Stories tagged: forest service
Sat., April 9, 2016, midnight
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 …
Sat., 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 …
Mon., 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.
Wed., 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.
Wed., 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 …
Sat., Feb. 13, 2016, 4:40 p.m.
Fire-related closures affect winter recreation
Wed., 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: Mon., 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.
Thu., Oct. 8, 2015, 3:44 p.m.
Forest Service chief: ‘We’re going to need to act’ to address Western wildfires
Poor forest conditions leave areas prone to disease and wildfire, which results in more severe fire seasons. But this year, as it has eight times in the last 13 years, …
Fri., Sept. 18, 2015, midnight
Idaho ancient cedar grove will be closed until spring
A recent wildfire appears to have killed more ancient cedars in the Settler’s Grove north of Wallace than initially reported. Firefighters left sprinklers running in the grove as the Grizzly …
Thu., Aug. 27, 2015, midnight
Ancient cedar groves ride out nearby wildfires
An ancient cedar grove appears to have survived a wildfire that swept through North Idaho, and officials are also optimistic about the fate of a similar stand in Montana. A …
Thu., Aug. 13, 2015, midnight
Western senators push bill to fix how forest firefighting is funded
BOISE – With wildfires raging along with the costs to fight them, a group of Western senators on Wednesday touted a solution for paying firefighting bills. The U.S. Forest Service …
Sun., Aug. 9, 2015, 12:04 a.m.
Spokane Mountaineers celebrate centennial with 100 miler in Pasayten
A 100-mile backpacking trip is a good start for sizing up a wilderness area as well as understanding what makes a century-old outdoors club tick. The Spokane Mountaineers, celebrating their …
Thu., Aug. 6, 2015, 11:33 a.m.
Mining claim dispute brings Patriots to Montana town
Members of armed groups that call themselves constitutional advocates have arrived in a Montana town to support an owner during an ongoing dispute with the U.S. Forest Service concerning a …
Mon., July 27, 2015, midnight
An early, hot season stretches resources at Coeur d’Alene Wildland Fire Center
Don MacDonald scrubbed down the windshield of his plane as it refueled at the Coeur d’Alene Interagency Wildland Fire Center last week, rinsing off bugs and smoke residue. Shortly afterward, …
Sun., July 5, 2015, midnight
Out & About: National forests hurdle language barrier
OUTSPOKEN – A pilot “on demand” phone interpretation service to enhance public service to non-native English speakers has been announced by the Pacific Northwest Region of the USDA Forest Service …
Thu., May 21, 2015, midnight
Recreationists will find summer-like conditions for holiday outings
Campers, hikers, boaters and anglers should be thinking of the 2015 Memorial Day holiday weekend as taking place in mid-to-late June rather than this Saturday through Monday. The region’s snowpack …
Mon., May 4, 2015, 10:44 a.m.
Controlled burns planned for Cda watershed
The Idaho Panhandle National Forests is planning to conduct controlled burns today in the upper reaches of the North Fork Coeur d’Alene River.
Sun., May 3, 2015, midnight
Out & About: Mudders trash restored national forest meadow
OUTLAW – Colville National Forest officers are looking for tips in the case of a four-wheel-drive vehicle that left deep marks in a restored meadow this month. After the meadow …
Mon., April 20, 2015, 12:28 p.m.
Controlled burns begin near Coeur d’Alene
The Forest Service is starting its annual controlled burn program this week on the Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District.
Sun., March 29, 2015, 7:47 p.m.
Forest Service wants better fire shelters
The man tapped by the U.S. Forest Service to come up with a better fire shelter once had to get inside one on the side of a burning mountain and …
Thu., March 5, 2015, midnight
In brief: National Forest officials advise caution as roads open early
A skimpy snowpack is opening roads in the region’s national forests earlier than normal, but it’s not judicious to drive up every seemingly open road. In some cases, it’s illegal, …
Thu., Jan. 29, 2015, midnight
Landers: Over-snow vehicle rule seeks backcountry balance
Snowmobiles and other over-snow vehicles eventually will be allowed to ride only on roads, trails and areas specifically designated for their use, according to a rule being adopted by the …
Thu., Dec. 25, 2014, midnight
U.S. Forest Service honors Joel Sather of Cabinet Ranger District
A Western Montana man and former wilderness ranger recently received a national award for tending to the recreation programs in the Cabinet Mountains and wilderness area. Joel Sather, recreation technician …
Wed., Nov. 26, 2014, midnight
State grant gives old rural Washington photos new life online
Photos from the Colville National Forest’s archives offer a glimpse of what it was like to work in the woods of Northeast Washington during the early 1900s. Being a Forest …
Fri., Nov. 21, 2014, midnight
Report offers restoration plans for forests in Washington, Oregon
More than 9 million acres of forest in Washington and Oregon should be selectively logged and burned to make the remaining trees more resistant to wildfire, disease and drought, according …
Sun., Oct. 12, 2014, midnight
Scotchmans’ student ranger grooms public on ways of the wilderness
The Scotchman Peaks roadless area northeast of Lake Pend Oreille isn’t an official wilderness, but it was served by a “wilderness ranger” this summer and gained a standout new trail …
Sat., Sept. 13, 2014, midnight
Colvilles ask feds to boost forests’ fire safety
The dry forest north of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation used to burn every five to 20 years, resulting in open stands of ponderosa pine. But a century …
Thu., Aug. 21, 2014, midnight
In brief: Recreation areas reopen to public after wildfires
As crews continue to harness wildfires in the Methow Valley region of northcentral Washington, the U.S. Forest Service has been able to reopen more recreation areas this week. Most backcountry …
Wed., Aug. 20, 2014, 11:58 a.m.
Cost of fighting wildfires has doubled since 1998
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration detailed on Wednesday the toll that the escalating cost of fighting forest fires has had on other projects as it pushes Congress to overhaul how …