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House Democrats Pledge Vigilance on Environmental Issues

November 8, 2018 — Vows from Democrats in the House of Representatives to provide robust oversight of Trump administration policies will extend to environmental issues, key lawmakers said after their party took back control of the chamber onMore

Old-Growth Logging Proposed for Tongass

November 2, 2018 — Forest Service officials today released a draft decision that calls for carrying out large-scale old-growth logging on Alaska’s Tongass National Forest over the next 15 years. As much as 235 million board feet ofMore

Utah Seeks Roadless Rule Exemption

October 30, 2018 — Utah is joining Alaska in seeking a state-specific exemption from the Trump administration to the Roadless Area Conservation Rule. With the backing of the state’s Republican governor, Gary Herbert, Utah officials plan to submitMore

Feds Shelve Oil and Gas Leases—For Now

October 25, 2018 — Faced with criticism from top Colorado officials, the Trump administration last week backed away from plans to open nearly 150,000 acres of public land in the state to oil and gas drilling. Colorado Gov.More

Facts on Fire

October 22, 2018 — Do facts matter at all? Last week, during a cabinet meeting, President Trump lambasted California officials for leaving the state’s forest “a mess.” He said that “California ought to get its act together andMore

Visitation Limits Announced for Hanging Lake

October 15, 2018 — One of the primary attractions on the most visited national forest in the country will be subjected to a quota system beginning next spring, Forest Service officials announced earlier this month. Hanging Lake, turquoise-tintedMore

Christiansen Named Forest Service Chief

October 11, 2018 — The word “interim” can be removed from her title. Vicki Christiansen, who has served as interim chief of the Forest Service since March, was sworn in as the agency’s permanent chief during a ceremonyMore

Whither Roadless in Alaska?

October 8, 2018 — They are wilderness areas without a capital “W.” They are “inventoried roadless areas,” governed by a rule adopted in the waning days of the Clinton administration designed to preserve the last remaining stretches ofMore