The merging of the Nez Perce and Clearwater National Forests offers opportunity to plunder-
Two very important national forests in north central Idaho were recently combined through administrative action. The Clearwater and the Nez Perce National Forests both operate under separate forest management plans, developed after years of analysis and public comment. There was even [...]Continue Reading →
Importance of fighting to keep the public land public grows with likely Republican Senate win in November-
Even though most of the public opinion in the West does not favor giving the national parks, forests, BLM lands and wildlife refuges to the states, this is a priority among conservative elites in the West. [...]Continue Reading →
World wildlife population halved since mid 1970s-
We are used to writing about, agonizing about, plants and animals that have become so rare that they are endangered with extinction. It is a common theme in the news reported at TWN.
There might be the sense, however, that in total numbers of animals wildlife is nearly [...]Continue Reading →
Only Utah shows majority in favor of states getting hold of U.S. public lands-
A public opinion poll of 200 people in each of the eight Intermountain western states has shown a majority (52 to 42 %) are against transferring the federal lands to the Western states. In total, 1600 were interviewed.
A slight majority of Utahans [...]Continue Reading →
If the public really understood the illogic behind Forest Service management, including those endorsed by forest collaboratives, I am certain there would be more opposition to current Forest Service policies.
First, most FS timber sales lose money. They are a net loss to taxpayers. After the costs of road construction, sale layout and environmental analyses, [...]Continue Reading →
Federal judge wipes the 2012 delisting-
Wolf hunt cancelled. Wolves-are-vermin zone is rubbed out-
A federal judge has overturned the 2012 delisting of wolves in Wyoming. It looks like a total victory for wolves in the short run. The ruling came from Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the D.C. Circuit.
Here is a news [...]Continue Reading →
About the time Cliven Bundy and his supporters were making the BLM fold and sneak way, southern Utah malcontents were staging an illegal ATV ride through a closed-to-motor-vehicles trail in southern Utah. The place was Recapture Canyon on May 10. Off-road vehicle interests were irritated about the closure of the archeologically rich canyon and other [...]Continue Reading →
Body found near remote Cub Creek-
Reported missing on Sept. 7, the body of Adam Thomas Stewart has been found 3 miles north his camp in Cub Creek in the remote Teton Wilderness area, southeast of Yellowstone Park. Stewart was found near two deer carcasses that the bear was probably eating. The condition of his body has [...]Continue Reading →
Unanimous vote is a first such pro-wolf measure in Idaho-
Ketchum, Idaho. The city council of Ketchum, Idaho, the largest town in Blaine County, has voted unanimously in favor of non-lethal management of wolf and livestock conflicts that occur in the county. While Ketchum does not set policy for either Blaine County or the state [...]Continue Reading →