Category Archives: Forest and Range Policy

Burn, Baby Burn!

Speaking on the gross mismanagement of the Dixie National Forest that has resulted in the current Brian Head Fire, Representative Noel will forever be enshrined with the creation of the term “rock-lickers” which is so appropriate and accurate that it … Continue reading

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Message to new president on our dying forests

Specifically, the intention of the Forest Reserves was “to improve and protect the forest within the reservation…securing favorable conditions of water flows, and to furnish a continuous supply of timber for the use and necessities of citizens of the United … Continue reading

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Rescuers Cope With Influx of Horses Displaced by Wildfires

This is what is known as a “double dose of government horse shit.” — jtl   By Pat Raia via The Horse As of Sept. 16, the Butte Fire had claimed 71,780 acres while the Valley Fire had destroyed 70,000 … Continue reading

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Litigation and Increased Planning’s Impact on Our Nation’s Overgrown, Fire-Prone National Forests

 Between 1989 and 2008, 1,125 lawsuits were filed against the Forest Service.  Many more have been filed since then … There is no doubt that litigation has had a profound impact on the Forest Service and subsequently the management and … Continue reading

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Counties use a ‘coordination’ clause to fight the feds

…but policy experts say that the coordination movement has a distinctly anti-federal government flavor — a Sagebrush Rebellion in bureaucratic clothing, with links to state efforts to take over federal lands. Ou rah! At least they throw us a bone … Continue reading

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Congress considers treating wildfire like other natural disasters

 The proposal to use emergency funding faces a key obstacle: Sen. Murkowski. I like High Country News because it is always good for a laugh. Also, it gives me an opportunity to expose the unintended consequences of government miss-management. Typical … Continue reading

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Will the Northwest Forest Plan come undone? The Forest Service and BLM embark on revising the iconic plan and may allow more logging.

The original Northwest Forest Plan was a product of the long-standing conflict between timber harvesting and environmental concerns, often oversimplified as “jobs vs. owls.” The moron that wrote this wouldn’t think it was too “oversimplified” had it been his job. … Continue reading

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Will public-lands ranchers pay more for grazing?

 An Obama administration proposal would more than double fees. If you know any public land ranchers, let them know about this (they probably already do) and ask them what you can do to help. What the public land morons don’t … Continue reading

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Reports from the Front Lines

I was “slumming” around the web (browsing around on enviro-wacko sites) and came across this. It is a really fun little read documenting how “public” land users have expressed their frustrations with the government land (miss) managers.  There are two kinds … Continue reading

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Forest Service says media needs photography permit in wilderness areas, alarming First Amendment advocates

Once you think you have seen or heard it all in the realm of rabid insanity, have faith. The FedGov will soon prove you wrong. — jtl, 419 First Amendment advocates are alarmed by a U.S. Forest Service policy requiring … Continue reading

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