Category: Dispatch

Updates from El Yunque

May 29, 2020 — El Yunque National Forest encompasses much of Puerto Rico’s Sierra de Luquillo Mountains and is the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. National Forest system. Even though it is one of the smallestMore

Protecting America’s Wilderness Act

May 25, 2020 — The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2546 by a vote of 231-183, sending the bill to the Senate in mid February. The Protecting America’s Wilderness Act would designate more than 1.3 million acresMore

Dogs and Lizards

November 5, 2019 — We all know this about dogs—they’re serious sniffers. Now, biologists are putting that olfactory prowess to work to help save an endangered lizard in California. Blunt-nosed leopard lizards used to be common in theMore

Lawsuit Challenges Minnesota Mine

September 11, 2019 — Conservationists filed a lawsuit this week challenging a government ruling granting a water permit to a Canadian mining firm that wants to dig an open-pit copper and nickel mine in the Superior National Forest.More

Federal Land Critic Now in Charge of BLM

July 31, 2019 — A man who argues that all lands owned by the federal government should be sold is now in charge of the nation’s largest system of federal lands. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt signed an orderMore

More Goats Removed from Olympics

July 24, 2019 — Another 76 mountain goats have left the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state as wildlife managers continue their efforts to move the invasive ungulates to the North Cascade mountains. The animals were lifted by helicopterMore

Trump Administration Seeks to Cut Environmental Reviews

June 14, 2019 — The Trump administration this week released a plan to roll back environmental reviews and opportunities for public input for a wide range of projects on national forests, including major logging operations. In a statementMore

Trump Administration to Close Job Corps Centers

May 24, 2019 — More than 1,000 U.S. Forest Service employees could lose their jobs under a plan announced by the Trump administration today to shutter nine Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers and largely privatize those that remainMore

Agency to Allow Chainsaws in Wilderness Areas

May 17, 2019 — The Forest Service will allow chainsaws to be used in two wilderness areas in Colorado this summer to clear beetle-killed trees that have fallen over trails. Critics say the move would violate the WildernessMore

Lawsuit Challenges Oregon Grazing Permits

May 14, 2019 — Conservationists filed a lawsuit yesterday challenging the renewal of grazing permits for two Oregon ranchers who had previously been imprisoned after being found guilty of setting fire to public lands. Dwight Hammond and hisMore