Issues of concern to people who live in the west: property rights, water rights, endangered species, livestock grazing, energy production, wilderness and western agriculture. Plus a few items on western history, western literature and the sport of rodeo... Frank DuBois served as the NM Secretary of Agriculture from 1988 to 2003. DuBois is a former legislative assistant to a U.S. Senator, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Interior, and is the founder of the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship.
Friday, December 02, 2011
Forest Service says budget cuts forcing limits on bark beetle response
The U.S. Forest Service says budget cuts are forcing the federal government to limit its response to a bark beetle outbreak that has destroyed millions of acres of forests in the West, and scientists are trying to figure out what the forests will look like after the epidemic has run its course. U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, who requested a yearlong study of the epidemic's impact on Colorado and Wyoming, said Thursday he plans to introduce new legislation in Congress next year to help federal agencies deal with the devastation. Potential changes include emergency authority for the U.S. Forest Service to clear dead trees for a reasonable cost, reauthorization of the Good Neighbor Authority that allows the Colorado State Forest Service to work with the U.S. Forest Service on projects that cross federal-state boundaries, and permanent reauthorization of laws allowing the Forest Service to trade goods for services. "As the mountain pine beetle epidemic continues to spread across our western forests, it's clear that we need to address the problem more intensely and effectively," Udall said...more