Monthly Archives: February 2016

USFWS drags ideological feet on forest restoration project

Editor’s note:  Always interesting to hear a county commissioner’s frustration aired on the state of forest management in our national forests.  Commissioners are the local public officers close to the ground and keenly aware of the forest health, public safety, … Continue reading

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Aspen area’s Forest Supervisor laments the Forest Service becoming an agency of “no”

Editor’s note:  From this article: Fitzwilliams said the budget crunch is having a tangible effect on forest management in the Aspen area. He said he doesn’t like to be “the supervisor of ‘no,’” but he must constantly tell Skico and … Continue reading

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Labrabor’s newsletter, just now

February 26, 2016 Dear Friends, When President Theodore Roosevelt created the U.S. Forest Service in 1905, our government made a commitment to manage the land for multiple use to sustain local communities with timber, grazing, hunting, water and other resources. … Continue reading

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Labrador’s bill under consideration by House committee today

Editor’s note:  “A U.S. House committee will take up Congressman Raul Labrador’s Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act today despite some resistance from conservation groups.” So began Jeff Selle’s article (published Feb. 25th) in the COEUR D’ALENE PRESS on the Idaho congressman’s forests lands … Continue reading

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A pitch for Nick Smith’s daily news roundup service

  Editor’s note:  Below, for example, just one day’s (i.e., yesterday’s) harvest of interesting news items and links in Nick Smith’s news roundup service.  His service is provided by the HEALTHY FORESTS, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES organization in Oregon.  Please go to the … Continue reading

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Shoshone County not alone in taking a long look at its CWPP

Editor’s comment.  “CWPP” stands for “Community Wildfire Protection Plan.”  This report conveys that Nevada County, in California, is doing the same thing.  And presumably there are other counties around the American forested West doing the same thing as well.  If … Continue reading

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Bloom fading from collaborative approach, says MISSOULIAN report

Editor’s intro:  “Since the introduction of stewardship contracting in 1998 and community-drafted wildfire protection plans in 2003,” says this article, “Congress has been progressively requiring the Forest Service to layer its decisions with a blanket of local collaborative support.”  But … Continue reading

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