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  • 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 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...
  • Tombstone's water woes continue [ Arizona ]

    04/25/2014 7:41:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    KVOA ^ | April 25, 2014
    A recent fire in Tombstone's historical district has brought back the battle between the city and the feds over the town's water supply. Tombstone gets its water from a highly protected wilderness area in the Huachuca Mountains. The pipeline that transports water 30 miles across Cochise County has had problems since the Monument Fire in 2011. According to the City they still haven't been able to get the proper equipment into the area to permanently fix the issues. The structures in Tombstone's historic district are like a tinderbox. In the past few years alone the site of what is currently...
  • FEDS SEIZE FAMILY’S RANCH-Property owners fight government ‘land grab’!!!

    04/19/2014 11:28:48 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 211 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | April 17, 2014 | TPT Admin
    When Kit Laney answered a knock on his door Saturday, law enforcement officers from the U.S. Forest Service handed him a piece of paper announcing his Diamond Bar Ranch in southwest New Mexico would be shut down Wednesday and his 300 head of cattle grazing there would be removed – one way or the other. Other Forest Service officials were busy nailing similar notices on fence posts along the highway and informing neighbors that after Feb. 11, they should not attempt to enter the Diamond Bar property. Laney was not surprised. He knew someday there would be an on-the-ground confrontation...
  • Burning Up the West: Feds, Greens Cause Catastrophic Fires

    08/24/2013 7:33:34 PM PDT · by Coleus · 19 replies
    The New American ^ | 08.24.13 | William F. Jasper
    It happens every summer, and this year is no different; thousands of wildfires ravage millions of acres in the arid Western states, destroying homes and huge swaths of forest and wildlife habitat — and taking lives. With the fire season far from over, federal firefighting efforts already topped $1 billion by August 21, and the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies are running out of money.  Forty-nine “uncontained large fires” are raging across the Western states and an additional 222 new “moderate” fires are in various stages of either growing or being brought under control, according to the U.S. Department...
  • Explosives stolen from Forest Service facility near Red Lodge

    05/01/2013 10:10:13 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 54 replies ^ | 5/1/13
    The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and the Carbon County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) are asking for help from the public in gathering information about the theft of approximately 559 pounds of high explosives from a USFS explosives bunker located near Red Lodge. A press release from the ATF says that in April 2013, someone used forced entry to get into an explosives storage facility owned and operated by the U. S. Forest Service. The storage facility is located approximately two miles south of the City of Red Lodge.
  • Lawsuit over roads in Tahoe Forest west of Reno

    08/21/2012 10:42:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    ap ^ | Aug. 19, 2012
    A national group representing off-highway recreationists is suing the U.S. Forest Service to try to overturn a new travel management plan on national forest lands in the Sierra west of Reno they say is overly restrictive. The Pacific Legal Foundation said in a lawsuit filed recently the agency plan adopted in 2010 illegally closed more than 800 miles of roads and trails the public has used for years in the Tahoe National Forest. ... Similar disputes are under way in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, primarily in northeast Nevada's Elko County, and in the Eldorado National Forest in California mostly west...
  • U.S. Forest Service Trying to Kill the Town Too Tough to Die

    07/23/2012 4:47:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | July 23. 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    The showdown between the federal government and the historic town of Tombstone is headed to court.  Using the 10th Amendment as a defense for the residents of Tombstone, the Goldwater Institute will be pushing back against the United States Forest Service (USFS), which is preventing the repair of crucial water lines to the town. More from Goldwater: The City of Tombstone is squaring off against the U.S. Forest Service over water rights in a fight to rescue “The Town Too Tough to Die.” Citing the Wilderness Act, the Forest Service is refusing to allow the city to repair its waterlines...
  • Wilderness groups sue U.S. Forest Service over plan to use helicopter

    07/04/2012 10:53:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Ravalli Republic ^ | June 28, 2012 | PERRY BACKUS
    Two wilderness groups have sued the U.S. Forest Service over its decision to allow an irrigation company to use a helicopter to fly in materials needed to repair a dam in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Wilderness Watch and Friends of the Clearwater filed suit in U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy’s court in Missoula last week. The groups say the agency’s decision to allow the irrigation company up to two helicopter flights to the Fred Burr Dam site violates the Wilderness Act and other environmental laws. The irrigation company wants to replace a deteriorating catwalk and log boom on the nearly century-old...
  • A Big Win Over Exxon!

