High Country News - Wildlife

Forest blowdown causes storm
The Forest Service wants to log about 3,000 acres of a spruce and fir blowdown in Colorado's Routt National Forest, but some environmental groups are opposing the regional forester's decision.
Judge disciplines L-P
Louisiana-Pacific is fined $37 million for breaking environmental laws at its Olathe, Colo., waferboard plant, and also for selling a product that did not meet the company's claim.
Trees and children win
Washington conservation groups are seeking to come up with the money to buy Loomis State Forest and thus save it from logging.
More internal fire at the Forest Service
Career agency biologist Renee Galeano-Popp resigns from Lincoln National Forest, becoming another in a series of disillusioned Forest Service employees.
Smaller and smaller forests
Three "forest fragmentation" videotapes discuss the serious threats to forest health caused by humans cutting Colorado and Wyoming forests into smaller isolated stands.
Lagged not logged
"Lagged" lookout trees once climbed by nimble fire spotters still stand in the Southwest's Kaibab and Apache-Sitgreaves national forests.
Most favor the grizzly
A summary of public comments on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's plan to restore grizzlies in Idaho and Montana's Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness shows 77 percent in favor, but some environmentalists say there are still problems with the plan.
Biologists get the ax
N.M. Gov. Gary Johnson vetoes funds earmarked for staff biologist positions in endangered species protection and environmental education.
Survey says: Go wild!
A survey shows that almost four out of five Colorado voters are in favor of wilderness.
Snow geese have become too plentiful
Snow geese have become so plentiful that they are devouring their Canada tundra nesting grounds, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to greatly increase hunting and bring the population down.
Exotic predators swallow the Southwest's native frogs
The Southwest's native frogs are falling prey to non-native bullfrogs and predatory fishes, whose rapid spread is encouraged by man-made habitat changes.
Program gets a C
The federal program, "Jobs in the Woods," intended to retrain timber workers in the Northwest, may have helped some workers, but the Klamath Forest Alliance says the program allows politics rather than science to decide what projects are undertaken.
Ferrets to find new homes
Park Service approves release of black-footed ferret in Badlands National Park.
Idaho wilderness bill fails
Idaho wilderness bill is shelved.
Agency cuts timber cut
Timber cut is scaled down by 25 percent.
A seed business blooms in Nevada
Comstock Seed Company does booming business with wild native plants.
As witness for prosecution, chief aids defense
Ernie Nunn believes Forest Service Chief Jack Ward Thomas helped his case.
Delay for the "Oregon way'
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, in an attempt to protect salmon while keeping them off the endangered list, runs into problems when the National Marine Fisheries Service seeks stricter standards.
Hikes discover a road
Because of a mapping error, the Boise National Forest allows logging in the Snowbank Roadless Area near Cascade, Idaho.
Foreign forests keep mills alive
Some mills in Oregon stay busy even as fewer trees are cut in the U.S. by milling imported logs.
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