Corporations & their agents Archives: US Forest Service

Pinyon Juniper Alliance presentation at PIELC Conference in Eugene, OR

The Pinyon-Juniper Alliance presents a panel discussion featuring experts on Pinyon-Juniper forests and the so-called “restoration” efforts that are destroying them. The panel, which is titled Protecting Native Forests in the West: The Pinyon-Juniper Alliance, will take place on Friday, March 2nd from 8:30 am to 9:45 am in room 232 of the Erb Memorial Union … Continue reading Pinyon Juniper Alliance presentation at PIELC Conference in Eugene, OR

The Letter to the Editor the Ely Times wouldn’t publish

“For thousands of years, pinion trees have provided a sustainable source of food for our ancestors, the Great Basin Shoshone. In fact, without pine nuts, our ancestors would not have survived our harsh Winters. These trees were so important they are considered “sacred.” But apparently now; they are in the way of unsustainable exploitation in … Continue reading The Letter to the Editor the Ely Times wouldn’t publish

Mountain Biking is a Threat to New Wilderness Designation

Mountain bikers, as a demographic group, fit the profile of off-road vehicle users. They are predominately male, between 20-40, and tend to have above average incomes and often have the same outlaw attitude and sense of entitlement.

We see this sense of entitlement in the continual commandeering of trails and/or illegal construction of new trails on public lands by mountain bikers. When the Forest Service or BLM seeks to close some of these trails (very infrequently done) mountain bikers squeal like a poked pig, claiming they're being “discriminated against.” ... Continue reading →

Forest Service Ignores Environmental Law, Logs Old Growth Forest and Critical Habitat

Sick to the stomach. That’s how I felt after reading this story. But surprised? No. The USFS and other government agencies commonly ignore regulations and prioritize the economy over the natural world. That’s been their way for more than 150 years. The insanity is clear. Mick Lamar, chief of the local fire crew, defended the … Continue reading Forest Service Ignores Environmental Law, Logs Old Growth Forest and Critical Habitat

Blockade Disrupts Klamath Salvage Logging

By Dan Bacher / Intercontinental Cry In the early morning hours before daybreak on May 2 in the fire-impacted conifer forest near Seiad Valley in the Klamath River watershed, 27 people including Tribal youth, river advocates and forest activists blocked the road leading to the Klamath National Forest’s Westside salvage logging project. Demonstrators held banners that … Continue reading Blockade Disrupts Klamath Salvage Logging

BLM & the Ranching Industry: a History of Collusion

Will Falk / Deep Green Resistance Great Basin Public lands ranching is destroying the Western United States. It has pushed native plant species to the brink of extinction. It causes soil to erode so quickly the land cannot keep up. Livestock are poisoning and depleting water supplies, killing perennial stream flows, and making it increasingly … Continue reading BLM & the Ranching Industry: a History of Collusion

Lawsuit Threatened Over Failure to Protect Endangered Nevada Fish

By Center for Biological Diversity LAS VEGAS— The Center for Biological Diversity today notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management of its intent to sue the agencies for allowing groundwater pumping that will feed Las Vegas sprawl but would dry up the springs and aquifers that sustain the Moapa dace. … Continue reading Lawsuit Threatened Over Failure to Protect Endangered Nevada Fish

Followup: Tubape (Pine Nut Trees) in the Great Basin

As we previously reported, members of the Paiute Nation were incensed by the Forest Service’s clearcutting of Tubape (pine nut trees, or Pinyon Pine) outside Sweetwater, Nevada in recent times. The Forest Service clearcut over 70 acres of trees in an area that is of special significance — without consulting tribes. The grove that was … Continue reading Followup: Tubape (Pine Nut Trees) in the Great Basin

Forest Service delays final decision on controversial Wolf Creek land trade and development scheme

  “Land swaps” seem to be a trend lately. Deep Green Resistance and others have noted, for example, the Swap that cedes land sacred to the San Carlos Apache tribe to mining interests. Another land swap is in play, this time closer to home. The following story is reprinted from the Summit County Citizens Voice. And again, the proposed swap is … Continue reading Forest Service delays final decision on controversial Wolf Creek land trade and development scheme

Paiute Nation Protests Forest-Service Clearcutting of Pine-Nut Trees Near Reno, NV

Members of the Paiute nation living in northeastern Nevada are angry after the Forest Service clearcut more than 70 acres of pine nuts trees that have been used by the tribe for thousands of years, until the modern day. According to the Forest Service, the trees were cut "by mistake" as part of a federal plan to improve habitat for the Sage Grouse. ... Continue reading →