Molly Pitts: Our Role as Foresters in Helping Deal with 800 Million Dead Trees

Molly Pitts is Rocky Mountain States Director for Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities, and is the SE Colorado SAF Chapter Chair. She originally wrote this article for The Timber Line, the publication of Colorado-Wyoming Society of American Foresters.

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Protect Multiple Uses of Our National Forests, Support Bipartisan Action on 'Cottonwood'

A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers have introduced legislation to address the so-called "Cottonwood" case, which is bringing desperately-needed forest projects to a halt.  If it's not fixed, the decision will threaten jobs, recreation and a variety of forest activities.  

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Northern Blue Mountains Coalition: Restoring Forests and Supporting Communities

We are pleased to support the Northern Blue Mountains Coalition. This is an effort to increase the pace and scale of restoration and acres treated on the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests to reduce the threat of uncharacteristic wildfire, increase habitat and forage and support economically vibrant communities. 

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Westerman Testifies on Need for Greater Forest Management Funding

Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) testified on February 28 before the House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee on the need for greater funding for forest management programs and on-the-ground scientific research.

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Tied Up in Litigation: Over 35,000 acres of Forest Projects in USFS Region 1

Covering Idaho, Montana and portions of the Dakotas, Region 1 of the U.S. Forest Service has reached a grim milestone. 

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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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