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Spokane owner of world’s largest Smokey Bear collection is ready to celebrate icon’s 75th birthday

On the eve of Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday, Ray Kresek says the origins of what he calls the world’s largest Smokey Bear collection – which exists in a crowded but …


Forest Service to change sage grouse protections in 5 states

Plans for protecting sage grouse in five Western states are being changed in ways that will conserve habitat while allowing ranchers to maintain their livelihoods, federal officials said Thursday.


Forest Service chief vows to rid agency of sexual harassment

Amid scrutiny stemming from fresh revelations of rampant discrimination, bullying, retaliation and sexual misconduct at the U.S. Forest Service, the agency’s new chief pledged Thursday that she will “do everything …


Forest Service agrees to study sheep grazing near bighorns

Federal officials have agreed to settle a lawsuit with environmental groups that prevents domestic sheep from grazing in eastern Idaho until a scientific study addressing how they might threaten bighorn …


Forest Service proposes changes to sage grouse protections

The U.S. Forest Service proposed changes Wednesday to sage grouse protections in six Western states that call for eliminating special designations for crucial habitat as well as keeping areas open …


UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018, 10:25 p.m.

Interim Forest Service chief named amid misconduct charges

President Donald Trump’s administration moved quickly Thursday to install a female wildland firefighter to lead the U.S. Forest Service after the agency’s former chief stepped down amid sexual misconduct allegations.


Forest Service closer to wilderness area permit proposal

After eight months and more than 500 comments from Oregonians, the U.S. Forest Service is closing in on a proposal that could protect central Oregon’s most scenic areas from overuse.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 2:07 p.m.

Forest Service weighs changes to protections for sage grouse

The U.S. Forest Service is rethinking protection plans for sage grouse in six Western states after a U.S. court agreed with mining companies that the agency illegally created some safeguards …


Field reports: Red Ives Cabin rental on national online site

Renting the historic Red Ives Ranger Cabin on the St. Joe River is being switched from a mail-in lottery to a national online reservation system, the Idaho Panhandle National Forests …


Rainbow Family, Forest Service disagree on festival impact

If you spend enough time at prayer circles organized by the Rainbow Family of Living Light, you’ll likely hear the Legend of the Rainbow Warriors, which refers to a group …


Forest Service proposes plan to limit hikers in Oregon

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking to limit the number of hikers in Oregon’s wilderness by requiring permits for popular areas.


Climate change could burn a hole in Forest Service’s budget

Climate change appears to be fueling more wildfires as forest service officials are increasingly concerned they don’t have the funds to effectively handle another devastating season.


Lookout Pass wins approval to add chairlifts, expand terrain for skiers and snowboarders

Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area plans to spend about $10 million over the next several years on new ski runs, chairlifts and a lodge expansion.


Megafires becoming more common

A wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta, destroyed 2,400 homes, displaced 100,000 people and burned at least 1.5 million acres last year, according to Paul Hessburg, a research landscape ecologist with …


UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017, 1:35 p.m.

Idaho wolf derby doesn’t need Forest Service permit, court rules

A federal judge has ruled that organizers of a wolf- and coyote-shooting contest in east-central Idaho don’t need a permit from the U.S. Forest Service.


UPDATED: Sat., April 1, 2017, 3:50 p.m.

Field Reports: More help needed to maintain national forest trails

The Forest Service is letting the public suggest trail systems that should receive priority for maintenance in an era of bare-bones trail budgets.


Idaho officials looking to buy US Forest Service land

Idaho officials are in preliminary discussions with the U.S. Forest Service on possibly buying federal public lands.


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 …


Forest Service on hold for hiring seasons firefighters, trail crews

Federal workers scrambled last week to interpret how President Donald Trump’s hiring freeze of civilian employees might affect seasonal firefighters and other part-time employees such as trail crews.


Megaload lawsuit betweeen Forest Service, environmental groups settled

Environmental groups, the Nez Perce Tribe and the U.S. Forest Service have agreed to a settlement in a lawsuit over huge “megaload” shipments. Shipments of the very large truck loads …


Spout Springs ski area closes citing snowmobile issues

WINTERSPORTS – The owner of an Oregon ski area says he won’t open this season because of concerns about snowmobiles creating an unsafe environment in his parking lot. Spout Springs …


Forest Service approves Red Lodge Mountain land swap

The U.S. Forest Service has approved a land exchange between the Custer Gallatin National Forest and Red Lodge Mountain.


Destroyed Little Snowy Top lookout provided shelter, memories to many

The cabin stood tall in the wilderness of northeastern Washington to combat wildfires and shelter visitors for 84 years.


Forest Service names street after officer killed by grizzly

A U.S. Forest Service road has been renamed in honor of an officer who was killed by a grizzly bear near Glacier National Park.


Forest Service to hire 1,000 seasonal workers in Northwest

The U.S. Forest Service says it will hire 1,000 temporary workers in the Pacific Northwest for spring and summer jobs.


Fourth-graders can get a free Christmas tree permit from the Forest Service

Fourth-graders can get a free permit to cut a Christmas tree on Forest Service lands. The permits are being given out as part of a program to get kids recreating …


Collared wolf dead, 3 others survive in Idaho wilderness

Three of four wolves fitted with tracking collars in a central Idaho wilderness area last year by state officials without federal approval are surviving as another winter approaches.


Field Reports: Colville National Forest looking to fill 50 seasonal jobs

The Colville National Forest is looking to fill 50 seasonal jobs in northeast Washington for next summer. Forest officials are going so far as to hold workshops to help applicants …


Idaho auctions federal timber in deal with Forest Service

Some 600 square miles of U.S. Forest Service land burned in Idaho in 2015 in one of the most destructive summers ever for the cash-strapped agency that for years has …


After two bad wildfire years, this season ‘normal’ in Northwest

After two consecutive years in which wildfires set acreage records in Washington, this fire season has been light. In fact, wildfires have been smaller and less destructive in Washington, Oregon …