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  • Idaho logging salvage project could be national model for wildfire job programs

    03/21/2017 11:54:38 AM PDT · by Twotone · 8 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | March 19, 2017 | David Leroy
    In the last 30 years, the amount of federal timber available for sale in most of America’s national forests has been reduced between 70 and 99 percent. A University of Idaho study suggests that forest and wood product production jobs in this state have diminished from nearly 20,000 in 1991 to 12,479 in 2016. An unreliable and constricted supply of logs has been the largest factor forcing mill closures in Idaho towns like Kamiah, Orofino, Coeur d’Alene and Elk City. Over that quarter of a century, some 7,500 Idaho forest-dependent families have lost the employment, homes and lifestyle they once...
  • U.S. Forest Service barricades a forest road, destroys game trails in Idaho

    06/30/2016 11:10:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Watchdog ^ | June 20, 2016 | Marjorie Haun
    The United States Forest Service severely damaged a forest road and trail in Northwestern Idaho earlier this month, raising serious questions about the agency’s ability to care for federally-managed lands. During the first weekend in June, several members of Northwestern Gold Prospectors Association (NWGPA) planned to attend a gathering to prospect private claims in the Bedrock Gulch and Eagle Creek areas. When the prospectors arrived, Forest Road 152 was blocked with cement barricades and hundreds of felled trees. ... Photographs from that day show large logs laid crosswise and laterally on the trail, covered with hundreds of large pine branches...
  • Forest plan renews old fight in northern New Mexico

    05/02/2016 4:56:28 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 24 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | April 15 and May 1, 2016 | T. S. Last
    On June 5, 1967, the Alianza Federal de Mercedes – which translates to Federal Land Grant Alliance – led by Reies Lopez Tijerina stormed the courthouse in Tierra Amarilla with the intention of freeing nearly a dozen members of their group who had been arrested two days earlier and to make a citizens’ arrest of prosecuting District Attorney Alfonso Sanchez. The two-hour confrontation resulted in a prison guard being shot through the cheek and a sheriff’s deputy severely beaten. It ended when the 20 or so raiders escaped with two hostages. The famous raid was inspired in part by ill...
  • Forest Service hosts Peruvian officials to learn natural resource management

    04/08/2016 7:13:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Summit Daily ^ | August 27, 2015 | Alli Langley
    Peruvian natural resource managers have questions about how to protect their country’s forests, and they came to Summit County for answers. A U.S. Forest Service division called International Programs, which promotes sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation in foreign countries, brought top-level Peruvian officials for an educational tour that started Monday in Washington D.C. and ends Friday in Denver. ... In 2009, a U.S-Peru free trade agreement stipulated that Peru must curtail illegal logging, which undercuts the U.S. timber sector, and sustainably manage natural resources, said Erin Carey, who worked with the Forest Service International Programs for the last five...
  • HYPOCRITE DEMOCRATS: When It’s OK to Sell Public Lands ( Colorado )

    03/05/2016 6:24:42 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | March 3, 2016
    There’s a lot of teeth gnashing and stomping of feet by Democrats whenever a proposal is on the table for local government to take control of public land. But now it appears to be fine and dandy to take control of national forests for development, when said proposal is actually proposed by Democrats. For this we have to thank U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, and former U.S. Sen. Mark Udall. ... They’re the trio behind the 45-acre Forest Service sale to Summit County, upon which a new housing project will be developed. Yes, it certainly is amazing....
  • How Federal Missteps Make the Case to Transfer Public Lands to States, Localities

    12/28/2015 12:17:56 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | December 27, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    A growing number of state organizations seek to remedy what they consider negligent policies and shoddy oversight of public land on the part of federal agencies. Under the umbrella name Transfer of Public Lands, the movement offers a solution to the problem that is simple in concept: transfer ownership and management of public lands administered by federal agencies to equivalent state agencies. These agencies, being accountable to governors, state legislators and citizens, will manage the public lands in a more conscientious, cost-effective way. ... Unlike states east of the Continental Divide, public lands in Western states such as Washington and...
  • Vilsack to Congress: Give Me More Money or I’ll Let the West Burn

