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National News: March 30, 2015

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Written by Mark Garland
Sunday, 29 March 2015 19:27
News / National

Court showdown likely in Wolf Creek land swap battle - Under pressure from billionaire developer, Forest Service keeps digging itself into a deeper hole, Summit Voice
County doesn't want state takeover of federal lands - Local economy depends on federal lands, county leaders say, Telluride Daily Planet
Walden: County payments extension in Medicare bill - Wyden says he's glad House 'stopped playing politics' on 'safety net', KTVZ

Under Secretary Highlights Forest Restoration Effort in Testimony before Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee - Pace and Scale of Restoration Efforts Increased, Sustainable Timber Harvesting Promoted, Fire Budget Threatens to Sap Maintenance, Recreation Programs, USFS
Full Committee Hearing - U.S. Forest Service's FY2016 Budget, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Bark Beetles Are Decimating Our Forests. That Might Actually Be a Good Thing - They gobble up trees and send politicians into a frenzy. But do the bugs know more about climate change than we do?, Mother Jones
Judge Rejects "Eco-Forestry" Clearcutting on O&C Lands - Controversial "variable retention regeneration harvest" clearcuts in White Castle timber sale declared illegal; conservationists win on all counts, Oregon Wild
West coast log and lumber exports decreased in 2014 - Drop in Chinese demand slows exports, year-end analysis finds, USFS PNW Research Station
Long-term changes in dead wood reveal new forest dynamics - Research has implications for balancing habitat and wildfire management, USFS PSW Research Station

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