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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Westerman Urges Senate Action on Forestry Bill

As a professional forester and author of the Resilient Federal Forests Act, Congressman Bruce Westerman understands the importance of actively managing our federal forests for the many benefits and values they offer Americans. You too can urge the Senate to act by visiting our Action Center.

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Unacceptable Risk – Firefighters on the Front Lines of Climate Change

This excellent document, from The Story Group, tells the stories of Colorado firefighters confronting the growing trend of larger and more severe wildfires. It is another reminder that we can mitigate the impacts of climate change and catestrophic wildfire through active forest management. 

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Wildlife Groups Support Senate Action on Fire Borrowing, Forest Management Reforms

The American Wildlife Conservation Partners, a coalition of over 30 hunting and outdoors organizations, recently sent a letter to key leaders of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. In light of the committee's recent draft legislation, the groups urged the Senators to pass meaningful, bipartisan legislation to fix federal wildfire suppression funding and approve needed forestry reforms. Here's an excerpt from their letter: 

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Countering Extremism on America's Public Lands: The View from Skamania County, Wash.

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee’s ranking member, Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Ariz., is holding a forum on the "growing anti-government extremism on public lands."  Grijalva says the forum will discuss the emergence of this movement and the government’s efforts to confront these dangers, and has invited the public to send comments on the issue by June 10. Skamania County Commissioner Chris Brong submitted the following response, which we're publishing with his permission:

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BLM's Proposed Forest Plan Will Fuel More Frustration in Rural Oregon

Advocates for rural Oregon say the Bureau of Land Management's final proposed Resource Management Plan for Western Oregon will cost rural jobs, threaten public services and leave forests more vulnerable to wildfire, insects and disease. 

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