America’s Forests, Lands & Waters


Wisely Managing Idaho and America’s Forests

USFS vs Private Forest management by Jim Priest
“This is this the best illustration of forest mismanagement  (Jim Priest) have seen. The land on the right is deeded ground that has utilized managed logging for over a hundred years. The land on the left is Forest Service ground that hasn’t been logged in who knows how long. See the difference? This picture was taken on the ranch I work for west of Helena, MT” Jim Priest

Fire season is officially here. Poor land and forest management lead to a heavy fuel load for wildfires and forest fires. Last summer we literally breathed in burning forests casting more Carbon into our air than all the automobiles combined. It doesn’t have to be this way. Well managed forest contain light burns. We know this from hundreds of years of tree rings showing prior burns. Today’s fires leave no tree rings as they burn the trees to the ground leaving scorched earth and sterile soil.  When our neighbors to the west burn we all suffer.

Before western explorers arrived, large animals moved in great herds across the land grazing and clearing fuel loads and pruning lower branches of trees. Beavers dug mini canals and build multiple mini ponds slowing the rivers, distributing water, and filling the valleys with life. When lightning struck, the fuel loads were low, the fire kissed the trees and moved along rather than torching each tree to the ground. We can replicate nature through regenerative and restorative agriculture, silvopasture, water restoration, and agroforestry.

Holistic Land Managment

Proper field management
The land on the right supports more livestock than the left. Both fields receive the same rainfall. The livestock on the right are kept together and moved about ensuring that pasture grasses recover in careful pasture management. The livestock on the left are left to range and overgraze the entire property full time. Photo by Allan Savory

We have the knowledge and ability now to restore our lands through regenerative forest management, managed rotational livestock grazing, restoring biodiversity and clearing the overgrowth. Let’s get the bureaucracy and PACs out of the equation and allow Americans to take back America. Americans can choose to place our lands on the path of renewal to the beautiful rich land of our fore-parents. Natalie Fleming believes in returning public lands to state and private, responsible ownership.

The Desert Sage

Vacant low animal impact high-organic litter site. A few grasses, most dead.” Steven Rich
Sage brush with high animal impact.
“Grass response to vacated niche (tree died) in sagebrush steppe. High animal impact site.” Steven Rich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) places antiquated grazing restrictions preventing the use of Holistic Land Management on the land.  The Pic above to the left is BLM land.  The Ranch manager is well versed in HLM practices but is prevented from implementing them. The result is this…

The wildfire stops where the cattles graze.
The wildfire stops where the cattle graze. Idaho Cattle Association

Nat Knows: Nat was heartbroken when she returned to her childhood Deschutes National Forest to see it infested and destroyed by the beetle. Massive beetle infestations can be managed through planting a diversity of trees and clearing out infested trees. Natalie gets it.

Restoring Beetle Damaged Forests

“How an active timber program on the Manti La Sal National Forest is reducing fuel loads and treating beetle-impacted stands in Colorado.” Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities

The Federal Government owns everything in Red

Federal Land ownership of the West.
Federal Land ownership of the West. https://www.geomac.gov

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