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  • Tax increases, more logging proposed to rescue counties

    06/24/2008 8:37:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies · 149+ views
    The Register-Guard ^ | June 24, 2008 | Greg Bolt
    With two-thirds of Oregon county governments, including Lane County, facing financial crises, Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski on Monday urged residents to accept modest local property tax increases and more logging on federal forests to help stave off deep cuts in county law enforcement and other critical services. Those steps are just two of 54 recommendations in a task force report delivered to the governor on Monday. Kulongoski commissioned the report last year to address the imminent loss of about $238 million in annual federal timber payments, including $47 million a year to Lane County. The top recommendation was for Oregon...
  • CA: Appeals court overturns Forest Service logging rule (9th Circus)

    12/05/2007 3:34:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 84+ views
    A federal appeals court has ruled the U.S. Forest Service violated federal law when it allowed logging projects without analyzing their effects on the environment. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with environmentalists who challenged a Bush administration rule that exempted certain timber sales and prescribed forest burns from environmental analysis. The Wednesday decision by the San Francisco-based court overturns a lower court ruling that favored the administration. The Sierra Club and Sierra Forest Legacy sued in 2004 challenging the Forest Service rule, which has been a key component of the Bush administration's "Healthy Forests Initiative."
  • 'Pombo-ized' bills worry lawmakers

    03/30/2006 7:41:04 AM PST · by SmithL · 31 replies · 611+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 3/30/6 | Mike Taugher
    Prospects are fading for a rewrite of the nation's endangered species protection law this year as key senators hesitate to move anything that would have to be meshed with legislation written last fall by Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Tracy. Some senators have expressed concern that any bill they pass, even if it gains bipartisan consensus, would still have to be blended with Pombo's aggressive rewrite. And Pombo's bill goes way too far in easing environmental protection, according to many critics. For example, Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I., the chairman of a key subcommittee, has said he fears any Senate bill might be...
  • Group targets Pombo

    05/05/2006 4:14:02 PM PDT · by SmithL · 20 replies · 566+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 5/5/6 | Lisa Vorderbrueggen
    A Washington watchdog group has called on Congress and the IRS to investigate Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, for a laundry list of what it calls the lawmaker's ethics violations.Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington -- CREW -- on Thursday released a 13-count ethics complaint and a letter it sent to the Internal Revenue Service.Pombo called the charges a politically-motivated assault timed to appear just weeks before the June 6 primary election, where he has two opponents."I have never engaged in any illegal or unethical conduct whatsoever in my nearly 14-year career in the House, nor has any evidence been...
  • Investigative arm of Congress (GAO) says wildfire strategy needs focus

    02/18/2005 5:02:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 278+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 2/18/05 | Jeff Bernard - AP
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. – The U.S. Forest Service and Department of the Interior need to develop a long-term wildfire strategy that gives Congress a better idea how much money is really needed to thin forests and where the work is needed most, the Government Accountability Office said. "While the agencies have adopted various strategy documents to address the nation's wildland fire problems, none of these documents constitutes a cohesive strategy that explicitly identifies the long-term options and related funding needed to reduce fuels in national forests and rangelands and to respond to wildland fire threats," said a GAO report made...
  • The Radical Right's Weakness

    11/04/2004 4:31:04 PM PST · by oblomov · 37 replies · 1,022+ views
    Rockridge Institute ^ | 11/4/2004 | Rockridge Institute
    The Radical Right's Weakness by The Rockridge Institute The radical Right's messaging and framing infrastructure doesn't seem so fearsome if you know how to spot its weaknesses. The radical Right is acutely aware of cases where the general public has progressive values and would ordinarily reject their agenda. The Right’s approach to such cases is deception, often through the use of Orwellian language — language that means the opposite of what it says.For example, the term compassionate conservatism is used because leaders on the Right have traditionally been considered mean and lacking in empathy toward people who are needy, poor...
  • Scientists, economists oppose Bush plan on forests

