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« on: February 11, 2012, 10:50:14 am »
Commemorating our National Forests on ‘America the Beautiful’ quarters

In 2010, as part of the U.S. Mint’s “America the Beautiful” Quarters® Program, the Mint began to issue a series of quarters featuring national parks and sites. The Mt. Hood National Forest was the first to be commemorated in 2010.  This year, the El Yunque National Forest coin featuring the endangered Puerto Rican parrot and the coqui tree frog amongst tropical vegetation, will be one of five quarters released. Next in line are: the White Mountain National Forest (New Hampshire) in 2013; Kisatchie National Forest  (Louisiana) in 2015;  Shawnee National Forest (Illinois) in 2016;  and the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness which is part of the Bitterroot, Nez Perce, Payette and Salmon-Challis National Forests (Idaho) in 2019. 

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Re: National Forests
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2012, 10:32:10 pm »
Law enforcement officers lead day-long rescue of pony trapped in deep snow

On January 8, law enforcement officer Mike Seawall was advised that a local snowmobile club had discovered an abandoned, starving horse on the Routt National Forest.  They said a saddle on the horse had become loose and was hanging under its belly; the girth cinch had cut through skin and exposed the horse’s bone.  The saddle was acting as an anchor and a scoop and didn’t allow the animal to move through the deep snow.  Seawall and reserve LEO Steve McCone immediately coordinated a response plan with local citizens.  They acquired a halter, feed and blanket, and a local veterinarian agreed to accompany them to the horse’s location.  Snowmobile club members transported the group eight miles through deep snow to the site.  There the vet determined that the horse was malnourished and had a severe infection.  On the trip out, the snowmobilers created a one and a half mile path of packed snow to provide better footing for the horse to reach a groomed snowmobile trail.  Once the main trail was reached, the LEOs and vet led the horse six miles to a waiting trailer.  It appears that the horse had been carrying the saddle for over four months.  The vet named the horse "SerVivor" and it is making a full recovery in Steamboat Springs.

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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2012, 05:26:32 am »
Poor horse,it was in some pain. Surprised it survived that long.
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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2012, 10:28:00 am »
US Mint releases coin that honors El Yunque National Forest

A coqui tree frog and the endangered Puerto Rican parrot are featured on a quarter honoring the El Yunque National Forest.  The quarter, part of the 56-coin America the Beautiful series, is the second forest depicted in the series, the first quarter released this year and the first coin of the series to feature a site from a U.S. Territory.

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Re: National Forests
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2012, 09:23:19 am »
Very sad happening on the Shawnee N.F. from the recent tornado that hit Harrisburg, Illinois.

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Subject: FOREST SERVICE LOSS

I am sorry to share the news that one of our employees, Donna Rann, and her husband Randy, died in the recent spate of tornadoes in the Midwest. Donna was an employee at the SO in Harrisburg, Illinois on the Shawnee NF. This is an awful and unexpected tragedy. There is extensive damage on the ground and our folks in the Region are assessing the damage and beginning clean up operations. Thank you for keeping our colleagues in Region 9 in your thoughts, as they work through the aftermath of this terrible event.


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« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2012, 03:50:45 pm »
Bitterroot N.F.

Bitterroot National Forest Sells 4.5 Million-Board-Foot Timber Sale

Missoulian (February 29) - Bitterroot National Forest Service officials recently announced a major timber sale in the southern reaches of the valley.

Pyramid mountain lumber co. of Seeley Lake purchased the 4.5 million-board-foot lower west fork timber sale after outbidding Tricon of St. Regis.

The timber sale is designed to reduce hazardous fuels in the wildland-urban interface, but was thought to be outside the range of western Montana's remaining sawmills just a couple of years ago.

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« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2012, 10:09:03 am »
Keyboardist of the Rolling Stones named Honorary Forest Ranger
 
Chuck Leavell, keyboardist with the Rolling Stones, was named this year’s Honorary Forest Ranger at a ceremony in Atlanta.  He is active in forestry, owning an award-winning tree farm in Georgia.  He is very active in conservation issues and has written two books on forestry. “This means every bit as much to me as that Grammy did a couple of weeks ago,” said Leavell.  The ceremony was held at the Southern Region’s regional leadership team meeting on February 27.

