Manchin Won a Pledge From Democrats to Finish a Contested Pipeline

To secure the senator’s support for a climate and tax package, party leaders promised to pass a law to complete the line and to prioritize some other fossil fuel projects.

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The Case Against Commercial Logging in Wildfire-Prone Forests

Logging tends to increase, not decrease, extreme fires.

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Wildfires Could Be Treated as a Form Of Maintenance, Like Flu Shots

Climate change hasn’t made all prescribed burns unsafe, but more care needs to be taken in starting them, and even then, risk cannot be eliminated entirely.

#cal-fire, #fires-and-firefighters, #forest-service, #global-warming, #internal-sub-only-nl, #new-mexico, #southwestern-states-us, #weather, #wildfires

New Mexico’s Largest Wildfire Was a Prescribed Burn. What Are Victims Owed?

Two prescribed burns got out of control, becoming New Mexico’s largest recorded wildfire. But experts say it’s necessary to thin forests in a region primed for destruction.

#federal-emergency-management-agency, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #national-park-service, #new-mexico, #politics-and-government, #southwestern-states-us, #wildfires

Why Climate Change Makes It Harder to Fight Fire With Fire

Worsening wildfires in recent years have led officials to embrace planned fires to thin forests before disaster strikes. But the warming world is making it tougher to do safely.

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How to View the Northern Lights From New England and the Midwest

With careful planning, timing and luck, witnessing the aurora borealis in the Lower 48 is one of the greatest yet most rarely seen spectacles for anyone willing to sacrifice a bit of sleep.

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Plan to Remove Feral Cattle From National Forest in New Mexico Raises Concerns

Most everyone agrees the unbranded animals are a problem in Gila National Forest. But fear that the plan involves shooting them from a helicopter has led to sharp opposition.

#animals, #cattle, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #livestock, #wilderness-areas, #wildlife-die-offs

Biden Administration Announces Plan to Spend Billions to Prevent Wildfires

The plan is an expensive one, but it is only partially funded.

#agriculture-department, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #western-states-us, #wildfires

Have Wildfires Ruined California’s Magic?

The honeymoon’s over for its residents now that wildfires are almost constant. Has living in this natural wonderland lost its magic?

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Tree DNA Sends a Poacher to Prison in 2018 Maple Fire Case

Loggers seeking a prized hardwood started the fire in the Olympic National Forest, prosecutors said. The use of timber DNA evidence was a first in a federal criminal trial.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #hood-canal-wash, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #trees-and-shrubs, #washington-state, #wildfires

Extreme Heat Caused Family’s Death in Sierra National Forest, Authorities Say

After a two-month effort to find out what killed Jonathan Gerrish, Ellen Chung, their 1-year-old daughter, Miju, and their dog, investigators pointed to 109-degree heat and a lack of water.

#california, #chung-ellen-d-2021, #deaths-fatalities, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #gerrish-jonathan-d-2021, #sierra-national-forest-calif

Has Climate Change Cut Us Off From the Wilderness in California?

In California, there is no escape from global warming for many of the species affected and none for the species causing the problem.

#california, #conservation-of-resources, #drought, #forest-service, #global-warming, #kings-canyon-national-park-calif, #muir-john, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #pacific-crest-trail, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #wilderness-areas, #wildfires

Caldor Fire Intensifies and Evacuations Are Ordered Near Lake Tahoe

The fire had spread to more than 177,000 acres and was 14 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

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Large Wildfire in Minnesota Imperils Homes, Fouls Air in Region

The Greenwood fire in the Superior National Forest has burned about 25,000 acres near the Canadian border since Aug. 15.

#drought, #fires-and-firefighters, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #minnesota, #national-weather-service, #wildfires

‘Fire Monks’ Defend Tassajara Zen Monastery From Wildfire

Eight monks protecting the Buddhist center near Big Sur, Calif., are relying not only on training from professional firefighters but also on their Zen practice.

#big-sur-calif, #buddhism, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #forest-service, #meditation, #monasteries-and-monks, #wildfires

California Throws a Rescue Line to Its Dwindling Monarch Butterflies

A coalition of conservation groups have partnered with the state to add 30,000 milkweed plants in an attempt to restore the species’ population.

#butterflies-and-moths, #california, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #flowers-and-plants, #forest-service, #river-partners

Facing Droughts, California Challenges Nestlé Over Water Use

A draft cease-and-desist letter sent to BlueTriton — known until this month as Nestlé Waters North America — is the latest development in a yearslong battle over water resources in the San Bernardino area.

#bluetriton-brands-inc, #california, #california-water-resources-control-board, #drought, #forest-service, #nestle-waters-north-america, #plastic-bottles, #pollution, #san-bernardino-calif, #shortages, #water

Ancient Native American Site Is Defaced in Georgia Forest

Rock faces and boulders bearing figure carvings called petroglyphs were scratched or dabbed with paint, the United States Forest Service said.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #chattahoochee-oconee-national-forest-ga, #cherokee-indians, #forest-service, #georgia, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #muscogee-creek-nation-okumlgee-okla, #native-americans, #vandalism

Invasive Insects and Diseases Are Killing Our Forests

America wasn’t ready for the pandemic. And it isn’t ready for the next contagion to strike our woodlands.

#agriculture-department, #epidemics, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #insects, #international-trade-and-world-market, #invasive-species, #trees-and-shrubs, #united-states

In Last Rush, Trump Grants Mining and Energy Firms Access to Public Lands

The outgoing administration is pushing through approval of corporate projects over the opposition of environmental groups and tribal communities.

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Wealthier, Whiter Areas Are More Likely to Get Help After Fires, Data Show

New research offers further signs that racial and economic inequality leave some Americans more exposed to the worsening effects of climate change.

#bureau-of-land-management, #environment, #forest-service, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #income-inequality, #minorities, #national-park-service, #race-and-ethnicity, #wildfires

Trump Administration to Announce Plan to Open Tongass Forest to Logging

The effort to open the Alaskan wilderness area, the nation’s largest national forest, has been in the works for about two years.

#alaska, #environment, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #logging-industry, #tongass-national-forest-alaska, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wilderness-areas

How Wildfire Became an Enemy Instead of an Ally

Starting with the Big Blowup of 1910, the U.S. Forest Service’s strategy mostly has been to put out fires as fast as possible. With climate change and shifting populations, we’re losing that war.

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A Coronavirus Infection Complicates Portland-Area Firefighting Efforts

A fire incident management team went into temporarily isolation this week in Washington State after a member of a resupply crew tested positive for the coronavirus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fires-and-firefighters, #forest-service, #quarantines, #washington-state, #wildfires

Apple Fire Leads to Evacuation Order for 7,000 in California

The wildfire, near the San Bernardino National Forest east of Los Angeles, was burning out of control on Sunday morning.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #riverside-county-calif, #san-bernardino-calif, #wilderness-areas, #wildfires

Forty Years Later, Lessons for the Pandemic From Mount St. Helens

The tensions we now face between science, politics and economics also arose before the country’s most destructive volcanic eruption.

#forest-service, #mount-st-helens-wash, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #volcanoes

Will the Coronavirus Make the West More Vulnerable to Wildfires?

The fight against Covid-19 has disrupted preparations for the fire season.

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Wildfires in Florida Panhandle Force Hundreds to Evacuate

More than 1,000 residents were told to move away from fires that a state official called “extremely dangerous.”

#evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #florida, #forest-service, #wildfires