Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Wildfire Conundrum

Editor’s note:  Below, one of the items circulated in Nick Smith’s news service this morning.  From Jefferson Public Radio, JPR.  Thanks Nick! Last year was the most expensive wildfire season ever. Federal agencies alone spent more than $2 billion on … Continue reading

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Nick Smith lays out forest health/wildfire crisis for THE HILL

Editor’s note:  Great job, Nick! There’s been a lot of hand wringing lately among federal officials about American forests, climate change and the “new normal” of longer and unnaturally severe wildfire seasons.  Scientific evidence suggests climate change is contributing to profound … Continue reading

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Some believe SRS is a federal “Band-Aid”

Editor’s note:  This caught my eye, out of a Pennsylvania newspaper.  Note especially the article’s final paragraph, which offers a perspective on SRS I don’t think I’ve heard before — namely that it was the feds who were provided with … Continue reading

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Environmentalism without romance

Editor’s note:  Shawn Regan, at PERC (the “Property and Environment Research Center”), has written a useful essay on the concept of ecological environmentalism in the latest issue of PERC Reports.  Good reading for a Saturday morning. In 1986, James Buchanan … Continue reading

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Oregon newspaper takes a swipe at forested counties

Editor’s note:  No, I’m not posting this editorial just to inflame Robin Stanley, thus prompting him to write a vigorous rebuttal and post it at this blog!  (In my own view, we have a useful rebuttal already available here — … Continue reading

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Sierra Nevada forests in bad shape

Editor’s note:  This story comes to us from NPR radio station KCBX out of San Luis Obispo, California, published online on June 12, 2016. In search of solutions to the extreme threat to California’s forests and watersheds, correspondent Tom Wilmer met … Continue reading

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Jack Ward Thomas

Editor’s note:  From The LeGrande Observer, published June 1st. Jack Ward Thomas spoke with a slow Texas drawl but had a lightning quick mind that propelled him to national heights. The wildlife biologist’s rapid-fire mind also propelled him to literary … Continue reading

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