Northwest forests http://kplu.org en One month left for comments on spotted owl recovery plan http://kplu.org/post/one-month-left-comments-spotted-owl-recovery-plan <p>One of the northwest’s most controversial birds is still ruffling feathers. The elusive spotted owl was at the heart of the timber wars here <a href="http://www.reo.gov/training/historic01.htm">in the 1990s</a>.&nbsp;Some scientists are criticizing the <a href="http://www.fws.gov/">US Fish and Wildlife Service</a>’s plan to log some of the bird’s habitat.</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 14:52:21 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 6664 at http://kplu.org Scientists look for ways to restore Northwest's sick forests http://kplu.org/post/scientists-look-ways-restore-northwests-sick-forests LIBERTY, Wash. – This week fire crews declared the Taylor Bridge fire 100 percent contained. Now that the massive blaze in central Washington is controlled forest scientists say Northwest residents should brace for more large fires like this. Munching insects, parasitic plants and global climate change are part of the problem.<p>I’m up on Blewett Pass with Karen Ripley. We’ve trundled up a non-descript bumpy forest road in her aging sedan. Ripley wears a Washington State Department of Natural Resources polo shirt from her employer. She manages forest health for the department. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 17:59:39 +0000 Anna King 6167 at http://kplu.org Scientists look for ways to restore Northwest's sick forests