User: flenvcenter Topic: Biodiversity-Regional
Category: Problems :: Deforestation
Last updated: Feb 15 2017 03:13 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Forest Service came to the rescue for turn-of-the-century Utah 15.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
When Utahns recreate in national forest lands close to population centers, the beauty of clear-flowing mountain streams, shaded public campgrounds, lush meadows and hills covered with pine trees and aspens can be taken for granted. Things were not always this way, especially in the late 1800s and early 1900s when overgrazing, uncontrolled timber harvests and issues with mining resulted in denuded forests and some flooding in the valleys. The result was that, in many instances, Utah state and loc...
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Latest: Senators aim to revive rural funding 13.2.2017 High Country News Most Recent
In the meantime, states tighten their belts.
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Federal hiring freeze hits Western land agencies 26.1.2017 High Country News Most Recent
It’s not clear what will happen with seasonal hires such as wildland firefighters.
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Why a scientist cut down ‘the oldest living tree’ 12.1.2017 Writers on the Range
The Prometheus Tree in Nevada was nearly 5,000 years old when it was cut down. It could have lived a lot longer.
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The US isn't the only big country at risk of backsliding on climate change 29.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Environmental advocates are worried that President-elect Donald Trump will try to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement - and a recent scientific analysis says that if he does and other major countries follow suit, the consequence could be dire, tipping the world toward a dangerous level of global warming. But what other countries might also fail to keep their promises to the world under that agreement? Recently, concerns have grown about the seventh-largest emitter, Brazil...
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Obama’s lasting legacies in the West 26.12.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Under the 44th president, the West re-examined its relationship to energy and the climate.
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Op-ed: Save Simba by skipping the hamburger 18.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
In the Tribune, I find that our new Eccles Theater will host “The Lion King.” This is the world’s number one musical because children and families love animals. Wild animals — from Africa to India to the Amazon — inspire our children but are losing their homes. Believe it or not, one important way to save those real animals is by eating more vegetables and less meat. Have you ever met someone who doesn’t like elephants? Me either. In fact, I don’t think I have even heard negative sentiment ab...
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Tongass forest plan eyes young-growth timber 10.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Juneau, Alaska • Plans for managing the nation’s largest national forest call for changes in timber harvests that one critic says will be “the demise of the timber industry as we know it right now.” The Tongass National Forest released a management plan update Friday that it says will emphasize young-growth timber sales in the forest, which covers much of southeast Alaska, and allow for a logging rate that it says will meet projected timber demand. This stems from a 2013 memo from U.S. Agricultu...
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Community Agriculture Alliance: More than just a Christmas tree 9.12.2016 Steamboat Pilot
The tradition in many local families, as in many families throughout the globe, is to tromp into the woods and cut down a Christmas tree each holiday season. Whether it is your tradition or not, cutting down a Christmas tree is an act whose benefits can extend far beyond providing a house with a holiday twinkle. When you cut down a tree, you are essentially harvesting it; it is removed from the forest and put to use in a different manner, becoming one of the many products we get from our forests. The gap it leaves behind is not only a gaping hole — it is a chance for the trees close by to grow larger and healthier with the extra space, water and other resources that become available. It is a chance for the grasses and whortleberry, and maybe even a few aspen sprouts, to take up residence in the new-found sunshine. It is a chance to renew the forest. As you see, the act of harvesting a tree provides much more than just a Christmas tree. As the season for cutting Christmas trees is upon us, we challenge ...
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How to love a weird and perfect wilderness 28.11.2016 High Country News Most Recent
A desolate Oregon landscape offers lessons on the modern wild.
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Clearcutting the Tongass National Forest is dead wrong 17.11.2016 Writers on the Range
To avert the worst climate change impacts, old forests and their massive carbon reserves must be protected.
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FLPMA deserves a party, too 10.11.2016 Writers on the Range
It may be the Park Service’s 100th year, but lesser-known policies have done a lot for public lands.
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Want to cut a Christmas tree? Here is where and how 8.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
As Thanksgiving and Christmas approaches, hundreds of Utah outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the tradition of cutting their own Christmas tree on public lands. The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management having been busy releasing information on how and when to obtain permits throughout the state. The forest service reminds those participating that trees must always be cut close to the ground, leaving the stump no higher than six inches. A shovel to dig through snow to reach the base of the t...
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Oregon standoff members' beliefs also in mainstream politics 6.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Salem, Ore. • While the six-week armed takeover of a federal wildlife facility this year may have been conducted by a fringe group, the underlying push for states and counties to control land now possessed by the federal government already exists among local elected officials in Oregon and elsewhere. Attention during the standoff focused on the group’s belief that the federal government doesn’t actually have a right to own the more than 50 percent of Oregon it controls, and on how many of the oc... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Olympics: Tokyo panel details venue changes, cost cuts for 2020 Games 2.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Tokyo • The rowing and canoeing venue for the 2020 Olympics should either be moved to a site hundreds of miles (kilometers) away in northern Japan or downgraded to a temporary facility in Tokyo, a city government cost-cutting panel said Tuesday. The recommendation came as officials of the International Olympic Committee, Tokyo’s city government and other key parties gathered to review the cost of the games. The panel has said the cost of the Tokyo Olympics could exceed $30 billion — four times t...
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In Canada, mountain caribou recovery falters 31.10.2016 Current Issue
A decade of conservation efforts has done little to stop the decline of the endangered ungulates or their rainforest home.
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An end to old-growth logging in Alaska’s Tongass? 31.10.2016 Current Issue
Does a Forest Service plan to end clear-cuts of old stands go far enough?
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Child charged with arson in connection to massive Beaver Creek fire near Walden 22.10.2016 Denver Post: Local
Prosecutors announced on Friday that arson charges have been filed against a child in connection with the massive Beaver Creek fire near Walden.
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ISIS Says Spokesman Killed in Syria 31.8.2016 Denver Post: National News Headlines
Islamic State said its spokesman has been killed in northern Syria.
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Why the Beaver Creek fire has been burning for more than two months and counting 27.8.2016 Denver Post: Local
The Beaver Creek fire, ignited on June 19, has forced firefighters to rethink the way they battle wildfire and is providing valuable lessons that could change the way forest fires are fought in Colorado’s millions of acres of insect-eaten timber.
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