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  • Wildfires in California could be bad this year, officials warn

    California could face a dangerous and difficult wildfire season in 2016 despite a relatively wet winter, federal officials warned Tuesday.


  • Wildlife officials to kill wolves in remote Idaho region

    LEWISTON, Idaho – Federal wildlife services and Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials have joined forces to kill wolves in the Clearwater Region for the third year in a …


  • Eye on Boise: Politics hinder wildfire funding bill

    A year ago, Idaho GOP Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, along with Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden, gathered at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise to push the …


  • 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 …


  • Federal fire agencies face budget cuts

    BOISE – With a “difficult” fire season looming, across-the-board budget cuts are now hitting federal firefighting agencies. The result: There will be hundreds fewer firefighters deployed to battle wildfires across …


  • Budget cuts hit as tough fire season looms

    BOISE - With a “difficult” fire season looming, firefighters are facing budget cuts that will result in 500 fewer firefighters for the Forest Service alone and 50 fewer engines available, …


  • Cabinet members warn region of early fire season

    BOISE – The wildfire season has barely begun, and already hundreds of homes have burned in Colorado and 66 homes in Southern Idaho were destroyed over the weekend. The U.S. …


  • Federal officials on fire season: Get ready

    The wildfire season has barely begun, and already hundreds of homes have burned in Colorado and 66 homes in southern Idaho were destroyed over the weekend. The U.S. secretaries of …


  • WSU gets $40 million for biofuels research

    Washington State University is getting a $40 million research grant to produce “green” jet fuel from woody debris in Northwest forests. The five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture …


  • Forest planning rule uses collaboration to cut lawsuits

    New planning rules proposed for national forests will help keep ecosystems healthy and biologically diverse while reducing legal gridlock through better collaboration with the public, U.S. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack …


  • Obama administration extends roadless moratorium

    The Obama administration is extending for another year the moratorium on most logging and mining in millions of acres of remote and rugged sections of national forests.


  • Vilsack calls for renewed emphasis on forests

    SEATTLE — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Friday outlined a vision for managing the nation’s forests that placed a high priority on restoration to protect water resources and combat …


  • Road building in forests put on hold for one year

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration waded into a nearly decade-long debate over roadless areas in national forests Thursday, announcing what amounts to a “time out” from logging and other development …


  • Vilsack to get Agriculture post

    Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, who aggressively campaigned for Sen. Hillary Clinton before his state’s precinct caucuses in January, will be named agriculture secretary by President-elect Barack Obama, three Democratic …

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