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Updates from El Yunque

May 29, 2020 — El Yunque National Forest encompasses much of Puerto Rico’s Sierra de Luquillo Mountains and is the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. National Forest system. Even though it is one of the smallestMore

Protecting America’s Wilderness Act

May 25, 2020 — The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2546 by a vote of 231-183, sending the bill to the Senate in mid February. The Protecting America’s Wilderness Act would designate more than 1.3 million acresMore

Forest Service Takes FSEEE’s Advice

May 19, 2020 — Last winter, the Forest Service proposed that people pay a fee to hike or camp in central Oregon’s undeveloped wilderness areas. The agency argued that wilderness areas are “special” places in which Congress hasMore

FSEEE Weighs in on Wilderness User Fees

November 26, 2019 — Last month, the Forest Service proposed levying fees for entering three wilderness areas the agency oversees in Oregon, even for hikers and campers. FSEEE opposes the move. Here’s a letter Executive Director Andy StahlMore

Dogs and Lizards

November 5, 2019 — We all know this about dogs—they’re serious sniffers. Now, biologists are putting that olfactory prowess to work to help save an endangered lizard in California. Blunt-nosed leopard lizards used to be common in theMore

Fire Season Returns To “Old” Normal

October 2, 2019 — The latest statistics from the National Interagency Fire Center show that 2019 has seen a decrease in the total amount of wildfire activity across the United States compared to the past decade. As ofMore

Lawsuit Challenges Minnesota Mine

September 11, 2019 — Conservationists filed a lawsuit this week challenging a government ruling granting a water permit to a Canadian mining firm that wants to dig an open-pit copper and nickel mine in the Superior National Forest.More

Federal Land Critic Now in Charge of BLM

July 31, 2019 — A man who argues that all lands owned by the federal government should be sold is now in charge of the nation’s largest system of federal lands. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt signed an orderMore

More Goats Removed from Olympics

July 24, 2019 — Another 76 mountain goats have left the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state as wildlife managers continue their efforts to move the invasive ungulates to the North Cascade mountains. The animals were lifted by helicopterMore

FSEEE Opposes Natural Gas Pipeline in Oregon

July 8, 2019 — FSEEE is weighing in on a controversial proposal to build a high-pressure natural gas pipeline that would span a wide stretch of southwest Oregon, including portions of three national forests. Our argument? It’s illegal,More