Category: In Depth

Prescribed Fire

September 19, 2022 — The wildfire crisis in the West represents one of the most significant issues that the Forest Service must address. Climate change frequently gets a large share of the blame, as does the Forest ServiceMore

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

Wildfire Mitigation

July 20, 2021 — The 2020 wildfire season set a record for acres burned in the U.S. since 1983, and fire season started early for 2021 with drought conditions continuing across most of the country. At this writing,More

Whitebark Pine

March 22, 2021 — In December, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) proposed listing whitebark pine (pinus albicaulisis) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), nearly 30 years after protections were first proposed. Native to theMore

One Trillion Trees

July 31, 2020 — In February 2019, ecologist Thomas Crowther declared that planting 1.2 trillion trees would cancel out the last 10 years of carbon dioxide emissions and help mitigate climate change. Crowther based his statement on theMore

Whither Roadless in Alaska?

October 8, 2018 — They are wilderness areas without a capital “W.” They are “inventoried roadless areas,” governed by a rule adopted in the waning days of the Clinton administration designed to preserve the last remaining stretches ofMore

Trump Pardons Imprisoned Oregon Ranchers

July 10, 2018 — President Trump today pardoned two Oregon ranchers whose imprisonment sparked the 2016 armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Dwight Hammond and his son, Steven, were sentenced to a mandatory minimum prison termMore

Can Cities Be Saved from Wildfires?

May 22, 2018 — On June 20, 2010, someone (authorities never found the culprit) left a campfire unattended in the forested mountains just north of Flagstaff, Arizona. The day was sunny and warm, with a stiff afternoon windMore

Bad Bills Abound

October 3, 2017 — The first months of the Trump administration brought plenty of setbacks for conservationists. There was Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s proposal to scale back national monument designations. A budget plan calling for double-digit cuts toMore

Unleashing the SuperTanker?

September 15, 2017 — Global SuperTanker Services, LLC, a subsidiary of a Connecticut equities firm, says it has what it takes to put out wildfires. The company owns the largest firefighting aircraft on the planet, a retrofitted BoeingMore