Forests

Update: Court blocks old-growth logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest
Update: Court blocks old-growth logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest
Meanwhile, the Trump administration pushes to allow roads and more cutting.
In Oregon, a mysterious tree grove conjures a colder time
In Oregon, a mysterious tree grove conjures a colder time
Yellow cedars are suited to damp coastal Alaska. So what are they doing in the desert?
Wildfire recovery is possible — for some Westerners
Wildfire recovery is possible — for some Westerners
Resilience depends on economics and history as much as fuel.
New hope for beetle-killed landscapes
New hope for beetle-killed landscapes
Can native forest fungi combat the West's bark beetle epidemic?
Rural counties dealing with loss of fed dollars
Rural counties dealing with loss of fed dollars
Faced with federal subsidy cuts, counties are chopping services and clamoring for logging money
The Forest Service bets on second-growth logging in Alaska
The Forest Service bets on second-growth logging in Alaska
But can timber still keep island communities in the Tongass afloat?
Montana mycologist fights fungus with fungus
Montana mycologist fights fungus with fungus
To save whitebark pines, apply slippery jack.
Landscape-scale conservation gains ground
Landscape-scale conservation gains ground
The Nature Conservancy just announced its largest Washington land purchase to date.
Dear Forest Service: Today’s John Muir shoots video
Dear Forest Service: Today’s John Muir shoots video
Let people take all the images they want in wilderness areas.
Timberland herbicide spraying sickens a community
Timberland herbicide spraying sickens a community
Companies deposit thousands of pounds of herbicides each year on Oregon forests.
Rocky Mountain sawmills rebound
Rocky Mountain sawmills rebound
But the industry says it needs more timber.
How the hot and dry West is killing Rocky Mountain forests
How the hot and dry West is killing Rocky Mountain forests
A new report summarizes how climate change is accelerating tree death from fires, bark beetles and drought
Lost in the woods
Lost in the woods
How the Forest Service is botching 4FRI, its biggest restoration project.
Canada’s boreal forests are burning
Canada’s boreal forests are burning
And releasing loads of carbon.
Joshua trees may be migrating north in response to climate change
The Tree Coroners
The Tree Coroners
To save the West’s forests, scientists must first learn how trees die.
Lawmakers scramble to fix the funding problem in Oregon’s timber counties
Lawmakers scramble to fix the funding problem in Oregon’s timber counties
A few of the proposals to stop the bleeding in rural timber-dependent counties.
Fire scientists fight over what Western forests should look like
Fire scientists fight over what Western forests should look like
Controversial new studies question the conventional wisdom on Western ponderosa forests and the severity of their historic wildfires.
Face it: All forests are "sluts"
Face it: All forests are "sluts"
If an allegedly untouched piece of woodland is "virgin forest," what does that make a forest that’s been logged or burnt or otherwise used by humans over the years?
Living with trees
Living with trees
In Between Earth and Sky, Nadlini Nadkarni ponders the ways in which trees sustain human beings.
Film: Lens of compassion
Peter Richardson created an independent film called Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon, to illuminate a culture clash that was tearing his hometown apart
Stirring the pot
The North Coast Journal has been published in Arcata, Calif., for almost 18 years by Judy Hodgson, a journalist who believes in stirring the pot
Fire and the warming West
The writer says this summer's wildfires reflect the increasing impacts from drought and global climate change
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