US Forest Service

sequester
2:59 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Forest Maintenance Projects Cut Back Due to Budget Clawback

Olympic National Forest
GD Taber Flickr

Remember the sequester? The dust is finally settling and the consequences becoming real for a program in the U.S. Forest Service that sends money to timber counties.

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ban on exploding targets
1:32 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Forest Service/BLM Ban Exploding Targets In Northwest

Federal land managers have banned the use of exploding targets on public lands in the Northwest out of concerns over wildfires. And a manufacturer of the popular target- shooting accessory is quite unhappy.

Fire investigators suspect exploding targets sparked at least a half dozen wildfires in Washington and Idaho over the past year. The chemical explosives give target shooters instant feedback that they've hit their mark from long range.

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Science
5:04 am
Mon January 21, 2013

How to prove the tree-huggers hunch? Study a deadly beetle

An emerald ash borer. Tracing the effects of this invasive tree killer is one way to show a link between trees and human health.
Benimoto photo Flickr

If you live in the Evergreen State, chances are, you like trees. Cities around the Pacific Northwest do a lot to protect them. 

But, do they really make us healthier? An economist with the US forest service in Portland is working on that question.

Geoffrey Donovan  loves trees. He’s already shown they make home prices go up, energy use go down and they tend to keep crime rates down as well. So what about public health?

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