    06/29/2012 8:29:25 AM PDT · by pabianice · 7 replies
    Dear VICTORY! Thanks to you, we defeated Exxon’s plan to turn a pristine stretch of the Rocky Mountains into an industrial tar sands corridor. This is a win for the environment worth celebrating. Last week, we succeeded in bringing down a Goliath ... none other than Exxon Mobil. Thanks to your activism, we forced the oil giant to back down in its quest to turn a remote and wild stretch of the Rocky Mountains into an industrial transportation corridor. Exxon has formally withdrawn its application with the state of Montana to ship thousands of mega-sized tractor trailers, filled with tar...
  • Shovel brigade reports minimal progress

    06/22/2012 6:06:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies
    TOMBSTONE — Temporary repairs were made at Gardner Spring on the Tombstone water line, City Clerk George Barnes reported. The Shovel Brigade organized earlier this month has hopes the repair will hold up during the upcoming summer storms, Barnes said. Work involved on Friday and Saturday, June 8-9, redirected and lifted the waterline out of the flow path. There was also construction of a diversion to protect the line as much as possible. Barnes said 60 people did the physical work, which involved moving large rocks and debris, along with pick and shovel work. The crew never made it to...

    06/14/2012 2:42:40 PM PDT · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 32 replies
    Liberty News Network ^ | June 12, 2012 | Duane Lester
    A Spotted Owl may do what Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, Johnny Ringo, the Clanton gang, the Gunfight at the OK Corral and two major fires couldn’t do: destroy Tombstone, known throughout the century as “The town too tough to die!” According to several CNN reports, Tombstone may soon run out of water because of a broken 26-mile water pipeline, which runs through a National Forest....
  • Court order closes 42 off-highway routes in Eldorado forest

    04/06/2012 7:32:41 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/6/12 | Carlos Alcalá
    The Eldorado National Forest will close 42 popular off-highway-vehicle routes that cross meadows due to a February court order, Forest Supervisor Kathy Hardy announced this week. The routes could be closed through this year's recreation season while the U.S. Forest Service conducts an environmental analysis ordered by the court. U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Karlton said the Forest Service had failed to comply with the National Forest Management Act when it designated routes as open for motor vehicle use,
  • This Map Shows Where All The Trees Are In The US

    01/12/2012 5:21:20 PM PST · by blam · 101 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-`12-2012 | Dina Spector
    This Map Shows Where All The Trees Are In The US Dina Spector Jan. 12, 2012, 2:48 PM NASA's Earth Observatory just released a map illustrating where all the trees are in America. The map was created over six years by Josef Kellndorfer and Wayne Walker of the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Geological Survey. The dark swaths of green represent parts of the country with the greatest concentration of biomass. You can see dense tree cover in the Pacific Northwest as well New England, which has been reforested after intensive...
  • Contract Dispute Grounds Firefighting Planes

    09/07/2011 3:59:00 PM PDT · by NorwegianViking · 18 replies
    Human Events ^ | 09/07/11 | Audrey Hudson
    Nearly half of the federal government’s firefighting air tankers are siting idle at a California airport, grounded by the Obama administration in a contract dispute just weeks before wildfires swept through Texas killing a mother and her child, and destroying 100,000 acres. The massive blazes forced Texas Gov. and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry to abruptly call off a campaign appearance in South Carolina earlier this week to respond to the crisis, and may force him to cancel his first debate appearance Wednesday night. The U.S. Forest Service terminated the contract with Aero Union five weeks ago to operate seven...
  • Feds to assume control of Bastrop Co. fire; TX volunteer firemen turned away

    09/06/2011 9:07:28 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 86 replies
    BASTROP — Firefighting-trained volunteers from around the state converged on Bastrop and Smithville Tuesday to lend a hand to the beleaguered local firefighters battling the Bastrop County Complex Fire — only to be sent away as federal officials arrived at the scene and took command, apparently because local officials never made a formal request for volunteers. “We were at the station getting set up into strike teams, and this guy came up and said that the U.S. Forest Service had ‘assumed control of the situation, and that ‘If you don’t have a vehicle that squirts water, go home,’” said Gordon...
  • The Royal Forests (by Tom McClintock)

