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Arctic Citadel

Allan, Chris. Arctic Citadel: A History of Exploration in the Brooks Range Region of Northern Alaska. U.S. Department of the Interior. 2013. 210pg.

Call number: I 29.2:AR 2/29

“The Brooks Range, stretching 600 miles across northern Alaska, remained the last great uncharted tract of land in the United States long after the rest of the nation had been surveyed, studied, tamed and trodden.”- Introduction

This is a beautiful book filled with historic maps, photos and images of the rugged, expansive beauty of a place when the presence of man seems so insignificant. This book looks at this history of exploration and includes accounts of individuals, explores their motivation and the role of the Native People of Alaska in the mapping of the area. The time period covers early European explorers, including Franklin’s 1826 expedition, to Bob Marshall’s mapping and conservation efforts in the 1930’s.  This is a great book for those interested in the history of exploration, Alaska, and National Parks.


Effects of climatic variability and change on forest ecosystems

Effects of climatic variability and change on forest ecosystems : a comprehensive science synthesis for the U.S. forest sector. Portland, OR : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, 2012. 265 p.

Call number: A 13.88:PNW-GTR-870 Also available online.

“This report is a scientific assessment of the current condition and likely future condition of forest resources in the United States relative to climatic variability and change. It serves as the U.S. Forest Service forest sector technical report for the National Climate Assessment and includes descriptions of key regional issues and examples of a risk-based framework for assessing climate-change effects.”- Abstract


Opportunities for outdoor recreation on public lands

Opportunities for outdoor recreation on public lands. Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands of the Committee on Natural Resources U.S. House of Representatives.
Call number Y4.r 31/3:112-44  Also available online 

Don’t judge a book by its cover! Many of the published hearings we receive are full of interesting information. The testimony in this hearing deals with off road vehicles with arguments for more access and arguments against.  Testimony by Russ Ehnes focuses on OHV used in Montana.

Akenson, Jim, Executive Director, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers
Amador, Donald, Blue Ribbon Coalition       
Bacon, Sutton, Chief Executive Officer, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Inc   
Crimmins, Thomas, Lead Spokesman, Professionals for Managed Recreation
Ehnes, Russ, Executive Director, National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council
Jones, Scott, Board of Directors, Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition
Lepley, Dick, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Off-Highway Vehicle Association
Umphress, Karen, Board Member, Minnesota Motorized Trails Coalition and the Coalition of Recreational Trail Users


Intelligence Revolution 1960

Intelligence Revolution 1960: Retrieving the Corona Imagery that Helped Win the Cold War
. 2012. 240p. Defense Dept., National Reconnaissance Office.

Call number: D 1.2:IN 8/16

“This book is a collection of first-person stories from the ‘Cold War warriors’ who were in the ‘high-tech trenches’ of space reconnaissance in the 1950’s and 1960’s. These are the people who developed the Corona film-return photoreconnaissance systems and brought back the secrets that helped win the Cold War” –From preface by Ingard Clausen.

CORONA was the nation's first photo reconnaissance satellites, operating from August 1960 until May 1972. The program was declassified at the request of the Central Intelligence Agency in February 1995. The Index of the Declassified CORONA, ARGON, and LANYARD Records are available.


War, Will and Warlords

War, Will, and Warlords; Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001-2011, by Robert M. Cassidy. Marine Corps U. Press. 2012

Call Number D 214.2:W 19/3 Also available online

From the back cover:

“War, Will, and Warlords: Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001–2011 compares the reasons for and the responses to the insurgencies in Afghanistan and Pakistan since October  2001. Taliban insurgencies in both countries have grown in strength during this period, though the United States and its partners have dedicated significant amounts of time and effort to stabilize the region. Pakistan and Afghanistan represent the epicenter in this long war because machinations in these two countries led to the emergence of the first Taliban neo-emirate with Pakistan’s support. The Taliban consequently harbored al-Qaeda before and during the September 2001 attacks on the United States. Al-Qaeda and affiliated armed groups now benefit from sanctuary across the border in Pakistan. The border regions between Afghanistan and Pakistan— known as the Pashtun Belt—are inexorably linked to the future stability of South Asia and to the security of the United States. This book lies at the intersection of international security studies, military strategy, and the operational art of counterinsurgency and offers general policy and strategy prescriptions for bringing durable stability to this vital region.”


