Miami Herald 8/10/2013
Excerpt: “LEWISTON, Idaho — Ask U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo where the discussion on managing Idaho’s federal lands should start, and he doesn’t hesitate. “Collaboration,” said Crapo, a Republican who has championed bringing Idaho ranchers, loggers and motorized recreationists together with environmentalists to find compromise.
Crapo met with members of the Clearwater Basin Collaborative group last week in Lewiston to discuss the next step now that they have reached a broad agreement on how to manage the Clearwater-Nez Perce National Forest — all 4 million acres of it.
Read entire article at http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/08/10/3551222/debate-continues-to-swirl-on-managing.html
Durango Herald 7/31/2013
Excerpt: “A U.S. House committee advanced Rep. Scott Tipton’s bill to accelerate logging in national forests Wednesday, although Democrats on the panel said it will never become law.
Tipton, R-Cortez, has pushed his healthy forests legislation for two years. It allows states and local governments to nominate areas for more logging, allowing for them to brush aside the Endangered Species Act, legal challenges and lengthy environmental reviews. The bill also sets mandates for the Forest Service to produce higher timber harvests and to share its revenues with rural school districts. ….”
Read entire article at http://www.durangoherald.com/article/20130731/NEWS01/130739875/-1/news01&source=RSS
Payson Roundup 7/23/2013
Excerpt: “Amid fresh furor, the U.S. Forest Service is considering letting a troubled timber company transfer the biggest forest restoration project in history.
#The Forest Service announced on Monday that it has received a request from Pioneer Forest Products to transfer the 10-year, Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) contract to thin 300,000 acres in Northern Arizona to another, unnamed company…..”
Read entire article at http://www.paysonroundup.com/news/2013/jul/23/forest-contract-bombshell/
Caswell Messenger 7/12/2013
Excerpt: “As the 2013 Major League Baseball (MLB) season slides into the All-Star break, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the results of innovative research by the U.S. Forest Service, and funded by MLB, that will result in significantly fewer shattered baseball bats.
“This innovative research by the U.S. Forest Service will make baseball games safer for players and fans across the nation,” said Secretary Vilsack. “The U.S. Forest Products Laboratory has once again demonstrated that we can improve uses for wood products across our nation in practical ways – making advancements that can improve quality of life and grow our economy.” …”
Read entire article at http://www.caswellmessenger.com/sports/article_dfc87a04-eaff-11e2-970f-001a4bcf887a.html
Summit County Voice 7/9/2013
Excerpt: “FRISCO — The U.S. Forest Service says it will back away from logging old growth in the country’s biggest national forest — Alaska’s 17-million acre Tongass — but not until after completing the already approved Big Thorne timber sale.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack the agency’s plan to to conserve the old-growth forests by speeding the transition to management of second-growth forests. Vilsack said the goal is to increase second-growth timbers until they make up the vast majority of logging projects withing 10 to 15 years. Read the full memorandum here. ….”
Read entire article at http://summitcountyvoice.com/2013/07/09/environment-u-s-forest-service-plans-to-transition-away-from-old-growth-logging-in-the-tongass-national-forest/
Santa Fe Reporter 6/25/2013
Excerpt: “Tommie Martin points out across a dense thicket of low shrubs that stretches for miles. Blackened ponderosa pine trunks stab up at the sky.
“We’re looking at the skeleton of a forest,” she says.
It’s all that remains 23 years after eastern Arizona’s devastating Dude Fire killed six firefighters and burned 24,000 acres of overgrown ponderosa pine forest. Scientists say the forest will likely never return. …”
Read entire story at http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/article-7515-up-in-smoke.html
Star Telegram 6/10/2013
Excerpt: “WASHINGTON — A long-running Sierra Nevada forest planning dispute will now be settled by the Supreme Court in what could shape up as a crucial public lands case.
On Monday, the court agreed to referee the dispute pitting environmentalists with the Portland, Ore.-based Pacific Rivers Council against the U.S. Forest Service over decision-making that dates back to the second Bush administration. While the specific case involves 11 Sierra Nevada forests, the eventual outcome could shape everything from who gets to file lawsuits to the scope of future environmental studies. …”
Read entire article at http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/03/18/4711408/supreme-court-agrees-to-hear-sierra.html
Arizona Daily Sun 6/9/2013
Excerpt: “It was this month that a Montana-based company had planned to break ground on a $200 million mill in Winslow as part of the biggest forest restoration project in the United States. The mill is projected to employ 500 people directly, not counting truck-drivers, loggers or other affiliated workers.
And the scope of the work is massive: More than 920 square miles over four national forests (equal to all the land that lies between Flagstaff, Wupatki National Monument, Valle and Williams). But construction on the mill isn’t starting this month, and the project’s future is not clear. …”
Read entire article at http://azdailysun.com/news/local/mill-delay-sets-back-thinning/article_e2c3c5b9-5134-5edb-9829-ae741feec995.html?comment_form=true
Payson Roundup Editorial 5/31/2013
Excerpt: “Well, 1,000 acres — in 18 months: What is it they say? Oh, yeah, better than a sharp stick in the eye. You’ll have to forgive us if our celebration is a little muted at word Pioneer Forest Products has signed an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to restore to health by thinning 1,000 acres of forested land in the next 18 months. …”
Read entire editorial at http://www.paysonroundup.com/news/2013/may/31/muted-forest-victory/
Summit County Voice 5/28/2013
SUMMIT COUNTY — As the U.S. population grows, so does exurban development in the fire-prone red zone, formally and awkwardly called the wildland-urban interface. Just in the last decade of the 20th century, the WUI grew by 18 percent, putting more lives, homes and infrastructure in harm’s way. According to a new U.S. Forest Service report, about 6 million homes were added in the red zone during that time.
Until local governments figure out a way to get a handle on those life-threatening development patterns, the Forest Service will have to cut more and more of the adjacent forests to try and mitigate the wildfire danger. …”
Read entire article and find link to complete Forest Service report at http://summitcountyvoice.com/2013/05/28/forest-service-red-zone-report-highlights-sucesses-of-fuel-treatments-challenges-of-more-exurban-growth/#more-57617