    01/07/2011 2:59:54 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 56 replies
    Tom McClintock Congressional website ^ | 7 January 2011 | Tom McClintock
    During the despotic eras of Norman and Plantagenet England, the Crown declared one third of the land area of Southern England to be the royal forest, the exclusive preserve of the monarch, his forestry officials and his favored aristocrats. The people of Britain were forbidden access to and enjoyment of these forests under harsh penalties. This exclusionary system became so despised by the people that in 1215, five clauses of the Magna Carta were devoted to redress of grievances that are hauntingly similar to those that are now flooding my office. The Royal Forests House Chamber, Washington, D.C. January...
  • Government would clear Manistee National Forest land to help butterfly survive (3000 acres!)

    10/15/2010 6:03:42 AM PDT · by earlJam · 46 replies
    WZZM ^ | 10/15/10
    Government would clear Manistee National Forest land to help butterfly survive WZZM 13 ONLINE OTTO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public input on a proposal to clear a portion of the Manistee National Forest to give a butterfly a greater chance of survival. The plan would also call for closing motorized access to portions of the forest. Leaders in Otto Township in Oceana County were to hold a community meeting Thursday night to discuss the proposal with neighbors. "Otto Township alone is made up of over 50% Manistee National Forest and state land," says township...
  • Officials kill grizzly bears to head-off lawsuits before they arise

    08/01/2010 8:58:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 106 replies · 21+ views
    Bear Attack Examiner ^ | July 31, 2010 | Dave Smith
    Wildlife officials have killed a grizzly bear in Wyoming and a grizzly bear in Montana to head-off potential lawsuits. The Montana grizzly killed and partially consumed Kevin Kammer at a Gallatin National Forest campground near Cooke City, Mont. on July 29. The Wyoming grizzly killed 70 year-old botanist Erwin Evert on June 17 on the Shoshone National Forest near the East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park. The circumstances were quite different, but the decision to kill the bears was undoubtedly influenced by a 1996 court case over the terrible bear mauling of 16 year-old Anna Knochel at a U.S. Forest...
  • Admin. Official Testifies at Hearing {Judge banning fire retardant)

    02/26/2008 9:29:21 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 190+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 2/26/8 | SUSAN GALLAGHER, Associated Press Writer
    Missoula, Mont. (AP) -- A Bush administration official apologized Tuesday to a federal judge in urging that he not hold the U.S. Forest Service's use of a fire retardant that environmentalists say kills fish and plants. Agriculture Undersecretary Mark Rey, who oversees the Forest Service, acknowledged the agency was slow in preparing environmental studies related to the effects of the chemical firefighting tool dropped from airplanes. "There is no way to put a positive face on the fact that we dropped the ball," Rey testified in court. "We're sorry." While Rey was contrite, U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy was...
  • Jeffco officials: Plans for biomass facility in Golden still on track

    09/12/2007 8:38:13 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies · 207+ views
    Canyon Courier ^ | 09/04/2007 | Heath Urie
    Jefferson County officials said last week that plans to aid an Arizona businessman in his quest to construct a bio-energy facility in Golden are moving forward. Wade Yates, special project coordinator for Jeffco, said the county has finalized a $161,700 contract with CVL Consultants of Colorado for an engineering study and design plan for the proposed wood-pellet fuel biomass plant. If the report finds the site is appropriate for the Front Range’s first biomass facility, the consultants will help Jeffco rezone the land from agricultural to industrial uses and develop a comprehensive site development plan. At that point, “we’re really...
  • High-altitude helicopter training restricted

    03/05/2007 1:10:11 PM PST · by george76 · 33 replies · 903+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | March 5, 2007
    The Colorado Army National Guard will maintain its annual high-altitude helicopter training on Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service lands in Eagle and Garfield counties at 3,000 hours. The Guard also has agreed to additional stipulations in order to protect wilderness areas, wildlife and livestock, the White River National Forest and BLM announced today. The military believes high-altitude combat training is vital for the protection of pilots and aircrews. In combat, aircrews trained in high-altitude aviation have a higher mission success rate as well as fewer accidents. As such, the Army had asked for 6,000 hours that could...
  • Judge bars gas drilling in roadless areas

