Category: Dispatch

Quota System Considered for Oregon Wilderness Areas

April 24, 2018 — Five congressionally designated wilderness areas in Oregon’s central Cascades could be subject to a permitting system and visitor limitations under a draft plan released by the Forest Service last week. The environmental assessment, calledMore

Hubbard is Trump’s Pick to Oversee Forest Service

April 16, 2018 — A former Colorado state forester with an extensive background in wildland firefighting is Donald Trump’s pick to oversee the Forest Service as Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment. James Hubbard served as Colorado’s topMore

A Win for Warblers

April 13, 2018 — Here’s an Endangered Species Act success story. This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it intends to remove the Kirtland’s warbler from the threatened and endangered species list. The small songbird wasMore

Tree-sitters Oppose Appalachian Pipeline

April 10, 2018 — Opponents of a $3.5 billion natural gas pipeline have taken to the trees in an effort to stop the controversial project, which would transect the Appalachian Mountains. Since late February, protesters have stationed themselvesMore

Future Bleak for Rare Pacific Martens

April 5, 2018 — A subspecies of martens that lives along the Pacific Coast in California and Oregon will likely go extinct if nothing is done to help the animals, according to a study released this week. PacificMore

Interim Forest Service Chief Named

March 9, 2018 — A Forest Service manager with a background in wildfire management was tapped yesterday to lead the agency after the resignation of Chief Tony Tooke earlier this week. Vicki Christiansen has worked with the ForestMore

Feral Cattle and Dogs Menace California Monument

March 6, 2018 — A recently established national monument in Southern California is being overrun—not by people, necessarily, but by feral cattle and pit bulls. President Obama created the Sand to Snow National Monument outside of Palm SpringsMore

Agency Proposes Moving Montana Trail Off Private Land

March 1, 2018 — A Forest Service proposal released today calls for rerouting a trail in Montana that crosses private land. That trail and others in the Crazy Mountains have been the focus of long-simmering disputes between theMore

Oregon Headwaters Protected from Mining

February 26, 2018 — Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced last week that a wild stretch of mountains in southwestern Oregon will remain protected from strip mining, handing conservationists a rare public-lands victory under the Trump administration.More

Salmon, Berries and Bears — Oh My!

February 20, 2018 — Does a bear poop in the woods? You bet—and that has a profound impact on the surrounding forest. A study by researchers at Oregon State University shows that brown and black bears in SoutheastMore