Forests

Latest: The Forest Service’s use of fire retardant has doubled since 2014
Latest: The Forest Service’s use of fire retardant has doubled since 2014
Despite environmental harms, the agency continues to rely on aerial drops to battle blazes.
To protect a forest, a town agreed to leave it alone
To protect a forest, a town agreed to leave it alone
With wildfires looming, Flagstaff came together to support national forest closures.
Where there’s smoke, there’s suffering
Where there’s smoke, there’s suffering
The small, sad harms of a summer spent indoors to avoid wildfire smoke.
A wild sanity dance through the Rockies
A wild sanity dance through the Rockies
Dancers and artists inspired by Wallace Stegner celebrate the geography of hope.
So what if we’re doomed?
So what if we’re doomed?
Climate chaos, mass extinction, the collapse of civilization: A guide to facing the ecocide.
Will Congress fix wildfire funding this year?
Will Congress fix wildfire funding this year?
Proposed legislation would put logging ahead of environmental concerns.
The West’s newest bird species has a beak like a crowbar
The West’s newest bird species has a beak like a crowbar
A recently discovered species of crossbill already faces extinction.
A network of trails that spans the country
A network of trails that spans the country
The National Trails System, by the numbers.
See portraits of gnarled conifers
See portraits of gnarled conifers
A couple draws and writes about the complexities of bristlecone pines and humans.
From cribbage to wildfire in just 5 minutes
From cribbage to wildfire in just 5 minutes
Inside a Helitack crew’s fast response to wildland fires.
Oregon keeps the Elliott State Forest public
Oregon keeps the Elliott State Forest public
The state reverses course and decides not to sell its first state forest.
Oregon’s monuments need protection from logging
Oregon’s monuments need protection from logging
Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument shouldn’t be managed for timber interests.
Inside the firestorm
Inside the firestorm
New technology allows scientists to see the forces behind the flames.
Oregon may sell a state forest that’s no longer profitable
Oregon may sell a state forest that’s no longer profitable
Elliott State Forest shows the difficult balance between profit and conservation.
Busting the tree ring
Busting the tree ring
How a landmark investigation unraveled a Washington timber-poaching gang.
Growing up in timber country
Growing up in timber country
A writer returns to the old-growth forest of her youth.
Artful science
Artful science
Data and poetry converge in an experimental forest.
Trump’s pick for USDA head mixed on climate change
Trump’s pick for USDA head mixed on climate change
Sonny Perdue’s history shows interest in conservation and big business interests.
Latest: California’s tree die-off is bigger than you thought
Latest: California’s tree die-off is bigger than you thought
An additional 36 million trees have died since May.
How to love a weird and perfect wilderness
How to love a weird and perfect wilderness
A desolate Oregon landscape offers lessons on the modern wild.
Clearcutting the Tongass National Forest is dead wrong
Clearcutting the Tongass National Forest is dead wrong
To avert the worst climate change impacts, old forests and their massive carbon reserves must be protected.
An end to old-growth logging in Alaska’s Tongass?
An end to old-growth logging in Alaska’s Tongass?
Does a Forest Service plan to end clear-cuts of old stands go far enough?
In Canada, mountain caribou recovery falters
In Canada, mountain caribou recovery falters
A decade of conservation efforts has done little to stop the decline of the endangered ungulates or their rainforest home.
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