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Appeals Court Rules That “Big Mountain Jesus” Statue in Montana Is Not Religious

If you were to go skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana, a resort on land owned by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), you might come across a statue known as "Big Mountain Jesus": The reason that statue is allowed to be on theShow More Summary

As wildfires rage and budgets dwindle, more federal funds sought for firefighting

The record wildfire season scorching the West is prompting renewed calls for Congress to change how it funds firefighting, a push that comes as the head of the Forest Service said the agency would soon exceed its firefighting budget for the year - again.

The Cost Of Capitalism vs. Socialism [CBD]

CoyoteBlog writes, I Have This Argument All The Time With The US Forest Service, but it could be with any government agency doing....anything. The pull quote is marvelous, and one that, while we as obsessed conservatives have internalized, is...

There’s not enough money to save the West from an increase in blazing wildfires

This just might be the most cataclysmic forest fire season in history. So far this year, the Forest Service has spent $800 million trying to keep the blazes from raging too far out of control. This cost amounts to more than 50% of their budget, draining

Solitude and Service in the Flathead National Forest

An 85-year old fire lookout in Montana proves the value of solitude and old technology.

Tread Lightly!, Noble Energy and U.S. Forest Service Complete Second of Three Restoration for Recreation Projects on Pawnee National Grassland

Critical Raptor Nesting Habitat Restored by Volunteers Greeley, Colo. – August 26, 2015 – The ongoing partnership between Tread Lightly! and Noble The post Tread Lightly!, Noble Energy and U.S. Forest Service Complete Second of Three Restoration for Recreation Projects on Pawnee National Grassland appeared first on Hunting and Conservation News.

Get Free Admission to All National Park Service Parks, Beaches and Forests This Tuesday

Our national parks and lands are a great way to get outdoors and reconnect with family, friends, or even yourself. This Tuesday, you can get in for free to any park run by the National Park Service in celebration of their 99th birthday.http://lifehacker.com/209141/find-a-... Read more...

Washington Wildfire Claims The Lives Of Three Firefighters

The raging Washington wildfires have claimed the lives of three firefighters. According to Fox News, the three U.S. Forest Service firefighters were killed on Wednesday, August 19 after their vehicle crashed and caught flames while they...Show More Summary

Give the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument more time

To the editor: It's true that, after decades of neglect, many areas within the newly designated San Gabriel Mountains National Monument need improvement. But the president gave the U.S. Forest Service three years to create a new management plan. ("In the San Gabriel Mountains, they're asking: What...

Washington firefighters killed in Twisp wildfire identified

last weekNews : NY Daily News

The Forest Service identified the fallen firefighters as Tom Zbyszewski, 20; Andrew Zajac, 26; and Richard Wheeler, 31.

Three Firefighters Killed Battling "Hell Storm" Wildfire in Washington State

Three U.S. Forest Service firefighters died Wednesday in what the Okanogan County, Washington sheriff called a "hell storm" of a wildfire outside Spokane. From NBC affiliate KQNT: [F]irefighters were working in an area known as Woods Canyon where winds were coming in light from the east. Show More Summary

How will California's drought impact its ancient redwood forests?

last weekHumor / odd : Boing Boing

A team of scientists from the US Geological Survey, UC Berekeley and the National Parks Service seek to find out. Read the rest

Three Firefighters Die While Battling Wildfires Out West

Nearly 30,000 firefighters have been tasked with defeating the 100 or so wildfires that have broken out on the West Coast in recent weeks; three from the U.S. Forest Service were killed on Wednesday night after a fire overtook their vehicle near Twisp, Washington, a town of around 900 people... More »

Survival Skills: How to Survive a Wildfire

Photograph by John McColgan, US Forest Service A fire offers friendly warmth to campers alone in the bush, but when the conditions are right, the wind, weather and dry vegetation conspire to turn that campfire into a hellish blaze. For many families and businesses, this season’s western wildfires have been just that. Show More Summary

Budgets on Fire

Randal O'Toole It’s fire season again, which means we are once again treated to stories about how the Forest Service is running out of money and about how it all must be due to climate change. Both of these claims overlook fundamental...Show More Summary

Airplane Crash in Indonesia; 54 People Aboard

2 weeks agoTravel / Air Travel : The Gate

An ATR42-300 turboprop aircraft which operated as flight 257 by Trigana Air Service — which was carrying 44 adult passengers, five children and five members of the flight crew — reportedly crashed in the forested mountainous terrain in Indonesia earlier today. Search and rescue teams originally... The post Airplane Crash in Indonesia; 54 People Aboard appeared first on The Gate.

Forest Grump

A friend of mine was describing a vacation she was about to take. Her face went all smiley as she described going to a place where there's no wifi, no television, no cell phone service. She will be completely unplugged for two whole weeks. Show More Summary

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