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Fracking our forests

Is nothing sacred? Of all groups, the U.S. Forest Service should protect the lands it controls, but this week it introduced a plan that would allow limited hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the 1.1 million-acre George Washington National Forest, which straddles Virginia and West Virginia. Read full article >>

Bears hold Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery out of practice

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears kicked off preparation Wednesday to host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers without the services of receivers Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Alshon Jeffery (hamstring), as both were held out of the club’s practice...Show More Summary

Forest Service Chief Issues Directive on Photography Permits

On November 4, 2014, U.S. Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell issued a directive on commercial filming and photography permits. He included lots of good nuggets in this directive. The most important to nature photographers is: I also...Show More Summary

2008 Lacey Act Amendment successful in reducing US imports of illegally logged wood

Recently published research by U.S. Forest Service economist Jeff Prestemon supports the contention that the 2008 Lacey Act Amendment reduced the supply of illegally harvested wood from South America and Asia available for export to the United States. read more

US Forest Service Green Lights Fracking in East Coast’s Largest National Forest

Despite the objections of environmental groups and Virginia's Governor Terry McAuliffe, the U.S. Forest Service has left the door open to allow fracking in the East Coast's largest national forest with the release of the forest's new management plan. The USFS

A beetle and its longtime fungal associate go rogue

West Lafayette, Ind. (November 13, 2014): Scientists with the U.S. Forest Service and Colorado State University examined a fungus native to North America, the native beetle that carries it, and their host tree and found something surprising:...Show More Summary

Dominic Esquibel, Navy Cross recipient, in legal tiff with Park Service

John sends us a link to an article about Dominic Esquibel, a Marine who earned the Navy Cross in Iraq in 2004 and was roughed up by a National Park Service forest ranger in a dispute over a Sequoia National Park handicap parking space. According to Esquibel, the park employee handcuffed him and mistreated the […]

Forest Service Warns Against Bear Selfies

Please, stop taking selfies with bears. That’s the message that the U.S. Forest Service has been forced to tell visitors at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center in South Lake Tahoe. Taylor Creek attracts a lot of bears during the annual run of kokanee salmon. And with that, it apparently attracts a lot of selfie-loving hikers […]

Forest Service: Bear Selfies Could Force Park Closure

Most people realize that getting close to a huge, wild animal while it is feeding isn’t such a great idea, but apparently some people need to be told by the Forrest Service that taking a selfie with a bear just might be dangerous. Visitors...Show More Summary

National forest bans selifes with bears

3 weeks agoOdd : Death and Taxes

The US Forest Service issued an advisory not to risk death for bear selfies.

Forest Service Warns of 'Grizzly End' for People Taking Selfies with Bears

U.S. Forest Service officials at a Lake Tahoe nature center are warning intrepid, smartphone-toting visitors not to pose for "selfies" with dangerous bears. "We've had mobs of people that are actually rushing toward the bears trying to get a 'selfie' photo," Lake Tahoe Basin Management spokesperson Lisa Herron told the Reno Gazette-Journal. Show More Summary

Wooden Discovery Centre Blends in With the Forests of Québec

The building is located in Canada’s Mont-Tremblant National Park and consists of three parts: an amphitheater, a space for service facilities and a discovery zone. It was created as a continuous band of rustic wood that unfolds into walls, a roof and a floor

OR: Grovelink Summit Will Spotlight Future of Forest Grove's Transit Service

Forest Grove residents will take part in shaping the future of Grovelink, the city's bus service, at a summit on Tuesday, Oct. 21.

The Twelve Labours of Putin

VLADIMIR PUTIN turned 62 yesterday. According to the Kremlin press service, he marked his birthday deep in the Siberian taiga, a snow forest 200 miles from the nearest inhabited village. Back in Moscow, the capital was dotted by celebration. Show More Summary

Today In SA PRO: Friday, October 3

By SA PRO Top Ideas: Top Idea: Aircastle Limited by Thomas Lott: Long / Small-Cap / Leasing Services / Value / Temporary Headwinds / Buyside Author / 30-40% Upside Top Idea: Forest Oil by Chris Karlin: Long / Micro-Cap / IndependentShow More Summary

Wilderness photographers caught up in U.S. Forest Service permit proposal

A proposed directive from the U.S. Forest Service that aims to protect federal wilderness from commercial exploitation may end up restraining photographers as well. Under the proposed restrictions, any individual or entity poised to reap commercial gain from photographing or filming federal lands in the U.S. will need a permit. Read more

Will journalists get fined for photographing trees?

You’ve probably heard: The US Forest Service is savaging the First Amendment. It’s trying to codify a provisional rule, in place for several years, regulating photography and filmmaking in designated wilderness areas. The rule amends...Show More Summary

U.S. Forest Service: Government bureaucrats out of control

Yogi Bear was smarter than the average bear. That means that there must be a bear or bears with below average intelligence. Looks like we’ve found one: Smokey Bear, a.k.a. the U.S. Forest Service. This time last week, the Forest Service was pushing a new regulation that would have required a permit to take pictures […]

Why is the Forest Service Restricting Photography in Wilderness Areas?

My love of an intrusive federal government is well-known. I think government can indeed do most things better than the private sector. But that doesn’t mean that government is perfect. Far from it. I was hoping that the FDA’s attempts to restrict raw milk cheese imports was the stupidest regulatory standard I would hear of […]

Permit Or Fine? Uproar After U.S. Forest Service Wants Cash For Pictures, Videos In Wilderness Areas

Outrage ensued this week over a Federal Register notice outlined which a U.S. Forest Service plan imposing fines and permits for videos and photographs taken in wilderness areas. National Parks Traveler said the uproar against the U.S. Show More Summary

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