Ground Truth

Drone Oversight

October 24, 2017 — Fall Creek flows through the Cascade Mountain foothills in Oregon’s Willamette National Forest. It’s a lovely stream and a popular getaway for residents of nearby Eugene, where FSEEE is headquartered. On August 10, lightningMore

Activists Outline Science of Wildfires to Senate

October 20, 2017 — This has been a notable year for wildfires, with smoke clogging urban areas of the West and the federal government spending well over $2 billion trying to stop the flames. Homes—and lives—have been lost.More

Battle Over Wolf Creek Continues

October 16, 2017 — A three-decade battle over an upscale resort community that a Texas billionaire wants to build high in the Colorado Rockies isn’t over yet. B.J. “Red” McCombs has long sought permission to construct the massiveMore

Ousted Montana District Ranger Gets His Post Back

October 13, 2017 — A Forest Service district ranger in Montana who had been reassigned after tussling with local landowners over access to national forest land will get his job back after an internal review, according to aMore

Videos Show Aftermath of “Catastrophic” Wildfire

October 10, 2017 — On September 26, federal firefighting managers boarded a helicopter and embarked on a flyover of the Chetco Bar Fire in southwestern Oregon, which at one point this summer was considered the top-priority wildfire inMore

Go Ahead: Move the Forest Service to Interior

October 6, 2017 — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has made no secret of his desire to acquire the U.S. Forest Service from the Department of Agriculture. Zinke’s zeal for restoring the Forest Service to Interior, where during itsMore

Bad Bills Abound

October 3, 2017 — The first months of the Trump administration brought plenty of setbacks for conservationists. There was Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s proposal to scale back national monument designations. A budget plan calling for double-digit cuts toMore

“Gardening” Our Forests Not the Answer

September 26, 2017 — This summer was exceptionally hot and dry throughout much of the West, and those conditions, unsurprisingly, led to an abundance of wildfires. More than 8.5 million acres have burned across the nation, well aboveMore

Senator Calls Out Errors in National Monument Report

September 21, 2017 — The Trump administration’s plan to roll back national monument designations was blasted this week by New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich, who, during a congressional hearing, pointed out several factual errors in a report issuedMore

FSEEE Challenges Navy War Games

September 18, 2017 — FSEEE has filed a lawsuit challenging the Forest Service’s approval of a Navy plan to conduct electronic warfare training on the Olympic National Forest in Washington state. Earlier this summer, Olympic National Forest officialsMore