Category: Dispatch

Oregon Martens May Be Protected from Trapping

January 8, 2019 — A rare subspecies of marten may be spared from trapping in Oregon’s coastal forests, after the state’s Fish and Wildlife Service reached a court settlement with conservationists last week. Fewer than 200 Humboldt martenMore

West Virginia Hydro Project Draws Criticism

December 31, 2018 — A proposed $1.2 billion hydroelectric facility in the mountains of West Virginia is years from generating electricity, even if the company proposing it secures the necessary permits. But it is already generating criticism fromMore

Trump Signs Executive Order for More Logging

December 26, 2018 — Late last week, shortly before a partial government shutdown took effect, President Trump signed an executive order calling for the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management to ramp up logging on publicMore

Job Satisfaction Drops Among Forest Service Employees

December 20, 2018 — The Forest Service is among the least popular agencies to work for in the federal government, according to an annual survey of public employees. Just under 53 percent of Forest Service employees are satisfiedMore

Zinke Shown the Door

December 17, 2018 — He rode in on a horse named Tonto. He leaves with something less of a flourish. Ryan Zinke’s tenure as Secretary of Interior lasted less than two years. He leaves behind a legacy ofMore

Fishers Released in North Cascades

December 10, 2018 — With a little help, fishers are returning to the Pacific Northwest. Last week, six of the carnivorous, cat-sized weasels were released in the North Cascades of Washington state, where they are listed as anMore

Court Strikes Down Four Tongass Logging Projects

November 29, 2018 — Conservationists yesterday scored a major victory for preserving old growth in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, as a federal appeals court ruled that the Forest Service must scrap plans for four logging projects. The rulingMore

Bill Removing Protections for Wolves Passes House

November 19, 2018 — On a largely party-line vote, the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed legislation that would remove Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves, with the exception of Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest.More

House Democrats Pledge Vigilance on Environmental Issues

November 8, 2018 — Vows from Democrats in the House of Representatives to provide robust oversight of Trump administration policies will extend to environmental issues, key lawmakers said after their party took back control of the chamber onMore

Utah Seeks Roadless Rule Exemption

October 30, 2018 — Utah is joining Alaska in seeking a state-specific exemption from the Trump administration to the Roadless Area Conservation Rule. With the backing of the state’s Republican governor, Gary Herbert, Utah officials plan to submitMore