Northwest forests

7:52 am
Wed October 10, 2012

One month left for comments on spotted owl recovery plan

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 in the 1990s. Some scientists are criticizing the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s plan to log some of the bird’s habitat.

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NW Forest health
10:59 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Scientists look for ways to restore Northwest's sick forests

Scorched earth and trees from the Taylor Bridge fire not far from Liberty, Wash. Photo by Anna King

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 8:06 am

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.

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