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Articles tagged wilderness

Dec. 3, 2014, 6:09 p.m.

Defense Spending Bill Includes Lots Of Land Deals

Congress has added lots of land deals – including some in the Northwest – to a must-pass defense spending package. But a bill that would boost logging on Oregon forestland didn't make the cut.

Dec. 3, 2014, 4:56 p.m.

Public Media Call For Forest Service To Relax Wild Land Photography Rules

Public broadcasters are calling on the U.S. Forest Service to make a number of changes in its regulation of photography, filming and recording on public lands.

Sept. 25, 2014, 7 a.m.

Media Vow To Fight Rule Requiring Permit To Film On Public Land

The U.S. Forest Service is developing a rule that would let it decide whether the media could film or take photos in wilderness areas.

Sept. 4, 2014, 1 a.m.

Why It's Harder To Create Wilderness Now, 50 Years After Landmark Law

It's gotten harder to create wilderness in the 50 years since Congress passed the Wilderness Act. Wilderness designations have dropped off since the 1980s, and now things are at a near standstill.

Sept. 3, 2014, 1 a.m.

Climate Change Creates Challenges For A Wilderness Pine Tree

Wilderness areas are defined by law as places where "the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man." The whitebark pine, which grows mainly in wilderness, face the possibility of extinction. Many of the tree’s threats are connected to human-caused climate change.

Sept. 2, 2014, 7 a.m.

The Golden Anniversary For Wilderness In America

When you consider how long mountains, forests and deserts have been a part of the American landscape, 50 years is the blink of an eye. But it’s something of a milestone when a law protecting these places turns 50. That’s happening this week.

March 13, 2013, 1 a.m.

Trails Of Trouble As Maintenance Slides In Wilderness Areas

Some federal budget cuts can be found in places you might not be looking -- deep in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest. For backcountry enthusiasts, frustration is mounting over the state of disrepair of recreational trails in wilderness areas.

Feb. 15, 2013, 7 a.m.

Oregon Wilderness Bills Introduced in Senate

Longstanding proposals to protect rivers and forests in Oregon as wilderness areas have been reintroduced in Congress by Oregon's two senators.

Feb. 12, 2013, 7 a.m.

Idaho Considers Repairs To Wilderness Trails Damaged By Fires

The House Resources and Conservation Committee introduced a resolution Monday focused on clean up of Idaho's Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness' trail system, an area damaged by years of wildfires.

Nov. 9, 2012, 4 p.m.

Appeals Court Hears Challenge to Idaho Roadless Rule

A federal appeals court panel heard a challenge Friday to Idaho’s roadless rule. Environmental groups argued the rule gives the Forest Service too much flexibility to build new roads.

June 21, 2012, 11:34 a.m.

Wilderness Proposal For Olympic Peninsula Introduced In Congress

A proposal to create a new wilderness area in the Northwest took a step forward today when a pair of Washington lawmakers introduced their Wild Olympics legislation.

May 4, 2012, 4:22 p.m.

Expanded Wilderness Plan Unveiled For Washington's Olympic Peninsula

The Wild Olympics proposal has been modified to gain more support for preserving wilderness on the Olympic Peninsula.

Jan. 31, 2012, 12:30 p.m.

Grays Harbor Officials Oppose Wild Olympics Plan

ABERDEEN, Wash. — Grays Harbor County commissioners have sent a letter to Sen. Patty Murray and Congressman Norm Dicks asking them to drop any Wild Olympics legislation that would restrict logging and recreation on the Olympic Peninsula.

Nov. 10, 2011, 12:28 p.m.

Senate Acts To Preserve Northwest Wild Places

Oct. 25, 2011, 2:22 p.m.

Devil's Staircase Protections Once Again Before Lawmakers

EUGENE, Ore. -- For the third year, Oregon lawmakers have been attempting to push through legislation designating the area around the Devil’s Staircase as Wilderness. Today a House committee in Washington, DC heard testimony about the proposal.

Oct. 7, 2011, 1:26 p.m.

Oregon Governor's Crown Jewels