    12/26/2015 4:37:24 PM PST · by OddLane · 44 replies
    The Cato Institute ^ | December 22, 2015 | Randal O'Toole
    Congress rejected the Forest Service plan to give the agency access to up to $2.9 billion a year to suppress wildfires. In response, Secretary of Agriculture threatened to let fires burn up the West unless Congress gives his department more money. In a letter to key members of Congress, Vilsack warned, “I will not authorize transfers from restoration and resilience funding” to suppress fires. If the Forest Service runs out of appropriated funds to fight fires, it will stop fighting them until Congress appropriates additional funds. This is a stunning example of brinksmanship on the part of an agency once...
  • In Trashing Land, The EPA Has Nothing On The Forest Service

    09/03/2015 1:14:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/02/2015 | William Perry Pendley
    Americans now comprehend fully the disdain the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has for truth-telling, the rights of others, and the environment. Forget the last six spiteful years; the Colorado mine disaster suffices. The EPA’s wanton malfeasance — experts warned of a catastrophic blowout — unleashed three million gallons of orange arsenic-, cadmium-, and lead-laden wastewater into an Animas River tributary trashing public, private, and tribal lands and waters in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and the Navajo Nation. Even so, the EPA has nothing on the U.S. Forest Service. In documents filed days ago in a federal district court in Arkansas,...
  • County, forest at odds over OHVs ( Colorado - RS 2477 )

    07/27/2015 8:28:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Journal ^ | July 23, 2015 | Tobie Baker
    U.S. Forest Service ranger told Montezuma County commissioners this week that local officials continue to overstep their authority in regard to the Dolores-Norwood Road. ... Earlier this year, Montezuma County officials installed a dozen “Share the Road” signs accommodating off-highway vehicle use on county roads, including the Dolores-Norwood Road. To clarify any confusion, Montezuma County attorney John Baxter told commissioners on Monday that people were allowed to operate off-highway vehicles on the roadway. “Not according to our travel management rules,” Padilla interrupted. “Your travel management rule is incorrect,” Baxter replied. Baxter continued, stating that federal officials had yet to provide...
  • Garfield County officials: BLM sage-grouse plans take turn for worse ( Colorado and )

    05/05/2015 9:34:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | May 4, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Garfield County officials said Monday the Bureau of Land Management is considering even-stricter measures to protect greater sage-grouse than previously contemplated, rather than listening to concerns the county and others have raised. As a cooperating agency, the county got an advance look Friday at the revised proposal the agency is now considering. “It is very dramatic in terms of the changes (from a draft BLM proposal) that are being proposed,” Fred Jarman, the county’s community development director, told county commissioners Monday. Jarman and Garfield Commissioner Tom Jankovsky said the proposed measures are the result of directives coming from Washington, D.C....
  • Forest Service workers told to test own ‘unconscious bias’ on race, sexuality

    03/19/2015 10:45:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 19, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    A top U.S. Forest Service executive told his employees to probe their own “unconscious bias” on everything from race and sexuality to the disabled and fat people, asking them to use an unproven assessment tool to explore their feelings. The online test, which Forest Management Director Bryan Rice urged other agency directors to use as well, specifically warns of problems when it is taken “outside of the safeguards of a research institution.” Users also are told to be careful about how far to go in interpreting the results. Mr. Rice, in a March 11 email to his employees, also instructed...
  • Was Sierra Pacific Victim of Government Shakedown?

    01/18/2015 6:44:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    After what became known as the Moonlight Fire burned some 65,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada in 2007, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection decided that Sierra Pacific Industries was responsible for the damage. The culprit, regulators charged, was a friction spark from a bulldozer operating on Sierra Pacific land. Cal Fire fined the timber company $8 million to pay for related costs. Because the fire burned more than 40,000 acres of national forest, the federal government also went after Sierra Pacific's deep pockets; in 2012, Sierra Pacific agreed to a settlement that entailed paying the feds $47...
  • Sage grouse's fate shaping energy development in US West

    12/04/2014 1:00:37 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Standard Examiner ^ | December 04, 2014 | MATTHEW BROWN and MEAD GRUVER
    Sales of leases on 8.1 million acres of federal oil and gas parcels — an area larger than Massachusetts and Rhode Island combined — are on hold because of worries that drilling could harm greater sage grouse... the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s delay on the parcels underscores just how much is at stake for an industry that finds its future inextricably intertwined with a bird once known primarily for its elaborate mating display. The grouse’s huge range, covering portions of 11 states and an area more than four times as big as New England, includes vast oil, gas and...
  • Hansen seeks to limit BLM, Forest Service police powers

