GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Despite widespread drought in the West and expectations of an above-average wildfire season, wildfires have burned less than half the 10-year average area so far this summer.
JACKSON, Wyo. — The U.S. Forest Service has banned recreational shooting on land near trails and homes south of Jackson.
The West’s wildfire season holds the high risk of again being long, expensive, and dangerous, with an acceleration of alarming trends that include more and bigger fires, and increased dangers and costs associated with the need to defend private homes. Unfortunately, what we have tried so far…
KALISPELL — State wildlife officials have been unable to find the bear that attacked a Montana woman while she ran with her dogs last week on U.S. Forest Service land north of Columbia Falls.
State and federal officials are investigating a woman's report that she and her dogs were attacked by a black bear as they ran on Forest Service land in Montana.
LINCOLN – Beth Ihle envisions a Butte pasty when she explains how a huge pit in the hills east of town will hold 800,000 cubic yards of Mike Horse mine waste.
MISSOULA — According to the U.S. Forest Service, 21 percent of forested land in Montana, more than 7.6 million acres, is at risk of mortality from insects and diseases – mainly mountain pine beetle infestations – over the next 15 years. Now, forest managers and other stakeholders have one mo…
Exploding targets are prohibited across the Forest Service’s Northern Region after regional forester Faye Krueger signed a closure order citing public safety concerns and the potential for igniting wildfires.
With the number and severity of wildfires increasing dramatically, it’s time to rethink management policies for our national forest system.
BISMARCK, N.D. — An environmental impact statement done by the U.S. Forest Service sides with a Montana businessman who wants to mine gravel near Theodore Roosevelt's historic western North Dakota ranch.
LOOKOUT PASS – A group of ski and snowboard enthusiasts are hoping that a proposal to expand Lookout Pass Ski Area, located on the Montana/Idaho border two hours west of Missoula, doesn’t run into the same problems and lengthy delays that plagued Montana Snowbowl’s expansion plans.
HELENA — Republican U.S. House candidate Matt Rosendale is proposing that the federal government transfer Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands in Montana to the state to manage and control.
Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., recently introduced the National Forest Jobs and Management Act, which creates a 15-year pilot project on 3.8 percent of the 191 million acre National Forest system. On this pilot area, forest management projects would be conducted using streamlined compliance pro…
The wild and scenic values of river corridors west of Lolo Pass got two votes of support this week, both focused on the impact of hauling megaloads along U.S. Highway 12.
When the Wilderness Act was passed 50 years ago, creating a legal definition of wilderness and allowing Congress to designate areas as wilderness, the group pushing for the Wilderness Act had the foresight to set land aside to be protected for future generations.
HELENA — A federal judge has lifted an injunction on a 2,038-acre logging project after the U.S. Forest Service provided more details on how it would affect threatened Canada lynx.
Montana and Wyoming have recorded arctic temperatures during the past week that would seem to make a polar bear shiver, but the cold may have come too late and not stayed long enough to have much of an effect on mountain pine beetle populations that have proven destructive to Rocky Mountain forests.
The Forest Service has selected Greybull, Wyo., as the new location for the Medicine Wheel/Paintrock Ranger District office.
Making rural homes more resistant to fire is the best way to reduce the number of homes lost to wildland fires, according to a recent paper published by Missoula researchers.
The U.S. Forest Service now offers access to a variety of visitor maps for people using Android and iOS devices.