US Forest Service allows Nestl to continue taking water from California national forest

June 29, 2018 by  
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The U.S. Forest Service has offered Nestlé Waters North America a three-year permit on water rights in the San Bernardino National Forest , allowing the company to continue to take millions of gallons of water from the site. Under the proposed agreement, Nestlé would draw from the Strawberry Creek watershed “when there is water available consistent with the forest’s Land Management Plan” for its various bottled water brands, including Arrowhead. If California returns to severe drought conditions, the Forest Service could further limit natural resource access. The Forest Service says it will work with the Swiss company to study the watershed and determine future management plans. The watershed is currently rated as Class Three “Impaired Function,” the worst watershed functionality class. An “impaired” watershed exceeds “physical, hydrological or biological thresholds,” with major changes needed to restore the watershed to functioning status. Related: The growing wine industry is threatening California’s Napa Valley “[The decision ensures] the water withdrawal and conveyance infrastructure is under a current permit,” U.S. Forest Service District Ranger Joe Rechsteiner explained to the Associated Press. “And it provides for protection of forest resources.” In 2015, the Center for Biological Diversity in Oakland, Calif. sued the Forest Service to block Nestlé from using the watershed, arguing the conglomerate was operating without a valid permit. A federal judge allowed continued water collection for bottling , while regulators considered a new permit. In its permit renewal application, the company cited 70 environmental studies to support its continued watershed usage. Arrowhead’s use of the Strawberry Creek watershed dates back to 1909, when the Arrowhead Springs Company was formed. Nestlé must accept the agreement within 60 days. In a statement to the AP, Nestlé noted they would “carefully review the specifics of the decision.” Via  Associated Press Images via John Heil (1, 2)

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US govt scientist denied approval to discuss link between climate change and severe fires

November 1, 2017 by  
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Is the United States government blocking scientists from talking about climate change ? Forest Service research ecologist William Jolly was slated to give a presentation titled “Climate-Induced Variations in Global Severe Fire Weather Conditions” at the International Fire Congress – but was denied approval to go to the conference. And the Environmental Protection Agency recently reportedly blocked three scientists from talking about climate change at a Rhode Island event. Jolly, who works at the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Montana, was going to give a 30-minute talk in Florida at the November 28 through December 2 conference hosted by the Association for Fire Ecology (AFE). According to Scientific American , critics are saying Donald Trump’s administration is suppressing the spread of science paid for by taxpayers. The Department of Agriculture , parent agency of the Forest Service, said regional managers mostly determine who will attend conferences based partly on available financial resources, and that political appointees do have the final word but don’t tend to weigh in on which people are chosen. Related: US DOI scientist claims he was reassigned for speaking up on climate change Spokesperson Mike Illenberg said in a statement, “Our front line supervisors and managers weigh a variety of factors including cost, frequency of employee travel, conference location, the number of other employees attending, among other factors in making our business decisions about conference attendance. Based on their recommendations and resource availability, Forest Service leadership gives final approval.” Researchers with the Rocky Mountain Research Station’s Human Dimensions Science Program were also denied travel authorizations – one was Karin Riley, AFE’s board of directors’ vice president, who researches the relationship between wildfires and climate. Three scientists from the United States Geological Survey scheduled to speak about climate change at the wildfire conference are still waiting for a response on their travel requests. Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics, and Ecology executive director Timothy Ingalsbee said, “While the number of acres burned, homes destroyed, civilians killed, and tax dollars spent on suppression are going way up, why is the number of Forest Service scientists and managers meeting at professional science conferences and technical training workshops going way down?” Via Scientific American Images via Bureau of Land Management California on Flickr and Depositphotos

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US Forest Service Green Lights Fracking in East Coast’s Largest National Forest

November 18, 2014 by  
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Despite the objections of environmental groups and Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe, the U.S. Forest Service has left the door open to allow fracking in the East Coast’s largest national forest with the release of the forest’s new management plan . The USFS had originally considered banning fracking in George Washington National Forest, but energy companies complained when the draft plan was released in 2011. Read the rest of US Forest Service Green Lights Fracking in East Coast’s Largest National Forest Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: forest service , fossil fuels , fracking , gas extraction , George Washington National Forest , Marcellus shale formation , oil extraction , us forest service , virginia

