Category: Dispatch

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

Agency Approves Drilling Next to Mount St. Helens

February 15, 2018 — Forest Service officials will allow exploratory drilling for copper and gold next to the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, including in an inventoried roadless area. The decision, announced last week, drew swift rebukeMore

Trump Administration to Remove Protections for Lynx

January 23, 2018 — The Trump administration is taking steps to remove Canada lynx from the threatened and endangered species list, despite a 2016 analysis by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that found the cats will disappearMore

Hope for Bats

January 19, 2018 — An exotic fungus that is laying waste to bat populations in North America may share a fatal flaw with Dracula—it can’t stand light. Researchers with the Forest Service and the University of New HampshireMore

Perdue Releases New All-Employee Message

January 5, 2018 — Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue delivered another message to his employees yesterday, emphasizing that his “OneUSDA” initiative will entail changes that “may be drastically different than the old ways of doing things.” Three daysMore

Judge Declares Mistrial in Bundy Case

December 21, 2017 — They’re off the hook again, at least for now. Yesterday, a federal judge declared a mistrial in the government’s case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan Bundy, and Ryan Payne,More

Perdue Outlines Objectives for Forest Service

December 12, 2017 — Whither the Forest Service under the Trump administration? Employees within the agency and those who care about national forests have asked that question since Trump’s election more than a year ago. But the agency—taskedMore

Trump Guts Utah Monuments

December 4, 2017 — Donald Trump signed a pair of proclamations today that would shrink two national monuments in Utah in what would be the largest rollback of federally protected land in American history. Speaking in Salt LakeMore