    11/28/2014 7:00:18 AM PST · by redreno · 3 replies
    Assemblyman Ira Hansen has concerns about the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service overreaching their policing powers. Spurred in part by the BLM’s April roundup of Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle that brought an armed confrontation between federal agents and Bundy supporters, the Sparks Republican is pushing for a bill that would prohibit BLM and Forest Service law officers from enforcing state laws. He is trying to get Nevada’s 17 counties, including Clark County, to take an interest in the issue that would be considered by the 2015 Legislature. Hansen’s concerns are tied in part to a variety...
  • Heinrich pens NYT op-ed defending public lands (NM Senator)

    10/29/2014 4:45:53 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 12 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | Monday, October 27, 2014 | Michael Coleman
    Sen. Martin Heinrich, one of the U.S. Senate’s most vocal advocates for preserving federal lands, argued against efforts to transfer federally-owned tracts to the states in an op-ed published today in the New York Times. In the article titled “The Land Grab Out West,” the freshman Democrat from New Mexico argues that attempts by conservative public policy groups and congressional Republicans to transfer federally-owned lands to states, if successful, could open those lands up to eventual privatization for oil, gas and mineral extraction. That, in turn, could leave an American public who has long enjoyed the lands for recreational purposes...
  • Forest Service says media needs photography permit in wilderness areas

    09/24/2014 11:38:10 AM PDT · by redreno · 59 replies
    http://www.oregonlive.com ^ | 09/23/2014 | By Rob Davis
    The U.S. Forest Service has tightened restrictions on media coverage in vast swaths of the country's wild lands, requiring reporters to pay for a permit and get permission before shooting a photo or video in federally designated wilderness areas. Under rules being finalized in November, a reporter who met a biologist, wildlife advocate or whistleblower alleging neglect in any of the nation's 100 million acres of wilderness would first need special approval to shoot photos or videos even on an iPhone. Permits cost up to $1,500, says Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers, and reporters who don't get a permit could...
  • U.S. Forest Service Issues Recommendations For Making Smores

    09/05/2014 11:50:15 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 4, 2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    The U.S. Forest Service celebrated National Roasted Marshmallow Day the only way a government agency knows how — by telling people how not to roast smores.“Never start a campfire when there are fire restrictions in place,” the jovial blog post says. “Be sure you are at least 15 feet from tent walls, trees or other flammable objects.” It also recommends keeping children at least 10 feet from the campfire, ensuring that they take no part in dangerous marshmallow melting.Once minors have been safely sequestered out of sight, “let’s get to the marshmallow basics. Use a roasting stick of at least...
  • Green Markets

    09/03/2014 5:33:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 9/3/2014 | John Stossel
    Last week I said the Environmental Protection Agency has become a monster that does more harm than good. But logical people say, "What else we got?" It's natural to assume greedy capitalists will run amok and destroy the Earth unless stopped by regulation. These critics don't understand the real power of private ownership, says Terry Anderson of the Property and Environment Research Center. "Long before the EPA was a glint in anyone's eye," said Anderson on my TV show, "property rights were dealing with pollution issues."
  • Mexican Gray Wolf Hearings In New Mexico, Arizona Expected To Draw Hundreds

    08/10/2014 8:35:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    KRWG ^ | August 8, 2014 | Center for Biological Diversity
    Large turnouts are expected at two upcoming public hearings on proposed changes to the Mexican wolf management plan, including expansion of the wolf-management areas in Arizona and New Mexico. The hearings, Aug. 11 in Pinetop, Ariz., and Aug. 13 in Truth or Consequences, N.M., will be the final opportunity for verbal testimony on proposed changes to management of the endangered Mexican gray wolf population in the two states. Public hearings last year in Albuquerque and Pinetop drew a total of around 1,000 people, most of whom were not allotted time to speak. ... The Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to...
  • Sheep grazing study suspended: Detailed approach replacing it ( Colorado: Forest Service, BLM )

    08/03/2014 10:07:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | August 01, 2014 | Dale Rodebaugh
    Proposed regulations to guide sheep grazing in the Weminuche Wilderness are so weighty and controversial that the level of environmental examination of the issues is being ramped up a notch. The original Environmental Assessment (EA) of the plan – for which an unusual second public comment period was opened – has been suspended to allow preparation of a more comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Kara Chadwick, recently named supervisor of the San Juan National Forest to replace Mark Stiles, broke the news Thursday in a talk to Club 20. She confirmed it later to The Durango Herald. Chadwick cited heightened...