Author: Joe Stone

Victory: Post-fire Forests Reopening in Oregon

August 27, 2022 — During the 2020 and 2021 fires in Oregon national forests, the Forest Service issued closure orders in the affected areas. But once the fires were extinguished, closure orders were extended, ostensibly to protect theMore

Fuel Treatments Provided Minimal Benefit in Oregon Fires

August 19, 2022 — A recent report on the 2020 Oregon wildfires finds “little evidence to support the use of fuel treatments to mitigate fire severity under extreme fire-weather conditions.” Published in Ecosphere by researchers with the ForestMore

Native American Tribes Will Co-manage Bears Ears

August 12, 2022 — After restoring and expanding Bears Ears National Monument, the Biden administration signed a historic agreement that gives Southwestern tribes a role in managing the monument. Under Secretary Deb Haaland’s leadership, the Interior Department’s BureauMore

Nantahala, Pisgah National Forests Ban Ginseng Harvest

July 18, 2022 — A ban on collecting wild ginseng in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests will remain in place until the ginseng population recovers. Prior to the 2021 ban, collecting ginseng on national forest lands wasMore

FSEEE Criticizes Fire Retardant Use

July 3, 2022 — FSEEE Executive Director Andy Stahl’s criticism of aerial fire retardant use by the Forest Service went out on the Associated Press newswire in an article written by Keith Ridler. Timothy Ingalsbee, executive director ofMore

Is Fire Retardant Effective?

June 6, 2022 — The Forest Service is supplementing its aerial fire retardant environmental impact statement that FSEEE’s lawsuits forced to be written in 2011. Those cases imposed no-drop zones around water and rare plant critical habitat. FireMore

Fire Funding Bill Cuts Environmental Reviews

May 18, 2022 — Hailed as “Great news!” by Forest Service Chief Randy Moore, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) allocates about $5.5 billion in additional funding for the Forest Service. In a prepared statement, Moore saidMore

One Step Closer to Erasing Trump Rule

May 11, 2022 — Greenwire reports that the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) submitted a new rule for White House review, a step toward undoing a Trump administration rule redefining critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act. TheMore