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Chelan County: 2 die in Forest Service road crash

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — The Chelan County, Wash., sheriff says two men have been found dead near a wrecked Jeep off a snowy Forest Service road in the Derby Canyon area in the western part of the county…. …read more

DNR says groundbreaking research could save Washington Douglas fir

Washington Academy of Sciences

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the publication of an important new scientific report on root rot diseases in Douglas fir trees by a Study Committee of the Washington State Academy of Sciences. DNR requested the report to better understand and address root rot diseases that threaten Douglas fir,…

Coast Guard rescues injured hiker in Olympic National Park

SEATTLE — A rescue aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., rescued a 60-year-old male that reportedly suffered a broken ankle while hiking in Olympic National Park near Starbuck Mine, Wash., Sunday afternoon. A member of the U.S. Forest Service, who was on-scene with the man and rendered first aid, requested Coast Guard assistance…

Fed Review Finds Civil Rights Issues in NM, Colo.

Review: Forest Service in New Mexico, Colorado lacks compliance with civil rights requirements

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Federal judge allows Idaho wolf derby on FS land

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge allowed a wolf derby to proceed on public land in Idaho, ruling its organizers aren’t required to get a special permit from the U.S. Forest Service…. …read more

Foes, Forest Service battle over Idaho wolf derby

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Foes of an Idaho wolf and coyote derby planned for this weekend raised the specter of hundreds of hunters descending on National Forest lands, threatening other users with stray bullets and potentially killing so many animals they disrupt the ecosystem…. …read more

Users help Forest Service rethink its road system

EVERETT, Wash. – Every National Forest has to come up with a new plan for its road system in the next couple of years – and in one Washington forest, that effort has become a way to open up the planning process to those who use and love the area.

On the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, people can let forest managers know which roads they use and what they think of them, in a series of meetings and on a public website

Forest Supervisor Jennifer Eberlien says what has most pleased her is seeing how strongly people feel about their public land.

“We provide a lot of resources and experiences and services,” she says, “so the interest and that level of passion of the people who are attending and giving input is just fantastic. It’s one of the things that really keeps us as Forest Service employees, going.”

Bridge inspections begin on Olympic National Forest

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Engineers from Olympic National Forest will conduct bridge inspections this week through September 12. By law, bridge inspections are required every two years to ensure that the bridges within Olympic National Forest are compliant with National Bridge Inspection Standards. These safety checks are expected to cause delays of up to 60 minutes.

An Under Bridge Inspection Truck will be used to complete the inspections. This specialized piece of equipment has a very long arm that extends under the bridge from the bridge deck. The inspection truck blocks access entirely while the inspection is in progress. The following bridges will be inspected:

  • Lower Canyon River Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2368 
  • Humptulips Gorge Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2204 
  • Middle Matheny Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2160080 
  • South Fork Calawah Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2932000 
  • Sitkum Gorge Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2900070 
  • South Fork Soleduck Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2918000 
  • Dungeness Forks Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2880000 
  • Church Creek Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2361000 
  • South Fork Skokomish Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2353000 
  • Skokomish Gorge Bridge, also known as the High Steel Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2340000

Fire restrictions in effect on WDFW-managed lands, no smoking

OLYMPIA, Wash. – With unusually dry conditions and wildfires burning in parts of the state, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is prohibiting campfires and other activities on all agency-managed lands.

 

The emergency order now in effect prohibits:

 

  • Fires or campfires: However, personal camp stoves or lanterns fueled by liquid petroleum, liquid petroleum gas or propane are allowed.
  • Smoking: Unless in an enclosed vehicle.
  • Target shooting: Except at shooting ranges developed by WDFW.
  • Welding and the use of chainsaws and other equipment:Operating a torch with an open flame and equipment powered by an internal combustion engine is prohibited.
    • Operating a motor vehicle off developed roads: Except when parking in areas without vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway and parking in developed campgrounds and at trailheads.

 

Forest Service seeks comment on two Olympic Penninsula thinning projects

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Wash. – The US Forest Service is proposing the thinning of about 5,000 acres in the Queets River watershed, north of Lake Quinault.
The purpose of the project is to restore and improve late-successional habitat conditions, generate economic activity, and provide jobs in the area.

The thinning would take place in Jefferson County, on Olympic National Forest, Pacific Ranger District, Sam’s River, Matheny Creek, Queets River, and Salmon River subwatersheds in the Queets River watershed, north of Lake Quinault. The department is seeking public comment on the proposed project.

https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=41044

Also open for public comment is the proposed thinning of 3,300 acres in the East Fork Humptulips watershed. To view the entire list, visit fs.usda.gov