northwest forests

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When a bark beetle outbreak started killing off decades old pine trees in a research forest in western Montana, Forest Service researcher Sharon Hood made the best of the situation. She started studying which trees were dying, hoping that information would help land managers.

A track for vehicles was recently discovered illegally crossing the boundary into Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness, despite the Wilderness Act's prohibition against motorized access to such protected areas.

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A lawsuit claiming Oregon has failed to maximize revenues from state-owned forests, is gaining momentum. Circuit Court Judge Daniel Murphy has ruled Linn County’s suit against the state can become a class action.

Hannah Letinich

Some foresters say many Northwest forests simply have too many trees. That makes them more prone to disease, insects - and most worrisome of all - mega-fires. But what’s the best way to thin out forests and bring these areas back to more natural conditions? Turns out, there’s an app for that.