In an article in the Idaho Statesman today, Rocky Barker discusses how policies for fighting our nation’s forest fires has been impacted in many different ways by the 1988 Yellowstone fire. Some policies let the fire burn, and see the fires as “an essential part of the Western forest ecosystem.” Other’s attack “almost every wildfire – many deep in the woods” for fear of air pollution, home and resource damage, and even politics. And a new policy has emerged in recent years, “one that encourages firefighters to restore fire to the landscape while still protecting communities and other valuable resources.”
Archive for August, 2008
Despite the under-performing residential and commercial real estate markets, the price of farm real estate is breaking records across the nation, and the American West is taking the lead. According to a report released by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, farm real estate values have increased by 8.8 percent from January 2007 to January 2008 nationwide. In Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, values have increased 120 percent since 2004. Montana, Utah and Wyoming are above the rest – Montana saw a 168.3 percent and Utah saw a 139 percent increase since 2004, and Wyoming experienced a 19.6 percent jump between 2007 and 2008 alone. The report says this is mainly due to “strong commodity prices and farm programs, outside investments, favorable interest rates and tax incentives” coupled with “livestock prices, recreational use and urban development” driving the demand for pasture. Read the full article at NewWest.net.
Graphic: Courtesy of NewWest.net.