Ground Truth

Facts on Fire

October 22, 2018 — Do facts matter at all? Last week, during a cabinet meeting, President Trump lambasted California officials for leaving the state’s forest “a mess.” He said that “California ought to get its act together andMore

Visitation Limits Announced for Hanging Lake

October 15, 2018 — One of the primary attractions on the most visited national forest in the country will be subjected to a quota system beginning next spring, Forest Service officials announced earlier this month. Hanging Lake, turquoise-tintedMore

Christiansen Named Forest Service Chief

October 11, 2018 — The word “interim” can be removed from her title. Vicki Christiansen, who has served as interim chief of the Forest Service since March, was sworn in as the agency’s permanent chief during a ceremonyMore

Whither Roadless in Alaska?

October 8, 2018 — They are wilderness areas without a capital “W.” They are “inventoried roadless areas,” governed by a rule adopted in the waning days of the Clinton administration designed to preserve the last remaining stretches ofMore

Plan Would Limit Target Shooting in Colorado

September 21, 2018 — A draft decision released yesterday would prohibit recreational target shooting on 225,574 acres on the Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests in Colorado. The report follows a five-year process in which Forest Service officials workedMore

Judge: Forest Service Must Reconsider Elk-Feeding Program

September 18, 2018 — Forest Service officials in Wyoming must reexamine their decision to let state wildlife officials feed elk on the Bridger-Teton National Forest in the wintertime, according to a federal judge’s ruling. U.S. District Judge NancyMore

Operation Goat Lift Begins

September 10, 2018 — An operation to remove non-native mountain goats from the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state gets under way today. More than 700 goats live in the Olympic Mountains, descended from a handful released there byMore