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DIY Gift Idea: How to Make Vintage Teacup Candles

November 18, 2014 by  
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Grand Canyon Uranium Mine as Big as a Walmart Parking Lot to Proceed Despite Obama Ban

May 1, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock A Canadian Company has received federal approval to proceed with a uranium mine despite a ban put in place by President Obama last year. Energy Fuels Resources has skirted the ban by producing a 1986 environmental report conducted by the United States Forest Service, The Guardian reports, but several conservation groups and the Havasupai tribe have dismissed the report as being outdated. The old Canyon mine will clearcut land as large as a Walmart parking lot just six miles from the South Rim entrance to the canyon, which is up to 70 million years old. Read the rest of Grand Canyon Uranium Mine as Big as a Walmart Parking Lot to Proceed Despite Obama Ban Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Energy Fuels Resources , Environment , environmental destruction , grand canyon , Grand Canyon Trust , Havasupai , Nature , News , Red Wall Aquifer , seven natural wonders of the world , South Rim of Grand Canyon , Travel , uranium , us forest service        

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USDA Study Says Wood Is the Greenest Building Material

October 7, 2011 by  
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Green building advocates and construction product marketers have different views of what the greenest building material is. Different ways of determining what green means will lead to different results. But according to a recent report from the U.S. Forest Service, wood is the greenest building material. This analysis seems to rest largely on the carbon footprint of various construction materials. “The argument that somehow non-wood construction materials are ultimately better for carbon emissions than wood products is not supported by our research,” said David Cleaves, the U.S. Forest Service Climate Change Advisor. “Trees removed in an environmentally responsible way allow forests to continue to sequester carbon through new forest growth. Wood products continue to benefit the environment by storing carbon long after the building has been constructed.” Wood is also unique as a renewable resource that actively sequesters carbon from the atmosphere. As they grow, trees absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and lock it into the structure of the wood. In doing so, wood is a carbon storage material, and that carbon is locked away until the wood decomposes or burns. The report additionally recommends that USDA further its outreach efforts to educate the construction industry and the general public to be more aware of the suitability of wood for non-residential construction and to further study of the carbon benefits of the use of wood in construction. image: CC-SA 2.5 by Andreas Trepte , www.photo-natur.de via: Architect magazine

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An Opportunity to Protect Our National Forests

April 29, 2011 by  
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The Ozark-St. Francis National Forest in Arkansas. Photo credit: Rhea S

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New Map Shows Size of Forests in U.S.

April 26, 2011 by  
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A new map created by the Woods Hole Research Center shows the height, coverage and carbon storage levels of forests in the U.S.  The map was put together by using NASA satellite images from 2000-2001 as well as ground-level surveys by the USGS and USDA Forest Service. The dataset for the map includes the forest measurements amount of carbon stored in vegetation as of 2000.  The scientists involved in the project will use the map as a baseline to monitor changes in forest cover and the carbon cycle.  This will allow them to make predictions about climate change and wildfire risks, help species conservation and even regulate the timber industry. This is the first map to provide canopy height and carbon storage information at this level of detail.  You can check out the full high-resolution map and dataset here .

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What To Do With Discarded Christmas Trees? A Habitat For Fish And For People

January 10, 2011 by  
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Photo: US Forest Service While many cities have programs that turn leftover Christmas Trees into mulch and wood chips, (in NYC they call it Mulchfest , and you can go home with a bag of mulch). But in recent years, other uses such as structural aquatic habitat for fish have become more popular in many lake areas across the United States….

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What Becomes of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree? (Video)

January 10, 2011 by  
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After all the presents have been unwrapped, and those Yuletide carols have all been sung, millions of folks around the world suddenly find themselves with a withering young pine tree in their living-room whose time has come. Sadly, most of these old Christmas trees, so beloved and cherished just a few weeks earlier, end up unceremoniously cast to the curb to be made into mulch

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