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Feral Cattle and Dogs Menace California Monument

March 6, 2018 — A recently established national monument in Southern California is being overrun—not by people, necessarily, but by feral cattle and pit bulls. President Obama created the Sand to Snow National Monument outside of Palm SpringsMore

Agency Proposes Moving Montana Trail Off Private Land

March 1, 2018 — A Forest Service proposal released today calls for rerouting a trail in Montana that crosses private land. That trail and others in the Crazy Mountains have been the focus of long-simmering disputes between theMore

Oregon Headwaters Protected from Mining

February 26, 2018 — Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced last week that a wild stretch of mountains in southwestern Oregon will remain protected from strip mining, handing conservationists a rare public-lands victory under the Trump administration.More

Salmon, Berries and Bears — Oh My!

February 20, 2018 — Does a bear poop in the woods? You bet—and that has a profound impact on the surrounding forest. A study by researchers at Oregon State University shows that brown and black bears in SoutheastMore

Agency Approves Drilling Next to Mount St. Helens

February 15, 2018 — Forest Service officials will allow exploratory drilling for copper and gold next to the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, including in an inventoried roadless area. The decision, announced last week, drew swift rebukeMore

Firefighters and Cops Win in FY 2019 Budget

February 12, 2018 — You know the authoritarians are in charge when firefighters and cops get more money and everyone else gets less. That’s the bottom line in Trump’s FY 2019 Forest Service budget, which was released earlierMore

FSEEE: The Fires Are Out, Let the People In

February 9, 2018 — FSEEE yesterday filed a petition calling for the supervisor of the Willamette National Forest in Oregon to immediately end closure notices stemming from wildfires that burned last summer. In a three-page letter to WillametteMore

Preparing for “Emergencies”

February 6, 2018 — Fighting fires has emerged as the Forest Service’s top task, consuming more than half of the agency’s budget. And yet Forest Service administrators contend they do not have to conduct any environmental review ofMore

A Tongass Travesty

February 1, 2018 — At 17 million acres, the Tongass is America’s largest national forest. Its 19 wilderness areas and two national monuments draw a million cruise-ship visitors annually, employing more than 7,400 recreation industry workers, and provide habitat that supports another 4,300 fisheries jobs. Together,More