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John Stewart

Illegal Dumping A Serious Problem

Removing Car from Kiowa PondIllegal dumping continues to be a serious problem on all districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Dumping destroys the natural beauty and habitat of National Forest System (NFS) lands and discourages people from visiting areas where dumping is occurring.

Illegal dump sites are constantly being discovered. Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Law Enforcement Officers are finding dumps that include yard debris, animal carcasses, household garage, appliances, and even motor vehicles.

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John Stewart

Forest Harvesting Isn't So Bad After All

New study identifies biomass harvesting techniques that have few long-term impacts

MOSCOW, Idaho, October 6, 2016 - A set of newly published studies evaluated nearly forty years of data on the impacts of biomass utilization on soil, tree, and plant recovery and found minimal impact using certain forest harvesting techniques.

Scientists collect samples from the forest floor at the Coram Experimental Forest in Montana.Scientists collect samples from the forest floor at the Coram Experimental Forest in Montana.
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John Stewart

USFS Water Quality Management Plan Released for Comment

The Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) describes and evaluates the potential environmental impacts associated with the Conditional Waiver. The MND establishes that there is no substantial evidence, in light of the whole record before the State Water Board, that the project may have a significant effect on the environment, with incorporated mitigation measures that will avoid or mitigate potential significant impacts. All of the mitigation measures needed to avoid or minimize potentially significant impacts are set out in the MND and incorporated into the Conditional Waiver’s conditions.

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John Stewart

Wildfire, recreational safety: Everyone’s responsibility this holiday weekend

Kaibab National Forest officials are expecting increased numbers of visitors at the forest’s more popular recreational areas over the Fourth of July weekend. Visitors are encouraged to use caution during all recreational activities that could potentially cause personal injury or a wildfire. The following are tips for having a safe and pleasant visit to the Kaibab National Forest: 

Campfires, Smoking and Fireworks: Forest visitors are reminded that although some areas of the forest have received some isolated moisture, the forest remains in very high fire danger and campfire and smoking restrictions are in effect in order to protect public health and reduce preventable human-caused fires.

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John Stewart

Forest Service Makes it Easier for Visitors to Enjoy National Forests and Grasslands

Announces Steps to Modernize Recreation Permitting Process

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell today announced steps to make it easier for outfitters, guides, schools, non-profits and other partners to take groups out to enjoy outdoor activities on national forests and grasslands. By streamlining the approach to special-use permitting for national forests and grasslands, our natural resources will be even more accessible to Americans.

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