Astronomical Almanac

The astronomical almanac. U.S. Nautical Almanac Office in the United States (USNO), Her Majesty's Nautical Almanac Office (HMNAO) in the United Kingdom. 600pg.
Call number: D 213.8:2015. Also available online:

 When will the Sun set January 2nd, 2015 in Montana? Where should you be to see the best solar eclipse? When will the moon rise? This book will tell you when different cultures will be celebrating New Years, religious celebrations and includes the calculations used for these determinations. There are eleven sections Phenomena (sunrise, eclipse, transits, and visibility of the planets), Time-scale and Coordinate Systems (calendars, Earth rotation, polar motion), Sun, Moon, Planets, Natural Satellites, Dwarf Planets and Small Solar System Bodies, Stars and Stellar Systems,  Observations, Tables and Data, Notes and References. This is a great reference for star gazers and astronomers.


Insects Invade

Insects Invade
..., Program Aid 2148a, January 2014. USDA, Department of Agriculture Forest Service

Call number: A 1.68:2148 A

This item has a teacher’s guide and workbook for student grades 4-5. Students learn about beneficial insects and invasive species. A short comic explains about natural predators, detailed information about four invasive insects and an interview with an entomologist encourages kids to pay attention to their natural surroundings.

This is a nice activity guide which encourages exercise, and natural science.


Environmental futures research

Compiled by David N. Bengston. Environmental futures research : experiences, approaches, and opportunities. Newtown Square, PA : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station, 2012. 79 p

Call number: A 13.88:NRS-P-107     Also available online.


“These papers, presented in a special session at the International Symposium on Society
and Resource Management in June 2011, explore the transdisciplinary field of futures research and its application to long-range environmental analysis, planning, and policy. Futures research began in the post-World War II era and has emerged as a mature research field. Although the future of complex social-ecological systems cannot be predicted, these papers show how futures research can offer perspectives and methods that help researchers, decision makers, and other stakeholders explore alternative futures and gain environmental foresight—insight that can inform decision making on environmental challenges.”


Futures Research:  A Neglected Dimension in Environmental Policy and Planning. David N. Bengston

An Approach to the Future. Peter C. Bishop

A Framework for Developing Foresight in Natural Resource Management. Kay E. Strong

Global Mega Forces: Implications for the Future of Natural Resources. George H. Kubik

Scenarios and Decisionmaking for Complex Environmental Systems.  Stephen R. Carpenter and Adena R. Rissman

The Northern Forest Futures Project: A Forward Look at Forest Conditions in the Northern United States. W. Keith Moser and Stephen R. Shifley

Linking Global Scenarios to National Assessments: Experiences from the Resources Planning Act (RPA) Assessment. Linda L. Langner and Peter J. Ince

Environmental Futures Research at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Archeological Investigations at Shiloh

Anderson, David G., Archeological investigations at Shiloh Indian Mounds National Historic Landmark (40HR7) : 1999-2004, 2013, 773pg.

Call number: I 29.2:SH 6/2/ Also available online Volume 1&2

“Due in large part to changing river patterns, a large portion of Mound A of the Shiloh Mound complex and Shiloh National Military Park is eroding into the Tennessee River. Mound A is one of the largest late prehistoric Mississippian period Indian mounds in the Tennessee River Valley, and one of the largest mounds on National Park Service land. The mound and village complex were built in the centuries immediately following a.d. 1000, when the site was the political and ceremonial center of a society dominating this part of the region. Unfortunately, in spite of a long history of casual and professional scholarly interest in the site, until comparatively recently very little was known about when precisely it was occupied, what happened there, and how its fortunes changed through time.”


