Ground Truth

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

State Park is First on Forest Service Land

May 4, 2022 — Colorado’s 43rd state park is the first of its kind — it sits on Forest Service land. In 2021, the White River National Forest took ownership of the 488-acre Sweetwater Lake parcel adjacent toMore

Plan Falls Short on Wilderness Recommendation

April 21, 2022 — Gallatin National Forest lies at the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park. Along with Custer National Forest, it encompasses more than 3.3 million acres, including the Absaroka-Beartooth and Lee Metcalf wilderness areas. The finalMore

Bill Would Require Forest Service to Suppress all Fires

April 15, 2022 — Republican congressmen Tom McClintock and Doug LaMalfa introduced legislation “directing the Forest Service to immediately suppress wildfires on National Forest System lands and put an end to the policy of letting fires burn.” IfMore

Forest Service Adopts 10-year Wildfire Strategy

April 10, 2022 — The next issue of Forest News is at the printer’s. Here’s a preview: The Department of Agriculture and the Forest Service have launched a “comprehensive response to the nation’s growing wildfire crisis.” The 10-yearMore

Supreme Court reinstates Trump-era water rule

April 6, 2022 — Reporting for the Associated Press, Jessica Gresko writes that the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated a Trump-era Clean Water Act rule today. The rule “curtails the power of states and Native American tribes to blockMore