Forests

BLM moves away from landmark Northwest Forest Plan
BLM moves away from landmark Northwest Forest Plan
Court showdown may force the agency to reconsider its Pacific Northwest logging goals.
Climate change looms large over Obama’s Yosemite visit
Climate change looms large over Obama’s Yosemite visit
As the park prepped for President Obama’s visit, experts hope to highlight a park in flux.
Why is logging dying? Blame the market.
Why is logging dying? Blame the market.
Environmental regulations and endangered species protections are not at fault for Western logging’s decline.
Local woodcutters pitch in on forest health
Local woodcutters pitch in on forest health
How mobilizing a small army of locals could nurture grassroots support for large-scale thinning efforts.
Can cutting down trees protect New Mexico’s water?
Can cutting down trees protect New Mexico’s water?
A new collaboration seeks to ease wildfire’s impacts by thinning overgrown forests.
Can a ranch sawmill improve forest health in rural Colorado?
Can a ranch sawmill improve forest health in rural Colorado?
Cutting timber on a billionaire’s land could boost the San Luis Valley’s economy.
Who’s cutting illegal ski trails in the Santa Fe National Forest?
Who’s cutting illegal ski trails in the Santa Fe National Forest?
On the trail of a backcountry criminal with the Forest Service.
What the West’s trees tell us
What the West’s trees tell us
How can biomass and carbon data help us mitigate the effects of human activity?
A millennial mayor and his timber town
A millennial mayor and his timber town
This young local is trying to transform Aberdeen, Washington, into a city for his generation.
Oregon’s energy plan offers a glimmer of hope for biomass energy
Oregon’s energy plan offers a glimmer of hope for biomass energy
Advocates hope the timber-rich state’s decision to ditch coal could help revive the struggling industry.
Sugar Pine Mine, the other standoff
Sugar Pine Mine, the other standoff
How a small-time mining dispute in Oregon readied a network of militias for the Malheur occupation.
2015 wildfires burned a record-breaking 10.1 million acres
2015 wildfires burned a record-breaking 10.1 million acres
Fires in Alaska help to smash 2006 record.
Climate change triggers triage in Northwest forests
Climate change triggers triage in Northwest forests
Siuslaw National Forest managers must decide whether to save meadows or let trees encroach.
Rants from the Hill: A Christmas tree grows in the Nevada desert
Rants from the Hill: A Christmas tree grows in the Nevada desert
The pinyon offers an alternative to artificial or commercially farmed trees.
The mysteries of the everyday
The mysteries of the everyday
A writer and her family court the unknown.
Latest: Arizona forest restoration project falls short
Latest: Arizona forest restoration project falls short
The Four Forest Restoration Initiative was supposed to be the largest such project ever attempted.
To save a pine tree, researchers fight fungus with fungus
To save a pine tree, researchers fight fungus with fungus
White bark pines are dying from infection across the Northern Rockies.
Fishers recolonize Washington, part of a Northwest rewilding
Fishers recolonize Washington, part of a Northwest rewilding
The forest carnivore’s return was helped by human intervention.
The last stand of the West's fire lookouts
The last stand of the West's fire lookouts
Fire detection is becoming more technologically advanced, as the old-fashioned watchtower goes extinct.
The U.S. Forest Service: an agency adrift
The U.S. Forest Service: an agency adrift
A review of “Toward a natural forest“ by Jim Furnish
Ending the murrelet malaise
Ending the murrelet malaise
After decades of declines, Washington state finally has a plan to preserve the bird's habitat.
Coalbed methane explainer and post-fire logging.
‘Legal monkey-wrenching’ on Western trails
‘Legal monkey-wrenching’ on Western trails
One man’s guerrilla trail work aims to improve public access to public land.