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Forest Service to Give Nestlé New Permit

June 28, 2018 — The Forest Service yesterday agreed to issue a new permit to Nestlé, allowing the world’s largest water-bottling company to continue to remove millions of gallons each year from a creek on California’s San BernardinoMore

Lawsuits Filed Over Minnesota Mining Proposal

June 26, 2018 — In a trio of lawsuits, businesses and conservation groups are challenging a Trump administration decision to reinstate two expired mineral leases that could clear the way for industrial copper mining on the border ofMore

House Passes Disastrous Farm Bill

June 22, 2018 — It’s back, and worse than ever. The House of Representatives yesterday approved a 2018 Farm Bill that would gut environmental laws, hamstring citizen legal challenges and open now-protected stretches of Alaska’s Tongass and ChugachMore

Spotted Owl Decline Continues

June 18, 2018 — The Northwest Forest Plan, the landmark 1994 compromise designed in large part to protect northern spotted owls, will not alone be sufficient to save the deep-forest bird, according to a new scientific report. LastMore

Agency Must Decide on Nestlé Permit

June 12, 2018 — Forest Service officials in California must decide within a month whether to reissue a permit to Nestlé to withdraw water from the San Bernardino National Forest, according to a settlement agreement reached last week.More

Trump Administration May Waive Roadless Rule on Tongass

June 7, 2018 — The Trump administration is working with Alaska state government officials on plans to exempt the Tongass National Forest from a rule that forbids new road construction in wild areas. Forest Service interim Chief VickiMore

Tahoe Snowmobile Proposal Sparks Hostile Response

June 5, 2018 — A Forest Service plan to regulate snowmobile use on California’s Tahoe National Forest is generating heated responses from those who want free rein to ride the machines where they wish. Some of those whoMore

Bill Would Allow Mountain Bikes in Wilderness Areas

June 1, 2018 — Utah Sen. Mike Lee has introduced a bill that would open wilderness areas to mountain bikes, matching similar legislation making its way through the House of Representatives. Lee’s bill would give federal land managersMore

Shoot Somewhere Else

May 30, 2018 — Every now and then, the Forest Service does the right thing when it comes to reining in irresponsible target shooting. Kudos to staff with the Deschutes National Forest in Oregon for listening to localMore

“Mud Boggers” Damage Fragile Meadow

May 25, 2018 — What’s some people’s idea of a good time? Taking that four-wheel drive and tearing through a wild meadow! The latest incident of illegal “mud bogging” on national forests has done extensive damage to aMore