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  • Protecting wildlife corridors remains more theory than practice

    Protecting wildlife corridors remains more theory than practice

    There's a growing understanding of the scientific importance of wildlife migration corridors, but protecting them is a huge political challenge.

  • Forestry + genetics = a blister rust solution?

    Forestry + genetics = a blister rust solution?

    Genetic sequencing may hold the key to stopping blister rust, a disease that's ravaging Western whitebark pines.

  • Salvage logging speeds up

    With the Forest Service’s Biscuit Fire salvage logging program acknowledged to be a failure, Oregon Reps. Greg Walden and Gordon Smith want to speed up future post-fire logging

  • Forest Service tries to teach greens a lesson

    The Forest Service’s claim that a recent court order would suspend routine activities – such as cutting Christmas trees or picking mushrooms – has been dismissed by the judge as the agency’s attempt to blow the issue out of proportion

  • Forest Service greases the skids for oil and gas

    The Forest Service wants to create a new type of "categorical exclusion" to make it easier for oil and gas drilling projects to be approved without environmental study or public input

  • Are we ready to learn the lessons of fire and flood?

    Sen. Larry Craig’s suggestion that New Orleans’ 9th Ward be restored as a wetland may represent a newfound respect for the power of nature and the limits of the human ability to control it

  • Yellowstone fires still ignite controversy

    In Scorched Earth, journalist Rocky Barker describes firsthand the chaos and consequences of the Yellowstone fires

  • The latest: A cautious cave re-opening

    The latest: A cautious cave re-opening

    After closing all Western caves to protect bats from deadly white-nose syndrome, the Forest Service re-opens certain caves

  • Lawyer Laird Lucas on how and why he fights for the West

    Lawyer Laird Lucas on how and why he fights for the West

    The environmental lawyer battles big industries and government agencies in the courtroom on behalf of the nonprofit Advocates for the West.

  • Why the Southwest is burning

    Why the Southwest is burning

    This season’s wildfires are caused by three things: Climate change-induced drought, bureaucratic blindness and old-fashioned human folly.

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