Ground Truth

It’s Called “Lying by Omission”

April 26, 2018 — On Tuesday, Vicki Christiansen made her first Hill appearance as Forest Service chief, albeit with an “interim” asterisk. Her written testimony focused on fire funding and “active forest management,” aka, logging: The funding andMore

Quota System Considered for Oregon Wilderness Areas

April 24, 2018 — Five congressionally designated wilderness areas in Oregon’s central Cascades could be subject to a permitting system and visitor limitations under a draft plan released by the Forest Service last week. The environmental assessment, calledMore

Trouble for Trees in Cities

April 19, 2018 — America’s urban forests are on the decline. Forest Service researchers found that tree cover in cities and towns dropped by about 175,000 acres per year between 2009 and 2014. That corresponds to a lossMore

Hubbard is Trump’s Pick to Oversee Forest Service

April 16, 2018 — A former Colorado state forester with an extensive background in wildland firefighting is Donald Trump’s pick to oversee the Forest Service as Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment. James Hubbard served as Colorado’s topMore

A Win for Warblers

April 13, 2018 — Here’s an Endangered Species Act success story. This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it intends to remove the Kirtland’s warbler from the threatened and endangered species list. The small songbird wasMore

Tree-sitters Oppose Appalachian Pipeline

April 10, 2018 — Opponents of a $3.5 billion natural gas pipeline have taken to the trees in an effort to stop the controversial project, which would transect the Appalachian Mountains. Since late February, protesters have stationed themselvesMore

Future Bleak for Rare Pacific Martens

April 5, 2018 — A subspecies of martens that lives along the Pacific Coast in California and Oregon will likely go extinct if nothing is done to help the animals, according to a study released this week. PacificMore

BLM Awards Drilling Leases Near Utah Monuments

March 21, 2018 — Bureau of Land Management officials secured bids yesterday for oil and gas leases on dozens of parcels in Utah, including land near the Bears Ears, Canyons of the Ancients and Hovenweep national monuments. OilMore

ESA Protection Sought for Rare Salamander

March 15, 2018 — A rare salamander found only in rugged terrain along the Oregon-California border should be protected under the Endangered Species Act, conservationists contend. Long and brown with white speckles, the Siskiyou Mountains salamander lives inMore

Interim Forest Service Chief Named

March 9, 2018 — A Forest Service manager with a background in wildfire management was tapped yesterday to lead the agency after the resignation of Chief Tony Tooke earlier this week. Vicki Christiansen has worked with the ForestMore