Category: Sound Off

Go Ahead: Move the Forest Service to Interior

October 6, 2017 — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has made no secret of his desire to acquire the U.S. Forest Service from the Department of Agriculture. Zinke’s zeal for restoring the Forest Service to Interior, where during itsMore

“Gardening” Our Forests Not the Answer

September 26, 2017 — This summer was exceptionally hot and dry throughout much of the West, and those conditions, unsurprisingly, led to an abundance of wildfires. More than 8.5 million acres have burned across the nation, well aboveMore

FSEEE Calls Out Lawmaker for Backing Bad Bill

September 1, 2017 — There’s certainly no shortage of bad bills being considered in Congress right now. This is a dangerous time for the environment, with anti-conservation forces ascendant in both chambers of Congress and in the WhiteMore

What, Me Worry?

July 20, 2017 — Yesterday, a federal appeals court ruled that the Forest Service is liable for toxic waste cleanup costs from a mining operation in New Mexico. The appeals court remanded the case back to district courtMore

Prosecutor or Referee?

July 17, 2017 — Last week, as jury selection was underway in the retrial of four men accused of brandishing weapons during the 2014 standoff between federal agents and supporters of scofflaw rancher Cliven Bundy, Attorney General JeffMore

Reading the Tea Leaves

March 9, 2017 — With Trump agriculture secretary nominee Sonny Perdue still awaiting a confirmation hearing, which has not been scheduled because the dog appears to have eaten Perdue’s financial disclosure homework, the Forest Service has been tryingMore

Ride Your Mountain Bike Somewhere Else

November 3, 2016 — November 3, 2017 — The language in the 1964 Wilderness Act seems clear enough. In designated wilderness areas, “there shall be no temporary road, no use of motor vehicles, motorized equipment or motorboats, no landingMore