Logging Contributes to Climate Warming
Thinning/logging at Newberry Crater National Monument, Deschutes National Forest, Oregon. Photo George Wuerthner
One of the arguments alleged by proponents of thinning or logging forests is that it will reduce the size of wildfires and hence carbon emissions from blazes. Proponents argue that more trees survive a fire if there has […]Continue Reading →
Immediate action comments needed. Montana Bison Hunt
COMMENTS DUE IMMEDIATELY — BY JAN. 21
This alert written by Stephany Seay
TAKE ACTION! Comments Needed on Montana’s 2022-2023 Bison Hunt Regulations! This is a great opportunity to raise our voices for Yellowstone’s imperiled Central herd, the last truly wild, migratory buffalo left in the country. It is also an […]Continue Reading →
Fire Suppression Myths
Hardly a day goes by when we don’t hear in the media and from the Forest Service that fire suppression is responsible for the intensity and size of wildfires.
According to proponents, a “hundred years of fire suppression” has permitted the build-up of fuels, and by their assertion, more fuel results in larger conflagrations.
However, […]Continue Reading →
Paradise Lost? Custer Gallatin NF Approves Expansion of Grazing by Yellowstone
Emigrant Peak and Yellowstone River in Paradise Valley. The East Paradise Grazing Decision will increase grazing by livestock on Emigrant Peak and adjacent areas of the Six Mile Creek drainage, an important area for wildlife. Photo George Wuerthner
The Custer Gallatin National Forest (CGNF) recently released its decision on the […]Continue Reading →
Another Yellowstone Bison Slaughter
Yellowstone bison have been subject to evolutionary influences like harsh winters, predators, and other natural agents. Photo George Wuerthner
The state, federal and tribal groups involved in the Interagency Bison Management recently announced they would slaughter up to 900 Yellowstone bison this winter.
Yellowstone’s wild bison were declared our national mammal in […]Continue Reading →
Problems With Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act
Clearcuts in Swan Range near Seeley Lake, Montana. Photo George Wuerthner
Several editorials have been published widely in Montana papers and elsewhere by supporters Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act (BCSA) sponsored by Senator Tester. Many are attacking Senator Daines for his attempt to put a poison pill in the legislation […]Continue Reading →
Infrastructure Bill Promotes Subsidized Logging
Subsidized logging in the name of fuel reductions on the Deschutes National Forest in Oregon. Logging accounts for 35% of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Oregon. Photo George Wuerthner
Congress just passed the big infrastructure bill, and I expect President Biden will sign it—maybe before you read this commentary.
Funding is for […]Continue Reading →
A Response to NYT Keeping Cattle On The Move and Carbon In The Soil
Concentration of cattle and moving them frequently has been proposed as a means of storing carbon in soils. Like other claims that seem to be too good to be true, such assertions fail to do a full accounting of the carbon cycle. Photo George Wuerthner
A recent New York […]Continue Reading →
Industrial Forestry Paradigm Threat to North Bridger Range
The North Bridger Timber Sale is removing old growth forests to “promote” forest health. Photo George Wuerthner
After reading the article in the October 7th Bozeman Daily Chronicle titled “Timber Treatment” about the North Bridger logging project on the Custer Gallatin National Forest of Montana one gets the idea that until […]Continue Reading →
Response to Timber Industry Comments
Clearcut in the Ten Mile Drainage near Helena, Montana. Photo George Wuerthner
In a recent editorial in the Helena IR, an employee of RY Timber presented misleading commentary in his essay “Forest Service is Right to Restore Forest Health” that deserves a response.
First, keep in mind that the timber industry […]Continue Reading →
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