Environment

Environment

The Tongass National Forest, near Ketchikan, Alaska. The spruce, hemlock and cedar trees of the Tongass have been a source of timber for the logging industry. CREDIT: Elissa Nadworny/NPR

U.S. Agriculture Department Moves To Expand Logging In Nation’s Largest National Forest

The proposal, announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, comes in response to a request from the state, which wants to be fully exempted from a Clinton-era rule that limits road construction and timber harvesting in tens of millions of acres of national forest. Continue Reading U.S. Agriculture Department Moves To Expand Logging In Nation’s Largest National Forest

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A coal mine operation in Wyoming. CREDIT: KATIE CAMPBELL/KCTS9

Northwest Utility PacifiCorp Releases Plan To Cut Coal Power And Add Renewables

Environmental groups have been pressing PacifiCorp for years to close more of its coal plants sooner and speed up its transition to renewable energy. But leaders in states like Wyoming, where the utility’s coal plants are stationed, say the company would be hurting local economies and betraying their trust by closing coal plants early. Continue Reading Northwest Utility PacifiCorp Releases Plan To Cut Coal Power And Add Renewables

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Land managers are using a masticator to help thin a dense forest outside Cle Elum, Washington. The masticator chews up the forest fuels with spinning metal teeth. It takes out whole trees at a time. CREDIT: Courtney Flatt/NWPB

In Central Washington, Forest Equipment Chews Through Fuel To Reduce Threat Of ‘The Next Paradise’

Connecting different projects – like these large-scale fuels management ones – with efforts by homeowners down below helps make the landscape more resilient. It’s part of a larger effort to help central Washington avoid the fate of towns like Paradise, California, which was devastated by the Camp Fire in 2018.
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