Forest Service http://nwpr.org en Forest Service Cuts Maintenance Projects In Sequester Response http://nwpr.org/post/forest-service-cuts-maintenance-projects-sequester-response <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/08/082713TB_Clawback_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Remember the "sequester" cuts? The dust is finally settling and the consequences becoming real for a program in the U.S. Forest Service that sends money to timber counties.<p>At the beginning of sequestration, the Forest Service demanded that rural counties pay back some of the timber payments they'd already received and spent. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 23:04:33 +0000 Tom Banse 33243 at http://nwpr.org Forest Service Cuts Maintenance Projects In Sequester Response Budget Cuts, High Fire Potential Could Mean Tough Wildfire Season In the West http://nwpr.org/post/budget-cuts-high-fire-potential-could-mean-tough-wildfire-season-west <p>Federal budget cuts and above normal fire potential could mean a tough wildfire season in the West. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack got a look at the fire picture Monday at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise. Predictions indicate that Idaho, Oregon, California, Arizona, and New Mexico will have an above average fire season this summer. Tue, 14 May 2013 00:21:31 +0000 Samantha Wright 27470 at http://nwpr.org Budget Cuts, High Fire Potential Could Mean Tough Wildfire Season In the West Environmentalists Say Proposed Timber Sale Near Crater Lake Includes Old Growth http://nwpr.org/post/environmentalists-say-proposed-timber-sale-near-crater-lake-includes-old-growth <p>Environmental groups want the Forest Service to reconsider a proposed timber sale just west of Crater Lake National Park. EarthFix reporter Amelia Templeton has more. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:27:07 +0000 Amelia Templeton 23485 at http://nwpr.org 2012 Wildfires In The Northwest Have Burned Record Number Of Acres http://nwpr.org/post/2012-wildfires-northwest-have-burned-record-number-acres <p>The Forest Service and BLM say 2012 has been the worst fire season in the last 100 years. Oregon and Washington have reported fewer fires than average, but a record number of acres burned. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 01:22:17 +0000 Amelia Templeton 16427 at http://nwpr.org Western US Faces Air Tanker Shortage http://nwpr.org/post/western-us-faces-air-tanker-shortage <p>As wildfires continue to burn in the West, the U-S Forest Service is going to battle this summer with fewer air tankers. The number of planes that drop retardant on fires has shrunk significantly over the last 12 years. From Boise, Scott Graf has more now on what led to the shortage, and what&rsquo;s being done to fix it. Fri, 06 Jul 2012 13:11:25 +0000 Scott Graf 11203 at http://nwpr.org Fire Outlook Just A Flicker In Northwest http://nwpr.org/post/fire-outlook-just-flicker-northwest <p>Agriculture officials say fire season looks mild this year for Washington and Idaho, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean they&rsquo;re taking a backseat on preparedness. Fri, 18 May 2012 00:03:29 +0000 Paige Browning 8511 at http://nwpr.org Fire Outlook Just A Flicker In Northwest