor. Cicadas cling to a leaf after crawling their way above ground(AP Photo) Last spring, the insects swarmed forests, raising concerns about their effects on the ecosystem. Scientists had noticed forests tended to have higher levels of the nutrient nitrogen in their leaves after cicadas emerged and tree growth tended...
  • Analysis: West states red, blue or green?

    11/16/2004 12:13:48 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 3 replies · 314+ views
    UPI ^ | November 15, 2004 | Hil Anderson
    Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Environmentalists plan a new push against the Bush administration's controversial and sometimes inflammatory intentions to open up more areas of western national forests to logging and energy exploration. In a conference call Monday, leaders of green organizations contended that President Bush's narrow margin of victory in the November election proved there was no mandate in the West supporting removal of limits contained in the current ban on road-building in the most pristine areas of the nation's national forests. "Americans from both red states and blue states continue to overwhelmingly support protecting our last wild forests," maintained...
  • Pre-Inca Ruins Emerrging From Peru's Cloud Forests (Chapapoyas)

    09/23/2004 8:09:38 PM PDT · by blam · 47 replies · 8,770+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 9-16-2004 | John Roach
    Pre-Inca Ruins Emerging From Peru's Cloud Forests John Roach for National Geographic News September 16, 2004 On the eastern slope of the Andes mountains in northern Peru, forests cloak the ruins of a pre-Inca civilization, the size and scope of which explorers and archaeologists are only now beginning to understand. Known as the Chachapoya, the civilization covered an estimated 25,000 square miles (65,000 square kilometers). The Chachapoya, distinguished by fair skin and great height, lived primarily on ridges and mountaintops in circular stone houses. Sean Savoy, leader of the Gran Saposoa-El Dorado IV Expedition (July-August 2004), points out a stone...
  • Wake Up Call! ESA Hearing in Arizona

    09/17/2004 11:39:11 AM PDT · by azkathy · 4 replies · 266+ views
    SUBCOMMITTEE ON FORESTS AND FOREST HEALTH | Kathy Gibson Boatman
    Wake Up Call!! Memories of the days when trees were thinned from national forests are not that distant. We have witnessed the destruction of the timber industry and the results of forests grown thick with timber and dieing from beetle infestations and forest fires. I have pasted some information below for your review. The Timber industry has been desecrated and now the ranchers and livestock producers are in jeopardy of suffering the same fate. Will you stand with your fellow citizens and support their freedom and the right to a free market? Will you help them address problems created by...
  • Fire used as tool to heal forest

    09/14/2004 9:48:12 PM PDT · by farmfriend · 6 replies · 258+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 14, 2004 | Jane Braxton Little
    Fire used as tool to heal forest By Jane Braxton Little -- Bee Correspondent Published 2:15 am PDT Tuesday, September 14, 2004 MINERAL - From the rim of Cinder Cone, Scott Isaacson watched fingers of fire work their way through the underbrush and trees north of Snag Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park. A pair of red fir trees burst into flames, sending spectacular orange columns through the blanket of smoke spreading slowly across the ground 500 feet below. Isaacson, Lassen Park's fire information officer, surveyed the progress of the 3,300-acre fire with approval. "This fire is a perfect tool...
  • Battle lines are drawn over Arizona's forests

    09/13/2004 9:21:55 PM PDT · by farmfriend · 11 replies · 293+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 13, 2004 | David Whitney
    Battle lines are drawn over Arizona's forests By David Whitney -- Bee Washington Bureau Published 2:15 am PDT Monday, September 13, 2004 KAIBAB NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz. - The north rim of the Grand Canyon is ground zero in the battle between President Bush and Sen. John Kerry for the future care and handling of national forests. Here, in a hunting preserve created by President Teddy Roose velt nearly a century ago, the Bush administration is cutting old-growth trees to improve wildlife habitat and, under Bush's Healthy Forests Act, plans to cut down even more to lessen the threat of catastrophic...
  • Why the West is Burning

