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Risk Assessment of “Superfund” Sites Affected by “Large Landscape Fires”

Editor’s note:  Here is Ken Till’s proposed risk assessment endeavor relating to the potential impact of large-scale wildfire on Superfund remediations in the Coeur d’Alene Basin area.  Thanks Ken! Introduction:  This proposal merely addresses concerns about the potential negative consequences … Continue reading

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*The Fire Next Time

Editor’s note:  This piece — an excerpt of which is reproduced below — was written by your moderator and was published two years ago to the day, Apr. 4th, 2013, in the SHOSHONE NEWS PRESS.  If nothing else, it will provide an … Continue reading

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*National forest counties and the federal compensation obligation: a moral analysis — Part 3

Editor’s note:  Below, the third and final part of this analysis.  (Part 1 is here; Part 2, here.) Earlier in this analysis, I suggested (see Part 1) that a revenue-sharing arrangement was selected by Congress to compensate counties with national … Continue reading

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*National forest counties and the federal compensation obligation: a moral analysis — Part 2

Editor’s note:  In Part 2, below, I examine the moral structure and implications of the longstanding revenue sharing relationship between the federal government and counties where national forests are located.  I reach what some readers may regard as an obvious … Continue reading

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*National forest counties and the federal compensation obligation: a moral analysis — Part 1

Editor’s note:  Charles Rosenberg, the distinguished historian of science, once learnedly remarked:  “The moral is always prior.”  Readers might want to keep Rosenberg’s broad contention in mind over the course of reading this three-part blog post. The federal government has … Continue reading

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*Pinchot’s words

Editor’s note:  Gifford Pinchot’s Use Book of 1907 was the first in the series to address directly the issue of the lost property taxes imposed on U.S. counties where national forests were located.  Here is the entire section he wrote … Continue reading

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NWAF! Coalition’s press release for Wednesday’s conference

Editor’s note:  Published in the Shoshone News-Press (p. 2) on September 19th. NOT WITHOUT A FIGHT! COALITION ANNOUNCES CONFERENCE IN WALLACE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND A coalition of Shoshone County political and educational leaders will host a one-day conference … Continue reading

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*How Long Has This Been Going On?

Editor’s note:  Locking up forests and thereby depriving those who live in and around them of their livelihoods has a very long history in our Anglo-American story — as the following post illustrates. In the mid-’70s the British rock group Ace sang … Continue reading

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*Why Not Honor Pinchot’s Old Promise?

Editor’s Note:  Below, a personal note that sprang from an exchange over on Sharon Friedman’s blog.  — Ron Over on the “NCFP” blog, Sharon Friedman, commenting on a recent post, reminded her readers of Gifford Pinchot’s 1907 assurances to counties … Continue reading

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Over-regulation as a Reason for the Timber Harvest Decline: Recalling Jack Ward Thomas’s Lament

Editor’s Note:  This is the first in a number of NWAF! posts examining some of the reasons or sources of the historic decline in timber harvesting in U.S. national forests. The Congressional Research Service recently released a report detailing the … Continue reading

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