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Longtime Troy logging family puts its mark on Capitol Christmas Tree

Source: Missoulian When the chainsaw roared Tuesday and the chips began to fly off the base of the 79-foot Engelmann spruce destined to light up the U.S. Capitol’s lawn this Christmas, a lot of pride radiated from the direction of Pete Tallmadge’s family. “We’re not really too much for hoopla,” said Tallmadge’s mother, Chris. “But […]

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“Red tape” could slow Montana firefighting efforts, but funding the bigger issue

Source: KPAX.com BY DENNIS BRAGG – KPAX · IMAGE BY VICTOR ZASTOLSKIY / DREAMSTIME.COM MISSOULA – Firefighting is entering a new era, as fire crews face blazes with greater intensity and fewer resources. But the experts who are wrestling with the fire problem say there’s no “one size fits all solution”, and “red tape” and court cases aren’t necessarily at the top […]

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Why our kids need forests for true learning

Source: Market Watch By LINDAÅKESON MCGURK What if there were a better way to do early childhood education? It’s a common complaint among teachers as well as parents in the U.S. these days: kindergarten has become the new first grade and the unintended casualty of that is preschool, which has consequently become the new kindergarten. Many early childhood […]

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Social Science

Source: The Forest Blog by Russ Vaagen I’ve been thinking about forest management as a social science for many years.  As a teen, I remember wondering why people were fighting about the activities in our forests. Of course, I understood the concern over heavy-handed clear cutting, but I wondered why there was anger over the […]

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Forests most likely to burn would be thinned under Cantwell proposal that’s backed by Idaho’s senators

Source: Spokesman The U.S. Forest Service would get new rules to help fight wildfires in some of its most at-risk areas under a bipartisan plan introduced Thursday by Northwest senators. The proposal would try to reduce the catastrophic wildfires that have plagued Western states in recent years by concentrating on federal forests with ponderosa pines, […]

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FORESTS — DON’T LOVE THEM TO DEATH

Source: gohunt.com Article republished with permission from the Boone and Crockett Club. “Love It to Death” is the third album by the Alice Cooper band, which was released in 1971. Loving it to death is how we, as a nation, seem to be treating much of our public lands, especially our national forests. More people are engaging in […]

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Collaborate: A New Era

Source: The Forest Blog by Russ Vaagen I read and hear people talking about how the environmentalists are to blame for all our forest health woes.  I also hear about the same on the other side of the coin saying that over-harvesting and past logging is the reason our forests are in the shape they […]

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MSUB fungal research has potential to fight bark beetles

Source: Missoulian A discovery by scientists at Montana State University Billings may help forest managers battle the next epidemic of bark beetles. Research at the university found that a specific molecule, as well as a few variants, slow the growth of fungi related to the mountain pine beetle and the western pine beetle. Managing the […]

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Carbon Friendly Forestry

Source: The Forest Blog by Russ Vaagen What is “Carbon Friendly Forestry?” It’s two things actually.  First, it was a conference put on by the Washington Environmental Council, a Seattle-based environmental organization.  Second, it’s an idea that forestry can be environmentally friendly and have a positive impact on climate change through carbon management.  The key to this […]

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Roasting marshmallows, not forests

Source: The Daily Sentinel By Greg Walcher If you have fond memories of roasting marshmallows around the campfire, and making s’mores with the kids, you may be surprised to learn that you’ve been doing it wrong all this time. Fortunately, the U.S. Forest Service has finally published guidelines on the correct method for roasting marshmallows and […]

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