    10/20/2004 4:20:45 PM PDT · by Kokojmudd · 19 replies · 331+ views
    By MATTHEW DALY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON - More than 125 scientists, including chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall and biologist Edward O. Wilson, have a signed a letter opposing the Bush administration's plan to reverse a Clinton-era ban on road building and logging in 58 million acres of remote national forests. And in a separate letter, more than 110 economists, including Nobel laureate Kenneth Arrow, also oppose the plan, which would require governors to petition the federal government to block road-building in about a third of national forests where it is now prohibited. Groups circulating the letters say they show widespread...
  • 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...
  • Help:I need to find details on Bush being pro-logging

    09/08/2004 10:44:11 PM PDT · by freeplancer · 6 replies · 427+ views
    today | freeplancer
    If anyone can throw me a bone, I would appreciate it. My bonehead cousins in Oregon are under the impression that Bush is a tree hugger. They own and operate a logging company. I would also like to show them how Kerry would be the one against logging. Any help would be appreciated.
  • (Vice President) Cheney Assails Kerry in Oregon

    09/03/2004 1:13:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 1,024+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/3/04 | Liz Sidoti - AP
    PENDLETON, Ore. - Vice President Dick Cheney (news - web sites) told supporters Friday that Democrat John Kerry (news - web sites), a senator from the Northeast, doesn't understand their needs. "He says he's in touch with the West. He must mean western Massachusetts," Cheney said. The vice president criticized Kerry for his position on a bill Cheney said was aimed at "keeping forests healthier and communities safer." Neither Kerry nor running mate John Edwards (news - web sites) were present for the vote. Bush signed the measure into law in December. "Sen. Kerry did not support the Healthy Forests...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Bush budget gives Oregon extra for forests, fish

    01/30/2004 6:01:19 PM PST · by ambrose · 2 replies · 137+ views
    Oregonian ^ | 1.29.04 | Oregonian
    Bush budget gives Oregon extra for forests, fish The plan includes more money for thinning woodlands in the state viewed as pivotal in the 2004 election 01/29/04JIM BARNETT WASHINGTON -- With the November election looming and Oregon likely to factor as a swing state, the Bush administration is touting plans in its 2005 budget to boost spending on environmental programs it once sought to limit. The White House will release its full $2.3 trillion budget Monday. But as has been the practice in previous administrations, officials have offered the public a glimpse of proposals that might yield maximum political...
  • President signs act to thin forests

    12/03/2003 10:46:18 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 5 replies · 121+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, December 4, 2003 | By Audrey Hudson
    <p>President Bush yesterday signed into law the Healthy Forest Restoration Act to help prevent catastrophic wildfires, which this year killed 23 firefighters and destroyed 7 million acres.</p> <p>"We're seeing the tragic consequences brought by years of unwise forest policy," Mr. Bush said. "We face a major national challenge and we're acting together to solve the challenge."</p>
  • When Uncle Sam Owns the Land

    12/03/2003 1:25:30 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 38 replies · 347+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | November 8, 2003 | Richard W. Rahn
    What would you do if a neighbor's tree falls on your house and causes a thousand dollars of damage? You would ask your neighbor to pay for the damage, and the law would require that he or his insurance pay the cost of the damage. Likewise, if your neighbor keeps hazardous materials on the edge of his property, such as dead trees and brush, and if they catch fire and burn down your house, you would have legal recourse. But what happens if your negligent neighbor happens to be the government? You may be out of luck because the government...
  • Transcript of Remarks by President Bush at the Signing of H.R. 1904, The Healthy Forests Restoration

    12/03/2003 10:44:31 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 3 replies · 101+ views
    Transcript of Remarks by President Bush at the Signing of H.R. 1904, The Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 12/3/03 12:03:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk Contact: White House Press Office, 202-456-2580 WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Following is a transcript of remarks by President Bush at the Signing of H.R. 1904, The Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003: United States Department of Agriculture Washington, D.C. 10:40 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Thanks for coming. Thanks for finally inviting me to the Department of Agriculture, it's an honor to be here. (Laughter and applause.) I'm really glad to be...
  • Bush Signs Bill to Curb Wildfire Threat (Healthy Forests)

