Yakima Herald; 9/26/2014
Excerpt: “SEATTLE — When Idaho Public Television proposed shooting a documentary this year about the Wilderness Act, the Forest Service ordered its journalists to get permits.
Never mind that this nonprofit state-owned news outlet had filmed in wilderness for 32 years. Never mind that the crew planned to walk through the pristine woods with cameras no bigger than those used by still photographers.
In fact, the sticking points in their months-long negotiations often hinged not on whether the video crew might harm the landscape — but on whether the government approved of their story. …..”
Read entire article at http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/latestnews/2530764-8/forest-service-chief-says-news-outlets-dont-need
Summit County Voice 9/25/2014
Excerpt: “FRISCO — In a classic bit of stealth lawmaking, House Resources Committee chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) last month opened the door for more widespread recreation day use fees on federal lands.
Without a committee hearing, Hastings sent HR 5204 (The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Modernization Act of 2014) to the floor of the House, where it could, according to critics, become law without any public hearing at all as a rider to a budget bill. …”
Read entire article at http://summitcountyvoice.com/2014/09/25/congress-eyes-widespread-public-land-pay-to-play-fees/
Dothan eagle 9/25
excerpt: “Woody Guthrie’s folk song “This Land is Your Land” wasn’t intended as a patriotic anthem when it was written some 70 years ago, but it’s become an iconic paean to freedom in America…..
Apparently that sentiment has been forgotten by the caretakers of the nation’s largest tracts of unspoiled land, the U.S. Forest Service.
Read entire editorial at http://m.dothaneagle.com/news/editorials/our-view-is-a-picture-worth-a-thousand-dollars-the/article_2e216398-442b-11e4-8861-001a4bcf6878.html?mode=jqm
Excerpt: “The U.S. Forest Service has tightened restrictions on media coverage in vast swaths of the country’s wild lands, requiring reporters to pay for a permit and get permission before shooting a photo or video in federally designated wilderness areas.
Under rules being finalized in November, a reporter who met a biologist, wildlife advocate or whistleblower alleging neglect in any of the nation’s 100 million acres of wilderness would first need special approval to shoot photos or videos even on an iPhone…..”
Read entire article at http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2014/09/forest_service_says_media_need.html
Associated Press 9/23/2014
Excerpt: “CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming wolves are back under federal projection after a ruling Tuesday by a federal judge in Washington, D.C.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Tuesday rejected a Wyoming wolf-management plan that had declared wolves unprotected predators that could be shot on sight in most of the state. Her ruling sided with national environmental groups that had argued Wyoming’s management plan afforded insufficient protection for wolves. …”
Read entire article at http://www.heraldstandard.com/united_states_ap/judge-reinstates-protections-for-wyoming-wolves/article_8f4da4d1-6856-5d9b-ae71-cc52f5cd4085.html
Summit County Voice 9/21/2014
Excerpt: “FRISCO — Some trees are growing up to 70 percent faster than just a half century ago, as global warming supercharges their metabolism, German researchers report in a new study published in Nature Communications.
Three decades ago, forest dieback was a hot topic, with the very survival of large forest ecosystems seemingly in doubt. But instead of a collapse, the latest studies indicate that forests have actually been growing at a faster rate. The new data from the Technische Universität München comes from forest plots that have been closely monitored since 1870. The forested areas are also representative of the typical climate and environmental conditions found in Central Europe. …”
Read entire article at http://summitcountyvoice.com/2014/09/21/global-warming-triggers-surge-in-tree-growth/
New York Times 9/19/2014
Excerpt: “WASHINGTON — Current and former female firefighters of the United States Forest Service have filed a complaint with the Department of Agriculture alleging that they suffered job discrimination, harassment and sexual abuse at the hands of male co-workers and that top agency officials failed to stop it.
The women said the complaint, the first step in a potential class-action lawsuit, was filed late last month on behalf of hundreds of women who worked in the Forest Service’s Region 5, which encompasses more than 20 million acres in 18 national forests in California. ….”
Read entire article at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/20/us/Women-Allege-Harassment-and-Abuse-on-Forest-Service-Firefighting-Crews.html?_r=0
Excerpt: “ASHINGTON – The rising cost of fighting wildfires is forcing the U.S. Forest Service to transfer money from other critical programs year after year, hampering efforts to protect people, property and endangered species, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday.
The Forest Service also lacks the funding to cut down enough dead trees and do other preventive work to minimize fire risk and restore scorched watersheds and forests after the flames die out, Vilsack said. ….
Read entire article at http://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/local/2014/08/20/report-forest-service-budget-fight-fires/14357697/
Asheville Citizen Times 8/14/2014
Excerpt: “W hen Jay Leutze hikes in the pristine Highlands of Roan, he sees the stunning landscape as “grassy islands in the sky.” But he doesn’t have to go far for a view of what can happen to wild places when they’re not protected from development.
“If you drive the Blue Ridge Parkway at night in the winter, off to the south you can see the sprawling foothills communities,” Leutze said. “And you gain an appreciation for how vulnerable our landscape is. ….”
Read entire article at http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2014/08/13/nations-conservation-fund-risk/14020579/
Summit County Voice 7/6/2014
Excerpt: “FRISCO — Bison may not be getting much love in Montana, where livestock producers have repeatedly blocked efforts to restore herds outside Yellowstone National Park, but the federal government has identified ways to address concerns about brucellosis, according to a comprehensive new report on bison conservation released last week.
According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Interior, the report “reaffirms the commitment to work with states, tribes and other partners to promote the restoration of bison to appropriate and well-managed levels on public and tribal lands.”….”
Read entire article at http://summitcountyvoice.com/2014/07/06/biodiversity-feds-take-new-look-at-bison-restoration/