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Stories tagged: u.s. forest service

Information sought on Hazard Creek fire

The U.S. Forest Service’s Law Enforcement and Investigation Team is looking for information related to the cause of a two-acre fire that was detected on Tuesday near the Priest Lake …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019, 10:29 p.m.

Forest Fire prevention icon Smokey Bear is turning 75

There will be 75 candles on his birthday cake and Smokey Bear still hopes none of them start a forest fire.

Ten Sleep rock climbing routes spark Wyoming dispute

A Wyoming rock climber’s installation of routes in a popular Bighorn Mountain canyon has the Forest Service concerned and the sport’s athletes divided.

Forest Service looks to streamline operations

The U.S. Forest Service is looking to trim the time it takes to analyze some timber sales and other projects by revising its rules that guide implementation of the National …

Forest Service seeks comments

The U.S. Forest Service is asking the public to review and make comments on the Brebner Flat Environmental Assessment.

UPDATED: Wed., March 20, 2019, 7:13 p.m.

Blue Mountains forest plans rejected, called ‘difficult to understand’

Document, 15 years in the making, called ‘difficult to understand’

Snowmobilers, backcountry skiers lobby U.S. Forest Service to adopt shared-use plan for the Lookout Pass backcountry area

In a jam-packed room lined with lockers and the musky smell of oft-wet clothing, a circle of 25 covered familiar ground.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 4:41 p.m.

New pen may allow sale of wild horses for slaughter

The U.S. Forest Service has built a new corral for wild horses in California, which could allow it to bypass federal restrictions and sell the animals for slaughter. The agency …

Climate change forces adaptation in Spokane, Pacific Northwest

Climate change is, nearly by definition, an overwhelming subject.

U.S. Forest Service ecologist says mega wildfires require more than suppression, urging 3-step solution

Hotter, dryer summers have led to increased megafires and Paull Hessburg, a research landscape ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service, said he fears our wildfire seasons will get much worse.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 5, 2018, 12:59 p.m.

Forest Service advances changes to sage grouse protections

The U.S. Forest Service is advancing changes to sage grouse protections in five Western states that environmental groups say are part of the Trump administration’s efforts favoring industry but that …

Native American bones will be turned over to tribes

The University of Idaho and U.S. Forest Service’s Boise National Forest say they’ve identified human remains from Native Americans in their holdings that will be turned over to present-day tribes.

Forest service seeks comment on Mission Ridge expansion

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comment on plans to expand the Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort.

UPDATED: Mon., July 30, 2018, 3:46 p.m.

Firefighters battling several brush fires near Coeur d’Alene Airport

North Idaho firefighters are battling several small brush fires near the Coeur d’Alene Airport. Jim Lyons, spokesman for Northern Lakes Fire District, said crews were battling about seven fires, though …

UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 12:52 p.m.

Interim U.S. Forest Service chief says she will make it ‘easier for all kinds of businesses to work with and on the forest’

The head of the U.S. Forest Service promised that things are not “going to be business as usual” under her watch, Tuesday.

Forest Service says new game plans are nearly ready for region’s forests

The U.S. Forest Service is attempting to promote rural economies while simultaneously protecting ecosystems and watersheds with its revised forest plans covering more than 5 million acres of federal public …

Idaho officials pitch land swap in Lochsa River basin

Idaho officials are pitching a north-central Idaho land exchange involving a private timber company and the U.S. Forest Service that could result in Idaho receiving deed to some federal lands.

Forest Service OKs exploratory drilling for N. Idaho silica

Federal officials have approved exploratory drilling for a silica mine on Green Mountain in northern Idaho.

Agency expands Sawtooth Forest through ranch acquisition

The U.S. Forest Service has expanded the Sawtooth National Forest through the acquisition of a ranch in central Idaho.

U.S. Forest Service interim chief confronts misconduct scandal

After a career spent battling wildland fires across the West, U.S. Forest Service interim Chief Vicki Christiansen must now confront another sort of crisis: the harassment and bullying of women …

Idaho auctions federal timber in deal with Forest Service

Idaho officials have auctioned timber on federal land as part of an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service intended to increase logging and reduce the severity of wildfires.

Group files lawsuit to protect rare plant

A group of Oregon conservationists are suing the U.S. Forest Service for reauthorizing livestock grazing on grasslands within the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area.

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 4, 2017, 1:49 p.m.

Price of U.S. Forest Service maps to increase Jan. 1

The cost of U.S. Forest Service maps will increase Jan. 1 for the first time in 10 years.

U.S. Forest Service didn’t call for pulling its land from Bears Ears, USDA nominee tells Senate Democrats

Two senior Senate Democrats want President Donald Trump to explain why he’s poised to remove protections for U.S. Forest Service land in the Bears Ears National Monument when the agency …

Forest Service: Multnomah Falls Lodge to reopen this week

The U.S. Forest Service said the historic 92-year-old Multnomah Falls Lodge, closed for months by a fast-moving wildfire, is ready to open sometime this week.

U.S. considers logging project along scenic Wyoming highway

The U.S. Forest Service is considering allowing logging along a scenic highway leading to Yellowstone National Park to remove insect-infested trees and reduce fire danger.

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 2:43 p.m.

Forest Service buys key wildlife habitat area in E. Idaho

The U.S. Forest Service has purchased about 60 acres of private land inside the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in eastern Idaho that contains key spawning habitat for Yellowstone cutthroat trout.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 3:29 p.m.

Forests most likely to burn would be thinned under Cantwell proposal that’s backed by Idaho’s senators

Washington and Idaho senators offer proposal to reduce wildfires in the most at-risk federal forests.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 11:01 p.m.

Lawsuit: Eastern Idaho sheep grazing threatens bighorns

Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit contending the U.S. Forest Service is illegally jeopardizing bighorn sheep by allowing University of Idaho domestic sheep on two eastern Idaho grazing allotments as …

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 6:01 p.m.

Holden Village finds new beginning after test of fire, massive mine cleanup

A wildfire and a massive mine cleanup tested Holden Village, a Lutheran retreat center in the North Cascades. About 4,000 people visit the village each year, which operates in a …