    12/03/2003 10:23:16 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 184+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/3/03 | Robert Gehrke - AP
    WASHINGTON - President Bush (news - web sites) signed legislation Wednesday that he said would help prevent "sudden and needless destruction" from wildfires like the California blazes that destroyed thousands of homes. AP Photo Related Links • Healthy Forests Restoration Act [PDF] (   "With the Healthy Forest Restoration Act, we will help to prevent catastrophic wildfires," Bush said in a signing ceremony at the Agriculture Department. He was joined by firefighters who fought the Western blazes. "We're proud to be standing with them up here," the president said. He said wildfires had destroyed 11 million acres over the last...
  • 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>
  • 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>
  • How greens stoked a perfect firestorm within California

    11/22/2003 9:05:20 PM PST · by maui_hawaii · 9 replies · 112+ views
    HillNews ^ | By Rep. John T. Doolittle (R-Calif.)
    In California, where overzealous environmentalism often trumps common sense, our forests are suffering from rampant disease and destruction. In just a matter of days, more than 600,000 acres of Southern California’s forests were reduced to mere kindling in part because of overgrown forests that have been infected by the largest bark-beetle infestation in the last 50 years. After decades of mismanagement, the thinning of these forests remains largely unpracticed within our state, leaving forests that historically contained just 30 to 40 trees per acre, now filled with 300 to 400 trees per acre. As the events of last week demonstrated,...
  • Congress OKs bill to thin overgrown forests

    11/22/2003 9:27:35 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 123+ views
    OC Register ^ | 11/22/03 | Matthew Daly - AP
    <p>WASHINGTON – Congress approved legislation Friday that lawmakers said would reduce the risk of wildfires in national forests by speeding removal of overgrown brush and diseased trees, especially near homes and towns.</p> <p>The Senate passed the bill by a voice vote less than an hour after the House approved it 286-140. The rapid-fire votes came after a three-year impasse on wildfire legislation.</p>
  • Congress Sends Bush Measure to Cut Trees on Federal Land, Reduce Wildfire Threat

    11/21/2003 4:57:48 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 14 replies · 96+ views
    Congress Sends Bush Measure to Cut Trees on Federal Land, Reduce Wildfire Threat By Matthew Daly Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Ending a three-year impasse on wildfire legislation, Congress approved a compromise bill Friday to reduce the risk of fire in national forests, focusing much of the effort on areas near homes and towns. Supporters called the bill, the first major forest management legislation in a quarter-century, a landmark step to improve forest health and protect communities near public lands. Critics called it a giveaway to the timber industry that will limit public participation and leave old-growth trees and...
  • Lawmakers strip cockfighting provision from forestry bill

    11/20/2003 4:25:49 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies · 145+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 11-20-03 | MATTHEW DALY
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- Cockfighting and wildfires do not mix, at least not in Congress.</p> <p>House and Senate negotiators working Thursday on legislation aimed at reducing fires in national forests stripped a provision to increase penalties on illegal cockfighting.</p> <p>Lawmakers said the cockfighting measure, and a separate plan to limit use of the term "ginseng" in labeling herbs and other supplements, were cluttering up the forestry bill, itself the focus of intense debate for months.</p>
  • Daschle: agreement near on healthy forests bill

    11/19/2003 5:08:22 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 2 replies · 102+ views
    Aberdeen News ^ | 11/19/03
    Agreement is near on a bill to speed logging and other tree-thinning projects that would reduce the fire danger in national forests, Sen. Tom Daschle said. The bill, introduced by President Bush and passed by the House last spring, remains one of a handful of bills being negotiated as lawmakers prepare to wrap up the year's business before Thanksgiving. "We're much closer to getting something passed than we were just last week," Daschle said. Senate Democrats were refusing to appoint members to a House-Senate conference committee, and House Republicans were chilly to Daschle's suggestion that interested parties meet informally....
  • Senate Pyromaniacs

