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Showdown at Sugar Pine Mine 2.2.2016 High Country News Most Recent
How Oath Keepers transformed a local dispute in rural Oregon into a major Sagebrush Insurgency event.
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Last chance for comment on San Juan National Forest recreation cuts 26.1.2016 Durango Herald
The last chance to weigh in on proposed changes to the San Juan National Forest is between now and March 21 as the Forest Service looks to offset a nearly 50 percent decline in its recreational budget over the past decade.The San Juan National Forest, with 1.8 million acres covering 10 Colorado counties, maintains 129 recreational sites,...
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Economic downturns fuel Sagebrush Rebellion events 15.1.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Natural resource-dependent rural economies help explain why disputes happen where they do.
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Climate change triggers triage in Northwest forests 11.1.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Siuslaw National Forest managers must decide whether to save meadows or let trees encroach.
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2015 Holiday Guide: In search of the perfect tree 12.12.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Even at 19 degrees, wearing down jackets atop two layers of long johns and trudging through deep snow near Rabbit Ears Pass, 9-year-old Alena Rossi and her younger sister, 7-year-old Shea, were excited to be outside on a family Christmas tree-finding adventure. The fun part of the recent fall day was playing in the snow with two dogs and nine extended family members across three generations. “We were playing maniac crash people in the snow. It was cold but pretty,” said Shea, sure to add that her “grandmom” didn’t roll in the snow but that they did see baby bunny tracks. Mom Liza Rossi, a wildlife biologist with Colorado Parks & Wildlife, said there was probably too much family laughter to see any animals larger than birds – her conservation focus. The family traveled on snowshoes, cross-country skis or in heavy boots, and the trees were pulled out on sleds. “It’s always really fun,” said Liza, who has been cutting a family Christmas tree locally for 14 years. “It is something non-commercial about the ...
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When it comes to Christmas trees, is real or fake the better environmental choice? 11.12.2015 Durango Herald
Every December, millions of Americans decorate their homes with Christmas trees, a centerpiece symbol of holiday cheer. But in recent years, a question for the environmentally conscious has arisen whether to choose between real or artificial.About 78 percent of all U.S. households display a Christmas tree, and as a growing share of the...
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The U.S. Forest Service: an agency adrift 7.12.2015 Current Issue
A review of “Toward a natural forest“ by Jim Furnish
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Salvage on 7.12.2015 Current Issue
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San Juan National Forest Christmas tree permits now available 24.11.2015 Durango Herald
San Juan National Forest Christmas tree permits are available for purchase.U.S. Forest Service officials say $8 permits can be purchased at National Forest offices and selected retail outlets in Southwest Colorado.A permit allows people to cut one tree up to 20 feet tall.And in a new program, free permits, through the...
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Bureau of Land Management set to burn hundreds of slash piles in Southwest Colorado starting Nov. 30 24.11.2015 Durango Herald
The Bureau of Land Management’s Tres Rios Field Office is set to begin burning slash piles as early as Monday, conditions permitting.Four project sites located on BLM lands in Southwest Colorado will see burns. The federal agency intends to burn:300 piles at Dolores Rim, seven miles east of Dove Creek.300 piles...
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30 slash piles burn in Sauls Creek area 17.11.2015 Durango Herald
Prescribed burns of slash piles have begun throughout the San Juan National Forest as the season’s first snows mark the most favorable time for the reduction of forest fire fuels.On Monday, forest officials began burning 30 slash piles in the Sauls Creek area, east of Bayfield. Spokeswoman Ann Bond said the burning should last a...
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Billionaire conservationist proposes huge sawmill for San Luis Valley 12.11.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
The Trinchera Blanca Ranch. Photo by Judy DeHaas, The Denver PostHedge-fund manager and renowned conservationist Louis Bacon plans to build a large sawmill in the San Luis Valley to ...
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Coalbed methane explainer and post-fire logging. 9.11.2015 High Country News Most Recent
Hcn.org news in brief.
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Train to help haul freshly cut Christmas trees 16.10.2015 Durango Herald
Cutting down your own Christmas tree while at the same time reducing the danger of wildfire in the San Juan Mountains? That’s what the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge train is offering for the first time this year.In a prepared statement, officials at the San Juan National Forest said the agency deemed an area near Cascade...
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Congress tries to speed up contentious post-fire logging 15.10.2015 High Country News Most Recent
New legislation comes despite science showing timber salvage harms essential wildlife habitat
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Forest Service plans more dead lodgepole harvest in North Routt County 7.10.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Time is beginning to run thin on U.S. Forest Service goals to restore the lodgepole forests of North Routt County through commercial harvest of standing dead timber in areas decimated by an outbreak of mountain pine beetles. The insect infestation was declared an epidemic in 2007. By 2021, the timber may be too far gone to have any commercial value. Hahn’s Peak Bears Ears District Ranger Chad Stewart told Routt County commissioners Tuesday that logging of the dead trees is underway at the Wyoming border in existing timber sales with picturesque names such as Raghorn, Whale Tail and Bootleg. And not far to the south, the Forest Service is currently analyzing the Big Red sale just northwest of Hahn's Peak. A formal decision on the sale is due in June. “Ninety-nine percent of what we’re harvesting is dead tree removal, and it’s deteriorating,” Stewart told commissioners. “We estimate we’ve got about five more years, and the (saw) mill won’t take it anymore. We have a buyer right now.” Before time runs out, ...
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Is the world's oldest tree in Tucson? 4.10.2015 azcentral.com | news
The story of the Prometheus Tree has grown to be larger than the life of the bristlecone pine itself. But is it really the world’s oldest ...
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Local builders and suppliers covet beetle-kill 13.9.2015 Durango Herald
Despite vast spreads of beetle-kill in the region, La Plata County’s lumber suppliers and custom-home builders are looking elsewhere to obtain the wood. The cost of building in the area has led to heightened efforts to find cheaper ways to construct homes. One of those ways is to build with the cheap, abundant wood, often pine.
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PHOTOS: Wildfires Blaze In Several Western States 20.8.2015 Denver Post: National News Headlines
A sheriff in north-central Washington state said three firefighters were killed and three to four more were injured in raging wildfires Wednesday, August 19, 2015.
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Plants that burn fastest in a wildfire 3.8.2015 Current Issue
Lichen burns cool and quick, while spruce burns slow and hot.
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