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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

Unleashing the SuperTanker?

September 15, 2017 — Global SuperTanker Services, LLC, a subsidiary of a Connecticut equities firm, says it has what it takes to put out wildfires. The company owns the largest firefighting aircraft on the planet, a retrofitted BoeingMore

Park Service to Cull Grand Canyon Bison

September 12, 2017 — More than a century ago, ranchers introduced bison to the Kaibab Plateau of northern Arizona, hoping they would crossbreed with their cattle. A century later, descendants of those bison have wandered from the KaibabMore

FSEEE: Retardant Doesn’t Put Out Wildfires

September 7, 2017 — For the past several days, smoke has engulfed much of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, prompting residents to don facemasks and look longingly at forecasts for signs of cooler weather and cleansing winds. An active fireMore

Conservationists Challenge Pipeline Plan

September 6, 2017 — A coalition of conservation groups is challenging a draft Forest Service decision to allow a Virginia energy company to build a $5 billion, 600-mile-long natural gas pipeline that would cross two national forests. TheMore