Hunting dogs exempt from NC dangerous dog law

Asheville Citizen Times 10/22/2014
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ROBBINSVILLE – Bear hunting dogs involved in a prolonged attack that injured a camper and her two dogs in Graham County don’t fall under the state’s dangerous dog law, making the owners exempt from criminal prosecution.

Under North Carolina law, dogs “being used in a lawful hunt” are exempt from dangerous dog rules that otherwise require owners to take steps to prevent their animal from harming a person or another animal.   ….”
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No charges in hunting dog attack in Graham forest

Asheville Citizen Times 10/20/2014
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ROBBINSVILLE – U.S. Forest Service officials say they won’t pursue criminal charges against bear hunters whose hounds attacked and injured a hiker and her dogs.  The harrowing, 45-minute attack happened on Oct. 13, the opening day of bear season, in the Snowbird area of the Nantahala National Forest in Graham County.

Kadie Anderson, a 29-year-old visitor from Cleveland, suffered bite wounds to her hands and legs as she fought to protect her two Australian shepherds. The dogs were seriously injured but are expected to recover.  ….”
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Forest Service chief says news outlets don’t need permits, but some rangers have been requiring them

Yakima Herald; 9/26/2014
  “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.  …..”
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Congress eyes widespread public land pay-to-play fees

Summit County Voice 9/25/2014
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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.   …”
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Our view: Is a picture worth a thousand dollars? The U.S. Forest Service thinks so

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.

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Forest Service says media needs photography permit in wilderness areas, alarming First Amendment advocates

Oregonian 9/23/2014
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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…..”
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Judge reinstates protections for Wyoming wolves

Associated Press 9/23/2014
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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.   …”
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Global warming triggers surge in tree growth

Summit County Voice 9/21/2014
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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.  …”
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Women Allege Harassment and Abuse on Forest Service Firefighting Crews

New York Times 9/19/2014
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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. ….”
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Report: 46% of Forest Service budget to fight fires

Coloradoan 8/20/2014
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.  ….
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