Forests

Vicki Christiansen to stay on as head of Forest Service
Vicki Christiansen to stay on as head of Forest Service
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue appoints a permanent Forest Service chief.
Wildfires don’t hurt hot real estate markets
Wildfires don’t hurt hot real estate markets
Our love for nature causes more homes to be built in the path of destructive wildfires and leads to more blazes.
Gender diversity on the fire line
Gender diversity on the fire line
A photographer chronicles several of the firefighters combating and cleaning up after California’s Donnell Fire.
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.
Is this climate change-battered conifer migrating northward?
Is this climate change-battered conifer migrating northward?
Scientists in Alaska are mapping what may be the tip of yellow cedar’s expanding range.
In Colorado, a ‘rental crisis’ forces workers into the woods
In Colorado, a ‘rental crisis’ forces workers into the woods
Tent cities, waste and overcrowding have created something foul in Crested Butte.
Inside the transient world of mushroom pickers
Inside the transient world of mushroom pickers
People spend months scouring forest floors for money-making fungi in the Pacific Northwest.
Dispatch from a medic on the North Star Fire in Washington
Dispatch from a medic on the North Star Fire in Washington
What base camp and wildfire look like from one firefighter’s perspective.
Climate showdown, increase in driving, where the wildfires are this season, and more.
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