    12/01/2006 8:41:40 AM PST · by george76 · 47 replies · 1,314+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | December 01, 2006 | BOBBY MAGILL
    The federal judge who overturned the Bush administration’s Roadless Rule declared Wednesday that energy companies can’t set up their drill rigs on any undeveloped oil and gas lease issued since 2001 within a roadless area. U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth D. LaPorte ruled in September that President Bill Clinton’s 2001 Roadless Rule be reinstated, protecting 4.4 million acres of roadless areas in Colorado national forests and more than 58 million acres nationwide. Her ruling Wednesday prevents the U.S. Forest Service from approving or allowing any surface disturbance of a mineral lease issued after Jan. 12, 2001, on which drilling or development...
  • Forest Service plans land sale

    02/09/2006 12:35:03 PM PST · by george76 · 46 replies · 2,213+ views
    summit daily news ^ | February 8, 2006 | BOB BERWYN
    With budgets getting tighter every year, the U.S. Forest Service plans to raise up to $800 million in much-needed cash by selling off 200,000 acres of land across the country... The proposed land sale would be authorized under a Congressional amendment to the 2,000 Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. The law is intended to help rural communities that have seen National Forest logging-based revenue drop as timber cutting dwindled across the country. The list is based in part on land ownership adjustment analyses that designate lands suitable for disposal. Most of the lands to be sold are parcels...

    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...
  • 3 Indicted in Calif. on Ecoterror Charges

    01/26/2006 7:14:13 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies · 809+ views
    Associated Press ^ | DON THOMPSON
    Three environmental activists were cooking up plastic explosives and had planned to test a device the day they were arrested, federal prosecutors alleged Wednesday as they indicted them. The three face five to 20 years in federal prison if they are convicted of conspiring to use fire or explosives to damage property. The suspects planned assaults this spring in the name of the Earth Liberation Front, a 'loosey-goosey, sort of mist-of-the-fog kind of an organization' of environmental activists, U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott said. Eric McDavid, 28, Zachary Jensen, 20, and Lauren Weiner, 20, remain in jail. They could enter a...
  • Good Riddance: Clinton "Roadless Rule" Dead - (58 mil acres returned to "Us, the People")

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

    05/23/2004 7:47:02 PM PDT · by Stoat · 11 replies · 381+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 23, 2004 | Staff
    <p>YAKIMA, Wash. — Months ago, national fire managers predicted the 2004 wildfire season (search) would be a bad one in the West.</p> <p>Now, they're changing their forecast: It's going to be worse.</p> <p>With unseasonably warm temperatures in March and April, the potential loss of heavy air tankers for safety reasons and a years-long drought continuing, Western states and the federal government are facing the possibility of another devastating fire season.</p>
  • U.S. Won't Use Air Tankers for Wildfires

    05/10/2004 11:14:43 PM PDT · by Stoat · 86 replies · 782+ views
    The Guardian (U.K.) ^ | May 10, 2004 | IRA DREYFUSS
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Just as the 2004 wildfire season is opening, the government on Monday grounded an aging fleet of 33 former military tankers that had been among the biggest weapons in its arsenal for fighting the blazes. The Forest Service and the Interior Department terminated contracts with private companies for use of the planes after the National Transportation Safety Board determined their airworthiness could be not assured. Three such planes crashed between 1994 and 2002, killing seven crew members. Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth said that, in the wake of the NTSB report, continuing to use the tankers posed...
  • Coalition Fights Drill Plan (NM, here we go again!)

    02/03/2004 10:28:05 AM PST · by CedarDave · 4 replies · 95+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | Monday, February 2, 2004 | Adam Rankin
    Monday, February 2, 2004 Coalition Fights Drill Plan By Adam Rankin Journal Staff Writer A U.S. Forest Service decision on whether to allow coal-bed methane drilling on 40,000 acres of the Valle Vidal isn't expected until January 2005 at the earliest, but a coalition of conservation groups is stirring up political opposition. "Everyone is kind of rolling up their sleeves, putting aside their differences and saying this is something we just can't allow," said Stuart Wilde, operator of a backcountry guide service, and a member of the newly-formed Coalition for the Valle Vidal ( The coalition of about 10 groups...
  • Critics Say Wolf Team 'Stacked'