    08/08/2004 7:16:27 PM PDT · by television is just wrong · 32 replies · 924+ views
    Time on line edition ^ | Aug 16, 2004 | Maceline Nash/Sage
    Why the West Is Burning A five-year drought has parched soils, lowered reservoirs and weakened forests. And if the past is any guide, the dry spell could go on for decades By J. MADELEINE NASH/SAGE Monday, Aug. 16, 2004 In California the wildfire season generally ramps up slowly, and the largest fires usually don't arrive until fall. But this year is different, says Riverside County fire captain Rick Vogt, surveying the aftermath of a blaze that swept through the rural community of Sage, 80 miles from San Diego, with unseasonal intensity late last month, blackening more than 3,500 acres. Fire...
  • To build or to burn

    07/30/2004 3:06:01 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 6 replies · 255+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | Jul 30, 2004 | Editorial
    Among the last actions taken by Bill Clinton before leaving office was to outlaw road construction in virgin national forests. Most affected were Alaska and 11 Western states with 97 percent of the 58.5 million acres of affected roadless tracts. The rule was hailed by conservation groups and decried by some Western states. The Bush administration is proposing to replace Mr. Clinton's rule with a policy that gives states a greater voice in the management of national forests, thereby adding flexibility. James L. Connaughton, chairman of the White House Council on Environment Quality, said "one-size-fits-all was creating some real issues...
  • In Europe's most valuable forests apocalyse already started

    07/26/2004 11:40:08 AM PDT · by Truth666 · 10 replies · 1,050+ views
    In Europe's most valuable forests apocalyse already started The NASA satelite photos from one year ago confirmed that the fires that burned more than 5000 sq km of Europe's most valuable forests (in Portugal, 40% eucalyptus with exploration cycles as short as 8 years, 50% pinus pinaster with cycles of 15 to 22 years) were economically the most devastating ever in the world.Much of What was left has now been burning for several weeks. To start getting a larger picture, click on the links below, that you will fund at the mid of the translated page : Related articles: PORTUGAL...
  • JAY AMBROSE: A road to wilderness protection

    07/14/2004 12:58:36 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 1 replies · 327+ views
    (SH) - It was an act of executive bravado when, in the final month of his administration, President Bill Clinton adopted a regulation outlawing road-building or commercial development on millions of acres of national forest land. The result? Confusion, lawsuits and a court ruling that the regulation is invalid. The problem was that the Clinton team had tried to accomplish by last-minute fiat a statutory responsibility left up to Congress - the designation of some nationally owned land as wilderness, meaning that roads or development of any kind is verboten. Now comes the Bush administration - with environmentalists and outdoor...
  • White House Aims to Abolish Logging Rule

    07/12/2004 7:05:57 PM PDT · by facedown · 17 replies · 453+ views
    Associated Press via ComCast ^ | 07/12/04 | BOB FICK
    BOISE, Idaho - The Bush administration Monday proposed lifting a national rule that closed remote areas of national forests to logging, instead saying states should decide whether to keep a ban on road-building in those areas. Environmentalists immediately criticized the change as the biggest timber industry giveaway in history. Under the proposal, governors would have to petition the federal government to block road-building in remote areas of national forests. Allowing roads to be built would open the areas to logging. The rule replaces one adopted by the Clinton administration and still under challenge in federal court. It covers about 58...
  • Statement by U.S. Senator Jon Kyl Regarding Arizona’s Economy

    06/21/2004 12:59:00 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 5 replies · 295+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | June 21, 2004
    WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Senator Jon Kyl issued the following statement: “Arizona’s economy added more than 8,400 new jobs last month and our unemployment rate has dropped below the national average to 5.1 percent. The facts show Arizona’s economy is strong and growing stronger, but John Kerry is traveling the nation on his pessimism and misery tour and talking about the Great Depression. Kerry voted against the President’s historic tax relief that is helping fuel Arizona’s economic recovery and his cynical rhetoric talking down our economy isn’t going to create any new jobs. “When President Bush signed the Healthy Forests legislation to...
  • Top Ten Reasons John Kerry is Wrong for Colorado

