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UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 10, 2019, 8:01 p.m.

Damage to Germany’s storied forests stokes climate debate

Germany’s forests are feeling the heat as a second consecutive year of unusually dry and warm weather has left swaths of dead and dying trees.

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 24, 2018, 5:59 p.m.

State agency wants to increase prescribed burns for healthier forests

The state of Washington wants to ramp up prescribed fire to aid forest restoration efforts, marking a significant departure from recent decades.

Hilary Franz: We must come together to address our wildfire crisis and our forest health crisis

Most of us remember growing up when summer meant long, warm days full of running, swimming and playing in our great outdoors. Summer was always a welcome respite from gray …

UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 12:50 p.m.

Agreement protects 5,000 acres of North Idaho forestland

Roughly 5,000 acres of forest near Bonners Ferry will be protected under a conservation easement. The agreement was announced Wednesday.

Beech booming as climate changes, and that’s bad for forests

Beech trees are dominating the woodlands of the northeastern United States as the climate changes, and that could be bad news for the forests and people who work in them, …

In brief: ‘Good fires’ being set intentionally on forests

Only weeks after the region’s fire hazard dropped from extreme, national forests and other land mangers in the region are igniting controlled fires in some areas as a step toward …

Budget failure leaves Washington forests in jeopardy, DNR says

The Legislature’s failure to pass a capital budget means the state Department of Natural Resources is short of money to deal with unhealthy forests, the agency director said Friday.

As wildfires rage in West, D.C. lawmakers fight over forest policy

With wildfire season raging in western states, Congress is embroiled in a battle over how best to fight the fires.

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.

Judge rules federal laws don’t protect Oregon in lawsuit

The Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act don’t shield the State of Oregon from a $1.4 billion lawsuit.

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: Sun., April 23, 2017, 6:58 p.m.

Restoration mantra has created a bump for logging

Logging is up in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest under the U.S. Forest Service timber program that focuses less on commercial sales and instead sees logs as a byproduct of …

UPDATED: Sat., April 15, 2017, 9:09 p.m.

Study: Bird population in Vermont forests drop 14.2 percent

The bird population in Vermont’s forests has declined 14.2 percent over 25 years, largely due to several factors, including invasive species, climate change, and the natural cycle of maturing forests, …

Groups warn of lawsuit over logging of Oregon forests because of harm to salmon

Fishing and conservation groups are threatening to sue the Oregon Department of Forestry, alleging it has failed to reform logging practices in the Tillamook and Clatsop state forests that harm …

Cause of most U.S. wildfires traced to people, study finds

People have triggered five out of six wildfires in the U.S. over the last two decades, tripling the length of the wildfire season and making it start earlier in the …

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.

Debate over federal lands in Idaho won’t end today

There are about 34 million acres of land owned and managed by the federal government in Idaho. And if some Republican politicians get their way, all of that land will …

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 …

BLM plan to manage 2.5 million acres in Oregon draws fire

Conservation and fishing groups and an Indian tribe announced Monday they have filed protests against a draft federal proposal to manage 2.5 million acres of land in western Oregon – …

Idaho officials can’t be counted on to not sell off state lands, group says

A Wilderness Society report issued Wednesday says Idaho officials have sold 1.7 million acres of endowment land since statehood, or about 41 percent of state-owned property.

Warmer future for Northwest forests foreseen in WSUV research

Pacific Northwest gardeners might consider planting banana and avocado trees in the not-too-distant future, according to new research coming out of Washington State University Vancouver.

National Arson Awareness week begins Monday

National Arson Awareness Week will run Monday through May 7 with a focus this year on preventing wildfire arson.

Prescribed burns planned for Wenatchee area

Forest officials hope to get out in front of the wildfire season by holding a series of prescribed burns on national forest lands in the Lake Wenatchee area.

Field reports: 2015 whopper year for fall chinook

Another season of record-setting fall chinook runs has been recorded on the Columbia and Snake rivers, but they’re also delivering signals that the bounty will decline in coming years.

Field reports: Wildlife agency seeks public input on priorities

AGENCIES – Washington Fish and Wildlife officials are asking people to share views on the values and priorities that should drive the state agency over the next several years. A …

Field Reports: Fire threat closes private timberlands

FORESTS – More than a million acres of private timberlands are being temporarily closed to public access in the Inland northwest because of extreme fire danger. Stimson Lumber Company has …

Money allocated for suppressing fires to run out

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service will soon have to tap into programs designed to prevent wildfires so that it can meet the expenses of fighting this summer’s round …

Field reports: Governor’s task force on outdoor recreation comes to Spokane

RECREATION – Gov. Jay Inslee’s Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation will meet Tuesday in Spokane as part of a summer-long effort to develop a plan for encouraging outdoor …

2013 outdoors: land acquired for conservation

Wildlife and public access to wild lands in Washington got a boost in 2013 from a variety of private, local and state land acquisitions for conservation and wildlife values. The …

360-plus homes destroyed in Colo. Springs wildfire

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A wildfire burning northeast of Colorado Springs has destroyed at least 360 homes, making it the most destructive in state history. El Paso County sheriff …