User: flenvcenter Topic: Biodiversity-Regional
Category: Problems :: Deforestation
Last updated: Jul 23 2017 05:42 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Instead of cutting down trees to prevent fires, stop building homes in the forest 23.7.2017 Denver Post: Opinion
Leslie Brodhead made it sound like some kind of accomplishment to cut down healthy, naturally growing trees in what's supposed to be the wild (if it wasn't for homes like hers in the way).
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Will Congress fix wildfire funding this year? 13.7.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Proposed legislation would put logging ahead of environmental concerns.
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Grand Staircase-Escalante was set up to fail 10.7.2017 High Country News Most Recent
How budget cuts, a divided staff and state politics hamstrung Utah’s biggest monument.
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Gehrke: Mike Noel’s inflammatory screed on wildfires throws off more smoke than light 3.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Given the extreme fire risk, Rep. Mike Noel should be careful running around with his pants on fire. Last week, as flames still threatened seasonal homes near Brian Head, Noel took the opportunity to dish out some inflammatory rhetoric, blaming the wildfire on environmentalists who he says are determined to stop any kind of logging, even if it means watching the forests burn. “When we turned the Forest Service over to the bird and bunny lovers and the tree-huggers and the rock-lickers, we turne...
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Mike Noel’s inflammatory screed on wildfires throws off more smoke than light 3.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Given the extreme fire risk, Rep. Mike Noel should be careful running around with his pants on fire. Last week, as flames still threatened seasonal homes near Brian Head, Noel took the opportunity to dish out some inflammatory rhetoric, blaming the wildfire on environmentalists who he says are determined to stop any kind of logging, even if it means watching the forests burn. “When we turned the Forest Service over to the bird and bunny lovers and the tree-huggers and the rock-lickers, we turne... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Utah officials blame lack of logging for major wildfire 28.6.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Insisting that logging could have cleaned up dead trees that are fueling a Utah wildfire, a Republican state lawmaker blamed federal mismanagement and others for the blaze that has burned 13 homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 people.
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Noel, other S. Utah politicians blame Brian Head Fire on ‘tree-huggers,’ beetles, but eco-groups say he’s off-base 27.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Southern Utah politicians on Monday blamed the Brian Head Fire’s fast pace and destructiveness on environmentalists who, they said, for decades have thwarted logging of trees killed by bark beetles. But the targeted groups contend climate change and excluding fire from the landscape are the real reasons Utah’s national forest are primed for blazes. Without citing a source, Rep. Mike Noel angrily alleged environmentalists would rather see the Dixie National Forest burn than see a single stump. “... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Do beetle-killed trees make wildfires worse? Brian Head blaze may provide surprising answers 24.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The wildfire threatening a southern Utah resort town this week raced through a forest that lost hundreds of thousands of spruce trees in a devastating bark-beetle outbreak. While it remains unclear how much of a factor all that barren timber played in the Brian Head Fire, the area’s glut of dead wood raises concerns about firefighter safety and how wildland blazes could behave in the 2 million acres of Utah forests that have turned gray from the phloem-munching beetles. For now, officials belie... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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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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