    11/13/2003 5:56:58 AM PST · by OESY · 25 replies · 271+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 13, 2003 | Editorial
    <p>Terrible as it sounds, we're beginning to wonder if someone shouldn't spark another hundred-thousand-acre wildfire. That seems to be the only thing that will force Senate Democrats to take action on the rotting forests that cause the West's annual infernos.</p>
  • Environmentalism Helped Kindle Fires

    11/07/2003 7:17:55 PM PST · by Jean S · 35 replies · 176+ views
    Human Events ^ | 11/7/03 | Joseph A. D'Agostino
    House Resources Chairman Richard Pombo (R.-Calif.) and other conservative experts on the U.S. government's land management policies said last week that long-standing environmentalist policies contributed to the severity of last month's disastrous wildfires in Southern California. The fires, though still burning, have been contained. But Congress continues to negotiate over the Healthy Forests legislation (HR 1904) designed to prevent such severe fires in the future. Pombo pointed to a GAO study released October 29 that found that 66% of fuel reduction projects planned by the U.S. Forest Service for national forests in California were stalled by administrative appeals—mostly filed by...
  • Goodlatte accuses Daschle of dragging feet on Healthy Forests

    11/06/2003 5:05:44 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 5 replies · 145+ views
    AgNews ^ | 11/6/03 | Cheryl Rainford
    The chair of the House Agriculture Committee Wednesday asked Senate Democrats to quit dragging their feet on appointing conferees for Healthy Forest talks. Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) says while California smoulders, the Democrats' stalling is blocking completion of legislation that has passed both Houses of Congress. "It puts the voice of a minority in the Senate, who have long stonewalled this process, ahead of a bipartisan majority of House members who supported the Healthy Forest legislation when it passed this May," Goodlatte said in a release. "It is time to put partisan politics aside so that we can bring forth...
  • Radical Eco Alert, Opposing Healthy Forest

    11/06/2003 12:18:39 PM PST · by azkathy · 5 replies · 152+ views
    EF Alert | 11-6-03 | az kathy
    Subj: Fwd: [EF!] "Healthy Forest" legislation passes U.S. Senate! Date: 11/6/2003 11:05:22 AM US Mountain Standard Time BEWARE! BEWARE! BEWARE! FOLLOWING IS AN ALERT FROM RADICAL ENVIRONMENTALISTS! THEY ARE PREPARING TO ATTEMPT TO BLOCK THE FOREST HEALTH BILL! PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATORS AND OPPOSE THEIR CRAZY IDEAS BEFORE WE LOSE MORE FORESTS TO UNNATURAL FOREST FIRES! Senator Wyden (D-OR) is slated for attack by the enviro-stalinists!!! Please consider calling and leaving messages of support and thanks for his heroic efforts on this bill!!!! He's going to need to hear from us in droves!!!!!!!!!!! Phone: (202) 224-5244 or (503) 326-7525 Fax:...
  • Partisan rancor stalls forests bill

    11/05/2003 6:11:32 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 4 replies · 125+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | 5 Nov 03 | By James G. Lakely
    <p>Republicans are accusing Senate Democrats of using "a new tool of obstruction" to stall legislation designed to prevent the kinds of wildfires that devastated Southern California last month.</p> <p>The Democrats have refused to agree to routine appointments to a forest bill conference committee, saying they have been snubbed in the current Medicare and energy-bill conferences.</p>
  • Scorched-Earth Policies

    11/03/2003 5:55:20 AM PST · by OESY · 10 replies · 158+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 3, 2003 | ROBERT H. NELSON
    <p>The wildfires that blackened more than 1,200 square miles of Southern California this past week were not simply "acts of nature." For most of the 20th century, the Forest Service has failed to properly manage our national forests while treating fire as a virtual moral evil (the California fires are burning in or near four national forests). Unless these policies are reversed, fires that consume millions of acres and inflict billions of dollars in damage will become more and more common.</p>
  • Congress Plays Lumberjack (Passes bill allowing to thin forests)

