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Climate change forces adaptation in Spokane, Pacific Northwest

Climate change is, nearly by definition, an overwhelming subject.


U.S. Forest Service ecologist says mega wildfires require more than suppression, urging 3-step solution

Hotter, dryer summers have led to increased megafires and Paull Hessburg, a research landscape ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service, said he fears our wildfire seasons will get much worse.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 5, 2018, 12:59 p.m.

Forest Service advances changes to sage grouse protections

The U.S. Forest Service is advancing changes to sage grouse protections in five Western states that environmental groups say are part of the Trump administration’s efforts favoring industry but that …


Native American bones will be turned over to tribes

The University of Idaho and U.S. Forest Service’s Boise National Forest say they’ve identified human remains from Native Americans in their holdings that will be turned over to present-day tribes.


Forest service seeks comment on Mission Ridge expansion

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comment on plans to expand the Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort.


UPDATED: Mon., July 30, 2018, 3:46 p.m.

Firefighters battling several brush fires near Coeur d’Alene Airport

North Idaho firefighters are battling several small brush fires near the Coeur d’Alene Airport. Jim Lyons, spokesman for Northern Lakes Fire District, said crews were battling about seven fires, though …


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 12:52 p.m.

Interim U.S. Forest Service chief says she will make it ‘easier for all kinds of businesses to work with and on the forest’

The head of the U.S. Forest Service promised that things are not “going to be business as usual” under her watch, Tuesday.


Forest Service says new game plans are nearly ready for region’s forests

The U.S. Forest Service is attempting to promote rural economies while simultaneously protecting ecosystems and watersheds with its revised forest plans covering more than 5 million acres of federal public …


Idaho officials pitch land swap in Lochsa River basin

Idaho officials are pitching a north-central Idaho land exchange involving a private timber company and the U.S. Forest Service that could result in Idaho receiving deed to some federal lands.


Forest Service OKs exploratory drilling for N. Idaho silica

Federal officials have approved exploratory drilling for a silica mine on Green Mountain in northern Idaho.


Agency expands Sawtooth Forest through ranch acquisition

The U.S. Forest Service has expanded the Sawtooth National Forest through the acquisition of a ranch in central Idaho.


U.S. Forest Service interim chief confronts misconduct scandal

After a career spent battling wildland fires across the West, U.S. Forest Service interim Chief Vicki Christiansen must now confront another sort of crisis: the harassment and bullying of women …


Idaho auctions federal timber in deal with Forest Service

Idaho officials have auctioned timber on federal land as part of an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service intended to increase logging and reduce the severity of wildfires.


Group files lawsuit to protect rare plant

A group of Oregon conservationists are suing the U.S. Forest Service for reauthorizing livestock grazing on grasslands within the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 4, 2017, 1:49 p.m.

Price of U.S. Forest Service maps to increase Jan. 1

The cost of U.S. Forest Service maps will increase Jan. 1 for the first time in 10 years.


U.S. Forest Service didn’t call for pulling its land from Bears Ears, USDA nominee tells Senate Democrats

Two senior Senate Democrats want President Donald Trump to explain why he’s poised to remove protections for U.S. Forest Service land in the Bears Ears National Monument when the agency …


Forest Service: Multnomah Falls Lodge to reopen this week

The U.S. Forest Service said the historic 92-year-old Multnomah Falls Lodge, closed for months by a fast-moving wildfire, is ready to open sometime this week.


U.S. considers logging project along scenic Wyoming highway

The U.S. Forest Service is considering allowing logging along a scenic highway leading to Yellowstone National Park to remove insect-infested trees and reduce fire danger.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 2:43 p.m.

Forest Service buys key wildlife habitat area in E. Idaho

The U.S. Forest Service has purchased about 60 acres of private land inside the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in eastern Idaho that contains key spawning habitat for Yellowstone cutthroat trout.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 3:29 p.m.

Forests most likely to burn would be thinned under Cantwell proposal that’s backed by Idaho’s senators

Washington and Idaho senators offer proposal to reduce wildfires in the most at-risk federal forests.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 11:01 p.m.

Lawsuit: Eastern Idaho sheep grazing threatens bighorns

Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit contending the U.S. Forest Service is illegally jeopardizing bighorn sheep by allowing University of Idaho domestic sheep on two eastern Idaho grazing allotments as …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 6:01 p.m.

Holden Village finds new beginning after test of fire, massive mine cleanup

A wildfire and a massive mine cleanup tested Holden Village, a Lutheran retreat center in the North Cascades. About 4,000 people visit the village each year, which operates in a …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 9:39 p.m.

Forest Service spends record $2B battling forest fires

The Forest Service has spent more than $2 billion battling wildfires around the country – a record as wildfires blacken the American West in one of the nation’s worst fire …


Fire burning in roadless wilderness causing problems for the Forest Service

A fire has been burning in remote wilderness straddling the Washington-Idaho border north of Priest Lake for six weeks.


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.


UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017, 5:12 p.m.

New Ag, Interior secretaries call for retaining public lands, upping resource extraction

The nation’s new secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior brought a message to Boise on Friday: Public lands must be retained, but they also must produce more through resource extraction.


UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017, 9:57 p.m.

U.S. plan to improve firefighter shelters falters

Crews who battle wildfires will have to wait at least another year before getting better fire shelters than those that failed to save 19 firefighters trapped by flames in Arizona …


Rules pitched to limit crowds at Three Pools, Opal Creek in Oregon’s Willamette National Forest

The U.S. Forest Service has proposed a series of regulations to reduce overcrowding and unruly behavior in Oregon’s Willamette National Forest.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 2, 2017, 10:47 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers asks that wildfire fighters be exempted from hiring freeze

In a letter sent a day after Donald Trump’s administration announced exemptions to a hiring freeze would be made for seasonal employees, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and other lawmakers requested …


Twisp fire survivors tell of driving through flames to escape blaze that killed three crew members

The fire that started just north of Twisp River Road on Aug. 19, 2015, was like any other that hot, dry summer. But before the day was over, more than …