Stories tagged: forest service
SUNDAY, 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 …
THURSDAY, 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.
SUNDAY, 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.
MONDAY, 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.
MONDAY, 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.
MONDAY, 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 …
WEDNESDAY, 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.
SUNDAY, 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 …
FRIDAY, 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 …
SATURDAY, 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 …
THURSDAY, 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.
FRIDAY, 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, …
THURSDAY, 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.
SATURDAY, 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.
SATURDAY, 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 …
WEDNESDAY, 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, …
THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2016, 1:21 P.M.
Canadian, Chinese company sign deal on mine outside of Boise
A Canadian mining company said it has reached an agreement with a Chinese company bringing in $700 million in financing for a possible open-pit molybdenum mine 37 miles northeast of …
THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016, 4:16 P.M.
Forest Service wants to save Oregon’s Depression-era cabins
The U.S. Forest Service is trying to save four Depression-era cabins near an Oregon lake that are at risk of deterioration.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2016, 7 P.M.
Landers: Most forest recreation areas open for holiday with some restrictions
Most of the region’s public lands campgrounds are opening just in time for the Memorial Day weekend – the unofficial opening of the camping season. However, some roads and trails …
SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2016, 1:03 P.M.
Out & About: Washington big on theatrical grouse
OUTNUMBERED – Grouse of various types are wrapping up spring strutting, dancing, drumming and other cool rituals of courtship. They put on a good show. Washington is especially blessed with …
FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016, 9:13 A.M.
Sen. Risch won’t push for Lochsa River basin land swap
U.S. Sen. Jim Risch says he will not push for legislation that would authorize a proposed upper Lochsa land trade due to public opposition.
MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2016, 11:58 A.M.
Protecting Ape Cave from deadly disease takes on new urgency
Long before white-nose syndrome reached the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. Forest Service had warned visitors to Ape Cave at Mount St. Helens of the disease. Now that it’s been found …
SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2016
Expected bumper crop of mushrooms spells new rules, permits
Inland Northwest national forests swept by 2015 wildfires are gearing up with rules, permits and educational pamphlets as officials expect a spring rush of mushroom gatherers. A bumper crop of …
SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2016, 3:38 P.M.
Field reports: Nez Perce working to reintroduce condors to Hells Canyon
BIRDS – Idaho’s Nez Perce Tribe has been awarded a $200,000 federal grant to pursue reintroducing California condors in Hells Canyon. The Nez Perce grant is a share of nearly …
MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016, 9:29 A.M.
Helicopters to drop wood mulch on scorched Oregon land
Seven months after Baker County fought its largest wildfire ever, a helicopter has returned to the region - this time with wood instead of water.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2016, 2:39 P.M.
National forest road hazards spring up in wake of 2015 fires
Landslides occurring on the region’s national forests are prompting warnings from Forest Service officials that anyone traveling in the snow-free areas of low-elevation mountains should have an exit plan.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24, 2016, 11:14 A.M.
Federal initiative includes grant to lower fire risk in eastern Cascades
The federal government is funding a new initiative with $780,000 aimed at lowering wildfire risks and improving forest health in the eastern Cascades this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture …
SATURDAY, FEB. 13, 2016, 4:40 P.M.
Fire-related closures affect winter recreation
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2, 2015, 3:38 P.M.
Motorized users sue Kootenai Forest for more access to proposed wilderness areas
Snowmobile clubs and advocacy groups from Montana and Idaho are suing the U.S. Forest Service and its plan that bars motorized access in certain protected areas of the 2.2 million …
UPDATED: MONDAY, OCT. 26, 2015, 6 P.M.
Impact of summer wildfires still being gauged by forest experts
Wildfires can be both a beneficial and destructive presence in the Northern Rockies, and experts are still trying to get a read on the 2015 season.