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BOISE — Recruiting Idaho wildland firefighters is getting easier. The Legislature in March raised starting firefighter pay from $12.55 to $15 an hour and instituted hazard pay that allows fire…

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Firefighting managers in northern New Mexico say the flames of the largest wildfire burning in the U.S. have become unstoppable as they advance and burn trees sucked dry of moisture over decad…

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SEATTLE — Private electric utilities in the Pacific Northwest are planning tens of millions of dollars in upgrades to reduce the risk that their power lines could spark wildfires during extrem…

Too much rain and snow fell during April, preventing U.S. Forest Service officials from beginning their ambitious plans for prescribed burning on parts of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest i…

U.S. District Judge David Estudillo in Seattle has rejected an environmental group’s arguments that the South Fork Stillaguamish Vegetation Project was approved in violation of the Northwest F…

The Shared Wildfire Risk Management tool tracks federal, state and local projects to increase coordination and prioritize spending and should be available to the public later this year.

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SEATTLE — President Joe Biden is taking steps to restore national forests that have been devastated by wildfires, drought and blight, using an Earth Day visit to Seattle to sign an executive o…

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With a major boost in funding from last year’s federal infrastructure bill, the U.S. Forest Service can’t afford to be paralyzed by disagreements over public lands management, the agency's top…

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As wildfires intensify across the West, researchers are studying how scorched trees could lead to a faster snowmelt and end up disrupting water supplies. Without a tree canopy, snow is exposed…

Oregon’s Klamath County has again failed to sufficiently analyze the impacts of a wastewater facility on 211 acres zoned for forestland. The state’s Land Use Board of Appeals has ordered the c…

PORTLAND — Construction of new “mass timber” buildings has climbed over the past decade, but experts believe the demand for such structures is still in its infancy.

BOISE — Drought and low snowpacks in the West likely mean an early start to wildfire season, meteorologists at the National Interagency Fire Center predict. “Due to below-average, and in some …

BOISE — Incident meteorologists are key teammates for wildfire foresters and analysts, who come up with game plans for battling the massive blazes. An overarching goal is to let incident manag…

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A large American flag served as the backdrop for a Capitol rally hosted by the grassroots group Oregon Natural Resource Industries, or ONRI, as speakers decried a growing number of government …

Groups that have long been at odds on forest management issues have reached a consensus on goals and desired conditions that will frame how the U.S. Forest Service drafts land management plans…

Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are throwing their support behind a renewal of the long-term stewardship contract for the Malheur National Forest, although not necessarily with the same operator.

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