George Wuerthner on the “Indian Iron Curtain”: His View of Tribal Environmental Miscreance and the Great Media Silence
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by Sharon
25m ago
George Wuerthner did an impressive roundup of examples of Tribes wanting to produce useful things for the rest of us on their land. Many thanks to Patrick McKay for finding this! It’s fairly long and worthy reading in its entirety, but I did summarize and excerpt the parts I thought of particular interest to TSW folks. Wuerthner  joins us in lamenting some of the choices made in media about what they cover- and what they don’t: What I call an Indian Iron Curtain exists among the media and conservation organizations. Like the old Soviet Union Iron Curtain, which attempted to promote ..read more
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AWR Litigates Project Initiated and Supported by Kalispels on Colville National Forest
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by Sharon
19h ago
Interesting (free) article in the Capital Press. A Montana environmental group sued the U.S. Forest Service on Tuesday to stop logging initiated by the Kalispel Tribe of Indians, who are concerned wildfires will start in overstocked federal forests and burn onto tribal lands in northeast Washington. ***************************** The Tribal Forest Protection Act allows tribes to propose projects on federal land to protect adjacent tribal land. The Kalispel tribe asked the Forest Service in 2018 to reduce fire risks in the national forest. “We believe an ‘All Lands-All Hands’ approach, i ..read more
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“Indirect containment” for San Juan wildfire
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by Jon Haber
1d ago
We’ve had some good discussion recently (which searches couldn’t find) of how to count acres burned by wildfires towards burning targets, and how to comply with project planning requirements (i.e. NEPA and ESA) for such actions.  An implication I got was that a national forest could count a lot of acres if it just let a wildfire burn, and there wouldn’t be any process requirements. Well, this sounds like the opposite of that, and like what I think should be the proper way of doing this – a wildfire started in an area that had been “prepped” for a prescribed burn.  Assuming that “pr ..read more
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Endangered Species Day
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by Jon Haber
3d ago
The third Friday in May is Endangered Species Day, where we should “celebrate saving species.” We could certainly talk about past successes at saving and recovering some species, but here is a story that suggests the inadequacy of ESA for the task of mitigating or reducing the effects of human climate disruption on many (maybe all) species.  This species has apparently become extinct in the Mule Mountains of southern Arizona – on BLM land under federal land management. Over the last 3 million years — a million years longer than humans have been around — the Yarrow’s spiny lizards in the ..read more
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Could ‘Science Courts’ Help Build Public Trust?
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by Steve Wilent
3d ago
This essay in Undark describes a “a citizens’ jury” designed “to ask whether the U.K. government should allow scientists to edit the DNA of human embryos in order to treat serious genetic conditions. Convening a jury was a non-traditional approach to involving the public in decision-making on a complicated scientific topic that could affect public policy.” Such a “science court” might help the public understand forest health/resilience treatments and could perhaps increase the forestry community’s social license to actively manage national forests.     ..read more
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An Evolution in Thinking About Fire Panel Discussion: Featuring 2023 San Juan NF Fire Response
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by Sharon
3d ago
This sounds interesting for those of us interested in wildfire management  2:30 MT today by the Southwest Fire Science Consortium. Below is a screenshot, here is the link to register ..read more
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Reforming Federal Land Laws, Too Difficult to Attempt?: Reflections on CU 2010 Land Law Conference
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by Sharon
3d ago
Rich J. noted yesterday that public land laws are antiquated, which reminded me of this CU Law School conference at the 40th Review of the Land Law Review.   At that time, the thoughtful and talented planner John Rupe and I helped our Regional Forester,  Rick Cables with this presentation.  This was during the period of the 2005-2008 Planning Rule. Many thanks to CU Law for keeping all this posted on their website. John Rupe posted an excellent summary of the conference at TSW  here. Here’s one paragraph from John’s post: The 1970 report led to the 1976 Federal Land P ..read more
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Farm Bill Update
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by Sharon
5d ago
I’m not following the Farm Bill, so it would be nice if a member of the TSW community would volunteer to keep us abreast of the latest. Here’s what came across my desk: ******************************* Chairman Thompson, House Ag Committee, released additional details related to Farm Bill reauthorization last Friday. While the release does not include bill text, a more detailed summary is now available at: detailed_summary_-_pdf.pdf (house.gov)   While bill text is not yet available for review, there are several interesting provisions. Some of the notable items include:   I ..read more
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Federal Wildfire Funding Wheel
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by Sharon
5d ago
This is a pretty cool thing developed by the Federation of American Scientists, Resources for the Future, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. If you click on the link (not the photo above) you can see all the different programs. Lotsa bucks ..read more
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Inventory of Environmental Permitting Tools
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by Sharon
5d ago
The Forest Service and BLM are part of  “permitting world,” so while this is a little NEPA-nerdy for TSWites… I ran across this application inventory from the Federation of American Scientists , their idea being to: “survey permitting tools for interested users, open up lines of dialogue for cross-application learning, and highlight where we see needs for further permitting tech investment. ” It’s pretty interesting to look at the federal lineup of apps.. I didn’t know that EPA has all EISs since 2012 online (of course, I retired in 2012); also CEQ has a comprehensive list of all CEs. Ho ..read more
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