Research perspectives on the public and fire management

McCaffrey, Sarah. Research perspectives on the public and fire management : a synthesis of current social science on eight essential questions / Sarah M. McCaffrey and Christine C. Olsen. 2012 pg.40

Call number: A 13.88:NRS-104 Also available online.


As part of a Joint Fire Science Program project, a team of social scientists reviewed existing fire social science literature to develop a targeted synthesis of scientific knowledge on the following questions: 1. What is the public’s understanding of fire’s role in the ecosystem? 2. Who are trusted sources of information about fire? 3. What are the public’s views of fuels reduction methods, and how do those views vary depending on citizens’ location in the wildland-urban interface or elsewhere? 4. What is the public’s understanding of smoke effects on human health, and what shapes the public’s tolerance for smoke? 5. What are homeowners’ views of their responsibilities for home and property protection and mitigation, e.g., defensible space measures? 6. What role does human health and safety play in the public’s perceptions of fire and fire management? 7. What are the public’s views on the role and importance of costs in wildfire incident response decisions? 8. To the extent that information is available, how do findings differ among ethnic and cultural groups, and across regions of the country?


Bureau of Labor Statistics Information Guide

Bureau of Labor Statistics Information Guide, U.S. Department of Labor. 2014. 56pg.

Call number: L 2.46/3:in 3/5

It may not look exciting, but this is a great resource for anyone needing information on labor, industry, employment, consumer spending and more. This guide will direct users to the most helpful BLS products, includes contact information for the different departments and regions and locations for other federal data sources.


Going Postal

Lera, Thomas. Ed. The Winton M. Blount Postal History Symposia, Select Papers, 2010-2011. Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press. 2013. pg 134

Call number: SI 1.28:56   Also available online.


“Rarely do scholars of postal organizations and systems meet and discuss their ideas and research with scholars of philately. In an attempt to bridge this gap, the National Postal Museum and the American Philatelic Society hosted the first Winton M. Blount Postal History symposium on 3–4 November 2006 to bring together these two research groups to discuss postal history. This publication covers the next two symposia. The 2010 theme was “Stamps and the Mail: Images, Icons and Identity.” Stamps, as official government documents, can be treated as primary resources designed to convey specific political and esthetic messages. Other topics and themes for the symposium were stamp design’s influence on advertising envelopes and bulk mailings, censorship of stamps as propaganda as used on letters, and the role of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee or organizations that generate the designs. The 2011 symposium was held at the American Philatelic Center in conjunction with the United States Stamp Society’s annual meeting. The United States Stamp Society is the preeminent organization devoted to the study of U.S. stamps. It is a nonprofit, volunteer-run association of collectors to promote the study of the philatelic output of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and of postage and revenue stamped paper produced by others for use in the United States and U.S. administered areas. The theme of the symposium was “How Commerce and Industry Shaped the Mails.”


Forest Pest Insects

David Cappaert, Michigan State University,

Forest Pest Insects in
North America: A Photographic Guide
, FHTET-2012-02, September 2013.

Call number: A13.110/18:2012-02  Online version

Can’t tell the difference between a spittlebug and a woolly adelgid? Don’t know why the tops of your pine trees are dying? Wondering what that thing is on your willow tree? This book, intended for foresters and others who work with trees, is full of photos of the 190 insects listed to aid in identification of pest insects including images of damage to wood, leaves, branches, bark and fruit.


Women of Color

The economic status of women of Color: a snapshot. 2013. Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor. 12pg.
Available online.

 Facts cannot completely describe the challenges faced by working women. But facts are important in painting a picture of the lives of working women and informing policies and actions needed. These fact sheets provide a picture of Black, Hispanic, and Asian working women in the United States in the following areas:
•women’s contribution to family income;

•unemployment and the effects of the recession;

•families in poverty;

•educational attainment and likelihood of unemployment;

•the impact of educational attainment on women’s pay;

•occupational distribution and impact on pay;

•the wage gap between men and women;

•the real cost of the wage gap; and

•the impact of the gender wage gap on the retirement income of older women.


