Julia Altemus http://mtpr.org en A National Water Quality Program Will Only Muddy The Waters http://mtpr.org/post/national-water-quality-program-will-only-muddy-waters <p>Well, it looks like the Forest Service has done it to themselves again.&nbsp; By this I mean the recent Federal Register notice announcing the agency is undertaking the writing of national Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Water Quality Protection on National Forest System lands.</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:23:06 +0000 Julia Altemus 22457 at http://mtpr.org Don’t be fooled by false and inflammatory statements http://mtpr.org/post/don-t-be-fooled-false-and-inflammatory-statements <p>I simply have to shake my head at the blatantly false accusations and statements made in the press lately by a few fringe environmentalists concerning Governor Bullock’s priority landscape recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. The accusations are so false and so out-of-line that they must be corrected.</p><p></p><p>Forestry provisions in the Farm Bill are the direct result of several national concerns, fire budgets, fire risk to public safety and infrastructure, lack of management on federal lands, litigation and jobs.</p><p></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:45:26 +0000 Julia Altemus 18344 at http://mtpr.org Building tall with wood supports rural America http://mtpr.org/post/building-tall-wood-supports-rural-america <p>If cities are serious about tackling climate change, then the solution may be found in building the city of tomorrow to look more like the city of yesterday.&nbsp; As glass and steel towers continue to rise, wood skyscrapers are likely to start sprouting alongside.&nbsp; Multi-story and high-rise wood buildings are already planned or rising in Europe and Canada.&nbsp; They are architecturally distinct, and they are made of the original green building material.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:09:23 +0000 Julia Altemus 17029 at http://mtpr.org Protecting the sage grouse from the Endangered Species Act http://mtpr.org/post/protecting-sage-grouse-endangered-species-act <p>One could debate whether the recent recommendations by Governor Bullock’s Greater Sage Grouse Advisory Council went too far to protect the bird or not far enough.&nbsp; There certainly have been concerns expressed from both camps.&nbsp; However, one thing is certain, the best way to protect the bird, and the people that share its habitat, is to keep the sage grouse off the Endangered Species list.</p><p></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:59:08 +0000 Julia Altemus 14541 at http://mtpr.org Sustainable growth in the forestry economy http://mtpr.org/post/sustainable-growth-forestry-economy <p>With the global financial crisis of 2007 (hopefully) behind us, it is time to look at the future and what opportunities lay ahead for the forest products industry.</p><p></p><p>The world is increasingly becoming a single market, with interdependent production systems, consumption of similar goods and consumers responding to similar conditions.&nbsp; We no longer compete only in a local economy.</p><p></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 21:17:51 +0000 Julia Altemus 13362 at http://mtpr.org A season of goodwill and cherished memories http://mtpr.org/post/season-goodwill-and-cherished-memories <p align="center">A season of goodwill and cherished memories</p><p>I must confess I am one of the roughly 30 million people in the United States that bought a Christmas tree from a tree farm lot this year.&nbsp; I do have fond memories however of many a cold winter’s day in December, as a youngster, trampling through a deathly quiet forest – with only the sounds of an occasional “thud” as huge clumps of snow would fall from pine tree branches, and my own heavy breathing from struggling to extract myself from waist deep snow – in search of the “perfect” Christmas tree.</p><p></p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:54:24 +0000 Julia Altemus 12231 at http://mtpr.org Building with wood connects us to our environment http://mtpr.org/post/building-wood-connects-us-our-environment <p>World demographic statistics report that one person in three, or one billion people, actually live in slum conditions.&nbsp; One hundred million people across the globe are homeless and over the next 20 years, three billion people, or forty percent of the world’s population, will need a new home.&nbsp; The scale of the challenge facing society is staggering.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:16:21 +0000 Julia Altemus 11448 at http://mtpr.org Montana’s Forest Products Week http://mtpr.org/post/montana-s-forest-products-week <p>This week marks the third annual Montana &ldquo;Forest Products Week&rdquo;.&nbsp; In 2011, the state legislature set-a-side a week every October, in order to recognize the value of Montana&rsquo;s forest products industry, their contribution to the management of our forest lands, and to the stability of Montana&rsquo;s economy.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 20:16:16 +0000 Julia Altemus 9663 at http://mtpr.org Two tales of one industry http://mtpr.org/post/two-tales-one-industry <p align="center">Two recent opinion articles in a local newspaper highlighted the fact that Montana’s forest products industry continues to suffer from two tales of one industry.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 16:27:47 +0000 Julia Altemus 8357 at http://mtpr.org Forestry and the Farm Bill http://mtpr.org/post/forestry-and-farm-bill <p>As the U.S. House and Senate inched towards a Conference Committee on the farm bill last week, some believe the failure of Congress to pass a farm bill in 2012 (instead passing a nine-month extension), and the current stalemate, illustrates how impotent this policy has become.&nbsp; Some believed the extension was a gift to the taxpayer, who would have been stuck with paying for potentially exorbitantly expensive insurance, and price support subsidies, while others believed the extension eviscerated a score of important programs.</p><p></p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:41:45 +0000 Julia Altemus 5754 at http://mtpr.org