U.S. Forest Service

Local woodcutters pitch in on forest health
Local woodcutters pitch in on forest health
How mobilizing a small army of locals could nurture grassroots support for large-scale thinning efforts.
Can a ranch sawmill improve forest health in rural Colorado?
Can a ranch sawmill improve forest health in rural Colorado?
Cutting timber on a billionaire’s land could boost the San Luis Valley’s economy.
Who’s cutting illegal ski trails in the Santa Fe National Forest?
Who’s cutting illegal ski trails in the Santa Fe National Forest?
On the trail of a backcountry criminal with the Forest Service.
Latest: Courts backs domestic sheep reduction near Idaho’s Hells Canyon
Latest: Courts backs domestic sheep reduction near Idaho’s Hells Canyon
An Idaho court upheld a 2007 plan intended to protect bighorn sheep.
Stop trying to make biking in wilderness happen. It’s not going to happen.
Forest Service rejects Grand Canyon luxury village
Forest Service rejects Grand Canyon luxury village
The setback is just the latest in a 30-year push to develop the rim.
Interactive timeline: Livestock grazing in the West
Interactive timeline: Livestock grazing in the West
Whether grazing on public land is a ‘right’ or a ‘privilege’ is one of the region’s most contentious issues. Here’s why.
How an East Coast think tank is fueling the land transfer movement
How an East Coast think tank is fueling the land transfer movement
ALEC is becoming increasingly involved in the public lands debate by providing model bills for Western states.
Forest Service leaves control of water rights to ski resorts
Forest Service leaves control of water rights to ski resorts
How does industry control of water affect public land management?
How smokejumpers prepare for wildfire season
How smokejumpers prepare for wildfire season
Photos of the rigorous training this special type of firefighter endures.
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.
The BLM has armed up since 1978, but it’s still outgunned
The BLM has armed up since 1978, but it’s still outgunned
In confrontations with armed groups like the Bundy supporters, local law enforcement matters most.
Forty years of Sagebrush Rebellion
Forty years of Sagebrush Rebellion
The Oregon occupation, the 2014 Bundy standoff and many other stories are all related to a long-simmering movement.
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.
Gun-toting toddlers in the desert and drunk Brits in the Grand Canyon
Gun-toting toddlers in the desert and drunk Brits in the Grand Canyon
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
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
Coal mining rejected for climate risks is back on the table
Coal mining rejected for climate risks is back on the table
The Colorado mine expansion could cost society billions of dollars in climate impacts.
How do you sex a beaver? Squeeze and sniff
How do you sex a beaver? Squeeze and sniff
Unlocking the secrets of rodent scent glands could help restore Western watersheds.
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.
For the Lassics lupine, wilderness is a mixed blessing
For the Lassics lupine, wilderness is a mixed blessing
The Wilderness Act has complicated efforts to protect the rare California wildflower.
Sheep wars rage on in southwest Montana
Sheep wars rage on in southwest Montana
Was this the final grazing season in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest?
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.