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  • Biologists go to bat for mysterious helpers

    Bats are out of sight and out of mind for the winter. Hoary bats have made their break to winter in Mexico or thereabouts.


  • Do Your Part: Time to stop taking trees for granted

    Are you a tree hugger? Would you admit it if you were? The term “tree hugger” is frequently used in a less-than-favorable way to describe someone who is passionate about …


  • Lookout Pass Ski Area plans big expansion

    Lookout Pass Ski Area has submitted a $20 million expansion plan to the U.S. Forest Service that would more than quadruple its terrain over 20 years, adding eight new chairlifts, …


  • Widely used fire retardant gets federal scrutiny

    BOULDER, Colo. – Lost in the images of aircraft dropping giant red plumes of retardant on a Colorado wildfire last week is the fact that the practice may not be …


  • Controlled burns planned in North Idaho

    Federal officials plan to set fires on up to 1,700 acres in North Idaho this fall as part of prescribed burning. The U.S. Forest Service has targeted 300 to 500 …


  • For Rainbow Family, forest gathering is foretaste of 2011 festival

    COLVILLE NATIONAL FOREST – A U.S. Forest Service ranger sat cross-legged on the dusty ground, holding a wildflower as a symbol of his right to speak to the circle of …


  • Examining the legacy of the 1910 fires

    One hundred years after the nation’s largest wildfires blazed across the Northern Rockies, blackening hillsides as far as the eye could see, the question lingers: Could the Big Burn happen …


  • Remnants of St. Joe cedars tell fire’s tale

    The Valley of the Ghosts contains the hulking snags of cedars burned by the 1910 Fire.


  • Heyburn left thorny legacy on natural resources

    History doesn’t shed a kindly light on U.S. Sen. Weldon Heyburn, a Wallace mining attorney and strident foe of the newly formed Forest Service.


  • Q-and-A: Author Stephen Pyne

    Stephen Pyne, a history professor at Arizona State University, has written extensively about the 1910 Fire. His books include “Fire in America” and “Year of the Fires,” which describe how …


  • Fire crews drew heavily from immigrants, laborers

    George Earle was looking for work. The 30-year-old English immigrant had recently arrived in Spokane by foot from Alberta, following the railroad tracks into a new country. An ex-solider and …


  • Pulaski’s heroism resurfaced with discovery of tunnel

    Follow a two-mile trail up Placer Creek, and you come to the Pulaski Tunnel – a legendary part of the 1910 Fire story. It was here that Big Ed Pulaski …


  • Fire lookout restoration stays true to history

    High above the purple lupine and fire scars of the past stands a crudely made square cabin, weathered beyond its glory days. To reach it, travelers head into the mountains …


  • Historic fire lookout restored in Colville National Forest

    High above the purple lupine and fire scars of the past stands a crudely made square cabin, weathered beyond its glory days.


  • Judge orders tougher look at fire retardant drops

    A federal judge today ordered the U.S. Forest Service to take a tougher look at the possibility that routinely dropping toxic fire retardant on wildfires from airplanes will kill endangered …


  • Burning Memories

    Spot fires flared in the streets as families fled Wallace. For days, the city’s residents thought they might escape the forest fires blazing in the mountains around them. But by …


  • Spokane-based mining firm posts a loss

    Mines Management Inc., a company working to develop a copper-silver mine in Montana, reported a net loss of $9.4 million last year.


  • Study calls for more controlled burns

    Western land managers could shrink the carbon footprint of wildfires by setting more prescribed burns, a new study says. Igniting small, controlled fires reduces fuel buildup in the forest, helping …


  • Idaho eyes broader land management

    BOISE – Idaho state lawmakers have approved a resolution that calls for looking into the feasibility of the state taking over management of some or all federal land in Idaho, …


  • Beetle fight gets more funds

    The U.S. Forest Service is getting an additional $14 million to fight a bark beetle outbreak in Idaho that has left mountainsides covered with dying, red-needled trees. The tiny beetles …


  • $14 million dedicated to battle bark beetles in Idaho

    The U.S. Forest Service will get an additional $14 million to battle bark beetles in Idaho, where the bugs have chewed through 1.3 million acres, leaving mountain sides covered with …


  • Forest Service may close off-road area to snowmobiling

    Only a few rogue snowmobilers willfully ride into off-limits areas of protected Selkirk caribou habitat, organized snowmobile groups say. But the actions of a few are jeopardizing access for the …


  • Feds announce $40 million to battle bark beetles

    The U.S. Forest Service will funnel an additional $40 million to Rocky Mountain states where a tiny bug has killed more than 2 million acres of pine trees in what …


  • Idaho Court of Appeals rejects killer’s claim

    The Idaho Court of Appeals has rejected a request for post-conviction relief made by a man serving a life sentence for killing a U.S. Forest Service law officer in northern …


  • 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 …


  • Idaho forest supervisor takes new job

    Ranotta McNair, supervisor of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests, is leaving that post to take a job in Missoula.


  • $1.2 million in upgrades set around Mount St. Helens

    Two years ago, chronic budget shortfalls prompted the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to permanently close the Coldwater Ridge Visitor Center after just 14 years.


  • Hot summer job

    CHEWELAH, Wash. – Kelsey Larsen had barely shed her cap and gown after graduating from Colville High School two weeks ago before exchanging them for green Nomex pants, a yellow …


  • Tidwell takes helm at Forest Service

    Tom Tidwell, supervisor of the U.S. Forest Service region that encompasses North Idaho, is the new head of the national agency. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tidwell has replaced Forest …


  • N. Idaho forest supervisor will head national agency

    Tom Tidwell, supervisor of the U.S. Forest Service region that encompasses North Idaho, is the new head of the national agency.

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