BioFlying & Day Use Fees Waived

BioFlying & Day Use Fees Waived

BioFlying & Day Use Fees Waived plus Food Forethought. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Northwest Report.

Getting people to enjoy what is right in their own back yard can sometimes be frustrating especially when it revolves around a national holiday. The Forest Service hopes waiving day use fees at national forests will encourage more visitors to the great outdoors this three day weekend. Reggie Woodruff of the Forest Service.

WOODRUFF: The Forest Service is waiving our day use recreation fees at our different sites for this upcoming Veteran’s Day weekend. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, skiing, snowmobiling, off-road vehicle use in some areas. You can also picnic, camp, hunt, fish or you can just lay back and relax and enjoy the great landscapes and the beauty of the national forests.

The old saying of flying the friendly skies may seem more like flying on french fries as Alaska Airlines will fly start flying 75 commercial passenger flights in the United States powered by biofuel, starting tomorrow. Alaska Airlines, along with its sister carrier Horizon Air, will operate select flights from Seattle to Portland, Ore., and Washington D.C., using a 20% blend of sustainable biofuel made from used cooking?oil.

Now with today’s Food Forethought, here’s Lacy Gray.

The U.S. Beef industry has often been under fire by anti-meat activists claiming that beef production is unsustainable. In response to that the beef industry has recently kicked off what it refers to as a “landmark sustainability assessment”. Through funding by The Beef Checkoff Program and a partnership with the BASF Corporation a more comprehensive assessment of the current state of the nation’s beef industry will be attainable. Previous research has already shown that beef’s carbon footprint in the United States as decreased by over eighteen percent in the last thirty years. Bo Reagan, of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says that by using a newly developed BASF Corporation “eco-efficiency” tool the beef industry will be able to identify factors that people feel need attention in the beef industry to enhance sustainability, and ultimately put a cost on addressing those hot spots. The U.S.beef industry is recognized around the world for having first rate practices and environmental stewardship, and through efforts such as these will continue to improve management practices in order to meet future consumer needs.

Thanks Lacy. That’s today’s Northwest Report. I’m Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.

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