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THURSDAY, OCT. 2, 2014

Idaho Panhandle forests seek citizen advisors

PUBLIC LANDS -- Applicants are being sought to fill up to seven vacancies on a 15-member Resource Advisory Committee that helps guide decisions on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. The committee’s duties include recommending projects and an average of more than $500,000 a year in...

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 10, 2014

Panhandle Forests respond to forest plan objections

PUBLIC LANDS -- Regional Forest Service officials have responded to formal objections to the Idaho Panhandle National Forest’s Revised Forest Plan released earlier this year. See the response document attached to this blog post. The document of responses is the final step in the new...

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012

Panhandle, Kootenai extend comment period on forest plans

PUBLIC LANDS -- The public comment period on the Idaho Panhandle and Kootenai National Forest Draft Forest Plans has been extended 30 days to May 7, the Forest Service announced today. The original comment period on the massive forest plan proposals was Jan. 3 through...

THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2012

Clearwater Forest plan would limit motorized use of trails

PUBLIC LANDS -- About 200 miles of trails and more than 1 million acres of the Clearwater National Forest will close to motorized users under a new travel management plan released Wednesday. See all the official forest documents on the travel plan here. Meanwhile, the...

Conserving lowland private forests critical for wildlife

CONSERVATION -- I hear grumbling about state and federal agencies being proactive by buying or blocking up lowland wild areas. But listen up. Far-sighted groups such as the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Inland Northwest Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy are joining the...

TUESDAY, JAN. 3, 2012

Idaho Panhandle releases draft forest management plan for comment

NATIONAL FORESTS -- Ten years in the making, a draft forest plan and environmental impact statement were released today by the Idaho Panhandle National Forests for 90 days of public comment. Forest officials say the proposed plan covering a wide range of issues from fire...

SUNDAY, AUG. 7, 2011

Colville Forest addresses forest plan in ‘webinar’

NATIONAL FORESTS -- The Colville and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests are planning two toll-free online informational webinars in addition to recent meetings for the public to learn about their Draft Proposed Actions for the Forest Plan Revision. The proposals cover a wide range of forest issues,...

THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011

Wildlife might get short end of forest planning rule

NATIONAL FORESTS -- The U.S. Forest Service held public meetings this week in Missoula, Coeur d'Alene and Seattle to explain the details and intent of the recently proposed draft Planning Rule to be applied to 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands. If put...

MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2011

Forest Service to explain new planning rule at forums

NATIONAL FORESTS -- The U.S. Forest Service has scheduled public meetings this month to explain the details and intent of the recently proposed draft Planning Rule. If put into law, the rule would serve as a national blueprint for how hundreds of individual forest plans...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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