Dave Skinner 
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Re: “Lay of the land

Wilderness? Not one more acre, and the topic isn't even up for discussion until the enviros stop suing multiple use ground to a standstill.

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Posted by Dave Skinner on 04/03/2014 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Keystone woes

Ya know, this story would have better context if it were made clear that both Brown and Garoutte are members of Northern Plains Don't Use The Resource Council.

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Posted by Dave Skinner on 02/19/2014 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Keystone woes

That's about a thousand bucks an acre. Not bad for grass or wheat ground, actually.

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Posted by Dave Skinner on 02/13/2014 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Flash in the pan

Ari:
Stick to topics you know something about.
For one, AR does NOT stand for "assault rifle." It's shorthand for "Armalite" -- which is the firm Eugene Stoner designed the basic AR-15/M16/M whatever direct gas actuated platform upon which so many millions of rifles have been built around.
Second, apparently you were asleep from mid-December of last year until now, paying utterly no attention to the gun-control debate in Congress. What was targeted? Certain calibers with military histories, which disappeared from the shelves within 10 days after Dianne Feinstein opened her mouth, which in turn was about ten seconds after the last shot was fired at Newtown.
The shortage of those calibers was so bad and so long, demand shifted to any and all other calibers, especially in popular models like 270, which is like the fifth most common loading offered.
As for production, the lines can only be run 24/7 with down time for maintenance. And nobody is going to buy more specialized line equipment than they think they can make pay for itself in the long run.
Bottom line, if you are so desperate, find three boxes of ammo between 243 and 30-06 and buy a rifle in that caliber. Next year you might have better luck.

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Posted by Dave Skinner on 10/17/2013 at 12:04 PM

Re: “Symbolic gestures

Actually, the best bill of all would be one that let the states purchase the surface estate on the easy-pay plan.
The feds could keep their wildernesses, but those lands objectively suitable for long term timber production (like the O and C lands, which were a land grant to a busted railroad) would be returned to the local economies -- to support the kinds of jobs local residents want. Then there wouldn't be that much need for SNAP, eh?

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Posted by Dave Skinner on 09/28/2013 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Scary prognosis

I just wish people would get off this "natural fire regime" kick. Those 5-25 year fires in P-pine were more often than not SET fires. You know, Indians? Indians wanting good graze for fat deer and elk to eat? Indians wanting to clear off ambush sites as they departed the area for the next camp?
And another thing not mentioned. No such thing as LP old-growth. The stuff kills itself like clockwork once it matures. We should have started mowing it off 20 years ago as it became merch wood -- but 1994-5 is when the roof caved in.
Finally, with a lower water budget, does stems per acre register with any of these scientists?

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Posted by Dave Skinner on 09/20/2013 at 12:09 PM

Re: “etc.

This will mean a column any day now in the New York Times. And a Pulitzer nomination!

Posted by Dave Skinner on 08/29/2012 at 6:49 PM

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