Forests

Native forests are as diverse as native rangelands or any other healthy ecosystem.

Like rangelands, forests produce oxygen, sequester carbon, provide wildlife habitat and play a role in the water cycle.

As a source of lumber and wood products such as paper, much of our forest land particularly through the southeast has been converted to a monoculture of softwood pines, managed under industrial systems. It has produced a glut of softwood and timber stands that are in declining health.

In national forests, the mixed timber stands tend to suffer from benign neglect. Bowing to pressure from outside groups with little understanding of nature’s processes, the forest managers “preserve” the forests by simply leaving them alone. Lack of thinning, a proliferation of undergrowth make them the forests prime targets for disease and uncontrolled fire.

Forests, like rangelands, benefit from managers who consider the big picture and manage for balance.

Latest articles

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All About Moose for Kids

   The moose is the largest member of the deer family and one of the largest mammals in North America! With its distinctive antlers and unusual face, moose are easy to recognize! They live […]

Europe Is Sacrificing Its Ancient Forests for ‘Green’ Energy

The article below was published by the New York Times, which is consistently anti-fossil fuels. The feature describes an environmental catastrophe being caused by Western Europe’s runaway “green” mandates.   Europe sits on vast shale […]

Returning Fire to the Land

“This article from the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC), a free market environmental think tank based in Bozeman, discusses how states are starting to overcome decades of inertia and entrenched policy challenges to promote […]

Healthy Forests Make Good Neighbors

“This article from the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC), a free market environmental think tank based in Bozeman, discusses the common sense idea of turning federal-lands fire mitigation decisions over to states.

How Environmental Red Tape Inflames Wildfire Risk

This article from the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC), a free market environmental think tank based in Bozeman, discusses the “analysis paralysis” of the federal forest agencies. Regulatory overkill combined with environmental lawsuits make […]

Why I Hunt: A New Mexico Elk Hunt

    While on a rifle elk hunt in fall of 2022, RMEF Member and Bass Pro Shops employee Ed Larson reflects on the question every hunter should be prepared to answer – Why Do […]

Pitchstone Waters Artificial Beaver Dams #1

Pitchstone Waters Artificial Beaver Dams #1 from Christopher Gill on Vimeo.   Restoring an abandoned beaver dam in an Idaho forest near Yellowstone Park.   NOTE: this video was originally published to this site on […]

Losing the Forest for the Trees

“In this excellent article from PERC (Property and Environment Research Center), the free market environmental think tank based in Bozeman, the authors explain why forest thinning and complementary restoration efforts help protect watersheds, enhance wildlife habitat, store […]

Goats Clearing Meadows and Forest at Pitchstone Waters #1

On the Fall River in Idaho, 5-miles from the southwest corner of Yellowstone Park, we use goats instead of herbicides to control weeds and stimulate grasses in forests and meadows. It is fascinating to watch […]

The Big Burn of 1910 and the Choking of America’s Forests

This article from PERC (Property and Environment Research Center), the free market environmental think tank based in Bozeman, discusses the origin of the public forest management policy that has turned out to be so bad for our national […]

Hunting Is Conservation – Hunting is Sustainable, Helps Species Thrive

   The anti-hunter claim that hunting is not a sustainable model and the populations of hunted species will decline and no longer flourish is simply untrue. NOTE: this post was originally published July 22, […]

You Don’t Need To Be A Rocket Scientist To See What’s Coming via Wildfires This Season!

“Fighting wildfires with wild horses.  

Goats, Brush, Weeds and Wildfire

  At Pitchstone Waters Ranch in Idaho, 5-miles southwest of Yellowstone Park, we use goats and cattle to reduce brush, control “weeds” and  forbs, reduce wildfire and stimulate plant growth on forest floors and meadows.

“Land of the Burning Ground”: The History and Traditions of Indigenous People in Yellowstone

The agencies that manage Yellowstone National Park say that human impact is harmful and “unnatural.” This is another anthropological myth based on ideology rather than natural history and science.   As discussed in the article […]

Pitchstone Waters Roads #1

   Eco-friendly forest thinning and road building next to Yellowstone Park, in Idaho. NOTE: this post was originally published to this site on June 5, 2019.

The Catastrophic Extinction of North American Mammoths and Mastodonts

“One of the great myths of our politically-correct anthropology is that ‘Native Americans” lived in harmony with all wildlife. Early human hunters were closely involved with the Pleistocene Extinctions, just 12,000-years ago. This was the […]

Wildfires and Wildfire Prevention: What’s Working, What’s Not?

Are controlled burns environmental ‘silver bullets’ or environmental disasters? 

2022 Winter Wildlife Near Yellowstone Park, in Idaho

Winter wildlife, 2022 at Pitchstone Waters.  

Wolves and Moose at Pitchstone Waters

It’s springtime at Pitchstone Waters Ranch, which means that we can access our game cameras in the high forests along our boundary with the national forest, and see last winter’s photos. The game camera that […]

Understanding ‘Wild Horse Fire Brigade’ 

As discussed in the compelling article published below, “Wild horses that are restored back into their evolutionary roles as keystone herbivores naturally protect forests, wildlife, watersheds and wilderness ecosystems, which benefit through symbiotic grazing by […]

Yellowstone National Park’s Migrating Bison

As winter snow accumulations melt, a “green wave” of fresh growth moves upwards, into Yellowstone’s higher elevations. Bison follow the green wave and they pretty much go where they wish. All this reverses with autumn […]