I was discussing the issue of merging the USFS and the BLM with a riding buddy of mine last week and, we were talking about how a combined agency could save money in the federal budget.
With my tongue only half way in my cheek, I proffered the possibility that, given the world-class bureaucratic inefficiency that exists in federal land management agencies in the U.S., it is highly likely that a new combined agency would require double the budget!
Do we need the US Forest Service?
by Jonathan DuHamel on Nov. 07, 2011, under Politics
In our last national legislative update we noted legislators will be re-introducing a conga line of Wilderness bills that, at least for now, have little chance of passage. Then they line up at the doors of the League of Conservation Voters for their check!
The perennial list of favorites include the now infamous Utah's America's Red Rock Wilderness Act, Diana DeGette's massive Colorado Wilderness Act of 2011, and the unfathomably massive Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA).
Speaking of NREPA...
Bill to convert roadless public lands to wilderness reintroduced
Idaho Senator Jim Risch and Chris Wood from Trout Unlimited wrote an op-ed on the recent roadless decision from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Coming together to protect the backcountry
By Jim Risch and Chris Wood
The Wilderness juggernaut keeps rolling in Nevada. BRC's Rec News readers will remember that Senator Harry Reid's county-by-county Wilderness bill is ongoing. This time in Humboldt County with a proposal to designate another 26,000 acres of Wilderness.
The question people are asking... how much is enough?
Wilderness bill for scenic Nevada range introduced
BLM plan could affect river access in Summit County
We'll have more to say about this plan in coming weeks. I should give the agency credit for admitting their plan is woefully inadequate insofar as motorized trails. But frankly, its getting increasingly difficult to trust them.
Forest roads face closure
Havasu trail plan meeting set for Wednesday
Rocky road: Mounds ORV Park draws off-roaders from across Great Lakes region
State, feds near deal for Minnesota land trapped in Boundary Waters
This is in the "somewhat recreation related" department. I say somewhat because most recreationists prefer green forests as opposed to brown, diseased and burnt forests. Decades of logging and fire suppression has created a highly unnatural and unhealthy forest. These timber projects are designed to bring the landscape back to a the natural ecosystem. But these so-called "environmentalists" are still opposing them. Unbelievable.
Conservationists challenge 'excessive logging' in Black Hills