More on forest power plays


Here are three more takes on experiments in running the West's national forests differently -- follow-up to my High Country News story, "Taking Control of the Machine."

more litigation....
Jul 29, 2009 10:14 PM
It only took seven days from Tester's wilderness bill announcement for the local Montana obstructionist environmental groups to file another lawsuit. The Alliance For the Wild Rockies and The Native Ecosystems Council sued the Forest Service on 7/24/09 to prevent logging on the Rat Creek Salvage timber sale located on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. According to press reports this sale would cover only 6% of the acres of a 2007 fire (1652 acres) and would leave most snags on those acres that are over 15" D.B.H. According to court filings The Alliance For The Wild Rockies sued largely in part due to snag retention concerns. If anyone has driven through the BVD lately they would know that lack of snags is not a pressing issue. The forest is currently being decimated by the mountain pine beetle on a landscape scale. This is the same group of people who where complaining the loudest when Tester's bill came out.
And they wonder why they weren't invited to the table to try to reach some sort of workable compromise.

Armchair Forestry Isn't Going To Cut It
Aug 03, 2009 09:49 AM
You stated in your post that:

"If anyone has driven through the BVD lately they would know that lack of snags is not a pressing issue."

Instead of making some generic comment based on a driveby that may or may not have been anywhere near the area in question, why don't you take a look at the Forest Service's environmental analysis and see what it has to say about snag deficiencies for the area in question. Then look at the science. Then we can have an informed discussion regarding forest management instead of just throwing out opinions that are unmoored from science.

new lawsuit
Ray Ring
Ray Ring
Jul 30, 2009 10:17 AM
Yes I noticed it too ... -- Ray

About Ray

Ray has been a Western journalist since 1979. He's now High Country News senior editor, based in Bozeman, Montana. He's earned national recognition including a George Polk Award for political reporting, a Sidney Hillman Foundation Journalism Award for investigating oil-field accidents, and an Investigative Reporters & Editors scroll for going undercover as a prison inmate. He's had three novels published.