Category: Dispatch

Senate Bill Would Loosen Environmental Laws

August 8, 2017 — South Dakota Senator John Thune last week introduced legislation that would sharply curtail environmental reviews of logging projects on national forests. The bill, dubbed the Forest Management Improvement Act of 2017, would allow theMore

Forest Service to Allow Olympic National Forest War Games

August 3, 2017 — Forest Service officials have given the green light to a controversial plan to stage electronic warfare games on the Olympic National Forest in Washington state. The decision allows personnel from the Whidbey Island NavalMore

Trump Administration and Senator Target District Ranger

July 28, 2017 — When a sitting U.S. senator and a member of the president’s cabinet go after a Forest Service district ranger, guess who wins? Alex Sienkiewicz, who was “reassigned” last month from his post on Montana’sMore

Goodbye Goats?

July 24, 2017 — Federal land managers will try once again to remove hundreds of nonnative mountain goats from the Olympic Mountains in Washington, hoping to reduce damage to rare plant communities and prevent conflicts between goats andMore

Deep Workforce Cuts Proposed for BLM

June 21, 2017 — As many as 1,000 jobs at the Bureau of Land Management may disappear next year, according to an email sent to agency employees last week by BLM Acting Director Mike Nedd, as the TrumpMore

Zinke to Trump: Roll Back National Monument Designation

June 12, 2017 — Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants President Trump to narrow the boundaries of Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument, marking a significant advance in the administration’s pledge to roll back national monument designations. InMore

An Emphatic Ruling Against a Montana Mine

June 1, 2017 — Question: How many laws can the federal government violate by giving the green light to a copper and silver mine in a wild corner of Montana? Answer: At least five. Earlier this week, U.S.More

Female Forest Service Employees Report Hostile Workplaces

May 30, 2017 — A 2015 study commissioned by the U.S. Forest Service’s California region found that female employees in the agency were more likely to face hostile working conditions than their male colleagues. The McClatchy news organizationMore