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Record Low Snowpack in Cascades, Sierra Nevada

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 14:11

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2015 – Warm temperatures in February contributed to further snowpack decline in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada, according to data from the third 2015 forecast by the United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Snowpack in Nevada, Utah and Idaho also fell further behind normal.

Categories: Legislation

Forest Service Urged to Permanently Withdraw Controversial Groundwater Directive

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 21:08

WASHINGTON, DC – House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) sent a letter today to U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, urging the agency to withdraw its Proposed Directive on Groundwater Resource Management.  The letter was also signed by Committee Vice-Chairman Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large), Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans Chairman John Fleming (LA-4) and Vice-Chair Paul Gosar (AZ-4), and Subcommittee on Federal Lands Chairman Tom McClintock (CA-4) and Vice-Chair Doug LaMalfa (CA-1).  The letter echoes similar concerns voiced by the Western Governors Association and others about how the proposal could usurp state management of groundwater.

Categories: Legislation

Nevada Rancher: Helping Sage-Grouse Helps Us All

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 07:43

AUSTIN, Nev. - Private landowners and conservationists in Nevada and several other Western states continue to work together to try to prevent the sage-grouse from being listed as an endangered species.

Duane Coombs, manager of the 250,000-acre Smith Creek Ranch near Austin, Nevada, is among those working to improve sage-grouse habitat on the public and private lands he ranches.

Categories: Legislation

Post-fire logging can reduce fuels for up to 40 years in regenerating forests, new study finds

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 22:23
Woody fuels reduced even when fuel reduction was not primary management objective

WENATCHEE, Wash. March 11, 2015. Harvesting fire-killed trees is an effective way to reduce woody fuels for up to four decades following wildfire in dry coniferous forests, a U.S. Forest Service study has found.

The retrospective analysis, among the first to measure the long-term effects of post-fire logging on forest fuels, is published in the journal Forest Ecology and Management.

Categories: Legislation

West coast log and lumber exports decreased in 2014

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 22:17
Drop in Chinese demand slows exports, year-end analysis finds

PORTLAND, Ore. March 11, 2015. Log and lumber exports from Washington, Oregon, northern California, and Alaska both decreased in volume in 2014 compared to 2013, the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station reported today.

Exports of west coast logs decreased 13 percent to a total of 1,706 million board feet, while lumber exports decreased 14 percent to 892 million board feet. The total value of these exports also dropped—by 7 percent for logs to a value of $1,310 million, and by 11 percent for lumber to a value of $657 million.

Categories: Legislation

NPS CENTENNIAL TO INCLUDE YOUTH OUTREACH, BACKLOG REDUCTION

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 11:44

Washington, D.C. (Feb. 3, 2015) – President Barack Obama used his FY2016 budget request to outline plans to keep parks relevant to an increasingly urban and diverse nation and to invite all Americans to help support their parks.  His requests include $20 million annually to transport over a million urban youth to national parks and public lands, with dedicated youth coordinators to welcome them and their families, and a significant increase in the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial Challenge program, which leverages federal spending at least 1:1 with contributions and partner funding and helps reduce the large NPS deferred-maintenance backlog.

Categories: Legislation

Democrat Membership to Natural Resources Committee Announced

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 16:53

Washington, D.C. (Jan. 27, 2015) – House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva today announced the Committee membership and subcommittee composition for the 114th Congress. Gregorio Sablan, the delegate representing the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, will serve as Vice Ranking Member.
 
The Committee is awaiting two additional member assignments from the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. These lists are subject to updates.

Categories: Legislation

USFS Issues OSV Policy

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 16:13
U.S. Forest Service Issues Final Policy for Over-snow Vehicles on National Forests, Grasslands - Policy Complies with Federal Court Order

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2015 – The U.S. Forest Service today released the final policy for managing snowmobile and other "over-snow" vehicle use on national forests and grasslands. As directed by court order, the policy requires that roads, trails and areas where over-snow vehicle use can occur be specifically designated by local Forest Service mangers. Previously, managers had the discretion to decide whether to designate specific areas for over-snow vehicle use.

Categories: Legislation

House Resources Committee GOP Members Set

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 12:58

Washington, D.C. (Jan 13, 2015) – U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) today announced the roster of Republican members who will serve on the committee and five subcommittees in the 114th Congress, and the creation of a new subcommittee that will have jurisdiction over all committee oversight matters.

Categories: Legislation