    06/21/2004 12:55:44 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 5 replies · 442+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | June 21, 2004
    "John Kerry's pessimism and misery tour ignores the reality that the President's pro-growth policies have helped create 1.4 million jobs over the past nine months." -Danny Diaz, Bush-Cheney '04 Spokesman 1. JOHN KERRY IS NO FRIEND OF THE MIDDLE CLASSKerry Sponsored And Voted For A Motion To Kill Marriage Penalty Relief For Couples Earning Less Than $50,000 Per Year. In 1995, Kerry voted for a resolution that said middle class tax cuts were not wise. "The sense of the Senate amendment, killed on a motion by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), said, "reducing the deficit should be one of the...
  • Environmentalists losing battle over foresting

    05/24/2004 6:26:20 PM PDT · by Apollo · 17 replies · 262+ views
    The Sun Link ^ | May 21, 2004 | Matthew Daly
    Since December when President Bush signed a new forestry law, the government has won 17 straight court cases favoring timber cutting over challenges by environmentalists. Bush pushed for the law that sponsors named the Healthy Forests Restoration Act, saying it would reduce wildfires in national forests by thinning trees while also limiting appeals and environmental reviews of proposed timber sales. Environmentalists say the new law has undercut important protection for old-growth trees and remote, roadless areas. In a memo obtained by The Associated Press, the Agriculture Department's general counsel, Nancy Bryson, touted the Forest Service's success in winning all 14...
  • Northwest Forest Plan Still Stirs Debate

    04/12/2004 10:21:07 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 96+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 4/12/04 | Matthew Daly - AP
    WASHINGTON - Ten years after it was adopted to cool a conflict over logging of old-growth trees, the Northwest Forest Plan still provokes hot debate. The Clinton administration signed the landmark plan on April 13, 1994, to settle lawsuits brought by environmentalists and bring a level of peace in a battling region. The plan sharply reduced logging on 24 million acres of federal land in Washington, Oregon and northern California to protect the northern spotted owl, salmon and other threatened species. At the same time, it promised a sustainable supply of timber — including some from older, more commercially valuable...
  • Wyden asks to split plans for logging Biscuit fire

    04/04/2004 11:18:00 AM PDT · by farmfriend · 13 replies · 107+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | 04/03/04 | MICHAEL MILSTEIN
    Wyden asks to split plans for logging Biscuit fire The senator tries to speed salvage in areas facing little opposition and to give Oregon loggers and mills first shot at the work 04/03/04 MICHAEL MILSTEIN Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is pressing the Bush administration to split its logging plans in the Biscuit fire zone so anticipated battles over cutting in sensitive areas do not hold up the harvest. If the zone is broken up, he said, parts with little opposition might proceed if other elements face lengthy appeals and lawsuits from activist groups. Wyden also wants the administration to give...
  • Congressmen Seek to Probe Logging PR Deal

    04/03/2004 9:24:19 AM PST · by farmfriend · 16 replies · 121+ views
    Newsday.com ^ | April 2, 2004 | DON THOMPSON
    Congressmen Seek to Probe Logging PR Deal By DON THOMPSON Associated Press Writer April 2, 2004, 11:43 PM EST SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Two congressmen want an investigation of whether the U.S. Forest Service illegally hired a public relations firm to promote a plan to cut wildfire danger by increasing logging in Sierra Nevada forests. Democratic Reps. Nick Rahall of West Virginia, on the House Resources Committee, and Jay Inslee of Washington, on the forests subcommittee, noted the contract echoes a similar pact canceled five years ago involving the same Forest Service officials. The $90,000 contract also appears to violate a...
  • Feinstein and Leslie Join Forces to Push Forest Thinning Project

    03/12/2004 10:36:34 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 19 replies · 103+ views
    Feinstein and Leslie Join Forces to Push Forest Thinning Project Efforts to thin forests near Lake Tahoe are getting a boost from two California lawmakers, who are asking the federal government to expedite funds for the fire-prevention project. Democratic U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and state Assemblyman Tim Leslie, R-Auburn, point to the danger of a Southern California-style wildfire in the Tahoe Basin. The thinning project is intended to clear dense undergrowth that makes the forests particularly vulnerable to fire. Leslie is asking the federal government to make Lake Tahoe one of the first places in the country to receive...
  • B.C. fire report calls for controlled burns, logging

