Los Angeles Daily News 12/7/2013
Excerpt: “Facing increasing legal pressures, the U.S. Forest Service plans to eliminate the $5-a-day Adventure Pass fee from 160,000 acres in the Angeles National Forest, including popular day-use areas in San Gabriel Canyon and Mount Baldy.
The Forest Service’s proposed shrinking fee program will allow millions of Southern Californians to enter the forest without paying the $5 day pass or carry the $30 yearly pass. ….”
Read entire article at http://www.dailynews.com/lifestyle/20131207/forest-service-scales-back-adventure-pass
Tahoe Daily Tribune 12/2/2013
Excerpt: “A consortium of off-highway vehicle users recently lost a federal lawsuit that sought to overturn a Tahoe National Forest plan that limits off-road use in the forest.
On Nov. 22, Judge John A. Mendez of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California delivered a lengthy oral ruling, siding with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the forest service, and denying Friends of Tahoe Forest Access in its attempt to preserve and expand access for off-highway vehicles. …”
Read entire article at http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/news/9176587-113/forest-tahoe-access-national
Vail Daily 12/2/2013
Excerpt: “EAGLE COUNTY — A coalition of eight conservation groups is fighting to prevent ski areas from adding roller-coaster-like rides for summer business and from restricting access for winter uphill skiers and snowshoers.
The coalition filed comments with the U.S. Forest Service on Nov. 25 on a proposed national directive by the agency that will set the rules for summer activities and clarify that a fee can be charged for uphillers. Rocky Smith, a longtime forest-policy analyst for conservation groups in Colorado, said the potential for the “coaster” rides was the most alarming part of the directive for the group. ….”
Read entire article at http://www.vaildaily.com/news/9176325-113/ski-forest-areas-coalition
USDA FS News Release 11/20/2013
Excerpt: “WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2013 – The U.S. Forest Service now offers access to variety of visitor maps for people using Android and iOS devices.
“This mobile app makes it easier than ever to plan your visit to a national forest or grassland,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “By putting important forest information right at your fingertips, it will encourage more Americans to get outside and explore their forests.” …”
Read entire news release at http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2013/11/0221.xml&contentidonly=true
Albuquerque Journal Guest Editorial 11/18/2013
Excerpt: “The recent decision by the U.S. Forest Service to ban motorized vehicles on 100,000 acres in the Carson National Forest (mostly in Taos County) is going to hurt tens of thousands of Hispanic families in northern New Mexico who rely on cutting their firewood each winter in these same lands to keep their families warm during the cold winters.
This Forest Service ban will effectively put all this land off-limits to the Hispanic families and communities of northern New Mexico starting immediately and will make it very difficult – if not impossible – for Hispanic families to cut their firewood for next winter and all future winters, unless this decision is reversed soon…..”
Read entire guest opinion at http://www.abqjournal.com/302908/opinion/government-should-return-forest-lands-to-hispanics.html
Glenwood Springs Post Independent 11/13/2013
Excerpt: “WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado said Wednesday that he welcomed the U.S. Forest Service’s stated intention to not pursue the transfer of water rights from ski areas in exchange for permits to use public lands.
Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell issued the statement to the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee as a result of a compromise that Udall helped to broker…..”
Read entire article at http://www.postindependent.com/news/8898121-113/forest-service-colorado-bill
Tucson Sentinel; 11/16/2013
Excerpt: “PHOENIX – Arizona officials are slamming the U.S. Forest Service over a regulation making trailers subject to impoundment or citation if left unattended for more than 72 hours in northern Arizona national forests.
Calling the move unprecedented, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission and Department contend that the regulation hurts hunters, anglers and other recreational users. …..”
Read entire article at http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/local/report/111613_fs_regs_unfair/az-officials-forest-service-regulation-trailers-unfair-hunters/
Summit County Voice 11/16/2013
Excerpt: “FRISCO — By the latest conservative estimate, at least 600,000 bats were killed by energy producing wind turbines in 2012, with the highest fatality rates in areas near the Appalachian Mountains.
Little information is available on bat deaths at wind turbine facilities in the Rocky Mountain West or the Sierra Nevada, according to Mark Hayes, a University of Colorado, Boulder researcher who authored a new study, set to be published in the journal BioScience. …..”
Read entire article at http://summitcountyvoice.com/2013/11/16/new-study-ups-estimate-of-wind-turbine-bat-deaths/
Rapid City Journal 11/13/2013
Excerpt: “In a move that is already sparking controversy on the Pine Ridge Reservation, the Ogala Sioux plan to discuss whether to reopen negotiations with the federal government over compensation for the wrongful taking of the Black Hills in the 1800s.
The council meeting is expected to take place next week and has the potential to reignite one of the most controversial topics in Indian Country. The furor traces its roots to 1980, when the federal government reached a $102 million settlement with nine tribes. …”
Read entire article at http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/7c655219-7b77-5e18-8266-dc3189dbacf5.html
Associated Press 11/3/2013
Excerpt: “RENO, Nev. — More than 200 biologists, ecologists and other scientists are urging Congress to defeat legislation they say would destroy critical wildlife habitat by setting aside U.S. environmental laws to speed logging of burned trees at Yosemite National Park and other national forests and wilderness areas across the West.
The experts say two measures pushed by pro-logging interests ignore a growing scientific consensus that the burned landscape plays a critical role in forest regeneration and is home to many birds, bats and other species found nowhere else. …”
Read entire article at http://www.flatheadbeacon.com/articles/article/scientists_oppose_logging_bills_in_congress/36344/