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Inland Empire Paper awarded for 15 years of forest, waterway renovation

On Friday, the Inland Empire Paper Company received an award from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. For the past 15 years IEP has methodically evaluated and overhauled much …


Tough Idaho fire season destroys state, federal land

North Idaho forests are burning this year, and despite controversy over management of federal lands, the fires are paying no attention to whether it’s private, state or federal land they …


Officials mull making Scotchman Peaks wilderness

SANDPOINT — A draft forest management plan is recommending making more than 25,000 acres of the Scotchman Peaks area in northern Idaho part of a protected wilderness zone.


Film details alliance at Colville National Forest

A new documentary about collaboration on the Colville National Forest will be shown tonight at the Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St., in Spokane.


Sandpoint Rangers Plan Controlled Burns

March will go out like a flame in the Sandpoint Ranger District. The district is planning controlled burns at seven areas to improve wildlife habitat and reduce fire hazard from …


Forest Service Tries To Calm Roadless Fears Logging, Recreation Impact Minimal, Say Officials

Timber sales on national forests in the Inland Northwest will drop only about 8 million board feet this year if the Forest Service temporarily stops building roads in roadless areas. …


Court Cancels Log Sales 3-Judge Panel Blocks Roadless Area Harvests

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has halted a logging sale and canceled three others in a prime hunting area above Hells Canyon, as well as cutting on eastern …


Logging-Road ‘Mistake’ Will Be Allowed To Stand Sportsmen’s Group Files Suit Over Forest Service Decision

A sportsmen’s group has sued the U.S. Forest Service in federal court over a road in an area proposed for wilderness protection near Cascade. Boise National Forest Supervisor David Rittenhouse …


Hikers Find Timber Sale, Road In Roadless Area

The Snowbank Roadless Area near Cascade, Idaho, no longer is roadless. The Boise National Forest admits it made a mistake when it approved a mile-long road through an area proposed …


Resolution Preserves Old Forest Roads

Kootenai County Commissioners Tuesday took a step toward management of federal lands when they passed a resolution to preserve old rights of way in the national forest. The commissioners voted …


Roadless Area Logging Ban Faces Opposition Congress Likely To Act Against Forest Harvest Moratorium

It is “very possible” Congress will act to blunt President Clinton’s new logging policy if he goes forward with an anticipated moratorium on harvests in roadless areas of national forests, …


Contributions Pave The Way For Timber Industry Common Cause Says $8 Million Helped Keep Road Program Going

Millions of dollars in campaign contributions from the timber industry helped doom proposals in Congress this year to cut off spending for construction of logging roads in national forests, Common …


Don’t Log In Roadless Areas, Group Urges Environmentalists Seek Moratorium On Five Proposed Idaho Timber Sales

Environmentalists, scientists and university researchers urged President Clinton on Wednesday to declare all roadless tracts of national forests larger than 1,000 acres off-limits to logging and road building. Despite the …


Forest Fights Bark Beetles

The Boise National Forest is conducting a timber salvage operation aimed at reducing bark beetle populations before the bugs are able to cause more damage to the forest. A devastating …


Forest Roads Are Out Forest Service Offers Plan To Save Watersheds

The U.S. Forest Service is developing new logging policies to reduce landslides, protect municipal watersheds and limit timber harvests in parts of national forests without roads, Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman …


Forest Service Accounting May Leave It Short Of Cash

Contradictory accounting and spending for salvage logging operations at national forests could lead to shortfalls of cash for some Forest Service programs, a government audit warned Wednesday. None of four …


Scaled-Back Logging Plan Seeks Thinning House Ag Chief Smith Concedes Bill Reflects Power Of Environmentalists

A new attempt to restore the health of national forests through some reasonable, limited logging? Or another wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing bill that would cut the trees to save them? Rep. Bob Smith, …


Timber Industry Welcomes Forest Bill But Environmental Group Calls Oregon Lawmaker’s Legislation A Cover For Salvage Logging

Another piece of forest health legislation surfaced in Congress Friday to the joy of the timber industry and the horror of environmentalists. Rep. Bob Smith, R-Ore., introduced a bill that …


Give Costly Process A Chance To Succeed

In theory it seemed so visionary: Ecosystems are interconnected. So, federal management of ecosystems should be interconnected, too. Take an ecosystem the size of France, study its condition, write a …


Forest Mudslide Study Held Up, Critics Say Agency Denies Intentional Delay; But Environmentalists Say Bad News Is Being Hidden

Environmentalists say the U.S. Forest Service is delaying a study on mudslides, fearing bad publicity about logging roads in the Clearwater National Forest on the eve of U.S. Senate action …


Rivals Find Common Foe In Log Exports Conservationists, Millworkers Oppose Erosion Of Ban

Sixty environmental groups, dozens of Oregon sawmills and the nation’s largest timber workers union have forged an unusual alliance to fight a proposal they say would erode a 6-year-old ban …


Council Hopes New Trail Leads To Logging Ban Group Pushes To Stop Cutting On Cda Watershed

Last week, the Inland Empire Public Lands Council called for an end to commercial logging on federal lands. This week, representatives from the group stomped up to the Little North …


Extreme Position Serves To Isolate

The Inland Empire Public Lands Council showed its true colors last week. Claiming it has been forced to the wall by a corrupt political system (read, Republicans) and an unresponsive …


Logging Law Changes Aired

Four proposed changes in state logging laws will be aired in public hearings around the state beginning with a meeting in Sandpoint tonight. The Idaho Department of Lands will conduct …


A Huge Lift For Treetop Researchers Canopy Crane Boosts Old-Growth Study

1. Research Susan O’Neill, left, and Shelley Pressley, ride a crane to the treetops to study global climate change. Photo by Liz Kishimoto/The Spokesman-Review 2. Safety worker Andrew Baker, left, …


Just Sit Tight And We’ll All Get To Cry In The Wilderness

Recent focus on the future of Idaho’s roadless lands has resurrected an issue critical to thousands of Idahoans and hundreds of communities dependent on national forest resources. It reveals the …


Forest Road Closings Meeting Opposition Moves Aid Watershed And Fish, But Backers Not Vocal

1. Closing roads may mean less sediment in streams. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review 2. This part of forest road 409, built in a flood plain, washed out last year …


Marriage Between Activists And Timber Industry Tenuous At Best Forest Service Gets Cooperation Of Some And Scorn From Others

Environmentalists say it’s the ultimate irony - road construction is planned in at least 10 national forest areas in Idaho, even though everyone agrees the Forest Service can’t afford to …


Forests At A Crossroads Battle Lines Drawn As Senate Gets Set To Judge Access Program

Push comes to shove. This forest road, among several in the Fernan and Wallace ranger districts, is being reconfigured with large berms to keep out motor vehicles. Photo by Craig …


Yellowstone Rebounds From Fires Wildlife, Trees, Plants Thriving After Scouring Blazes Of ‘88

The makeup and overall health of Yellowstone National Park forests charred in the devastating fires of 1988 appear to be moving toward a full recovery, ecologists say. Most burned areas …