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Farm Bill forestry provisions get wide support

Provisions that will allow the Forest Service to expand logging, thinning and other forest restoration work supported by collaborative groups was included in the Farm Bill that passed Tuesday. The bill’s forestry provisions brought praise from timber land owners, loggers

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Forest wars echo through Idaho public land transfer debate

Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik is one of the most passionate voices for a state takeover of public lands. He can provide chapter and verse for the obscure legal argument that a Utah lawmaker developed with states-rights legal scholars showing

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Beetle timber salvage sales could pay in Idaho, study says

A new study suggests that programs to encourage the sale of timber killed by the mountain pine beetle would be profitable in Idaho and Montana. The economic assessment by Jeffrey P. Prestemon, Karen L. Abt, Kevin M. Potter, and Frank

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Should we replace multiple use with dominant use on public lands?

The term multiple use grew into a powerful phrase that signaled the long-time consensus view for managing public lands. It first appeared in a 1933 U.S. Forest Service report describing the five major uses of forests; timber production, watershed protection,

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