Ground Truth

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

With Tooke Gone, Who Will Be the Next Chief?

March 8, 2018 — With the Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service all without permanent directors, it’s anyone’s guess when the Forest Service can expect a new chief to replace the retiredMore

Feral Cattle and Dogs Menace California Monument

March 6, 2018 — A recently established national monument in Southern California is being overrun—not by people, necessarily, but by feral cattle and pit bulls. President Obama created the Sand to Snow National Monument outside of Palm SpringsMore

Agency Proposes Moving Montana Trail Off Private Land

March 1, 2018 — A Forest Service proposal released today calls for rerouting a trail in Montana that crosses private land. That trail and others in the Crazy Mountains have been the focus of long-simmering disputes between theMore

Oregon Headwaters Protected from Mining

February 26, 2018 — Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced last week that a wild stretch of mountains in southwestern Oregon will remain protected from strip mining, handing conservationists a rare public-lands victory under the Trump administration.More

Salmon, Berries and Bears — Oh My!

February 20, 2018 — Does a bear poop in the woods? You bet—and that has a profound impact on the surrounding forest. A study by researchers at Oregon State University shows that brown and black bears in SoutheastMore

Agency Approves Drilling Next to Mount St. Helens

February 15, 2018 — Forest Service officials will allow exploratory drilling for copper and gold next to the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, including in an inventoried roadless area. The decision, announced last week, drew swift rebukeMore

Firefighters and Cops Win in FY 2019 Budget

February 12, 2018 — You know the authoritarians are in charge when firefighters and cops get more money and everyone else gets less. That’s the bottom line in Trump’s FY 2019 Forest Service budget, which was released earlierMore