Reno Gazette Journal; 8/31/2011
Excerpt: “When he left the Army, Iraq war veteran John Gallagher had little idea what he would do. The infantryman had few job skills, couldn’t abide the idea of sitting behind a desk and would be entering a job market where veterans are unemployed at a rate of more than 13 percent.
“I wanted something to get me on my feet,” said Gallagher, 26. On Wednesday, Gallagher was among a crew on a fire-scarred ridge at Lake Tahoe, toppling dead trees with a chain saw in an effort to restore land burned by the Angora Fire of 2007.
“We’re all excited to be a part of this,” Gallagher said of a pilot program he hopes will help secure him a job on a Hotshot firefighting crew…”
Read more at http://www.rgj.com/article/20110831/NEWS/110831064/Veterans-Green-Corps-program-offers-former-troops-chance-forest-jobs?odyssey=nav|head
Aspen Daily News; 8/31/2011
Excerpt: “New trails, forest health on the table in community outreach effort. If you have something to say about the 40 trails and 4,000 acres of public open space running from Smuggler Mountain through the Hunter Creek Valley and Four Corners, the U.S. Forest Service is listening.
The Forest Service on Tuesday hosted its first open house for the “Smuggler Mountain Cooperative Plan” and will continue taking input from locals in coming months...”
Read more at http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/148835
Worcester Telegram and Gazette; 8/31/2011
Excerpt: “WORCESTER — Trees infested with the Asian longhorned beetle have shown remarkable resilience in physically coping with the insect’s devastating, decade-long onslaught, a recently released study by researchers from Harvard University and the U.S. Forest Service shows….”
Read more at http://www.telegram.com/article/20110831/NEWS/108319913/-1/NEWS07 .
Excerpt: “ScienceDaily (Aug. 30, 2011) — Are new England’s iconic maple trees at risk? If a beetle has its way, the answer may be yes. Results from the first study of the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) in forests show that the invasive insect can easily spread from tree-lined city streets to neighboring forests. A paper reporting the results appears August 30 in the Canadian Journal of Forest Research….”
Read more at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110830151232.htm
Cadillac News; 8/30/2011
Excerpt: “CADILLAC – Within two or three weeks, the Huron-Manistee National Forest expects to be able to provide citizens with a draft supplemental environmental impact statement providing alternatives to address a lawsuit asking it to limit snowmobiling and gun hunting in certain areas.
Last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued an opinion which found “deficiencies” in the forest’s Land and Resources Management plan….”
Read more at http://www.cadillacnews.com/news_story/?story_id=1795803&year=2011&issue=20110830
Fierce Government IT; 8/29/2011
Extract: “In an effort to streamline and reduce the cost of information
technology operations, the Forest Service centralized IT in the early
2000s, but the resulting self-service approach at field units led to IT
trouble-shooting decentralization, according to a Government
Accountability Office report (.pdf) published Aug. 25….”
Read more at http://www.fiercegovernmentit.com/story/gao-centralizing-it-has-decentralizing-effect-forest-service/2011-08-29#ixzz1WRK6fpVj
Excerpt: “RENO, Nev. (AP) — Never one to back down from a fight with the U.S.
government, northern Nevada’s rural Elko County has been feuding with
federal land managers for decades over environmental protections they
say go too far.
So it comes as a bit of a surprise to lawyers for the government and the
environmental groups they’ve been battling for 15 years that the
county’s district attorney thinks it’s time to end a legal skirmish over protecting a threatened fish and controlling a national forest road…..”
Read more at http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Elko-County-wants-end-to-15-year-old-trout-case-2145056.php#ixzz1WQ0o3zLk
Porterville Recorder; 8/27/2011
Excerpt: “When former President Bill Clinton carved 327,769 acres from the 1.2 million acre Sequoia National Forest to create the Giant Sequoia National Monument 11 years ago, he entrusted Forest Service officials with a monumental task — one that has not come to fruition since the executive order was signed….”
Read more at http://www.recorderonline.com/news/national-49891-monument-forest.html
Porterville Recorder; 8/26/2011
Excerpt: “Local forest officials already knew what the Wallow Fire in Arizona so dramatically demonstrated recently: A treated forest does not burn as intensely or as quickly as one overgrown.
In the largest ever study of fuel treatment effectiveness, U.S. Forest Service researchers have found that intense thinning treatments that leave between 50 and 100 trees per acre are the most effective in reducing the probability of crown fires.”
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Environmental News Network; 8/26/2011
Excerpt: “TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity
and the Western Watersheds Project sued the U.S. Forest Service Thursday over decisions allowing livestock grazing on nearly 225,000 acres of
national forest lands in Arizona. The complaint, filed in the U.S.
District Court in Tucson, says federal officials, before approving the
grazing, should have conducted in-depth environmental reviews of 18
livestock grazing allotments on the Coconino, Coronado, Kaibab, Prescott and Tonto national forests….”
Read more at http://www.enn.com/press_releases/3812