U.S. Forest Service

Latest: Forest Service report calls for changes in wildfire management
Latest: Forest Service report calls for changes in wildfire management
Increases in timber sales, prescribed burns and thinning projects are needed to save life and property.
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.
Reckoning with History: Wildfire suppression is a decades-old conundrum
Reckoning with History: Wildfire suppression is a decades-old conundrum
Wilderness managers are still trying to balance the risks and necessity of fire.
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.
What it’s like to fight wildfires in the West
What it’s like to fight wildfires in the West
A photojournalist and firefighter describes the challenges of battling wildland blazes.
Mountain bikes shouldn’t be banned from wild landscapes
Mountain bikes shouldn’t be banned from wild landscapes
Conservationists, cyclists and other wilderness visitors all value public lands.
Military jets shouldn’t shatter the peace of public lands
Military jets shouldn’t shatter the peace of public lands
The piercing sounds of war training assault visitors to Olympic National Park.
Wildfires hit the West: ‘We’re stretched to our limits’
Wildfires hit the West: ‘We’re stretched to our limits’
Fires this year have covered 1 million more acres than the 10-year average from January to July.
Feds eye changes to a bedrock environmental law
Feds eye changes to a bedrock environmental law
A clash over the National Environmental Policy Act follows familiar fault lines.
After Malheur, side effects of the Bundys’ extremism linger
After Malheur, side effects of the Bundys’ extremism linger
But in Harney County, Oregon, collaboration around public lands grows.
Caught in the crossfire at a Colorado campground
Caught in the crossfire at a Colorado campground
A writer endures a night of bullets and bonfires in a previously serene gulch.
Latest: What volcanic eruptions can teach us
Latest: What volcanic eruptions can teach us
Mount St. Helens research enlightens the response to the recent Hawaiian eruption.
Extreme mountain biker group fights for wilderness access
Extreme mountain biker group fights for wilderness access
A new law could change the nature of wilderness travel.
The Forest Service faces a century-old call for equality
The Forest Service faces a century-old call for equality
As early as 1924, women were asking the agency for equal treatment.
Firefighters, it’s time we led the way on ending harassment
Firefighters, it’s time we led the way on ending harassment
Allegations that the Forest Service enabled a culture of harassment were no surprise.
Fire funding fix comes with environmental rollbacks
Fire funding fix comes with environmental rollbacks
The legislation sets up an emergency disaster fund but also weakens protections for trees and wildlife.
In Congress, both parties agree on one public lands bill
In Congress, both parties agree on one public lands bill
A bill allowing public land sales for conservation inches towards passage.
Forest Service chief resigns over allegations of sexual misconduct
Forest Service chief resigns over allegations of sexual misconduct
Tony Tooke stepped down from his role but disputes allegations against him.
We have better options than killing bison
We have better options than killing bison
Annual culls, loss of genetic diversity and climate change set the odds against American bison.
Latest: Idaho gets nation’s first International Dark Sky Reserve
Latest: Idaho gets nation’s first International Dark Sky Reserve
Designation recognizes decades of work to reduce light pollution.
Logging isn’t the solution to our wildfire problems
Logging isn’t the solution to our wildfire problems
We can’t ‘solve’ fire any more than we can ‘solve’ hurricanes.
What fire researchers learned from California’s blazes
What fire researchers learned from California’s blazes
In California, land managers use fire as a tool.
High Country News Classifieds