Ground Truth

Trump Administration to Remove Protections for Lynx

January 23, 2018 — The Trump administration is taking steps to remove Canada lynx from the threatened and endangered species list, despite a 2016 analysis by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that found the cats will disappearMore

Hope for Bats

January 19, 2018 — An exotic fungus that is laying waste to bat populations in North America may share a fatal flaw with Dracula—it can’t stand light. Researchers with the Forest Service and the University of New HampshireMore

A Bundy Bungling

January 17, 2018 — Cliven Bundy is a free man. His cattle are free to roam the public estate. More than $1 million in unpaid grazing fees remains unpaid. The self-styled militia crowd is emboldened. Public land managersMore

Perdue Releases New All-Employee Message

January 5, 2018 — Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue delivered another message to his employees yesterday, emphasizing that his “OneUSDA” initiative will entail changes that “may be drastically different than the old ways of doing things.” Three daysMore

Judge Declares Mistrial in Bundy Case

December 21, 2017 — They’re off the hook again, at least for now. Yesterday, a federal judge declared a mistrial in the government’s case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan Bundy, and Ryan Payne,More

Why Are the Forests Closed?

December 18, 2017 — Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers had better be ready for a lot of detours in Oregon this summer. In November and December, after fire season-ending rain and snowstorms, the Forest Service issued orders closing threeMore

What If We Didn’t Fight Wildfires?

December 14, 2017 — What happens if forest fire ignitions are not suppressed? It’s a tough experiment to perform, but some old Forest Service data may help provide an answer. In 1923, the Forest Service published an analysisMore