Stories tagged: forest service
Sun., Dec. 3, 2017, 7:38 p.m.
Forest Service closer to wilderness area permit proposal
After eight months and more than 500 comments from Oregonians, the U.S. Forest Service is closing in on a proposal that could protect central Oregon’s most scenic areas from overuse.
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 2:07 p.m.
Forest Service weighs changes to protections for sage grouse
The U.S. Forest Service is rethinking protection plans for sage grouse in six Western states after a U.S. court agreed with mining companies that the agency illegally created some safeguards …
Sat., Nov. 18, 2017, 4:38 p.m.
Field reports: Red Ives Cabin rental on national online site
Renting the historic Red Ives Ranger Cabin on the St. Joe River is being switched from a mail-in lottery to a national online reservation system, the Idaho Panhandle National Forests …
Fri., July 7, 2017, 10:43 a.m.
Rainbow Family, Forest Service disagree on festival impact
If you spend enough time at prayer circles organized by the Rainbow Family of Living Light, you’ll likely hear the Legend of the Rainbow Warriors, which refers to a group …
Mon., July 3, 2017, 1:16 p.m.
Forest Service proposes plan to limit hikers in Oregon
The U.S. Forest Service is seeking to limit the number of hikers in Oregon’s wilderness by requiring permits for popular areas.
Wed., June 14, 2017, 5:48 a.m.
Climate change could burn a hole in Forest Service’s budget
Climate change appears to be fueling more wildfires as forest service officials are increasingly concerned they don’t have the funds to effectively handle another devastating season.
Fri., May 19, 2017, 1:46 p.m.
Lookout Pass wins approval to add chairlifts, expand terrain for skiers and snowboarders
Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area plans to spend about $10 million over the next several years on new ski runs, chairlifts and a lodge expansion.
Thu., May 4, 2017, 9:56 a.m.
Megafires becoming more common
A wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta, destroyed 2,400 homes, displaced 100,000 people and burned at least 1.5 million acres last year, according to Paul Hessburg, a research landscape ecologist with …
UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017, 1:35 p.m.
Idaho wolf derby doesn’t need Forest Service permit, court rules
A federal judge has ruled that organizers of a wolf- and coyote-shooting contest in east-central Idaho don’t need a permit from the U.S. Forest Service.
UPDATED: Sat., April 1, 2017, 3:50 p.m.
Field Reports: More help needed to maintain national forest trails
The Forest Service is letting the public suggest trail systems that should receive priority for maintenance in an era of bare-bones trail budgets.
Tue., Feb. 21, 2017, 12:57 p.m.
Idaho officials looking to buy US Forest Service land
Idaho officials are in preliminary discussions with the U.S. Forest Service on possibly buying federal public lands.
Sun., Feb. 12, 2017, 7 a.m.
Study: Invasive bugs found in fallen trees years after storm
They may be down but they’re not out: Damaging insects can emerge from fallen trees and logs for several years after a major storm, according to a U.S. Forest Service …
Fri., Feb. 3, 2017, 10 a.m.
Forest Service on hold for hiring seasons firefighters, trail crews
Federal workers scrambled last week to interpret how President Donald Trump’s hiring freeze of civilian employees might affect seasonal firefighters and other part-time employees such as trail crews.
Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 10:55 a.m.
Megaload lawsuit betweeen Forest Service, environmental groups settled
Environmental groups, the Nez Perce Tribe and the U.S. Forest Service have agreed to a settlement in a lawsuit over huge “megaload” shipments. Shipments of the very large truck loads …
Sun., Dec. 25, 2016, 2:30 a.m.
Spout Springs ski area closes citing snowmobile issues
WINTERSPORTS – The owner of an Oregon ski area says he won’t open this season because of concerns about snowmobiles creating an unsafe environment in his parking lot. Spout Springs …
Thu., Dec. 22, 2016, 12:39 p.m.
Forest Service approves Red Lodge Mountain land swap
The U.S. Forest Service has approved a land exchange between the Custer Gallatin National Forest and Red Lodge Mountain.
Sun., Dec. 4, 2016, 4:22 a.m.
Destroyed Little Snowy Top lookout provided shelter, memories to many
The cabin stood tall in the wilderness of northeastern Washington to combat wildfires and shelter visitors for 84 years.
Mon., Nov. 21, 2016, 8:02 a.m.
Forest Service names street after officer killed by grizzly
A U.S. Forest Service road has been renamed in honor of an officer who was killed by a grizzly bear near Glacier National Park.
Mon., Nov. 14, 2016, 11:56 a.m.
Forest Service to hire 1,000 seasonal workers in Northwest
The U.S. Forest Service says it will hire 1,000 temporary workers in the Pacific Northwest for spring and summer jobs.
Mon., Nov. 7, 2016, 4:03 p.m.
Fourth-graders can get a free Christmas tree permit from the Forest Service
Fourth-graders can get a free permit to cut a Christmas tree on Forest Service lands. The permits are being given out as part of a program to get kids recreating …
Wed., Nov. 2, 2016, 9:02 p.m.
Collared wolf dead, 3 others survive in Idaho wilderness
Three of four wolves fitted with tracking collars in a central Idaho wilderness area last year by state officials without federal approval are surviving as another winter approaches.
Sun., Oct. 30, 2016, 2:33 a.m.
Field Reports: Colville National Forest looking to fill 50 seasonal jobs
The Colville National Forest is looking to fill 50 seasonal jobs in northeast Washington for next summer. Forest officials are going so far as to hold workshops to help applicants …
Fri., Sept. 30, 2016, 12:57 p.m.
Idaho auctions federal timber in deal with Forest Service
Some 600 square miles of U.S. Forest Service land burned in Idaho in 2015 in one of the most destructive summers ever for the cash-strapped agency that for years has …
Sat., Sept. 3, 2016, 9:26 p.m.
After two bad wildfire years, this season ‘normal’ in Northwest
After two consecutive years in which wildfires set acreage records in Washington, this fire season has been light. In fact, wildfires have been smaller and less destructive in Washington, Oregon …
Thu., Sept. 1, 2016, 10:55 a.m.
Some areas of Idaho Panhandle forest closed because of fire
Several small fires continue to burn on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests, closing some areas to recreation.
Fri., Aug. 19, 2016
Protect Forest Service budget from fires
When areas of the country are hit with natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes and floods, they can access emergency federal funding. But when huge wildfires rage on federal land, …
Thu., July 28, 2016, 11:12 a.m.
Forest Service warns of snapping trees in North Idaho
Large fir trees in North Idaho forests are supporting so many cones that they are in danger of snapping.
Sat., July 23, 2016, 4:26 p.m.
Pack mules do the heavy lifting while offering their brand of education
The best teachers at the Ninemile Remount Depot’s packing class never say a word, and might kick you into next week if you get a lesson wrong.
Sat., June 25, 2016, 4:58 p.m.
Colville Forest plan will ration recreation on 1.1 million acres
Something is at stake for everyone from mountain bikers to loggers in the 1.1 million-acre Colville National Forest as the July 5 deadline approaches for public comment on the draft …
Wed., June 22, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
Outpeople: Thomas thought ahead for wildlife, public lands as Forest Service chief
Jack Ward Thomas helped the U.S. Forest Service see beyond the trees. A wildlife biologist who rose to the top of the agency during some of its most turbulent years, …