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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

FSEEE Weighs In On Fire Retardant

June 28, 2019 — In 2012, the Forest Service launched a study called “Aerial Firefighting Use and Effectiveness.” The purpose was to provide an objective analysis of whether using aircraft to fight wildfires actually works. Nearly eight yearsMore

Trump Administration Seeks to Cut Environmental Reviews

June 14, 2019 — The Trump administration this week released a plan to roll back environmental reviews and opportunities for public input for a wide range of projects on national forests, including major logging operations. In a statementMore

ESA Protection Sought for Red Tree Voles

May 28, 2019 — Conservationists filed a lawsuit last week accusing the Trump administration of failing to protect eight rare species under the Endangered Species Act, including a population of red tree voles along the Oregon coast. AMore

Trump Administration to Close Job Corps Centers

May 24, 2019 — More than 1,000 U.S. Forest Service employees could lose their jobs under a plan announced by the Trump administration today to shutter nine Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers and largely privatize those that remainMore