    02/27/2004 4:00:44 PM PST · by Clive · 9 replies · 87+ views
    Globe and Mail (Toronto) ^ | February 27, 2004 | oliver Moore
    A sequel to the fires that devastated parts of British Columbia last summer is likely unless action is taken, a report into the disaster warned Friday. The report — prepared by a task force headed by former Manitoba premier Gary Filmon — argues that the window is short to implement reforms, and that the government should act while the memory of the destruction is still clear in British Columbians' minds. "The devastation of firestorm 2003 is fresh in the public's mind and the costs and consequences of various choices are well understood," the report says. Abnormally hot, dry weather in...
  • Mark Rey: Bush administration is doing its part to safeguard Tongass forest

    02/02/2004 6:12:45 AM PST · by presidio9 · 2 replies · 159+ views
    Minneapolis (Red) Star Tribune ^ | February 2, 2004 | Mark Rey
    Your readers may be confused by your Jan. 5 editorial, "Timber giveaway." The Bush administration takes protection of this nation's forests seriously. The Tongass National Forest in Alaska is home to centuries-old trees, bears, eagles, wolves and five different kinds of wild salmon. And, after nearly 100 years of multi-use management of these forests for fisheries, timber, minerals, recreation and subsistence activity, they are healthy, vibrant forests with no listed threatened or endangered species. The state of Alaska challenged the roadless rule in court, claiming it violated a number of laws, including a national law that applies specifically to Alaska....
  • Altered Sierra forest plan unveiled

    01/23/2004 3:03:34 PM PST · by farmfriend · 11 replies · 157+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 23, 2004 | Dorothy Korber
    <p>The new blueprint will cut fire risk, officials say, but foes claim it is driven by logging interests.</p> <p>The U.S. Forest Service rolled out revisions Thursday to its plan for managing 11 million acres of Sierra Nevada woodlands, saying the changes will reduce wildfire danger and protect old-growth forests.</p>
  • U.S. plans $50 million tripling of annual Sierra fire-thinning

    01/22/2004 5:02:14 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 4 replies · 95+ views
    AP - via Mercury News ^ | Jan. 22, 2004 | DON THOMPSON
    <p>SACRAMENTO - The U.S. Forest Service said Thursday it plans to spend $50 million annually to thin Sierra Nevada forests, tripling the amount of logging that would have been allowed under a Clinton-era plan.</p> <p>Regional Forester Jack Blackwell said the revised plan is needed to prevent devastating wildfires like those that swept Southern California last fall, though opponents dismissed the comparison.</p>
  • Forest Service to tout Sierra plan to prevent serious fires

    01/22/2004 9:17:54 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 220+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 1/22/04 | Don Thompson - AP
    <p>SACRAMENTO - The U.S. Forest Service plans to market a forest-thinning plan in the Sierra Nevada range as necessary to prevent devastating wildfires like those that swept Southern California last fall.</p> <p>Regional Forester Jack Blackwell was to announce Thursday the final version of a controversial revision of a Clinton administration plan for managing 11.5 million acres spanning 11 national forests.</p>
  • Judge Halts Logging in Spotted Owl Habitat (NM)

    01/18/2004 1:05:36 PM PST · by CedarDave · 16 replies · 182+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal (subscription required) ^ | Friday, January 16, 2004 | Adam Rankin
    Friday, January 16, 2004 Judge Halts Logging in Spotted Owl Habitat By Adam RankinJournal Northern Bureau    Environmentalists are declaring a legal victory, at least for now, in a battle to protect the habitat of federally protected Mexican spotted owls from a Jemez Mountain logging project aimed at salvaging about 950 acres of burned national forest.     Late Wednesday, Albuquerque federal district Judge Christina Armijo ruled that part of the timber salvage project should be put on hold until a second hearing Jan. 30.     The project, known as the Lakes and BMG timber salvage, was designed "to recover the timber...
  • Conflict looms over timber

