Items by Kathie Durbin
The National Fire Plan, the Healthy Forests Initiative and the Healthy Forests Restoration Act are explained and compared
Loggers say forest-restoration work, which involves the thinning and cutting of small, skinny trees, doesn’t bring in much money
President Bush says the Healthy Forests Restoration Act and Initiative were needed to fight wildfire, but several years into the new rules, critics question whether the changes they brought were helpful or even necessary
Despite angry environmentalists, rotting timber, and unenthusiastic logging companies, the Bush administration is determined to push logging on roadless land burned by the Biscuit Fire in southwestern Oregon
The proposed salvage logging of the Biscuit Fire area in Oregon’s Siskiyou Forest is one of the largest timber sales in history, and critics say it’s not only ecologically dangerous, but undermines the Roadless Rule
When President Clinton established Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument three years ago, he told the BLM to study grazing impacts, but now funding for the study has been cut, while grazing continues unabated
Oregon’s Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge is thriving these days, but refuge managers are courting controversy by trying to get permission to shoot coyotes from airplanes
Despite the warnings of scientists who say it’s a bad idea, the Bush administration is eager to log trees burned by the Biscuit Fire in Oregon’s Siskiyou National Forest
A three-story house being built on the rim of Washington's Columbia River Gorge - in defiance of the National Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area - has become a battleground between supporters of the scenic act and property-rights advocates.
Evidence that coyotes are keeping the antelope population down leads some to propose that the coyotes on Oregon's Hart Mountain Refuge should be controlled by killing.
Zoologist David Dobkin believes that federal land managers are closing their minds to his scientific research - especially when his research indicts grazing.
Oregon's Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge seems to be recovering now that cattle have been banned from it - but despite the lush grasses, the antelope are still in decline.
In the Pacific Northwest, timber companies such as Weyerhaeuser are enthusiastic about HCPs because of the spotted owl.
Biologist Lorin Hicks of Plum Creek Timber Co. says that the notorious logging company is now trying to do the right thing for endangered species with the help of HCPs.
Some say the real problem with habitat conservation lies in the government's unwillingness to really enforce the Endangered Species Act.
The long-awaited draft of the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project draws little but criticism from environmentalists, loggers, Indian tribes and ranchers.
Heavy rain on clearcut hillsides in western Oregon is blamed for floods and landslides that kill eight people.
Farmers lead the protest against Battle Mountain Gold Company's open-pit mine in Washington's conservative Okanogan County.
Aquatic biologist Steve Ralph recalls how he directed a new stream-research program for the University of Washington - until timber industry scientists objected and the project was cancelled.
The University of Washington's innovative environmental institute and other new forestry programs are clearcut by a conservative dean.
Oregon State University rejects its one-time advocacy of unsustainable forestry practices and begins to teach new forestry.
Public hearings on the rewriting of the Endangered Species Act stir up controversy among environmentalists and their opponents.
An unusual group, the Applegate Partnership, tries to build consensus among environmentalists and loggers in southern Oregon.
The arrest of rancher Dwight Hammond for running cattle on a wildlife refuge provokes a wise-use backlash in Oregon.
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