Category Archives: YSS in the Press and Stories of Interest

Finding Common Ground with YSS

Mike Albrecht, abridged version THE YOSEMITE-STANISLAUS SOLUTIONS (YSS) collaborative group is a highly diverse coalition of interests who share a common goal: restoring and maintaining healthy forests and watersheds, fire- safe communities, and sustainable local economies using a science based approach. Though originally founded to find common ground, tackling difficult resource management issues became its…
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County backs Forest Service in logging suit

Tuolumne County has joined a coalition of forces formed to combat a recent lawsuit related to the U.S. Forest Service's plan to allow logging on about 30,000 acres of land that burned. in last year's Rim Fire.

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Great News on the Rim Fire Recovery Plan-Friends of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp

August 29, 2014/0 Comments/in General /by Scott Gelfand Dear Campers, As you may have already read in the papers, the Stanislaus National Forest has announced its plans for salvage logging in the Rim Fire Area. In May and June, FOBTC worked closely with the Tuolumne River Trust and Yosemite-Stanislaus Solutions to understand the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and…
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Rim Fire Recovery and Integrated Resources Management Lessons Learned

Integrated National Resources Management - Innovative Solutions for Complex Environmental Challenges Below article can be found at: More than a year after the start of the 2013 Rim Fire, Susan Skalski, Forest Supervisor for the Stanislaus National Forest, has issued her decision for the Rim Fire Recovery Project. The largest wildfire in the recorded…
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Rim Fire Plan for Salvage Logging a Milestone

Published 6:58 pm, Sunday, September 7, 2014 Salvage logging evokes instant and emphatic reactions. For loggers and locals, harvesting scorched but usable trees after a forest fire means money and jobs. But environmentalists and wildlife experts worry that chain-sawing stumps and snags only worsens natural recovery. Just such a standoff happened last year when the 400-square-mile Rim…
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Coalition Praises Rim Fire Logging Plan

By John Holland September 3, 2014 Salvage logging planned for the Rim fire area has won praise from a Tuolumne County coalition that includes environmentalists, the timber industry and other partners. The group agreed that the plan, approved last week by Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor Susan Skalski, strikes the right balance between protecting the land…
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Collaborative Group Supports Rim Fire Salvage Plan

The Yosemite Stanislaus Solutions (YSS) collaborative group supports the U.S. Forest Service moving forward with its newly released plan to selectively treat portions of the Rim Fire by salvage logging a portion of the dead trees.

Over the past year, the Forest Service went to great lengths to engage the public in the planning process that led to the approval of the newly released final environmental impact statement (FEIS) and Record of Decision. Not only were materials provided through the normal channels, but the Stanislaus Forest and the Regional Office of the Forest Service also sponsored webinars, open house sessions, and two major Rim Fire science meetings for stakeholders in Sacramento.

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National forests begin new era of cooperation after Rim Fire

The 2013 Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park has brought together timber industry representatives and environmentalists in a new era of cooperation. Photo: Jae C. Hong, Associated Press Disaster sometimes comes with a silver lining. Last summer's 257,000-acre Rim Fire torched more than trees. The enormous blaze, which incinerated a large swath of the Stanislaus National Forest near Yosemite National Park, knocked out power transmission and threatened San Francisco's water supply. It also cleared away some of the toxic social underbrush that has stymied federal forest management efforts for many years. This could lead to more fire-adapted, resilient and carbon-rich public forests across vast stretches of Northern California.

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Groups push for expedited Rim Fire logging

Local environmental organizations, the timber industry and others have joined forces to urge the Forest Service to approve fast removal of burned trees from the Rim Fire area.
Yosemite Stanislaus Solutions, a coalition of environmental and logging groups, sent a letter to U.S. Forest Service Regional Forester Randy Moore on Tuesday, stressing the need for swift action to begin “salvage logging” projects on scorched parts of the Stanislaus National Forest.

“Unless speedy implementation is quickly allowed for whatever salvage logging is ultimately approved by the Forest Service, a tremendous amount of sawlog wood material will deteriorate past the point of having economic value,” the letter stated. “This would mean that the public would then need to pay in the future to have that fuel removed from the burn area.”

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