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Forest Service

Northern spotted owl in danger again. This time it’s from another owl

The Pacific Northwest forest apparently isn't big enough for the both of them.Across that gorgeous emerald range, federally protected northern spotted owls and invasive barred owls are in a nasty turf war. In a new report from the front lines, a U.S. Geological Survey study...

Date: 12/10/2015 | Northwest

Wildfire reforms still needed

This is how persistent wildfires can be: It was only last week — mid-November — that a wildfire in the Olympic National Park's rainforest, which had been burning since May, was finally extinguished by a series of storms that dropped several feed of rain.The...

Date: 11/24/2015 | Editorials

A natural conversation

Conference centers on future of farms, forests, food

Date: 11/12/2015 | Home and Garden

Volunteers, money sought to maintain Heybrook Lookout

INDEX — Not even scenic mountain lookouts are safe from the greedy hands of copper-wire thieves.The Heybrook Lookout, a hiking destination near Index, has been without a lightning-protection system since...

Date: 10/27/2015 | Local News

Swap of federal lands a threat to hunters’ interests

The Durfee Hills contain some of the finest elk hunting grounds in Montana. Some 2,700 acres of this majestic country is open to sportsmen, courtesy of the land's owner, the United States government.But "no trespassing" signs could sprout if two rich Texans...

Date: 10/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Some Texas wildfire victims return home

AUSTIN, Texas — Firefighters in Central Texas are halfway to controlling a wildfire that's destroyed dozens of homes, and authorities said Saturday that enough progress has been made to allow some residents to return to their neighborhoods.The Hidden Pines Fire has...

Date: 10/18/2015 | Nation & World

Man dies of injuries 3 months after collapse at Big Four Ice Caves

LYNNWOOD — Three months after his sister was killed in a collapse at the Big Four Ice Caves, a Lynnwood man also has died from his injuries.David Santana, 25, died Friday. His wife, Skye Marie...

Date: 10/12/2015 | Local News

Fire district captain again answers call to fight wildfires

EVERETT — Shaughn Maxwell knew he had to head home.A massive wildfire — which would become bigger and fiercer than any he had ever seen in 27 years as a firefighter — threatened the Methow Valley in rural Eastern Washington.It scorched much of...

Date: 09/14/2015 | Local News

All fourth graders can get free pass to national parks, other federal lands

Fourth-graders nationwide now can get a free pass to national parks, national forests and other federal lands. The program, Every Kid in a Park, was launched by the Obama administration on Tuesday.Fourth-graders can visit the Every Kid in a Park website at

Date: 09/08/2015 | Explore NW

Ice cave deaths predicted

Emails reveal efforts to warn of danger

Date: 09/06/2015 | Local News

Humidity slows down big California wildfire

A massive, slow-burning wildfire that has chewed through Sierra Nevada forests for more than a month continues to disrupt end-of-summer travel plans by forcing the closure of campgrounds and prompting health warnings during the Labor Day weekend.The so-called Rough fire...

Date: 09/05/2015 | Nation & World

Winds shifted minutes before firefighters killed, documents say

Seven minutes after a deputy radioed that the wind from a growing wildfire had shifted direction, dispatchers got a second call: A burn victim needed an ambulance. Five minutes later, another caller said several firefighters were trapped.

Date: 08/27/2015 | Northwest

Are we spending wisely when it comes to wildfires?

As wildfires plague much of the American West, one must ask: Who is paying to put them out? The answer is largely the American taxpayer. By that, we mean the taxpayers of Maryland, Tennessee and New Jersey — as well as those in California, Oregon, Washington and Montana, the...

Date: 08/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Current Northwest wildfires map

PORTLAND — The Northwest fire location map displays active fire incidents within Oregon and Washington. It is compiled by the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.

Date: 08/23/2015 | Northwest

No helicopters in the wilderness

Our national forests have long been managed for multiple uses. Congress made the customary practice official in 1960 and specified that...

Date: 08/09/2015 | Editorials

Respecting nature and its risks

Two recent events have raised the issue of the risks we take when we enter forests, wilderness and state and national parks.The National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently released public comments on

Date: 07/14/2015 | Editorials

House passes bill to hasten forest projects

WASHINGTON — The House passed a bill Thursday designed to improve the health of national forests by scaling back the environmental reviews that go into some timbering projects and discouraging lawsuits that delay projects.

Date: 07/10/2015 | Nation & World

A body recovered, carefully

Dangerous conditions; witness describes ice-cave collapse, injuries

Date: 07/07/2015 | Local News

Video captures earlier collapse at Big Four Ice Caves

VERLOT — A video posted on You Tube (warning: explicit language) shows an ice overhang collapsing at Big Four Mountain Ice Caves.

Date: 07/06/2015 | Local News

Forest Service officers interpretive language service

TACOMA — The U.S. Forest Service program is starting a new program that aims to help non-native English speakers enjoy their visit to national forests.

Date: 06/27/2015 | Northwest

A remarkable wilderness

After a decade, get to know the Suiattle River Valley again

Date: 06/21/2015 | Local News

Glacier Peak could get more monitors to track seismic activity

GLACIER PEAK — The U.S. Geological Survey is seeking permission to install four new monitoring stations around Snohomish County’s only volcano.

Date: 06/15/2015 | Local News

Cuba-US warming held up by listing of Cuba as terror sponsor

HAVANA — American hopes of opening an embassy in Havana before presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro meet at a regional summit this week have been snarled in disputes about Cuba’s presence on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terror and U.S. diplomats’ freedom to travel and talk to ordinary...

Date: 04/06/2015 | Nation & World

Training poses no danger to public

Recently, this paper printed an editorial asserting the Navy should consider more suitable locations for Navy Electronic Warfare training due to a lack of clarity on potential harm to people and animals from...

Date: 04/05/2015 | Commentary

Forest Service eyes development of improved fire shelter

BOISE, Idaho — The man tapped by the U.S. Forest Service to come up with a better fire shelter once had to get inside one on the side of a burning mountain and listen to flames roar past sounding like a jet airplane taking off.

Date: 03/29/2015 | Northwest

Monte Cristo townsite, hiking trail set to close for summer cleanup

MONTE CRISTO — The old townsite here and the popular hiking trail leading to it are likely to be off-limits this summer as a cleanup that’s been in the works for more than a decade finally begins.

Date: 03/24/2015 | Local News

State not interested in letting Navy use land for exercises

SEATTLE — Washington has told the U.S. Navy that it’s not interested in allowing state land on Olympic Peninsula to be used for electronic warfare exercises.

Date: 03/02/2015 | Northwest

Feds plan for Homeland Security shutdown

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is circulating procedures for how the Department of Homeland Security will operate in the event of a midnight shutdown.

Date: 02/27/2015 | Nation & World

Return of the grizzly?

Bears could be brought back to North Cascades

Date: 02/26/2015 | Local News

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