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

Read more about forests and forest management practices:

Equilibrium / Sustainability — Wild Horses Could Help Temper Western Wildfires

Using so-called “problem” wild horses to reduce wildfire is an idea whose time has come.  

On the Elk Trail: Episode 2 – Elk Migration

In 2018, a biologist and a filmmaker used camera traps to film the entire fall migration of an elk herd in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem of western Wyoming. During the project’s first week a snowstorm […]

Wild Horses Can Prevent Out-of-Control Wildfires Out West, Researcher Says. Here’s How

Roaming wild horses may help cut down on the size and intensity of wildfires out west, according to research from the Wild Horse Fire Brigade.  

Nearly 80 Gnaw-ty Beavers Move to Wilder Neighborhoods

“As discussed below, many landowners want to remove nuisance beavers from their property. And, when they do, they often turn to trappers, some of whom now turn to Wyoming Wetlands Society for payment — and to […]

Yellowstone Elk Migration Trail: Amazing Camera Trap Highlights

  Like rivers, Yellowstone’s migration corridors have many tributaries. One of these passes through Pitchstone Waters Ranch. We see herds of as many as 100 elk exiting the national forest, passing through our meadows and […]

Pitchstone Waters Artificial Beaver Dams #4

   At Pitchstone Waters in Idaho, we spanned an entire valley with two artificial beaver dams. Doing this presented special problems. Fourth in a series.   NOTE: this post was originally published to this […]

Ramping Up Forest Restoration

“This excellent article from the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC), a free market environmental think tank based in Bozeman, discusses the barriers faced by U.S. Forest Service in expanding its forest restoration efforts.

World Record Deer Migration Visualized In 3D For The First Time

   This deer passed close by Pitchstone Waters, which is 5-miles southwest of the southwest corner of Yellowstone Park in Idaho.   NOTE: this post was originally published to this site on December 9, […]

Yellowstone Bats

There are at least 13-species of bats found in Greater Yellowstone, which includes Pitchstone Waters Ranch.   Bats are among the most under-appreciated, misunderstood, and necessary of all the mammal predators. All this and much more […]

At Yosemite, a Preservation Plan That Calls for Chain Saws

As discussed below, most experts now agree that logging and prescribed burning are necessary to improve forest health.   Other practices which are not discussed in this article –  but equally needed – are hunting […]

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, […]

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