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
A New Century of Forest Planning Blog; 5/28/2013
Excerpt: “Today’s Wall Street Journal features this article, Europe’s Green-Fuel Search Turns to America’s Forests. Below are some highlighted snips from the article.
It’s interesting to me that while we often talk about the differences between logging practices in the U.S. and Canada, we don’t often compare logging practices between the U.S. and Europe. The general conventional wisdom from many logging industry supporters has been that logging practices in the U.S. are the best in the world and we need to do more logging in the U.S. or else we’ll be doing logging in other parts of the world where restrictions and oversight are more lax. …”
Read entire Blog Post at http://ncfp.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/clearcutting-the-souths-forests-and-swamps-for-green-euro-energy/
Spokesman Review 5/27/2013
Excerpt: “LEWISTON – An advisory collaboration of environmentalists, lumber companies, the Nez Perce Tribe, and local and state officials has reached an agreement intended to restore wildlife habitat and protect pristine areas while also allowing economic activities such as logging in the Clearwater Basin in North Idaho.
The Lewiston Tribune reported that the Clearwater Basin Collaborative announced the agreement Wednesday. “We believe this balanced package is the blueprint for breaking the gridlock that has paralyzed land management actions in the past,” said Alex Irby, of Orofino, a co-chairman of the group….”
Read entire article at http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/may/27/group-forges-plan-for-idaho-forest/
Flathead Beacon 5/21/2013
Excerpt: “Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit to halt a U.S. Forest Service timber sale in Kootenai National Forest, arguing that it would harm critical habitat for grizzly bears and Canada lynx, both of which are protected by the Endangered Species Act.
On May 14, the Western Environmental Law Center filed the complaint in U.S. District Court in Missoula on behalf of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies. The complaint alleges that the proposed Young Dodge logging project violates the Endangered Species Act, National Forest Management Act and National Environmental Policy Act. …”
Read entire article at http://www.flatheadbeacon.com/articles/article/environmental_groups_sue_to_halt_timber_sale_near_lake_koocanusa/33542/
Knoxville News Sentinel 5/20/2013
Excerpt: “COSBY, Tenn. — At the eastern end of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, not far from Cosby, Tenn., are three 25-foot-tall hemlock trees enveloped in nylon that appear out of nowhere like circus tents in the middle of the forest.
They’re called canopy cages. Six years ago the University of Tennessee and the U.S. Forest Service tested them at Blackberry Farm in Blount County, and now they’re being employed in the Smokies to help control the hemlock woolly adelgid, a tiny, nonnative insect pest that has been killing the park’s hemlocks for more than a decade. ….”
Read entire article at http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/may/20/smokies-add-2-new-beetles-canopy-cages-in-fight/?partner=RSS
Excerpt: “A coalition of environmental groups have sued to block a U.S. Forest Service timber sale in the Rexford Ranger District of northwest Montana, claiming the proposed clearcuts would hurt lynx and grizzly bears there.
“In spite of these falling grizzly bear numbers, the Forest Service plans to commercially log thousands of acres, open up roads, and use low-level helicopter flights in occupied grizzly habitat,” said Michael Garrity of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies. “It’s well-known science that low-level overflights by helicopters harm and harass grizzly bears in violation of the Endangered Species Act. Even though we cited the law, judicial opinions, and the agency’s own policies that ban such activities, the Forest Service refused to listen. So now we’re compelled to go to court.” …”
Read entire article at http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/environmental-groups-sue-to-block-kootenai-forest-timber-sale/article_ffcfd8e4-bcfe-11e2-95e4-001a4bcf887a.html
Rapid City Journal 5/15/2013
Excerpt: “Black Hills National Forest management policies on fighting wildfires and mountain pine beetles have won another court challenge by environmental groups who believe the policies hurt sensitive wildlife species.
A recent decision in Wyoming federal court released Tuesday by South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley upheld an amended management plan for the Black Hills National Forest. South Dakota joined in the lawsuit in support of the U.S. Forest Service, as did the state of Wyoming and the Black Hills Forest Resource Association, a timber industry association. …”
Read entire article at http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/black-hills-forest-management-survives-latest-environmental-challenge/article_ad436d4f-500b-5283-a0f3-9fa3c7e3cf2e.html
Washington Post 5/3/2013
Excerpt: “WASHINGTON — The U.S. Forest Service is in the business of preventing fires, not starting them. Yet the agency set off alarms in Congress and state capitols across the West by citing the automatic spending cuts as the basis for demanding that dozens of states return $17.9 million in federal subsidies. And it’s all come down to a bureaucratic squabble over whether the money is subject to so-called sequestration because of the year it was paid — 2013 — as the Obama administration contends, or exempt from the cuts because of the year it was generated — 2012 — as the states insist.
Right now, it’s a standoff heightened by history and hard fiscal realities. …”
Read entire article at http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/forest-service-push-for-return-of-subsidy-money-stokes-concern-about-breadth-of-spending-cuts/2013/05/03/b6f06960-b3c4-11e2-9fb1-62de9581c946_story.html