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Sept. 30, 2014

Report: Sagebrush Habitat Fuels $1B In Recreation Spending

Advocates of protecting sage grouse habitat across the West say new research shows visitors to federal rangelands pumped more than $1 billion into the economy last year.

We Are All To Blame For The Oso Slide

As a geomorphologist, Dan Miller and other scientists knew the Stillaguamish Valley to be a hazardous place, long before the devastating slide occurred.

Sept. 29, 2014

Senators Ask For More Oil Train Notifications

Four West Coast senators want the federal government to expand a recent order for railroads to notify state emergency responders about crude oil shipments from the Great Plains.

Idaho Wolf, Coyote Shooting Derby Wants Larger Area

A group that overcame a court challenge last winter to hold a wolf- and coyote-shooting derby is seeking a permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to roughly double the area for a second event this winter.

Rising Coal And Oil Train Shipments Make Rail Congestion A Big Problem

If train shipments of coal and oil keep increasing, many communities across the country could feel the congestion.

Why The Northwest Is the New Frontier For Geothermal Energy

The geothermal industry is holding its annual meeting in Portland this week. Group leaders say they chose the location because the Northwest is a new frontier for geothermal energy development.

Sept. 26, 2014

Forest Service Chief Says No, You Won’t Be Charged To Take Photos

Under fire from free speech advocates and nature enthusiasts, the U.S. Forest Service now says it has absolutely no intention of charging people to take pictures on public land.

Sept. 25, 2014

Swinomish Tribe Prepares For A Changing Climate

The Swinomish people have lived near the mouth of the Skagit River north of Seattle for thousands of years. Now, they're trying to deal with climate change and its threats of rising seas and flooding.

Interior Secretary Jewell Tours Oregon Sage Grouse Country

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell tours southern Oregon’s high desert for a first-hand look at what's being done to conserve greater sage grouse.

Lakeview Biofuel Plant Proposal Raises Air Quality Concerns

A project proposed in Lakeview, Oregon, would turn woody biomass from logging into biofuels for ships and planes. But some worry the project might add to the air quality problems in southern Oregon.