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Forest Service churns up old logging roads

GREAT FALLS — Hard-packed roads that were identified for removal in 2007 are now being churned up and restored to a natural state across Lewis and Clark National Forest, with the aim being improved vegetation growth and water flow.

October 27, 2014 6:00 amLoading…

Prescribed burn planned in eastern Idaho forest

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Targhee National Forest officials are planning a prescribed burn southwest of Swan Valley in eastern Idaho.

September 14, 2014 10:00 pmLoading…

Forest Service to move regional office in Missoula

MISSOULA — The U.S. Forest Service plans to move its Region One headquarters out of a building in downtown Missoula in favor of a location at Fort Missoula on the outskirts of town.

September 01, 2014 10:30 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: As fire season approaches, let’s create ‘charter forests’

With the number and severity of wildfires increasing dramatically, it’s time to rethink management policies for our national forest system.

April 30, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Study finds elusive carnivores after forest fire

DARBY — There was no way of knowing what kind of critters might venture through the charred trees left last year in the wake of a wildfire in Soldier Creek.

December 29, 2013 12:15 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Fire seasons are starting earlier, lasting longer

In early May, as my plane banked on approach to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif., a plume of smoke fanned out below from Banning Pass. The fire that time was the Summit fire, a bad enough blaze — about 3,000 acres burned, one house destroyed, two firefighters injured — but one tha…

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Agreement with landowners restores public access to area in Gallatin National Forest

BOZEMAN— The U.S. Forest Service has announced it reached a settlement with landowners along Cherry Creek Road that will allow public access to 16,000 acres of public land in the Gallatin National Forest.

July 06, 2013 3:54 pmLoading…

Forest Service again nixes plan for ski resort on Lolo Peak

MISSOULA — The U.S. Forest Service has again rejected a proposed ski resort on Lolo Peak in the Lolo National Forest.

September 07, 2012 5:30 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Rio+20: Time to set right direction for earth, economy

We are two aging environmentalists with more than 80 years between us spent advocating for a cleaner planet and healthier economy. Even from our well-worn perch, what will be taking place at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil this week has the makings of a potential game-changer.

June 22, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Investigator scours site of Utah tanker crash

Investigator scours site of Utah tanker crash

SALT LAKE CITY — Federal investigators said Tuesday mechanical failure forced an air tanker fighting a Nevada wildfire to make a crash landing, but they were still trying to determine what brought down another tanker of the same vintage in southern Utah, killing two pilots.

June 05, 2012 5:45 am Photos

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North Carolina gets ready for 'Hunger Games' fans

North Carolina gets ready for 'Hunger Games' fans

RALEIGH, N.C. — Fans of "The Hunger Games" are already turning up in North Carolina, seeking out places where the movie was shot, from old-growth forests to an abandoned mill town.

March 25, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Guest opinion: Free Western lands from federal regulations

Like much else in government, U.S. public land policy is a vestige of the past, established in 1910 when America’s population was just 92.2 million and a Western state such as Nevada had only 81,000 residents.

March 11, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Timber legislation falls short of what rural America needs

During my long career with the U.S. Forest Service, people frequently expressed their concerns about the management of public lands to me when I’d run into them at the grocery store or on a hiking trail. One of the main issues they brought up had to do with the relationship between timber ha…

December 21, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Probe has guitar maker playing the blues

WASHINGTON — A fight between the Obama administration and iconic guitar manufacturer Gibson has reignited debate about just how much a U.S. company must know about its foreign trade partners and how much control it must exert over those from whom it buys.

November 20, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
7 ways to hike Western Washington's pop culture

7 ways to hike Western Washington's pop culture

TACOMA, Wash. — There's no telling what you might stumble across when hiking in Western Washington.

October 23, 2011 5:00 pm Photos

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Wildfire plan offered for Gallatin National Forest

BOZEMAN — The U.S. Forest Service is proposing changing its wildfire plan for the Gallatin National Forest in a way that would allow some fires to run their natural course.

May 22, 2011 2:45 pmLoading…

Survey looks at wood industry's woes

CHEYENNE - The struggling wood industry of western Wyoming and southeastern Idaho is operating at a small fraction of its capacity and is limited by the consistency and scale of timber sales on U.S. Forest Service lands, according to the results of a recent survey.

June 10, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

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