Category: Briefly

As if 2020 Wasn’t Bad Enough Already

March 30, 2021 — The U.S. set a record that may have escaped notice at year’s end, given the distractions of an accelerating pandemic. 2020 brought a new wildfire record—10.3 million acres burned—breaking the 2015 record by 200,000More

‘Conservation Value of National Forest Roadless Areas’

March 15, 2021 — In 2001, the Roadless Area Conservation Rule prohibited road construction and timber harvesting on more than 90,000 square miles of inventoried roadless areas (IRAs) in National Forests. Since these areas are not protected byMore

Vilsack Confirmed to Head Ag Department

March 1, 2021 — While President Joe Biden’s picks to head the Department of Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency will make history if confirmed, his nomination of Tom Vilsack to lead the Department of Agriculture is consideredMore

Trump Administration Redefines ‘Habitat’

February 14, 2021 — In December, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, at the direction of Trump appointees, finalized a rule to limit the government’s ability to protect crucial ecosystems by redefining “habitat” as it relates to theMore

Senator Introduces Forest Restoration Jobs Bill

January 12, 2021 — In a move to “create and sustain jobs in the outdoors” through “forest and watershed restoration and resilience,” Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) introduced the Outdoor Restoration Force Act in the waning days of theMore

A Setback at Boundary Waters

June 20, 2020 — Federal District Judge Trevor McFadden, a recent Trump appointee, upheld the Trump administration’s decision to reissue two mineral leases for the Twin Metals Minnesota mine project, which risks polluting the Boundary Waters Canoe AreaMore

A Victory for the Tongass

June 8, 2020 — U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason rejected the Trump administration’s plan to harvest timber in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. Gleason ruled that project approval violated the National Environmental Policy Act and the Alaska National InterestMore

Disgraceful Plans for Utah Monuments

June 3, 2020 — The Trump administration has finalized management plans for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. Both plans make it easier to obtain rights of way for development. The plans also allow chaining, the practiceMore

ESA Protection Sought for Red Tree Voles

May 28, 2019 — Conservationists filed a lawsuit last week accusing the Trump administration of failing to protect eight rare species under the Endangered Species Act, including a population of red tree voles along the Oregon coast. AMore

Agency Agrees to Reduce Virginia Logging Plans

April 2, 2019 — The Forest Service has scaled back a proposed logging project in a scenic area of the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia, earning praise from conservationists. Agency officials initially proposed logging nearly 1,500 acres aroundMore