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« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2012, 12:13:55 pm »
Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of National Forest

The Ashland Current, March 8th
A case involving the Habitat Education Center, Inc. (HEC), the Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC), and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest was recently decided in the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. HEC, a citizens' organization, two of its officers, and the Environmental Law and Policy Center had sued the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest out of concern for the red-shouldered hawk, the goshawk, and the American pine marten, according to federal court documents. In particular, the groups questioned whether the forest service had complied with the National Environmental Policy Act. A U.S. District Court heard the case and decided that the forest service had taken appropriate corrective action in complying with NEPA.To read more of this article link to: http://www.ashlandcurrent.com/article/12/03/08/appeals-court-rules-favor-national-forest

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« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2012, 07:13:01 pm »
Flathead National Forest proposes logging to collect pine cones

The Missoulian, Published by Rob Chaney, March 23rd
Larch tree cones grow near the top of very tall trees, which makes them tough to collect for anything other than squirrels.The Flathead National Forest needs a lot of larch cones for its reseeding efforts, and it's seeking public comment on how best to get them. The trees have brittle branches and bark that flakes off easily, making them difficult for humans to climb. Another alternative is shooting cone-bearing branches off the tree."That's apparently not one we're interested in," Flathead Forest spokesman Wade Muelhof said. The cones aren't much bigger than grapes, and lots of them get lost as the branches fall to the ground.So the preferred alternative involves cutting down about 270 trees over 10 years to supply seedling needs. To read more of this article link to: http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/flathead-national-forest-proposes-logging-to-collect-pine-cones/article_635982d0-7565-11e1-8a0b-0019bb2963f4.html


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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2012, 03:40:04 pm »
Delay of another timber harvest on public lands.

Judge Orders Forest Service to Rework EIS

Billings Gazette (March 28) - District Judge Donald Molloy has ordered the Forest Service to halt implementation of a logging project in the largest island of public land in southeastern Montana and to issue a supplemental environmental impact statement to address deficiencies in its first one.

Molloy found in favor of the environmental groups-The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Native Ecosystems Council-concerning the failure of the EIS to consider stormwater runoff from road construction. Molloy also said the Forest Service failed to explain why it analyzed road density only at the project level and ranger district level, why it applied the road density standard only to forestland, and for failing to analyze road density during the project's implementation.

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Re: National Forests
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2012, 11:32:25 pm »
Hey Ron, I accepted the Forest Supervisor job here on the Apache-Sitgreaves yesterday.... 8)
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« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2012, 12:01:51 am »
Congrats Rocky!!
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« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2012, 09:18:15 am »
Congratulations, Rocky!  The Forestry Forum has friends in high places.
 
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« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2012, 11:53:21 am »
Thanks guys, at least I'm at 7,000 feet (grin).
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« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2012, 04:03:12 pm »
Great! and congratulations. And you won't have to move? That should be a great job and location.
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« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2012, 07:27:52 pm »
Congratulations Rocky!  Sounds like a great job.
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« Reply #16 on: April 03, 2012, 02:06:15 pm »
Colorado bill would force feds to sell off national forests: Sale could restrict public access to land

The Coloradoan, Published by Bobby Magill, March 28th
Have you summited one of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks? Skied at a Colorado ski resort? Rafted the Poudre River? Climbed Greyrock or hiked in the Indian Peaks? If so, chances are, you did it on federally owned public land managed by the U.S. Forest Service. As currently written, a GOP-sponsored bill making its way through the Colorado Legislature would require the U.S. government to sell off nearly all of that land - 22 million acres of it - to the highest bidder, likely taking it out of the public domain and removing any or all environmental protections, and possibly public access, that land currently has. State Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, said Wednesday an amendment he plans to attach to House Bill 1322 would instead require the federal government to cede the land to the state of Colorado, not sell it. To read more of this article link to: http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20120329/NEWS01/203290333/Colorado-bill-would-force-feds-sell-off-national-forests

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« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2012, 12:14:46 am »
How many times have we heard this from various states and National Forests?
On the surface may sound like a good idea, "give it to the states".
Which state has the budget to manage these lands "properly"?

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« Reply #18 on: April 09, 2012, 12:44:38 pm »
Safety concerns close trails on two national forests in Texas

The National Forests and Grasslands office in Texas has closed trails in the Sam Houston and Davy Crockett National Forests while hazard tree and safety assessments are ongoing.  Last year, Texas experienced its worst drought in over 100 years, with triple-digit temperatures for 56 consecutive days.  Thousands of drought and heat-stressed pine trees throughout East Texas and the national forests have created a public safety issue.  Now high winds and heavy rains threaten to topple numerous pockets of dead and dying trees on those forests.  The forests are conducting salvage timber sales and cut and leave treatments to mitigate as many hazard trees as possible.

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« Reply #19 on: April 20, 2012, 03:22:19 pm »
Flathead National Forest, Montana

Lawsuit Challenges Proposed Logging Project

Daily Interlake (April 18) - Two environmental groups- Friends of the Wild Swan and the Swan View Coalition-have filed a lawsuit to stop a second forest management project in the Flathead National Forest's Spotted Bear Ranger District.

Represented by the Western Environmental Law Center, the groups filed the lawsuit challenging the Soldier Addition II project in US District Court in Missoula, Montana. The groups filed a lawsuit challenging the nearby Spotted Bear River Project in February.

The groups contend that the projects threaten an array of species, including lynx, bull trout, grizzly bears, wolves, fishers, and wolverines.

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