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Abolish Forest Service “Let Burn” Wildfire Management Policy

I am writing this article to provide Idaho citizens with information that will help them hold the Forest Service accountable to properly manage forest resources. My perspective is based on 31 years residence in Lemhi County, Idaho, which is over 90% federally managed land (Salmon-Challis National Forest and Salmon Field Office BLM). I am grateful […]

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Don’t Let Idaho Become Oregon

I would like to address Oregon Governor Brown’s order to arrest republican senators who have boycotted a vote on climate change funding. Here you have a governor who is worried about the carbon footprint from truckers and other carbon emitters when Oregon, like most western states, has more smoke emitted into the air with just […]

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Confessions of an Angry Villager

I’m much obliged to the USFS for their accurate and compelling description of those local residents who attended a USFS sponsored meeting held in Salmon, Idaho last Spring to discuss the Salmon-Challis Draft Assessment for a new Forest Plan as “Angry Villagers”. The mediator for the forum, without hesitation or forethought of consequence, summed up […]

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Lessons learned in forest management

Stone Fire sets standard for treatment and resiliency — Published with Permission of HeraldandNews.com — By any measurement 2018 was a very difficult fire season for the Western United States. People died, entire communities were tragically lost, millions of acres burned, and billions of dollars were spent in fire suppression activities. The Stone Fire, which […]

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Idaho’s on Fire

There is no doubt that interests have long planned to control the federally managed lands of Idaho. Many have scoffed at the idea that World Government and its brainchild Agenda 21 could make its way all the way here. This conspiracy aimed to separate people from their traditional ways of life and herd them to urban centers […]

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CAL FIRE makes deal with inventor of wildfire-smothering substance

— Published with Permission of FreeRangeReport.com — He said that in the past he has approached U.S. Forest Service (USFS) officials a number of times about the potential of his product for addressing the trend of hot, massive, deadly wildfires that have blackened the West in recent years. According to Dan, the USFS turned him […]

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California’s fires not climate

— Published with Permission of cfact.org — California’s wildfires are a horrific tragedy. At last report 63 people are dead, 631 missing and 11,862 structures have been destroyed. We hold those lost and suffering in our thoughts and prayers. Not unexpectedly, Governor Jerry Brown would have us believe the harm caused by California’s wildfires is […]

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Wildfire Winter?

Above: (Credit: Nicole Wilson/Twitter) Published by City News — Published with Permission of FreeRangeReport.com — Remember the Nuclear Winter scare of 30-something years ago? The theory of Nuclear Winter goes something like this: Nuclear war breaks out between the Soviet Union and America. Following the path of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) the dueling super powers blast […]

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Arizona Apaches employ logging, clearing, prescribed burns in wildfire management

— Published with Permission of FreeRangeReport.com — “On the Rattlesnake Fire, it didn’t burn hardly any on the White Mountain Apache side because it burned up to their prescribed burn and pretty much went out,” said Mr. Best. “If we would have treated our side of the fence at the same time they treated their […]

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Forest Service takes credit for small thinning projects, shrugs off decades of disastrous wildfires

— Published with Permission of FreeRangeReport.com — …the Badger Creek Fire’s suppression costs exceed $6.3 million. That’s especially ironic when timber mills spent years trying to pay the Forest Service for the same trees that are now dead and burned. The government could have made money instead of losing money, and saved jobs, communities, watersheds, […]

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Trump tweet nails it, bad policies behind nightmare California wildfires

— Published with Permission of FreeRangeReport.com — California environmental policy has forced the diversion of water from agricultural lands for years to instream flow, purportedly to help several species of fish, most infamously the Delta Smelt. This water, instead of keeping California’s croplands lush and productive, runs into the Pacific Ocean. The protracted drought in […]

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Wildfires ravage 3.2 million acres in 2017, and it’s only July

— Published with Permission of FreeRangeReport.com — As of July 7, wildfires have consumed nearly 3.2 million acres throughout the country, and have impacted states from Alaska to Florida. Only a few thousand acres have been torched in prescribed burns designed to mitigate larger incidents. Earlier this year Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and other Midwestern states […]