United States Forest Service
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…
Over the last few months, some Montana legislators have been ginning up attention to the idea that national forests and other public lands should be taken away from the federal government and transferred to state or local governments. Proponents of these schemes offer legal-sounding rhetoric…
With the number and severity of wildfires increasing dramatically, it’s time to rethink management policies for our national forest system.
HAMILTON – The Bitterroot National Forest’s plans to offer a large timber sale in the Sapphire Mountains have hit another snag.
JACKSON, Wyo. — The Bridger-Teton National Forest in northwest Wyoming has told its concessionaires to close because of the federal government shutdown.
HELENA – The U.S. House on Friday passed a bill that would mandate logging on designated parts of every national forest – a bill that Montana Congressman Steve Daines called “an important milestone” toward reviving the timber industry in the state.
MONTURE CREEK – Want to know how to lift a 1,000-pound bridge span across a creek without messing up the wilderness?
In the early 1970s while part of a U.S. Forest Service research team I examined the disturbance history of old, unlogged forests throughout Montana. We surveyed a diverse array of several hundred forests and found that about 90 percent of them showed clear evidence of burning in the distant …
Not since the turn of the last century have wildfires been worse in much of the West. Over the past several years, the onset of drought, the deteriorated condition of many Western forests, and a surge of largely unconstrained growth at the wildland-urban interface have converged, resulting i…
HELENA — Ray Brown knows each of the 80 steps that wind in a corkscrew up the 60-foot tower of the Strawberry Butte Lookout.
MISSOULA — Most of the forest burned in the Lolo Creek Complex fire belonged to Plum Creek Timber Co., which hopes to recover what it can of the blackened trees this fall.
BUTTE — Figures released Thursday show the Eureka fire, south of Ennis, at about 6,100 acres, with 25 percent containment, according to the Forest Service.
JUNEAU, Alaska — The U.S. Forest Service plans to take a portion of the timber payments it has promised or paid out to 22 states, citing federal budget cuts.
RIVERTON, Wyo. — The U.S. Forest Service is investigating the cause of a rush of water down a mountain that flooded an outfitter's campsite in central Wyoming.
Call it government-induced “cabin fee-ver.”
Montana once boasted a strong timber industry that helped maintain healthy forests, supported local jobs and provided a steady revenue stream for our counties and schools.
Warmer weather and increased winds upped the intensity of the 500-plus acre Emigrant fire Friday, a U.S. Forest Service spokesperson said.
The Emigrant fire burning in the Paradise Valley south of Livingston grew slightly Wednesday to about 450 acres, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
About one-third of the country’s national forest trails need maintenance, and only about a quarter of them are actually being maintained to U.S. Forest Service standards, according to a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
BUTTE — As Montana fire officials gaze down the barrel of another long fire season, they’ve concluded that southwest Montana is among the most vulnerable areas in the state.