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Fishers Released in North Cascades

December 10, 2018 — With a little help, fishers are returning to the Pacific Northwest. Last week, six of the carnivorous, cat-sized weasels were released in the North Cascades of Washington state, where they are listed as anMore

Space Project To Measure Planet’s Forests

December 3, 2018 — The world’s forests are about to get a close-up. Tomorrow, a laser-shooting instrument is scheduled to blast into space for a rendezvous with the International Space Station, with the goal of taking precise measurementsMore

Court Strikes Down Four Tongass Logging Projects

November 29, 2018 — Conservationists yesterday scored a major victory for preserving old growth in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, as a federal appeals court ruled that the Forest Service must scrap plans for four logging projects. The rulingMore

A Few Trails in Columbia River Gorge Reopen

November 26, 2018 — The Forest Service has reopened a six-mile stretch of road and several hiking trails in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Oregon, a year after the Eagle Creek Fire burned 50,000 acres.More

Bill Removing Protections for Wolves Passes House

November 19, 2018 — On a largely party-line vote, the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed legislation that would remove Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves, with the exception of Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest.More

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