U.S. Forest Service

Tribal leaders oppose online consultations with the U.S. during the pandemic
Tribal leaders oppose online consultations with the U.S. during the pandemic
‘It is not possible to meaningfully convene and internally develop comments at this time when we are at capacity, focused on critical and life-threatening measures.’
How a small Arizona town is building ecological resilience
How a small Arizona town is building ecological resilience
A younger generation of activists are being trained in conservation.
The threat below Mount St. Helens
The threat below Mount St. Helens
Forty years after the mountain’s eruption, officials struggle to balance research and risk.
Bears Ears’ only visitor center isn’t run by the feds
Bears Ears’ only visitor center isn’t run by the feds
With the monument facing stripped-down protections and sky rocketing visitation, a local nonprofit built its own guerrilla visitor center to educate the masses.
5 reasons to keep geotagging
5 reasons to keep geotagging
Public lands face far greater threats than recreational overuse.
Western forests have a ‘fire debt’ problem
Western forests have a ‘fire debt’ problem
Planned burns can reduce wildfire risks, but expanding use of ‘good fire’ isn’t easy.
How a tiny endangered species put a man in prison
How a tiny endangered species put a man in prison
The Devils Hole pupfish is nothing to mess with.
Trump administration rubber stamps Arizona copper mine
Trump administration rubber stamps Arizona copper mine
An industry-friendly ruling contradicts years of concerns over potential damage to endangered species, water systems and Native American cultural sites.
Climate cases set the stage for oil and gas leasing reform
Climate cases set the stage for oil and gas leasing reform
The decisions could curb greenhouse gas emissions from public lands.
Critics of the Green New Deal rail against socialism. We’ve seen this before.
Critics of the Green New Deal rail against socialism. We’ve seen this before.
In the 1930s, nationalizing forests was labeled ‘socialist.’
Mining companies pollute waterways. Citizens pay.
Mining companies pollute waterways. Citizens pay.
Nearly 2 billion pounds of toxic waste were dumped into western waterways in 2017, and taxpayers are left to clean up the mess.
Utah asks for exemption from Forest Service roadless rule
Utah asks for exemption from Forest Service roadless rule
For two decades, the rule has protected nearly four million acres in Utah.
The Karuk Tribe fights a growing wildfire threat and a lack of funding
The Karuk Tribe fights a growing wildfire threat and a lack of funding
Surrounded by forests they often can’t manage without breaking the law, California tribes struggle to protect themselves from wildfires.
Commercial honeybees threaten to displace Utah’s native bees
Commercial honeybees threaten to displace Utah’s native bees
Federal lands could offer hives a respite from pesticides.
As shutdown ends, rural Washington considers life without feds
As shutdown ends, rural Washington considers life without feds
‘We’re going down a road to bitterness.’
Update: Forest thinning won’t stop destructive fires
Update: Forest thinning won’t stop destructive fires
Fire-proof structures can prevent homes from adding to fuel loads in wildfires.
Arizona’s wild horse paradox
Arizona’s wild horse paradox
Activists and agencies try to balance the West’s horse mythology against herd impacts.
Update: Court blocks old-growth logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest
Update: Court blocks old-growth logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest
Meanwhile, the Trump administration pushes to allow roads and more cutting.
Critics skeptical of mining company’s plans for restoration
Critics skeptical of mining company’s plans for restoration
Midas Gold hopes to reopen and revitalize an abandoned gold mining site in Idaho.
Inside Colorado’s ‘hotbed’ of wildlife conflict
Inside Colorado’s ‘hotbed’ of wildlife conflict
Documents show flawed management leads to unnecessary killings of bighorn sheep.
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.
Zinke announces mining ban near Yellowstone
Zinke announces mining ban near Yellowstone
Locals and some conservationists applaud; others cry favoritism by the Montanan.
Reckoning with History: When we overcame political division
Reckoning with History: When we overcame political division
50 years ago, a functional Congress enacted four important conservation bills.
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