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Courts uphold 'roadless conservation rule'

Environmental and hunting groups today praised a federal court decision to uphold the U.S. Forest Service's “Roadless Conservation Rule,” a Clinton era multiple-use national forest management regulation that was designed to limit road building and timber harvesting on undeveloped public lands managed by the Agriculture Department. Read More...

Tidwell: Seek program support, not money

Farmers and conservationists should ask member of Congress to support programs rather than ask for specific amounts of money, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell told the National Association of Conservation Districts. Read More...

Obama's USDA: Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell

The national forests get more attention than privately owned lands, but private forests are under greater threat, and the U.S. Forest Service stands ready with programs to try to help owners of forest and ranch lands who want to keep them productive and in open space, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said in an exclusive interview with The Hagstrom Report. Read More...

Obama's USDA: Undersecretary Harris Sherman

The size and importance of farm bill conservation programs were a surprise to Agriculture Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment Harris Sherman when assumed his position in 2009. In an exclusive interview, Sherman has told The Hagstrom Report that these programs “must” be maintained in the 2012 farm bill. Read More...

Vilsack proposes new U.S. Forest Service planning rule

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released a new planning rule for the national forests. The proposed rule and draft environmental impact statement are subject to a 90-day public comment period that will end on May 16. Read More...