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Friday, June 6, 2014
The Malheur National Forest has hired about 40 new permanent employees, bolstering its staff to keep pace with the accelerated pace of restoration work on the forest. Steve Beverlin, deputy forest supervisor, said last week the local office has been in hiring mode for about eight to 10 months, but nearly all of the new...
Friday, April 11, 2014
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell released a strategy to implement mitigation policies and practices that can more effectively encourage infrastructure development while protecting natural and cultural resources during landscape-scale management of America’s public lands and wildlife.   The first priority is to avoid...
Friday, February 7, 2014
The pace and scale of active forest management must increase substantially to begin to restore our federal forests to a more sustainable & resilient condition and to provide the continued benefits of clean air, clean water, recreation opportunities, wildlife habitat, forest products, jobs, and other benefits of a...
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
More than a year after Hurricane Sandy, Double Trouble State Park is still dealing with the effects of the storm on their 70-year-old Atlantic white cedars.  A threatened species that has been on the decline, the 25 acres of cedars owned by the park took a devastating hit due to a combination of their shallow root systems...
Thursday, November 21, 2013
The U.S. Forest Service now offers access to a variety of visitor maps for people using Android and iOS devices. The digital maps are part of USDA’s work toward reaching President Obama’s initiative to create a paperless government that also provides the American public with better, more accessible information. The PDF...
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Park managers across the country are devising ways to use wireless technology to engage park-goers—from coded signs they can scan with their cellphones to access online information about park features to text messages with weather and traffic information. But as park officials go digital, they are struggling with how to...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
The forests on the eastern slope of the Cascades in the Wenatchee National Forest pose a problem. They have grown unnaturally dense, choked with small trees and underbrush. What used to be open forest, dominated by big, fire-resistant ponderosa pine, has filled in with Douglas fir and other species after decades of fire...
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Sometime in the next few months, the USDA Forest Service will announce whether it’s going to allow hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) within Virginia’s George Washington National Forest.  It wouldn’t be the first national forest to allow fracking, but advocates on both sides of the debate view the looming decision as...
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
US Sen. Jon Tester’s long-stalled forest bill, the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act, which would newly designate acreage for both wilderness and logging in three Montana forests, could be finding some new momentum, the senator and bill supporters say. Tester’s bill was introduced in 2009.  It designates at least 100,000...
Monday, August 26, 2013
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden said there would be a resolution of how Oregon's federal forests, particularly west of the Cascades, will be managed to ensure timber production and environmental protection. In his proposal, counties dependent on federal forest payments would continue to get federal money during a transition financed...

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