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Forest Service Tweaks Wyoming Logging Plan

August 15, 2017 — A logging project high in the Wyoming Rockies will be modified after FSEEE raised concerns about impacts to the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. Officials with the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest want to thinMore

Counterclaim Filed in 4FRI Lawsuit

August 11, 2017 — This spring, two former executives of Good Earth Power AZ, which holds the largest forest restoration contract ever issued by the Forest Service, sued the company, alleging they were owed more than $4 millionMore

Senate Bill Would Loosen Environmental Laws

August 8, 2017 — South Dakota Senator John Thune last week introduced legislation that would sharply curtail environmental reviews of logging projects on national forests. The bill, dubbed the Forest Management Improvement Act of 2017, would allow theMore

Forest Service to Allow Olympic National Forest War Games

August 3, 2017 — Forest Service officials have given the green light to a controversial plan to stage electronic warfare games on the Olympic National Forest in Washington state. The decision allows personnel from the Whidbey Island NavalMore

Trump Administration and Senator Target District Ranger

July 28, 2017 — When a sitting U.S. senator and a member of the president’s cabinet go after a Forest Service district ranger, guess who wins? Alex Sienkiewicz, who was “reassigned” last month from his post on Montana’sMore

Trump Administration Supports Devil’s Staircase Wilderness

July 26, 2017 — Guess who just came out in favor of declaring Oregon’s Devil’s Staircase an official wilderness area? Donald Trump. (Or his administration, at least.) In written testimony submitted earlier today to a Senate subcommittee, Forest Service Deputy Chief GlennMore

Goodbye Goats?

July 24, 2017 — Federal land managers will try once again to remove hundreds of nonnative mountain goats from the Olympic Mountains in Washington, hoping to reduce damage to rare plant communities and prevent conflicts between goats andMore

What, Me Worry?

July 20, 2017 — Yesterday, a federal appeals court ruled that the Forest Service is liable for toxic waste cleanup costs from a mining operation in New Mexico. The appeals court remanded the case back to district courtMore

Prosecutor or Referee?

July 17, 2017 — Last week, as jury selection was underway in the retrial of four men accused of brandishing weapons during the 2014 standoff between federal agents and supporters of scofflaw rancher Cliven Bundy, Attorney General JeffMore