User: flenvcenter Topic: Biodiversity-Regional
Category: Problems :: Deforestation
Last updated: Jun 01 2017 01:59 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Mexican man who guarded clandestine marijuana crop on San Isabel National Forest land gets year in prison 1.6.2017 Denver Post: Local
A man living in the country illegally and who paid his debt to smugglers by guarding a clandestine marijuana farm hidden in the San Isabel National Forest has been sentenced to one year in federal prison.
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Elliott for all; Missed connections; Logging in monuments? 29.5.2017 High Country News Most Recent
HCN.org news in brief.
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Oregon timber counties struggle to provide services as aid dries up 14.5.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Today, Douglas County's library system is on life support, and its sheriff's department is on track to lose funding.
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Oregon keeps the Elliott State Forest public 12.5.2017 High Country News Most Recent
The state reverses course and decides not to sell its first state forest.
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Paddling the canoe trail among ancient trees in South Carolina’s only national park 11.5.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Congaree National Park serves as a reminder of just how great America's forests used to be.
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Watchdog: Vietnamese officials bribed by smugglers 8.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Bangkok • An environmental watchdog group has accused Vietnamese government and military officials of taking payoffs to ignore vast smuggling of lucrative lumber from neighboring Cambodia. Millions of dollars in bribes have been paid by Vietnamese timber traders to both Vietnamese and Cambodian officials, said the report issued Monday by the U.K.-based Environmental Investigation Agency. It said the Vietnamese officials are paid off in exchange for granting import quotas for the timber and Cambo...
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Harriet Freiberger: What’s in a name? 1.5.2017 Steamboat Pilot
Lynn Jones did not need a map to get where he needed to go in the 350,000 acres of National Forest where he worked. The trees and trails of the Hahn’s Peak District were home. Yes, he had a house on Strawberry Park Road in Steamboat Springs, a building he had built from the bottom up, including the septic system he dug by hand. But the forest filled 31 years of his life while he was a general district assistant in the Routt National Forest Service. The seasons of those years synced with what his job description, defined as work. That work became play for his family on summer weekends, when they gathered pinecones around the Seedhouse guard station. His children learned the two step kick walk their father used, clearing the trail of oversized rocks without even breaking stride. Everyone who had anything to do with the forest knew the slender man in the billed cap. He kept track of them all, the ones who cut timber and where it was going; the ones who came and went with grazing herds of cattle and bands ...
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Want to own a town? Tiny Oregon community for sale for $3.5M 22.4.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
In the tiny, dying timber town of Tiller, the old cliche is true. If you blink, you might actually miss it.
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Wasatch Plateau meadows to be harvested for new cancer drugs 15.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Cow cabbage, which flourishes in mountain meadows of the U.S. Southwest, was once seen as a worthless invasive weed targeted for eradication by ranchers. But the toxic roots of the native plant holds compounds that could help combat cancer and a Utah entrepreneur hopes to harvest it in the Manti-La Sal National Forest to supply researchers testing new therapies. The Wasatch Plateau is the best place to harvest cow cabbage, known by the scientific name Veratrum californicum, because plants growin...
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What scientists do in Colorado’s federally backed climate science facilities 14.4.2017 Denver Post: All Political News
Scientists at federally funded facilities in Colorado conduct basic research aimed at understanding climate-change impacts — from worsening wildfires to uncertain water supplies — so that people can adapt.
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Teen indicted, arrested on murder charge in Thornton shooting death of 16-year-old Haley Vargaz 12.4.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
An 18-year-old man has been indicted and arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in the fatal September shooting of 16-year-old Haley Vargaz, who was killed while at a house party in Thornton.
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Poachers kill rare one-horned rhino in southern Nepal forest 10.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Kathmandu, Nepal • Authorities are searching for poachers who killed a rare one-horned rhinoceros over the weekend in the forests of southern Nepal and cut off the horn, officials said Sunday. Forest officer Nurendra Aryal said it was the first killing of a rhino in the Chitwan National Forest in nearly three years. Soldiers and forest rangers were scouring the forests and nearby areas for the people who shot the rhino. The dead animal was discovered on Saturday. Aryal said it was a stormy night...
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California’s backcountry drug war 30.3.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Dangerous drug cartels are growing pot on public lands—putting wildlife, water supplies, and outdoor enthusiasts at grave risk.
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Oregon may sell a state forest that’s no longer profitable 24.3.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Elliott State Forest shows the difficult balance between profit and conservation.
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Growing up in timber country 6.3.2017 High Country News Most Recent
A writer returns to the old-growth forest of her youth.
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Denver Water tree-thinning effort to protect watershed, prevent fires is expanded to private property 28.2.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Tree-thinning intended to help heal the West’s ailing forests has become an essential part of providing water for citydwellers: Denver Water, state and federal officials on Monday renewed a $33 million deal for work on 40,000 acres of public land and also on more than 5,000 acres of private land.
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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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