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Objections Filed to Alaska Logging Plans

January 4, 2019 — Conservation groups have filed extensive objections to a plan to log thousands of acres of the Tongass National Forest over a 15-year period. An 85-page objection letter prepared by Earthjustice on behalf of nineMore

West Virginia Hydro Project Draws Criticism

December 31, 2018 — A proposed $1.2 billion hydroelectric facility in the mountains of West Virginia is years from generating electricity, even if the company proposing it secures the necessary permits. But it is already generating criticism fromMore

Trump Signs Executive Order for More Logging

December 26, 2018 — Late last week, shortly before a partial government shutdown took effect, President Trump signed an executive order calling for the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management to ramp up logging on publicMore

Job Satisfaction Drops Among Forest Service Employees

December 20, 2018 — The Forest Service is among the least popular agencies to work for in the federal government, according to an annual survey of public employees. Just under 53 percent of Forest Service employees are satisfiedMore

Zinke Shown the Door

December 17, 2018 — He rode in on a horse named Tonto. He leaves with something less of a flourish. Ryan Zinke’s tenure as Secretary of Interior lasted less than two years. He leaves behind a legacy ofMore

A Farm Bill Win

December 13, 2018 — Sometimes a little bit of arm-twisting can yield big results. Earlier this year, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a version of the 2018 Farm Bill that would have opened wide swaths of nationalMore

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