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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

Study: Draining Reservoir Helps Salmon

May 21, 2019 — For the past several years, the managers of a reservoir in Oregon have let all of the water out for a week or so, so that the stream that feeds it flows freely. TheMore

Agency to Allow Chainsaws in Wilderness Areas

May 17, 2019 — The Forest Service will allow chainsaws to be used in two wilderness areas in Colorado this summer to clear beetle-killed trees that have fallen over trails. Critics say the move would violate the WildernessMore

Lawsuit Challenges Oregon Grazing Permits

May 14, 2019 — Conservationists filed a lawsuit yesterday challenging the renewal of grazing permits for two Oregon ranchers who had previously been imprisoned after being found guilty of setting fire to public lands. Dwight Hammond and hisMore

BLM Headquarters Moving West, Interior Official Says

May 2, 2019 — The Bureau of Land Management’s Washington, D.C. headquarters will move west, a top Department of the Interior official told a congressional subcommittee this week, drawing criticism from Democrats on the panel. Scott Cameron, theMore