    08/14/2003 7:09:57 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 16 replies · 406+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal (subscription required) ^ | August 14,2003 | Tania Soussan
    Thursday, August 14, 2003 Critics Say Wolf Team 'Stacked' By Tania SoussanJournal Staff Writer     The team being formed to revise a recovery plan for the endangered Mexican gray wolf is "stacked" in favor of the livestock industry and anti-wolf groups, 15 conservation organizations claimed Wednesday.     In a letter to Dale Hall, Southwest region director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the groups criticized the list of 24 agencies and organizations invited to be part of the wolf recovery plan team.     Three of those on the list are conservation groups, seven represent the livestock industry and one...
  • Cattle in Gila Forest Stir Protest

    08/14/2003 7:04:50 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 15 replies · 208+ views
    Thursday, August 14, 2003 Cattle in Gila Forest Stir Protest By Rene RomoJournal Southern Bureau     SILVER CITY— The protest signs being paraded in front of the Forest Service headquarters here Wednesday said: "Remove the sacred cows" and "Where's the beef? Trespassing in our wilderness."     Roughly two dozen sign-carrying protesters staged an hourlong demonstration in front of Forest Service offices Wednesday to express their impatience with the agency's failure to remove cattle that Catron County ranchers Kit and Sherry Laney are running in the Gila National Forest without a permit.     Forest Service officials said the case is being...
  • Suit filed over grazing impact on threatened trout in Nevada: Jarbidge

    11/26/2002 9:24:49 PM PST · by B4Ranch · 40 replies · 384+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 11/26/2002 04:55 pm | ??
    <p>Environmentalists are accusing federal land managers in Nevada and Idaho of violating the Endangered Species Act by allowing livestock grazing and water diversions harmful to the threatened bull trout in the Jarbidge River.</p> <p>The Western Watersheds Project and Committee for the High Desert filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management on Monday that charges the agencies with not doing enough to protect the fish that federal biologists say is vulnerable to extinction.</p>
  • "I'M ASHAMED OF THIS" Interview with a 'copter Wildfire Fighter.

    08/02/2002 7:10:45 PM PDT · by AuntB · 150 replies · 3,137+ views
    The Lars Larson Show ^ | 8/02/02 | AuntB
    The following is a transcribed portion of an interview aired today on the Lars Larson radio program from Portland, Or., which is broadcast across the Northwest from noon to 4:00 P.M. pacific. There is little I can add to his exchange with the executive vice-president of a company that supplies helicopter service to the US Forest service to show the inept and dangerous policies of this bureaucracy. Please bring these disclosures to your congress people’s attention and demand the policy of silence and media blackout practiced by the Forest Service and environmental groups stop. Our homes, forests and lives are...
  • Truth Under Fire [Libs Lie Again on Forest Fires]

    07/11/2002 1:28:56 AM PDT · by The Raven · 54 replies · 602+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | July 11, 2002 | Editorial
    <p>Last month, environmental groups across the country hollered like banshees when politicians and local communities began taking them to task for the massive wildfires that are today gutting the West. The crescendo came when Arizona's Gov. Jane Dee Hull, watching half a million acres of her state go up in smoke, flatly blamed greenies for obstructing work to clean up national forests. She was talking about the never-ending stream of appeals and lawsuits they file to halt thinning, road building and firebreaks.</p>
  • Losing Our Heritage, Our Land

    07/08/2002 10:18:11 AM PDT · by Jean S · 33 replies · 321+ views ^ | 7/8/02 | Tom DeWeese
    Congress is gearing up to vote on a very dangerous bill. The National Heritage Areas Act (HR 2388), sponsored by liberal Republican Rep. Joel Hefley (Colo.) and liberal Democrat Rep. Nick Rahall (W.Va.), would do for land grabs what the assembly line did for automobiles. It would speed up the process to a point where private property would be the equivalent of the horse and buggy. The Heritage Areas Act proposes to extend federal control over local land use in exchange for federal grant money going to local communities. Politicians see it as a pork-barrel spending program to benefit their...
  • Let the Forest Service do its job

