National Forests http://kplu.org en Funding for an untapped renewable resource: woody biomass on public lands http://kplu.org/post/funding-untapped-renewable-resource-woody-biomass-public-lands <p>You could call it power that&rsquo;s growing on trees, but doesn&rsquo;t get put to good use.</p><p>The US Forest service recently announced <a href="http://blogs.usda.gov/2012/07/26/forest-service-announces-4-million-for-alternative-energy-projects/#more-41371">$4-million in grants</a> to support projects that convert wood to energy. It&#39;s part of a <a href="http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/research/units/tmu/tmugrants.shtml">program</a> that&#39;s meant to support small businesses that create jobs while encouraging alternatives to fossil fuels.</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 12:06:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5905 at http://kplu.org Pot plantations laying waste to national forests http://kplu.org/post/pot-plantations-laying-waste-national-forests-0 <p>With its delicate, bright-green leaves, it&rsquo;s a beautiful plant to look at.</p><p>And its medicinal qualities are well-known, but it requires huge amounts of water and light to grow.&nbsp;</p><p>And that&rsquo;s just the start of the problems caused by marijuana that authorities have been discovering growing in national forests.</p><p> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 12:50:10 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 4175 at http://kplu.org Pot plantations laying waste to national forests Loggers and tree huggers united: feds rewarding cooperation in U.S. National Forests http://kplu.org/post/loggers-and-tree-huggers-united-feds-rewarding-cooperation-us-national-forests <p><a href="http://www.fs.fed.us/restoration/CFLR/documents/2011Proposals/Region6/Colville/NEWForestVisionCFLRP2020ver2.pdf">Restoration projects in Eastern Washington&rsquo;s Colville National Forest </a>are a model for the nation; that was the word from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack two years ago. &nbsp;</p><p>And now those efforts are netting nearly a million dollars in new federal funding.</p><p>At the same time, funding has been renewed for another project in Washington: the <a href="http://www.tapash.org/about.htm">Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative</a>, near Yakima.</p><p> Fri, 03 Feb 2012 20:22:09 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 4041 at http://kplu.org Loggers and tree huggers united: feds rewarding cooperation in U.S. National Forests U.S. House bill would sell off public lands in the Northwest http://kplu.org/post/us-house-bill-would-sell-public-lands-northwest <p>WASHINGTON, D.C. &ndash; A bill in the U.S. House of Representatives would require the Obama Administration to sell off public lands, including parcels in the Northwest.</p><p>The issue got a hearing Tuesday in Washington, D.C., just as some northwest lawmakers are pushing for wilderness protections on other lands.</p><p> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 00:13:09 +0000 Northwest News Network 2994 at http://kplu.org U.S. House bill would sell off public lands in the Northwest