    11/01/2003 11:27:16 AM PST · by wheelgunguru · 18 replies · 110+ views
    cbs ^ | 11-1-03
    (CBS/AP) Congress is on the verge of ushering in a broad new land management plan aimed at reducing the threat of wildfires in the nation's forests by allowing for increased thinning of dead trees and underbrush. The forest plan was approved by the Senate late Thursday, 80-14, as Democrats joined Republicans in support of a program they said was clearly needed after years of devastating wildfires across the West. The dry underbrush and dead trees have turned some forests into tinderboxes, they said. In the House, meanwhile, lawmakers on Thursday approved, 216-205, a record $2.9 billion spending plan for forest...
  • Senate passed Healthy Forest Bill 1904

    10/30/2003 6:31:26 PM PST · by azkathy · 119 replies · 280+ views
    C-Span | 1030-03 | azkathy
    The Senate just voted on the Healthy Forest bill 1904, and passed it 80-14. Fire up the Chain saws let's get rid of some beetle trees! (It still has to go back to the house.)
  • Wildfires push Senate into action on forest bill

    10/30/2003 4:52:41 PM PST · by wheelgunguru · 10 replies · 95+ views
    sacbee ^ | 10-30-03 | david whitney
    <p>WASHINGTON -- Feeling the heat of Southern California's spreading wildfires, the Senate is rushing today to finish long-delayed legislation to rid forests of excessive buildup of brush and shrubbery that can fuel such deadly disasters.</p> <p>After months of inaction because of Democratic discontent with "Healthy Forests" legislation proposed by the Bush administration and approved by the House of Representatives, the Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a compromise intended to put more money into protecting homes and businesses while shielding old-growth forests from the increased thinning operations.</p>
  • Wildfires Give Boost to Logging Legislation, More Spending for Firefighting

    10/30/2003 4:48:09 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 1 replies · 160+ views
    TBO ^ | 10/30/03 | H. Josef Hebert
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The House was set to approve a record $2.9 billion for firefighting and fire protection in federal forests, while the Senate debated a plan Thursday to make it easier to thin out forests so they are less susceptible to rapidly moving wildfires. The congressional action came amid the backdrop of raging wildfires in California and Colorado. The fires have raised renewed concerns among lawmakers over the management of the nation's forests. The House bill, part of a spending measure for the Interior Department, would provide $800 million for battling wildfires, an increase of nearly $300 million over...
  • Crisis on our National Forests: Reducing the Threat of Catastrophic Wildfire [San Bernardino Fires]

    10/26/2003 5:44:53 PM PST · by Carry_Okie · 96 replies · 5,636+ views
    The Congressional Record ^ | August 25, 2003 | DR. THOMAS M. BONNICKSEN
    WRITTEN STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD OF DR. THOMAS M. BONNICKSEN PROFESSOR DEPARTMENT OF FOREST SCIENCE TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY and visiting scholar and board member The forest foundation auburn, california OVERSIGHT HEARING ON Crisis on our National Forests: Reducing the Threat of Catastrophic Wildfire to Central Oregon Communities and the Surrounding Environment BEFORE THE COMMITTEE ON RESOURCES UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Deschutes County Fairgrounds Expo Center 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond, Oregon Monday August 25, 2003 2:00 PM INTRODUCTION My name is Dr. Thomas M. Bonnicksen. I am a forest ecologist and professor in the Department of Forest Science at...
  • Loggers Wanted

