Forest Services tries to cover its tracks on Wolf Creek

It is not surprising that the U. S. Forest Service sided with a wealthy developer rather than with the resource and the public. Are we angry yet?

Summit County Citizens Voice

saf A controversial plan to develop private real estate near Wolf Creek Ski Area is on hold for now.

Paper trail shows agency hid and likely destroyed records related to controversial development proposal in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains

Staff Report

Environmental and community activists opposed to a massive real estate development in southern Colorado say they have new evidence that the U.S. Forest Service tried to cover up how political influence tainted several steps of the approval process for the project.

A review of more than 60,000 pages documents obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request and a subsequent court order shows that the Forest Service deliberately concealed and destroyed records related to the Village at Wolf Creek development project.

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Evils of the Livestock Industry

The following is by Rosemary Lowe: Thinking Beyond the Animal Factories to Save This Planet    Those out there who are concerned about this planet, the wildlife, the wild places, really need to understand how very destructive the Livestock Industry… Source: exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com

GR:  Full acceptance of Leopold’s land ethic requires that we consume a fully vegan diet, release all imprisoned animals, and do what we can to preserve and protect wildlife and wildlife habitat.  Sometimes called biocentric ethics, Leopold’s land ethic, that I prefer to call the Earth Ethic, is the only sensible behavior for our species.  Anything else will lead to eventual decline and extinction of life on our planet.

Free and open-access satellite data are key to biodiversity conservation

“Free and open-access satellite data are key to biodiversity conservation” http://t.co/psw1hVPwih

Source: www.sciencedirect.com

b83df21d-7eff-4237-a154-bea26a01a7b8GR:  This is a well-written article.  Unfortunately, it’s assumptions are wrong.  Satellite data aren’t very useful for conservation.  It only provides indirect evidence of the condition and trend of animal populations and most plant species.  For example, in a forest containing over 200 plant species, satellite data only reveals generalities such as total cover and perhaps the condition of the two or three dominant tree species.  The 197 other plant species are invisible from space.  We need to spend the money for on-the-ground surveys and monitoring.  Technology can be a diversion kids.

Squirrels and beavers contributing to global warming more than previously thought

Arctic ground squirrels churn up and warm soil in the Tundra, releasing carbon dioxide, while beavers contributes 200 times more methane than they did 100 years ago

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

GR:  Lot’s of worthwhile comments for this one.  Here’s mine:  “Squirrels improve soils, beaver reduce flooding, and both species feed predators.  Dynamic balance occurs.  What can balance humans?”