Stories tagged: Tom Vilsack
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 11:03 p.m.
Tom Vilsack leaving USDA a week early, no replacement named
Secretary Tom Vilsack is leaving the Agriculture Department a week before his tenure ends and President-elect Donald Trump takes office. Trump has not chosen Vilsack’s replacement. Vilsack told employees in …
Thu., Sept. 8, 2016, 8:55 p.m.
Ag secretary says private investment needed to help grouse
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced grants on Thursday for a pair of programs that will attempt to use private financing to conserve land across the Western U.S. as part …
Tue., May 17, 2016, 11:30 a.m.
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.
Tue., Feb. 9, 2016, 1:25 p.m.
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 …
Sun., Aug. 24, 2014
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 …
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 …
Tue., May 14, 2013
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 …
Mon., May 13, 2013, 1:40 p.m.
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, …
Wed., July 4, 2012
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. …
Tue., July 3, 2012, 5:03 p.m.
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 …
Thu., Sept. 29, 2011
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 …
Fri., Feb. 11, 2011
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 …
Fri., May 28, 2010, 10:57 a.m.
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.
Fri., Aug. 14, 2009, 10:12 a.m.
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 …
Fri., May 29, 2009
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 …
Wed., Dec. 17, 2008
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 …