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Saturday, November 16, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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State taking positive steps to stem wildfires

The DNR plan points to prescribed burns, thinning and the steady harvesting of small-diameter trees to help restore forest health.


Collaboration key to forest restoration project

Pilot projects at Mill Creek Watershed could point the way to long-term forest health solution.


Report offers restoration plans for forests in Washington, Oregon

More than 9 million acres of forest in Washington and Oregon should be selectively logged and burned to make the remaining trees more resistant to wildfire, disease and drought, according …


Colvilles ask feds to boost forests’ fire safety

The dry forest north of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation used to burn every five to 20 years, resulting in open stands of ponderosa pine. But a century …


Fungus, pests take toll on region’s ponderosas

Patches of red needles on the ponderosa pine trees caught Kent Moline’s attention as he hiked the bluff below High Drive on Spokane’s South Hill this spring. He knew the …


Root rot to become bigger problem for Douglas firs, study suggests

A fungus that devours the roots of Douglas fir trees costs the timber industry millions of dollars each year, and it’s likely to become a bigger killer as the climate …


Spokane-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer project wraps up

A five-year project to use trees to promote the health of the Spokane-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer has ended, with new trees planted, a blueprint for where to plant more, a boost …


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 …


Task force will study dying forests in Eastern Washington

Washington Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark will convene a committee of foresters, scientists and other experts in an effort to contain a pending forest health epidemic east of the Cascades. …


Lack of sawmills an issue for forests

Bark beetles have ravaged hundreds of thousands of acres of Colorado’s forests, yet that state has only one large sawmill left to bid on federal timber sales. That’s a problem …