Stories tagged: u.s. forest service
UPDATED: THURSDAY, 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 …
SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017, 4:15 A.M.
Review of fatal Twisp fire calls for more training, possible change to policy on protecting rural homes
High temperatures and drought created an explosive fire season in Washington in 2015. Fires across the state raged out of control, including one outside of Twisp that killed three U.S. …
SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017, 4:15 A.M.
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 …
FRIDAY, OCT. 14, 2016, 5:32 P.M.
Federal judge denies injunction, allows logging to continue near Colville
A federal judge ruled against an environmental group Friday seeking an emergency injunction to stop a logging project in the Colville National Forest in northeast Washington.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 10, 2016, 3:13 P.M.
Road near Priest Lake Tower Fire site closing for timber salvage
Forest Service Road 659 on the west end of Squaw Valley in the Priest Lake Ranger District will be closed this fall for timber salvage.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2016, 8:57 P.M.
Public meeting planned for North Idaho prescribed burn
Officials with the Idaho Panhandle National Forest are holding a public meeting to discuss a planned prescribed burn in North Idaho.
FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2016, 4:54 P.M.
Local firefighters, forest officials tout wildfire preparedness but say more funding needed
At a roundtable discussion in Spokane on Friday, firefighting officials told Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers they’ve made great strides in preparing for this summer’s wildfire season, but more Congressional action …
FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2016, 4:01 P.M.
Forest Service seeks input on plans for new wilderness areas
The U.S. Forest Service is seeking comments from the public about its management plans for the newly created wilderness areas in central Idaho.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2016, 6:08 P.M.
More than 500 wildland firefighters training in Deer Park
More than 500 firefighters are training this week at Deer Park High School to prepare for another potentially devastating wildfire season.
THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016, 4:16 P.M.
Forest Service wants to save Oregon’s Depression-era cabins
The U.S. Forest Service is trying to save four Depression-era cabins near an Oregon lake that are at risk of deterioration.
FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016, 11:20 A.M.
Sue Lani Madsen: Benefits could outweigh the costs in transferring federal land to the states
Transferring large areas of western land from federal ownership to willing states and counties is a disruptive idea, and one that generated lively comment on last week’s column. But that …
MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2016, 11:58 A.M.
Protecting Ape Cave from deadly disease takes on new urgency
Long before white-nose syndrome reached the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. Forest Service had warned visitors to Ape Cave at Mount St. Helens of the disease. Now that it’s been found …
SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2016
Collaboration key to forest restoration project
Pilot projects at Mill Creek Watershed could point the way to long-term forest health solution.
SUNDAY, NOV. 15, 2015
Guest opinion: Okanogan fires shows pre-emptive forest management works
Unmanaged areas were incinerated while managed areas remained green.
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 30, 2015, 4:42 P.M.
$700 million for wildfires part of shutdown deal
Legislation to avoid federal government shutdown includes $700 million to help pay for fighting summer wildfires.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 10, 2015
Paying for wildfire fight needs new tack, Washington congressman says
The nation needs to find a better way to pay for fighting fires and stop borrowing from money set aside for forest thinning and rehabilitation, said a Washington congressman whose …
SATURDAY, JULY 11, 2015, 3:37 P.M.
Wildfire bill passes in U.S. House
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says a piece of wide-ranging legislation she helped push through the House of Representatives will help federal forestland rebound after devastating wildfires.
“It seems like …
SUNDAY, 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 …
SATURDAY, SEPT. 27, 2014
Idaho public TV crews chafe at filming permits
BOISE – Though the chief of the U.S. Forest Service now says controversial permit requirements for filming and photography on forest lands never were intended to apply to journalists, crews …
FRIDAY, SEPT. 26, 2014, 3:36 P.M.
Forest officials wanted permits for filming in Idaho forests twice in past two months
Though the chief of the U.S. Forest Service now says controversial permit requirements for filming and photography on forest lands never were intended to apply to journalists, crews for Idaho …
THURSDAY, AUG. 14, 2014
Arson arrests made in connection with Carlton Complex fire
Two men were arrested in Okanogan County and charged with arson for setting a backburn that failed and helped spread the devastating fire that scorched much of the Methow Valley …
SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2014
South End Project aims to enlarge ATV access while protecting Colville National Forest land
For years, human activity has trashed the pristine ecosystem of Phillips Lake. Campsites are strewn with human waste and beer cans. Signs and fences have been shot, pushed to the …
THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014
Forest Service reminds visitors to leave fireworks behind
With the Memorial Day weekend approaching, the U.S. Forest Service would like to remind visitors to national forests in Oregon and Washington that discharging fireworks or explosives, including exploding targets, …
THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2014
ATV club promotes fun, taking care of trails
The mountains of North Idaho and Eastern Washington provide one of the greatest playgrounds in the world for outdoor enthusiasts who seek to ski, hike or ride their way into …
THURSDAY, JAN. 30, 2014
Cedar sculpin fish species discovered in region’s streams
Genetic testing has confirmed the presence of a new fish species in the Coeur d’Alene and St. Joe rivers. Cedar sculpins are small, prehistoric-looking and tasty to trout. For decades, …
SATURDAY, NOV. 2, 2013
Capitol Christmas tree felled in Colville National Forest
USK, Wash. – The rest of America is just starting to think about the holiday season, but it’s been Christmas all year in Jen Knutson’s house. As the U.S. Forest …
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 16, 2013
Timber companies sue Forest Service, BLM over logging shutdown
GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Western timber companies have gone to court to lift the logging ban on national forests due to the government shutdown, arguing the government has no authority …
TUESDAY, AUG. 6, 2013
Nez Perce say they will stop U.S. 12 megaload
Nez Perce leaders said late Monday night they intended to intercept a shipment of giant oil refinery equipment as it reached the reservation boundary east of Lewiston en route along …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013, 10:41 A.M.
Idaho family sues USFS for $1M after tree hit son
BOISE — An Idaho family has sued the U.S. Forest Service demanding more than $1 million after a large dead tree at a remote campsite fell and injured their young …
SUNDAY, FEB. 10, 2013
Environmentalists win megaload challenge
BOISE – A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Forest Service had the authority two years ago to intervene in Idaho’s decision to permit a series of massive shipments …