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Pilot survives crash into tree in McCall, Idaho

A 79-year-old pilot crash-landed his plane into a tree a few miles east of McCall on Monday night — and a firefighter scaled the 60-foot tree to get him to …


Finland’s president rakes memory for source of Trump remark

Finland’s president isn’t sure where U.S. President Donald Trump got the idea that raking is part of his country’s routine for managing its substantial forests.


‘Nature can do most of the work for you’: Once-flooded Elwha land becomes forest

Now the site of the largest dam-removal project in the world, the Elwha is also home to a first-of-its-kind revegetation program. Mature trees will take 100 years to grow, but …


Parsons family ensures forest will stay as is

Six decades later, the family’s Mountcrest Forest remains a working piece of land where selective logging without clear-cuts allows for sustained timber production, with a light hand and an eye …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 2:11 p.m.

Federal officials ban snowmobiles in parts of Idaho forest

Federal officials have released a plan for a northern Idaho forest proposed wilderness area that includes banning snowmobiles.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 13, 2017, 7:53 p.m.

People from across Europe protest logging in Polish forest

Hundreds of people have gathered in an ancient forest in Poland to protest the widespread logging the government has ordered there.


UPDATED: Mon., July 24, 2017, 6:09 p.m.

Reinforcements arrive to help with destructive Montana fires

Massive wildfires burning in eastern Montana have destroyed at least a dozen homes and led ranchers to cut escape routes in fences for cattle as the powerful blazes jump rivers, …


Colville’s Duane Vaagen left the timber wars behind to forge good jobs in the ‘bipartisan forest’

The Vaagen family operates one of the few remaining family-owned sawmills in the West. They plan to be the last one standing by making changes.


UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 9:47 p.m.

Oregon State Land Board: Oldest state forest to stay public

The Oregon State Land Board on Tuesday ditched its plan to sell the Elliott State Forest, deciding to keep it in public hands and ordering the Department of State Lands …


Wet Western Montana weather makes prescribed forest fires difficult

A snowy winter and a wet spring in Western Montana are making it hard to conduct prescribed burns to reduce the risk of wildfires later in the year, federal forest …


Wildfire collaborative works on central Idaho forest plan

A group of city, county and federal stakeholders has unveiled a plan to thin thousands of acres of forest in central Idaho to cut down on wildfires in the region.


Emaciated girl found living with monkeys in Indian forest

Indian police are reviewing reports of missing children to try to identify a girl who was found living in a forest with a group of monkeys.


UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017, 9:37 p.m.

Naturalist shares ways to use healing power of the forest

Mother Nature’s medicine cabinet is wide open – you just have to know where to look.


Colorado’s 834 million dead trees threaten to worsen wildfires

Colorado’s beetle-infested forests are peppered with an estimated 834 million standing dead trees that threaten to worsen wildfires and degrade vital water supplies that flow from mountains, officials said Wednesday.


State Land Board votes to sell Oregon’s oldest state forest

Oregon’s state Land Board voted 2-1 on Tuesday to sell the state’s oldest public forest.


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 …


Fate of Oregon’s oldest state forest is examined

Oregon’s top elected state leaders heard at times heated testimony on Tuesday about the proposed sale of the Elliott State Forest, whose lumber proceeds help fund the state’s schools, to …


Ochoco National Forest hopes to remove juniper trees

A national forest in central Oregon is planning to remove young juniper trees that are crowding out other vegetation without natural fires to suppress them.


One of the oldest, biggest pines in the Pacific Northwest is dead

A giant among giants and a beacon for countless tourists driving through the Columbia River Gorge is dead.


Years of drought causing tree die-off in Oregon forests

Pines, oaks and madrone do better in drought conditions than Douglas firs, but even more drought-tolerant trees like ponderosa pines have lost out in southern Oregon’s competition for water.


2016 wildfire season expected to be less severe

The nation’s top wildfire-fighting official says the 2016 season isn’t expected to be as bad as last year, when a record 15,800 square miles burned nationwide.


Woman lost 9 days in Arizona forest wrote ‘help’ in sticks

A woman lost in an Arizona forest survived for nine days by drinking pond water, eating plants and spelling out “help” on the ground with sticks.


Gardening: Writer tells story of Pooh’s forest home

The Hundred-Acre Wood is alive and well and real.


Burning banned on all Washington state forestland

Burning is now banned on all Washington State owned land.


Girl’s wish for heart-shaped tree park becomes reality in Spokane

After plenty of pestering by a precocious 9-year-old, there’s a new grove of freshly planted trees in a north Spokane park. Holly VanVoorhis was 7 when she asked her dad, …


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 …


Off-road vehicles spark noisy debate

OLYMPIA – Some rural residents, describing noisy off-road-vehicles barreling down country lanes, are trying to head off a new proposal that could usher more of the machines onto city and …


Roadless plan getting federal review

Federal forest managers have begun scrutinizing environmental impacts of Idaho’s plan to manage its 9.3 million acres of roadless national forest, including several tracts in Kootenai County. Should it become …