Category: Dispatch

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

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