Category: Dispatch

Lawsuits Filed Over Minnesota Mining Proposal

June 26, 2018 — In a trio of lawsuits, businesses and conservation groups are challenging a Trump administration decision to reinstate two expired mineral leases that could clear the way for industrial copper mining on the border ofMore

Spotted Owl Decline Continues

June 18, 2018 — The Northwest Forest Plan, the landmark 1994 compromise designed in large part to protect northern spotted owls, will not alone be sufficient to save the deep-forest bird, according to a new scientific report. LastMore

Trump Administration May Waive Roadless Rule on Tongass

June 7, 2018 — The Trump administration is working with Alaska state government officials on plans to exempt the Tongass National Forest from a rule that forbids new road construction in wild areas. Forest Service interim Chief VickiMore

Tahoe Snowmobile Proposal Sparks Hostile Response

June 5, 2018 — A Forest Service plan to regulate snowmobile use on California’s Tahoe National Forest is generating heated responses from those who want free rein to ride the machines where they wish. Some of those whoMore

Groups Sue Forest Service Over Tongass Logging Plan

May 16, 2018 — Conservationists are challenging a proposed old-growth timber sale on Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, saying it would harm wildlife, curtail tourism and cost taxpayers millions. The project calls for logging more than 500 acres ofMore

Survey Says: Montanans Want More Wilderness

May 11, 2018 — A new survey shows that voters in Montana increasingly favor protecting public lands and are largely opposed to efforts by their congressional representatives to rescind protections for wild stretches in the state. The surveyMore

Feds to Remove Mountain Goats from Olympic Peninsula

May 4, 2018 — Non-native mountain goats in Washington state’s Olympic National Park may soon get one-way tickets across Puget Sound to the Cascade Mountains. The National Park Service, in coordination with the Forest Service and the WashingtonMore

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