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  • The bigger the mine, the better the deal

    Land swaps, like the one planned to save land near Yellowstone National Park from mining, are a bad habit with a bad history in Montana's national forests.

  • A future of big fires and tiny bugs

    A future of big fires and tiny bugs

    A second-generation forest ranger considers how fire prevention and climate change are affecting the forests he once roamed with his father.

  • In-house wisdom, or White House meddling?

    Forest Service insiders say President Bush’s Council on Environmental Quality has added new corporate-style rules to the agency’s forest-planning program

  • The wisdom of the ground troops

    If the folks who run the Forest Service listened to the wisdom of their people on the ground, disasters like the Biscuit Fire logging project would be less likely to occur

  • Will Dombeck sock it to rebellious supervisors?

    Now retired Forest Supervisor Tom Kovalicky, who tried to restrain the logging on his Nez Perce National Forest, says Mike Dombeck has to break the logging cycle in the agency.

  • Fed up with paying to play

    Chris Wallace’s refusal to pay daily user fees on Arizona’s Mount Lemmon led to a courtroom decision that has thrown the entire future of the federal recreational fee program into doubt

  • Puppets on the range

    The writer tells how Kit and Sherry Laney became puppets of the property-rights movement, sending the Forest Service into fits

  • When a forest goes feral, it’s time for volunteers

    The writer says volunteers who help manage the Roosevelt National Forest see their work almost as recreation

  • Now that we’ve clear-cut the Forest Service…

    The writer once suggested that the U.S. Forest Service clear-cut itself; to his surprise, it did

  • One significant step toward reining in those pesky all-terrain vehicles

    The writer says that at last, the Forest Service seeks to curtail off-road vehicles on all 155 national forests

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