    07/08/2002 6:03:28 AM PDT · by Valin · 3 replies · 257+ views
    Mpls (red)Star Tribune ^ | 7/7/02 | Katherine Kersten
    <p>There are a number of reasons for the catastrophic wildfires now consuming huge swaths of the American West. Some are well known, while others are rarely discussed.</p> <p>It's clear, of course, that the West is a fire-prone landscape. In addition, the region is in the grip of a severe drought.</p>
  • Greens Go Up in Smoke

    07/02/2002 2:25:13 AM PDT · by The Raven · 14 replies · 281+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | July 2, 2002 | Editorial
    <p>Fires continue to roar through the West, aided by drought and allegedly in some cases by arson. But as the damage stretches into a million acres and billions of dollars, other culprits are coming in focus -- especially the high-powered environmental groups that have dominated U.S. forest policy for at least a decade.</p>
  • 30 Mile Fire...Remembered (my title)

    06/26/2002 4:54:22 PM PDT · by joyce11111 · 12 replies · 1,095+ views
    Yakima Herald-Tribune | June, 2001
    Today is for mourning. Wednesday was for shock. Four young lives, three from Yakima and one from Ellensburg, were claimed by the Thirtymile Fire near Winthrop. The four were part of a 21-member fire crew that was caught in a valley in the middle of the blaze. Four other firefighters were injured, including one Yakima man who is hospitalized in serious condition. Families were notified in the early hours of Wednesday. Their grief spread as word of the deaths circulated. Two teen-agers with college aspirations. A 21-year-old who wanted to be an engineer. A 30-year-old football hero and father of...
  • Environmentalists focus of fire prevention inquiry

    06/26/2002 10:07:37 AM PDT · by dittomom · 43 replies · 453+ views
    The Arizona Republic Washington Bureau ^ | June 26, 2002 | Billy House
    <p>WASHINGTON - As fires continue to ravage parts of eastern Arizona, Colorado and California, the U.S. Forest Service is conducting an internal study into how much environmentalists may be to blame.</p> <p>Environmentalists said Tuesday that there's a recent government report addressing the issue and that it shows they aren't to blame for the wildfire crisis.</p>
  • The Fire This Time

    06/21/2002 8:58:38 PM PDT · by brityank · 23 replies · 342+ views
    The Wall Street Journal Online ^ | 21 June, 2002 | Staff
    <p>In December 1995, a storm hit the Six Rivers National Forest in northern California, tossing dead trees across 35,000 acres and creating dangerous fire conditions. For three years local U.S. Forest Service officials labored to clean it up, but they were blocked by environmental groups and federal policy. In 1999 the time bomb blew: A fire roared over the untreated land and 90,000 more acres.</p>
  • Federal Government Declines Private Assistance -- Again

    06/21/2002 8:39:16 PM PDT · by brityank · 14 replies · 304+ views
    The Sierra Times ^ | 21 June, 2002 | Rick Stanley
    Federal Government Declines Private Assistance -- Again Stanley for U.S. Senate 2002 Published 06. 21. 02 at 7:22 Sierra Time (DENVER CO -- 1:00 pm) Thursday, June 13, was not an ordinary day for Ron Largent. The Hayman blaze, on its way to becoming the largest wildfire in the history of Colorado, was burning out of control at Lake George, just 25 miles north of Ron's home in Cripple Creek. The U.S. Forest Service hadn't been able to contain it. Today Ron was going to fight the fire. Ron Largent is the Operations Manager for Anglo Gold Mining in...
  • Mexican spotted owl recovery team sees the forest for the trees

    06/09/2002 6:49:15 PM PDT · by WhiteyAppleseed · 5 replies · 497+ views
    environmental news network ^ | Friday, June 07, 2002 | Ben Ikenson
    Mexican spotted owl recovery team sees the forest for the trees Friday, June 07, 2002 By Ben Ikenson Beneath a dome of stars in a canyon folded into southern New Mexico's Guadalupe Mountains, Sarah Rinkevich hears a distinctive, hollow-pitched, four-note call emerge from the surrounding forest: hoo ... hoo-hoo ... hoooooo. Although the sound has become familiar to her, she's always thrilled to hear it. A biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Rinkevich is on assignment to survey federally threatened Mexican spotted owls (Strix occidentalis lucida). Rinkevich is one of 13 biologists and other scientists comprising the Mexican...