Rural counties need a longterm solution as federal program expires

Writing for The Oregonian, Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman, Josephine County Commissioner Simon Hare and Polk County Commissioner Craig Pope recently weighed in on the future of the Secure Rural Schools program: 

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Molly Pitts: Wildfire Funding Fix Should Also Include Forest Management Reform

The recent article “Colorado lawmakers ask Congress to fix wildfire funding issue,” highlights the complex issue of wildfire funding, an issue that directly affects our local national forests.  

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Study tracks vegetation resilience to salvage logging after severe wildfire

Harvesting dead and dying trees after a fire can help recover the economic value of lost timber, while supporting the replanting of native tree species on the burned forest. Long-term research is finding that "salvage logging" isn't as damaging to understory vegetation as some fear.

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Trump can boost manufacturing jobs through better forest management

Writing for The Hill, a Washington DC newspaper, we explain how reforming federal forest management can help President Trump achieve his goal of boosting American manufacturing jobs:

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Wildland Fire Facts: How Many Acres Have Burned?

The National Fire Fighter Wildland Corp. offers this interesting infographic illustrating the size and severity of today's wildland fires. Over the past 50 years, 5,060,875 fires have ravaged the United States wildlands, burning a total of 215,878,215 acres. Although spread out over time across the nation, when put into perspective these numbers are quite staggering. 

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Monument Expansion Violates O&C Act, Undermines Federal Land Management

Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities, a coalition supporting the active management of federally-owned forest lands, had the following to say regarding President Obama's use of the Antiquities Act to expandthe size of Cascade Siskiyou National Monument:

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Molly Pitts: Colorado's Federal Forests Need Active Management

Note: This article from HFHC Rocky Mountains Regional Director Molly Pitts originally appeared in the Jan. 5, 2017 issue of Colorado Tree Farmer Alert.

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Our Dying National Forests; A Disaster of Perfect Opportunity for Bold Action By a New President

The following white paper, prepared by the National Wildfire Institute, explains their ideas for revitalizing our national forests through bold leadership and modernizing federal land management priorities. 

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Michael T. Rains: Resilient Forests Through Effective Biomass Uses Such As Tall Wood Buildings

Today, we grow about twice as much wood in America as we use.  Our forests are getting over-crowded and stressed.  Hazardous fuels are increasing.  Hazardous fuels lead to catastrophic fires or the new term, MegafiresWe have seen the devastating impacts of these fires with lives lost, homes destroyed, and millions of acres blackened.  Federal government expenditures this year in fire suppression will be about $3 billion (an average of about $1 million per hour) and projected costs to be even higher in the years ahead. There are about a billion “burnable” acres across America and an estimated 120 million people in over 46 million homes at risk due to wildfire.  United States taxpayers are losing $20 to $100 billion a year in wildfire related damages to infrastructure, public health and natural resources.

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Video: Rebuilding healthy North Idaho forests following massive Tower Fire

Last week we had the opportunity to take KXLY-TV in Spokane to the site of the Tower Fire Salvage and Rehabilitation Project on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. Thank you to Idaho Forest Group for accommodating us. Here's the story they filed:

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