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Category: Problems :: Deforestation
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Groups file complaint over Poland's ancient forest plan 19.4.2016 Durango Herald
Environmental groups lodge a complaint with the European Commission over a Polish government plan for extensive logging in Europe's last primeval forest, saying they were forced to take that step after running out of options in Poland
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Groups seek injunction on northern Idaho logging project 12.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Boise, Idaho • Two conservation groups have asked a federal judge for an injunction to temporarily stop a salvage logging project in a national forest near the Selway and Middle Fork Clearwater rivers in northern Idaho. Idaho Rivers United and Friends of the Clearwater filed the motion last week as part of their lawsuit in federal court against the U.S. Forest Service seeking to stop the project that aims to harvest about 34 million board feet of timber scorched by wildfire. The groups contend i...
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Op-ed: With 2,700 miles of open roads, Dixie Forest has plenty of public access 10.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Are Dixie National Forest managers really “shutting down public access” as a Garfield County official claims? Certainly not. Some context might help. In 2005, the Forest Service enacted the Travel Management Rule, requiring national forests to limit motorized vehicles to designated roads and trails. Before that, the majority of America’s National Forest System was a free-for-all — wide open to vehicle travel. That meant you could strike out in any direction and drive off-road to your heart’s con...
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Judge rules against Forest Service in N. Idaho road dispute 1.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Boise, Idaho • The U.S. Forest Service erred in deciding Idaho officials planning a logging project didn’t need a special use permit to use a road that crosses private property within a Wild and Scenic River corridor, a federal judge has ruled. The Forest Service failed to consider requirements of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act pertaining to the Selway River in northern Idaho, U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill said in the ruling issued Monday. “It’s a good strong ruling under the Wild an...
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At Valles Caldera, a new national park unit takes shape 7.3.2016 High Country News Most Recent
The national preserve was recently added to the park system, ending an experiment in funding and managing federal lands outside the traditional agencies.
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Forest management helps ease budgets 12.2.2016 Durango Herald
A recent story (Herald, Jan. 26) highlighted the fact that due to budget cuts, the San Juan National Forest is being forced to make changes to its recreation program, including decommissioning some sites, while significantly reducing services at others. By completing a recreation site analysis and implementing the Plan of Work, the national forest...
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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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