    10/30/2003 7:32:06 AM PST · by Isara · 27 replies · 132+ views
    INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY ^ | Thursday, October 30, 2003 | Editor
    Fires: As Southern California burns, lawmakers may learn something about forests and safety. Perhaps harvesting a few trees isn't such a bad idea after all.It's too bad it takes 600,000 charred acres (at last count), at least 16 lost lives, some 1,600 homes destroyed and a damage tab of $2 billion or more to knock some sense into the nation's forest management.But Congress may have learned at least something from the wildfires in California. At this writing, the Senate was expected to get off the dime and finally consider a bill that would help prevent future disasters by giving greater...
  • Senate accepts compromise forest-thinning language, 97-1

    10/30/2003 8:01:06 AM PST · by azkathy · 14 replies · 201+ views
    Environment & Energy Daily reporter | 10-29 | Dan Berman
    This is a good summation of action so far on the Senate deliberations of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act. FORESTS Senate accepts compromise forest-thinning language, 97-1 Dan Berman, Environment & Energy Daily reporter As devastating wildfires continue to smolder in Southern California, the Senate today moved to the brink of passing H.R. 1904, the "Healthy Forests Restoration Act," with an overwhelming 97-1 vote to approve a compromise forest-thinning amendment. The compromise amendment is expected to break a Senate impasse on the legislation, replacing Title I of a companion House-passed bill with language that protects old-growth forests in exchange for restrictions...
  • Smokey Bear meets al-Qaida, eco-terrorists: paying bill for fire-causing policies

    10/29/2003 11:20:36 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 16 replies · 131+ views ^ | Thursday, October 30, 2003 | Craige McMillan
    Smokey Bear meets al-Qaida, eco-terrorists Posted: October 30, 20031:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 I wonder how many Southern California homeowners sent $25 last month to one of the "environmental" organizations that just burned them out of their homes? Southern California fires – outgoing Gov. Gray Davis has called them the worst disaster in the state's history – are the direct result of the efforts of America's environmental organizations. As this column is written, there have been 16 deaths and 1,600 homes destroyed, and the fires are still raging. You and I will be expected to "shut up and pay the bill"...
  • Battle erupts anew over 'Healthy Forests'

    10/29/2003 11:00:47 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 154+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 10/29/03 | Stuart Leavenworth
    <p>SAN BERNARDINO -- Southern California's record wildfires have not only scorched hundreds of homes, they have rekindled debate on whether the government could prevent such conflagrations by actively removing brush and other forest "fuels."</p> <p>Some Western politicians have seized on the blazes as reason for Congress to pass "Healthy Forests" legislation supported by the Bush administration, which would truncate environmental reviews to speed up the thinning of national forests.</p>
  • Will Southern Cal. fires defeat Barbara Boxer? (She's against Bush's brush-clearing bill).

    10/28/2003 5:20:11 PM PST · by churchillbuff · 39 replies · 225+ views ^ | Oct. 28, 03 | churchillbuff
    AS Hugh Hewitt notes on his website, Boxer's against Bush's "Healthy Forest" initiative, which would clear dead trees and other kindling from forest lands. I think a valid campaign ad should show the flames and devastation AND REMIND VOTERS THAT BARBARA BOXER IS IN THE RADICAL ENVIROS' CORNER. She represents THEM, not the people. AND HER POLICIES HAVE CAUSE UNTOLD LOSS OF PROPERTY - AND TRAGIC LOSS OF LIFE. Barbara Boxer can and should be defeated next November.
  • When Will Congress Stop Pandering To Greens And Begin To Protect Our Forests And People?

    10/28/2003 5:13:40 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies · 125+ views ^ | October 29, 2003 | Alan Caruba
    On September 22 of this year, Jack Blackwell, a regional forester of the Pacific Southwest Region of the US Forest Service, testified before the Committee on Resources of the House subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health. Barely a month later, his warnings about the conditions of the forested areas of southern California came true, destroying countless homes and taking lives in its path. He began by noting that the 672,000 acres of the San Bernadino National Forest had some 24 million people living within a two-hour drive and that it was going through "a significant cycle of drought-related, vegetation mortality"...
  • Even Sen. Feinstein Wants to Pass Bush's Plan to Curb Forest Fires

