With the focus on environmental litigation increasing, resource driven law practices are booming. The Arkansas Timber Law blog examines the current state of the timber industry in Arkansas, and around the country, with respect to the private and public land issues that invariably arise as a result of the competing interests involved. Authored by Buckley Bridges, the blog is a great resource for anyone interested in public land disputes, land trusts, and environmental litigations.
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Today, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette ran a front-page piece entitled, "Beebe discouraged tax-rise meeting, forester says." With due respect to the editor, I think the real eye-grabber is the quote from State Forester John Shannon, which I have used as the title of this blog...
Having only recently highlighted an Arkansas case proving the value of experts, I now have to follow up with this caveat post. Last month, Judge Cohen of the United States Tax Court issued an opinion that should serve as a an example to trial lawyers and trial...
John Muir, who (among other things) was instrumental in the nascent U.S. National Park movement, has been quoted as saying, "Nothing dollarable is safe." With due respect, perhaps Mr. Muir had it wrong. Perhaps the inverse is true: Only the dollarable is safe....
Some readers familiar with the law may remember the Frigaliment case (a.k.a. "The Chicken Case). I cannot summarize the case any better than Judge Friendly did when he wrote: "The issue is, what is chicken?" Frigaliment Importing Co. v. B. N. S. Int'l Sales Corp., 190 F....
The United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service recently published a proposed planning rule to update procedures that have been in place for almost thirty years. For coverage from the Denver Post, click here and here. For a Washington Post article, click here. The...
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If you want to cut timber, you often have to cut roads first. Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit may have made that first step a little bit more difficult ... In Northwest Environmental Defense Center v. Brown (available here and hereafter referred to as...
As we are entering the cooler months of the year, a blog post by forester Steve Nix piqued my curiosity. Nix wrote that "In many states firewood transaction laws have been enabled to protect the purchaser from being ripped off when purchasing fuel." If you're like...
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From June 2009 to February 2010, the USDA / FSA implemented the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) to support the establishment of eligible crops for bioenergy conversion and to assist agricultural and forest land owners and operators with the collection, harvest, storage, and...