NSA Declassified Documents

The recently declassified Section 501 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) documents have been posted on the Office of the Director of National Intelligence site (ODNI).  These documents include: orders and opinions of the Foreign Surveillance Court; reports to Congress; other reports; training slides and other internal documents.

More information about this as well as links to the documents can be found on the ODNI site


Audio Book!

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has made an audio book available for the first time on the agency’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). Published by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the cataloging record for the audio book is now available via PURL in an .mp3 file format through the Catalog of Government Publications (CGP).



Carol Reardon. The Gettysburg campaign : June-July 1863. Washington, D.C. : Center of Military History, United States Army, 2013. 63 pages : illustrations, maps.

Call number: D 114.2:G 33/2  Also available online.

“After the Confederates’ victory at Chancellorsville in May 1863, General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac, commanded by Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker, once again confronted each other across the Rappahannock River near Fredericksburg, Virginia. The battle, which cost Hooker nearly 16,000 casualties and Lee some 12,300 losses, had proved indecisive. The two armies maintained an uneasy stalemate, occupying virtually the same ground they had held since December 1862. Washington, D.C., the U.S. capital, stood fifty-three miles to the north, while Richmond, Virginia, the Confederate capital, lay fifty-seven miles to the south. The rival presidents, Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, pondered their next moves.” pg. 7


Turning Point 9.11

Turning Point 9.11, Air Force Reserve in the 21st Century, 2001-2011, September 2012, 

Call Number:  D 301.2:R 31/18 Also available online.

“The contributions Air Force Reservists are making to the security of the United States and the world is a continuum of visionary concepts, ideas, and challenges undertaken at the beginning of the last century in the quest of human flight. Reserve members voluntarily partook of these endeavors and also gradually formed an effective organization. Moreover, the course toward the twenty-first century policy of maintaining a strategic air reserve that is well integrated with active duty forces and operationally engaged daily has been evolutionary and forged out of practicality and necessity. The result has been a responsive and efficient Air Force Reserve.”-DVIDS


Principal Short-Term Finding of the National Fire Surrogate Study

Principal Short-Tern Findings of the National Fire Surrogate Study
. James Mclver, Karen Erickson, and Andrew Youngblood.  2012. Portland, OR : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, 210 p.

Call Number: A 13.88:PNW-860 Also available online.

“Principal findings of the National Fire and Fire Surrogate (FFS) study are presented in an annotated bibliography and summarized in tabular form by site, discipline (ecosystem component), treatment type, and major theme. Composed of 12 sites, the FFS is a comprehensive multidisciplinary experiment designed to evaluate the costs and ecological consequences of alternative fuel reduction treatments in seasonally dry forests of the United States. The FFS has a common experimental design across the 12-site network, with each site a fully replicated experiment that compares four treatments: prescribed fi re, mechanical treatments, mechanical + prescribed fire, and an unmanipulated control. ecosystem, including vegetation, the fuel bed, soils, bark beetles, tree diseases, and wildlife in the same 10-ha experimental units.”-Abstract


Keeping up with Government Documents

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Sage-Grouse Habitat In Idaho

Sage-Grouse Habitat In Idaho; A practical Guide for Land Owners and Managers. Jeffery K. Gillan and Eva K. Strand. 2010
Call Number I 53.7/2:SA1 Also available online 

“The greater sage-grouse is a species in decline across the western United States, including Idaho. As implied by the name, greater sage-grouse depend on sagebrush dominated landscapes for their forage, cover, nesting habitat, and ultimate survival. The deterioration of sagebrush landscapes in the West has been a crucial factor in the decline of the greater sage-grouse, which is currently a candidate species under the federal Endangered Species Act. State and federal government land managers, researchers, private landowners, and concerned citizens are leading efforts to conserve this species in Idaho.

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