U.S. Forest Service

Government Shutdown & Logging
4:30 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Shutdown Halts Logging On Northwest's National Forests

Mills build up their inventory at this time of year because later the ground can get too muddy to work.
Credit U.S. Forest Service

Loggers are packing up and leaving timber sales uncut across the Northwest. It's another effect of the partial government shutdown. Timber companies say even if a deal is reached soon at the nation's capitol, the effects from the logging hiatus could be felt all the way into next spring.

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Wildfire Smoke
8:05 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Wildfire Smoke Leads to Emergency Room Visits in Southern Oregon

A NASA Earth observatory image of mile marker 28 in the Simcoe Mountains northeast of Goldendale, Washington where eight major wildfires have burned through forests and grasslands in the Pacific Northwest.
Credit Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon

A photo snapped by a NASA Satellite this week captured huge plumes of wildfire smoke blanketing Southern Oregon. More than 50,000 acres of forest have burned there. In cities like Shady Cove and Grants Pass, the amount of particle pollution has reached unhealthy levels for more than a week.

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Oil Megaloads
6:24 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Nez Perce Attempt To Halt Oil Sands Shipment Through Reservation

The national debate over oil development took an unusual turn on an Idaho highway early Tuesday morning. For nearly two hours, members of the Nez Perce Tribe blocked the passage of a giant water evaporator headed for the oil sands of Alberta, Canada.

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Exploding Targets
4:35 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Forest Service, BLM Ban Exploding Targets In Northwest

Tannerite is a consumer grade exploding target
Credit Rik Rose / Flickr

Federal land managers have banned the use of exploding targets on public lands in the Northwest. The concern is wildfires.

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Oregon Logging Project
4:01 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Judge Halts Timber Sale East Of Eugene

Conservation groups say the area near McKenzie Bridge includes spotted owl habitat.
Credit KLCC

A federal judge has blocked a proposed logging project on the Willamette National Forest, saying the government must first do an environmental impact statement, or EIS.

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River Mining
5:53 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Supreme Court Lets Limits On River Mining Stand

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday makes it harder for miners to gain access to Northwest rivers. Environmental groups hailed the decision as a major victory.

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Fighting Fires
4:21 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

U.S. Forest Service Moves Away From 'Fight All Fire' Policy

Barry Point Fire of 2012
Credit Oregon News Service

The U.S. Forest Service is reversing its policy to aggressively fight all wildfires. This change was announced in a letter from Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell last month.

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NW Firefighter's Death
5:25 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Feds Issue Citations On Northwest Firefighter’s Death

Anne Veseth
Credit Northwest News Network

A federal investigation into a firefighter's death last year in Idaho finds hazardous conditions that could have been prevented. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration, or OSHA , faults both the Forest Service and the private Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association for a number of workplace safety violations.

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Smoky Skies
4:50 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Smoke Creating Vicious Cycle In Northwest Skies

Smoke from wildfires can create some spectacular sunsets, like this one near Boise, Idaho.
Jim Larson Flickr

The fight against numerous large fires in central Washington is turning the corner. Since the weekend, fire bosses have been able to release nearly 400 firefighters from the blazes near Wenatchee. But forecasters say it may be a while before the Inland Northwest sees clear, blue skies again.

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