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Road, logging restrictions to end in largest national forest

The Trump administration lifted logging protections on the majority of the nearly 17-million-acre Tongass National Forest in Alaska, the latest in a series of steps in the final weeks of the president's first term to give industry access to the state's rugged and fragile wilderness.

Huge California wildfire threatening more than 1,000 homes

A wildfire scorching its way through brush and timber from the mountains to the desert northeast of Los Angeles threatened more than 1,000 homes on Tuesday as crews across the West battled dozens of other major blazes.

Desert homes threatened by enormous California wildfire

 An enormous wildfire that churned through mountains northeast of Los Angeles and into the Mojave Desert was still threatening homes on Monday, but officials said calmer winds could help crews corral the flames.

Remote towns evacuated as California wildfire grows

Evacuation orders were expanded Monday to more mountain communities as a huge wildfire churned through California's Sierra National Forest, one of dozens of blazes crews battled during a heat wave that shattered records across the state.

Idaho Panhandle forests hiring seasonal positions

The U.S. Forest Service started accepting applications Monday for more than 200 seasonal jobs on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests for the 2020 summer season. Positions are available in multiple fields, including fire, recreation, natural resources, timber, engineering, visitor services and archeology.

Brendan Jones: We need the Tongass now more than ever

President Donald Trump’s decision to direct his agriculture secretary to explore opening America’s largest national forest to logging will cost the country its most substantial set of lungs, as well as our largest stand of old-growth trees – some of which began life more than 1,000 years ago.