Forests

Trump administration pushes to exempt Tongass from logging restrictions
Trump administration pushes to exempt Tongass from logging restrictions
Clearcutting of old-growth trees in the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest stopped just three years ago.
30 million acres of public land in Alaska at risk of being developed or transferred
Life after death in Swan Valley
Life after death in Swan Valley
The Meyers turned their 120 acres in Montana into a natural cemetery, where bodies can be buried with as few frills as possible.
Public land is the essence of freedom
Public land is the essence of freedom
A hunter reflects on the gut-level connection she has to the public land she traverses.
Latest: Park Service to cull part of Grand Canyon’s bison herd
Latest: Park Service to cull part of Grand Canyon’s bison herd
The burgeoning North Rim population threatens vegetation, water and cultural sites.
Forest Service leadership lands in Southern hands
Forest Service leadership lands in Southern hands
A new chief steps in as Western forests blaze.
The West’s dramatic wildfire season, explained
The West’s dramatic wildfire season, explained
A fire ecologist on how it happened, and why communities will have to adapt.
A human-caused wildfire burns Oregon’s Columbia Gorge
A human-caused wildfire burns Oregon’s Columbia Gorge
In the Pacific Northwest, data shows people burn the places they love.
Blame for wildfires gets pinned on ‘environmental extremists’
Blame for wildfires gets pinned on ‘environmental extremists’
Montana’s lawmakers slight climate change as a main driver for the state’s blazes.
Details emerge on proposed monument cutbacks
Details emerge on proposed monument cutbacks
Interior Secretary Zinke says he will recommend reductions to some monuments, but not eliminations.
The fire season by the numbers
The fire season by the numbers
Fire agencies are preparing for the eclipse hordes, in the midst of a large fire season.
Why I obsess about the names of plants and animals
Why I obsess about the names of plants and animals
Naming things makes individuals out of a landscape of birds, trees and bumblebees.
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.
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