Category: Dispatch

Former Georgia Governor Trump’s Pick for Ag Secretary

January 19, 2017 — Sonny Perdue, a former Georgia governor who famously led a prayer vigil for rain outside the state Capitol during a drought, is president-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Agriculture, which overseesMore

Throwing Money at Fires

January 11, 2017 — On September 17, 2016, six fires sparked along a remote road on the Modoc National Forest in California—the presumed work of an arsonist. As is the case with 98 percent of wildfires, four ofMore

Cleaning Up Shooting Ranges: Who Should Pay?

January 6, 2017 — January 6, 2017 — A project to remove lead from an abandoned shooting range on Arizona’s Prescott National Forest should be completed by the end of the month, Forest Service officials say. But theMore

Obama Designates New Monuments

December 29, 2016 — December 29, 2016 — In a rebuke to the Bundy family and its supporters, President Obama yesterday designated 300,000 acres in southern Nevada as a national monument. Obama also protected 1.35 million acres ofMore

Forest Plan Revision Starts with Science

December 21, 2016 — December 21, 2016 — The long, slow process of revising the landmark Northwest Forest Plan took a step forward this month with the release of a draft “science synthesis” that examines current conditions onMore

4FRI Contractor Settles Lawsuit

December 9, 2016 — December 9, 2016 — The main contractor for the largest forest restoration project ever attempted on national forests will pay a former partner more than $1.2 million to settle a lawsuit alleging fraud and breachMore

Colorado Resort Expansion Approved

November 22, 2016 — November 22, 2016 — Forest Service officials this week gave a thumbs up to a controversial proposal to expand Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin ski area, including adding amenities designed to attract more summertime visitors. TheMore

Badger-Two Medicine Gains Protection

November 18, 2016 — November 18, 2016 — A wide, wild swath of land in Montana sacred to the Blackfeet Nation gained protection from oil and gas drilling this week when Department of Interior officials canceled 15 energyMore

Whither Public Lands Under Pres. Trump?

November 14, 2016 — November 14, 2016 — During the long, bruising presidential campaign, relatively little was said about the management of public lands. In the days since the election, conservationists have expressed widespread dismay and fear that aMore