Medford Mail Tribune Editorial 3/22/2013
Excerpt: “A timber sale has ignited rhetoric on both sides; its not the end of the world. Environmental groups say the proposed Bybee timber sale on the edge of Crater Lake National Park is a return to the bad old days of rapacious logging. We’re not convinced of that, but it’s clear the proposal has prompted a return to the bad old days of overheated rhetoric — on both sides. ….”
Read entire editorial (free registration required) at http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130322/OPINION/303220312/-1/OPINION02
Statesman Journal 3/17/2013
Excerpt: “Democracy is not the driver when it comes to making the final decision on the proposed Bybee management project in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. “This is not about how many votes’ we receive,” stressed forest supervisor Rob MacWhorter. “I’m not looking at sheer numbers but at substantive, thoughtful comments about the document we put out there.
“Simply saying, I don’t like this’ doesn’t give me a lot of space to try to figure out how to resolve that particular issue,” he added. “But we will respond to substantive comments and may incorporate some of them into whatever decision we do make.” ….”
Read entire article at http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20130317/GREEN/303170057/Crater-Lake-logging-plan-opposed?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|News|p
News Examiner 3/17/2013
Excerpt: “(NAPSI)—From Alaska to Florida, millions of people visit America’s National Forests each year, and with two-thirds of Americans living within 100 miles of a National Forest, these lands truly are “America’s Backyard.”
However, due to damage from wildfire, insects, disease and natural disasters, nearly one-third of the 193 million acres of the National Forest System urgently need restoration.
To maintain and strengthen these vital natural resources, the National Forest Foundation (NFF) has launched a national conservation campaign called Treasured Landscapes to build support for America’s National Forests from coast to coast. …”
Note: Evidently this was an old news release that got temporarily re-posted . Another recent post of this news release can be found at http://www.postbulletin.com/online_features/green_living/helping-to-protect-america-s-backyard/article_44b2e624-9245-5f10-a36a-e54180202e14.html
Fire Engineering 3/13/2013
Excerpt: “U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell testified before a House subcommittee today on the economic value generated by the nation’s forests during a time of increased fire activity, encroaching development, pests, and disease.
Talking to the House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry, Tidwell noted that forest restoration work, water, wildfire suppression, research, recreation, minerals, special uses and support of state and private forests all contribute tremendous value to rural America. …
Read entire FS News Release at http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2013/03/forest-service-chief–management-protects-rural-economies-and-co.html
Excerpt: “LA GRANDE — Trucks gathering logs for the Boise Cascade sawmill here roll out at 2 a.m. to begin their daylong, 480-mile round trips to the Mount Hood National Forest, Washington’s Okanogan National Forest and other federal woodlands in Idaho.
“It is crazy to have to go that far for logs, totally,” said Jim Princehouse of La Grande, who owns a fleet of 11 log trucks. “This is a hard life,” said Princehouse, 67. “It really is.” ….”
Read entire article at http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2013/03/blue_mountain_timber_top_fores.html
Yakima Herald 3/12/2013
Excerpt: “The future health and resilience of Washington’s forests may be that rare topic that finds willing supporters and budget dollars even in times of tight budgets. It’s certainly on everybody’s agenda these days. Last Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee was pitching his climate change bill before the House Environment Committee. On Friday, the House Capital Budget Committee met with state agency representatives in a work session on the impacts of climate change. Next Tuesday, the Senate Natural Resources will hear testimony on why prescribed burning is part of the solution for the long-term health of state forests.
And now the Department of Natural Resources is aligning itself with nongovernmental conservation organizations — including prescribed-burning advocates — in seeking $15 million in “forest health” funding for Eastern Washington forests over the next two years. …”
Read entire article at http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/yhr/tuesday/928853-8/state-forest-health-resilience-top-many-agendas#print
Medford Mail Tribune 3/11/2013
Excerpt: “Democracy is not the driver when it comes to making the final decision on the proposed Bybee management project in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. “This is not about how many ‘votes’ we receive,” stressed forest supervisor Rob MacWhorter. “I’m not looking at sheer numbers but at substantive, thoughtful comments about the document we put out there.” ….”
Read entire article at http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130311/NEWS/303110307
KCET; 3/6/2013 By Char Miller
Excerpt: ““One of the foundational principles of the U.S. Forest Service is water,” observed Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell in an interview with me in mid-February. His observation was made in reference to the impact of the Clean Water Act on and importance to watershed management within the national forests. His insight is now a matter of heightened concern as a shifting climate alters the levels of precipitation across the country.
But to understand the hydrological challenges of our immediate present, and the drier future they may presage, it is critical to recognize the implicit thrust of Tidwell’s comment: history matters. ……”
Read entire article and other Char Miller columns at http://www.kcet.org/news/the_back_forty/commentary/golden-green/water-rules.html
Arizona Daily Sun 3/1/2013
Excerpt: “Massive forest restoration efforts expected to start this year on the Coconino and Kaibab national forests are projected to save $100 million in thinning costs plus at least $11.6 million annually in the long run.
The latter is how much the local Forest Service now spends fighting wildfires each year, on average. In addition, the decade-long thinning project is expected to support 1,674 jobs and $77.6 million in labor-related income annually. …..”
Read entire article at http://azdailysun.com/news/local/1da77afa-0220-5f9b-8519-0935e1e22c6a.html
Anniston Star; 2/24/2013
Excerpt: “Managing the Talladega National Forest is a massive undertaking. Federal budget cuts may make it even harder. Massive federal budget cuts, known as sequestration, which could take effect Friday if Congress doesn’t act to stop them, would include a cut of about $2 billion to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
That would filter down to the U.S. Forest Service in the form of a $134 million cut to the Wildland Fire Management Program and a $78 million cut to the National Forest System, according to a letter dated Feb. 5 from the USDA to U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. …….”
Read entire article at http://annistonstar.com/bookmark/21805844