    10/28/2003 11:11:29 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 32 replies · 202+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 10/28/03 | Chuck Noe
    You know that environment-destroying "environmentalists" have gone too far with their deadly anti-human extremism when Sen. Dianne Feinstein is on President Bush's side. Feinstein, D-Calif., urged the Senate last night to pass Bush's Healthy Forests Restoration Act. Democrats, pandering for donations from "Club Sierra" and other wealthy groups of self-styled enviros who are so fanatically anti-logging they'd rather endanger entire forests and those who live nearby, have obstructed the measure. "With the drought, the devastation caused by the bark beetle and the dangerous buildup of dry tinder and undergrowth, I feared that California could face a devastating season of wildfires....
  • Fires lend urgency to forest-thinning act

    10/28/2003 6:15:57 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 13 replies · 110+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | 28 OCT 03 | By Audrey Hudson
    <p>Lawmakers from both parties are calling for fast action on President Bush´s forestry initiative, as wildfires that have killed at least 15 persons and destroyed more than 1,100 homes race through Southern California.</p> <p>Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, asked the Senate last night to start moving the Healthy Forests Restoration Act that has stalled over issues of debate time and amendments.</p>
  • Fires lend urgency to forest-thinning act

    10/27/2003 10:08:16 PM PST · by Russian Sage · 5 replies · 133+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Oct 28, 2003 | Audrey Hudson
    <p>Lawmakers from both parties are calling for fast action on President Bush´s forestry initiative, as wildfires that have killed at least 15 persons and destroyed more than 1,100 homes race through Southern California.</p> <p>Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, asked the Senate last night to start moving the Healthy Forests Restoration Act that has stalled over issues of debate time and amendments.</p>
  • Forest health-care crisis

    08/21/2003 11:38:52 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 11 replies · 187+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, August 22, 2003 | By Tom Nelson
    <p>Our nation faces a severe forest health crisis. Whether it is raging fires, ravaging insects, or mysterious, disease-carrying agents that threaten to wipe out entire species, not a single region of the country is being spared the devastating economic and environmental consequences of this monumental crisis.</p>
  • Suspicious Fires may disrupt President Bush visit to Central Oregon

    08/20/2003 2:39:25 PM PDT · by PlutoPlatter · 8 replies · 214+ views ^ | 8/19/03 | By Barney Lerten
    Fire jumps Hwy. 20; Santiam Pass may be shut for days Wind fans blazes; numerous camps, campsites evacuated By Barney Lerten, ( Originally Posted August 19, 2003 at 4:57 pm Last Update August 20, 2003 at 10:29 am Reference Code: AR-11052 August 20 - One of two wind-fueled wildfires in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness Area jumped Highway 20 near Santiam Pass overnight as both blazes grew quickly in size, only about a dozen miles apart. The White House was monitoring the situation, in case the blazes force a change in President Bush’s planned Thursday visit to Camp Sherman to...
  • Bush waging a war on parks, forests: An all-out attack on America's wilderness

    08/17/2003 7:14:46 AM PDT · by rface · 55 replies · 338+ views
    Boston Glob ^ | 8.17.2003 | T.A. Barron
    <p>A WAR IS RAGING. It involves lands essential to our nation, and will dramatically affect future generations. No, I am not speaking of Iraq or Afghanistan. This war is right here: the Bush administration's radical, all-out attack on America's wilderness and public lands.</p>
  • The McCain of Vermont ( and an interesting friend to boot)

    08/17/2003 4:26:17 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 5 replies · 150+ views
    AZcentral ^ | 08/17/03 | Scutari
    <p>His face has been splashed on the covers of Time and Newsweek this month.</p> <p>And his cyberstumping - the use of the Internet to raise big bucks and organize supporters - has turned Howard Dean into a political phenomenon. The former Vermont governor whose iconoclastic ways remind some of Arizona Sen. John McCain stops by Tucson on Monday.</p>