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Forest Service

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

Company to re-apply to drill north of Mount St. Helens

VANCOUVER, Wash.— A Canadian company plans to submit a new application for exploratory drilling northeast of Mount St. Helens after a federal judge invalidated its prospecting permits last year.

Date: 01/06/2015 | Northwest

Forest Service yanks $10 million contract to boost its image

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The U.S. Forest Service has decided not to spend $10 million on a five-year nationwide public relations campaign to brand itself as a public agency that cares about people and nature.

Date: 01/06/2015 | Northwest

Alaska evergreen to be next U.S. Capitol Christmas tree

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An evergreen tree from Alaska will serve as the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree next year — a holiday first for the state.

Date: 01/06/2015 | Northwest

No wolves killed at Idaho predator derby

SALMON, Idaho — Hunters participating in a wolf- and coyote-shooting contest in east-central Idaho killed 30 coyotes but no wolves.

Date: 01/05/2015 | Northwest

Forest Service releases guided snowshoe walks schedule

The United States Forest Service is offering guided snowshoe walks throughout the next three months. Learn about winter ecology while getting outside and enjoying the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest through March.

Date: 01/02/2015 | Explore NW

National forest Christmas tree-cutting permits on sale

Permits are now available to cut Christmas trees in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in the eastern portions of Snohomish, King, Skagit, Whatcom and Pierce counties. Permits cost $10 each, one tree per permit, with a tree height limit of 12 feet. Trees taller than 12 feet require a tall-tree...

Date: 11/20/2014 | Local News

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest leader picked

LEWISTON, Idaho — The U.S. Forest Service has picked a new supervisor for the 4 million-acre Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest.The Lewiston Tribune reported Cheryl Probert will begin her tenure on Nov. 17. Probert has been serving...

Date: 11/02/2014 | Northwest

Forest road’s reopening welcome news for Darrington

"Welcome to Paradise," said Dan Rankin, mayor of Darrington, addressing about 60 people crowded in front of a red ribbon stretched across a two-lane road.His opening line earned a laugh as a heavy rain pelted parkas and umbrellas. But Rankin was being sincere;...

Date: 10/28/2014 | Editorials

Groups want to restore old school camp on Mountain Loop Highway

SILVERTON — There’s a shady spot by the river where a cluster of dark brown cabins sit empty along the Mountain Loop Highway.

Date: 09/30/2014 | Local News

Forest Service’s camera permit rule lacks focus

The time-honored edict to those who enter the wilderness is that one should "take only photographs and leave only footprints."The U.S. Forest Service is attempting to amend that, at least for members of the media, to "take only photographs only after having...

Date: 09/26/2014 | Editorials

Proposal would require permit for media to take pictures in wilderness

SEATTLE — The U.S. Forest Service is proposing permanent new rules that would require media organizations to obtain a permit to film and shoot photographs in more than 100 million acres of the nation’s wilderness.

Date: 09/24/2014 | Northwest

Feds OK logging after California wildfire

FRESNO, Calif. — A U.S. Forest Service decision released Wednesday will allow loggers to remove dead trees from 52 square miles of forests blackened last year in a massive central California wildfire, a move contested by environmentalists.

Date: 08/27/2014 | Business

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