    01/04/2004 12:21:31 PM PST · by Holly_P · 14 replies · 145+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 01/03/04 | Robert McClure
    Pending changes to the federal plan on logging in the Northwest's national forests are expected to draw lawsuits It's a new year and new battles are on the horizon between environmentalists and the Bush administration over federal forests in the Pacific Northwest -- but the theme is continuing conflict. Central to the clash are changes the Bush administration is making this year in the Northwest Forest Plan, the document hammered out under President Clinton in 1994 to end the standoff over logging federal old-growth forests. Government officials are expected this month and next to finalize rule changes that will make...
  • Pine beetle outbreak subsides

    01/01/2004 6:34:09 PM PST · by Holly_P · 14 replies · 125+ views
    Columbia State ^ | 01/01/04 | A.P.
    COLUMBIA, S.C. - A Southern pine beetle outbreak has subsided after costing the state $356 million worth of pine trees during the past six years. The beetles killed $6.6 million worth of South Carolina pine trees in 2003, according to the state Forestry Commission. That's down dramatically from the previous two years. The bugs destroyed $220 million in trees in 2002 and $75 million in 2001. In an average year, pine beetles kill $8.5 million worth of trees in the state, forestry commission spokesman Ken Cabe said. Wetter weather and greater numbers of predators feeding on the beetles helped limit...
  • Forest-care shift sparks controversy

    12/07/2003 6:59:22 PM PST · by farmfriend · 19 replies · 110+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | December 7, 2003 | David Whitney
    <p>WASHINGTON -- The letter that California's Republican congressional delegation wrote to the U.S. Forest Service last month -- urging revisions to a Sierra wildlife preservation and fire protection plan -- was music to the agency's ear.</p> <p>A storm of criticism over the agency's proposal to triple the volume of logging to pay for fire prevention has delayed a final decision by at least three months. The letter from all of the state's Republican representatives and three of its Democrats was a show of support for the administration to scale back environmental policies it regards as overly protective.</p>
  • Thin the forests - of politicians

    12/01/2003 6:59:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 176+ views
    OC Register ^ | 12/1/03 | Roger E. Meineirs
    <p>The multibillion- dollar cleanup from the California fires of 2003 will take years. Thousands of people must rebuild their homes and businesses. While houses can be replaced, lives and cherished mementos cannot.</p> <p>These unfortunate Californians are the victims of absentee owners: Washington, D.C.-based politicians and forestry agencies. Their loss can be the catalyst for reform. But for real reform, centralized control of forests by politicians must end.</p>
  • Environmentalists put forests at great risk

    11/30/2003 2:02:10 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 110+ views
    OC Register ^ | 11/30/03 | Chris Vargas - Warrior's Society
    <p>Regarding Tim Allyn's Nov. 23 Reader Rebuttal, "Facts undercut attack on environmentalists": What about the rest of the agenda that Allyn left out regarding the forest-management policies being pushed by the environmental movement and Sen. Barbara Boxer?</p> <p>I wonder how many Californians are aware of Sen. Boxer's and the environmental movement's push to worsen the risk of devastating fires by designating millions of acres of our national forests in California as "wilderness," a designation that will severely limit our ability to use all methods possible to prevent the destruction we recently experienced. The wilderness designation prevents the use of any gas-powered machinery, such as chainsaws, brush saws and motorized vehicles within areas designated as wilderness. Fire-prevention measures such as fuel removal are extremely expensive; not being able to use gas-powered machinery only adds to the cost.</p>
  • Pass the Sour Grapes, Not Sweet Potatoes [+ Congress In Review]

    11/28/2003 5:31:56 AM PST · by OESY · 2 replies · 147+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 27, 2003 | CARL HULSE
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 26 — Congress broke for Thanksgiving with a final burst of partisan recriminations over the conduct of a session that produced Medicare changes, tax cuts and hard feelings certain to spill over into the 2004 campaign. Republican leaders, who labeled Democrats obstructionists, celebrated the addition of prescription drug coverage to the Medicare insurance program as just the latest in a string of accomplishments that could improve their appeal with a range of voters. Democrats asserted that Republicans, in their drive to prove they could deliver when controlling both the House and the Senate, badly bent Congressional rules and...