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Study: Invasive bugs found in fallen trees years after storm

They may be down but they’re not out: Damaging insects can emerge from fallen trees and logs for several years after a major storm, according to a U.S. Forest Service study that reinforces long-standing warnings against moving firewood from place to place.

Video: Wood-splitting easy as cutting pie for this pro

OUTDOOR SKILLS -- Time's running out for getting this season's firewood supply cut, split and stacked for winter use. If you're behind at this point, it's good to have a pal with the skills of local outdoorsman Ed Cairns. Check out this brief video showing...

Off the grid: Helpful tips for cutting, seasoning and storing firewood

Part of a semi-regular series of yarns about living off the grid, even if for a weekend. Never one to scoff at free wood, the recent wind storms created a bonanza for a certain cabin-owning weekend warrior who believes, much like money, that there is no such thing as too much firewood.

Wood-gatherers good for forests

Using a chain saw on National Forest lands can actually be good for the trees. Each year, Inland Northwest residents haul thousands of truckloads of firewood out of local forests. With families out gathering wood for the winter, the Idaho Panhandle National Forests is steering woodcutters to areas near Wolf Lodge Bay and Flat Creek Saddle where rangers want to thin out dead trees.

Tree-thinning project good for inmates, forest

Toppling trees at Riverside State Park is helping create a healthier forest of native ponderosa pines. The thinning project is also providing work experience for 50 inmates from Airway Heights Corrections Center while producing winter firewood for low-income families.