Jerome Thomas

Federal Response Limited On Pine Beetle EpidemicThe U.S. Forest Service says budget cuts are forcing the federal government to limit its response to a bark beetle outbreak that has destroyed millions of acres of forests in the West, and scientists are trying to figure out what the forests will look like after the epidemic has run its course.
More Studies Ordered On Forest Road PlanThe U.S. Forest Service has ordered more studies after an appeals officer allowed parts of a plan determining which methods of travel are allowed in the White River National Forest to take effect.
Forest Service Agrees To Void Timber ContractsThe U.S. Forest Service is offering to renegotiate timber sale contracts in an effort to save sawmills in the Rocky Mountain region that have been hit hard by bark beetle infestations.
Cave Restrictions Extended Over White-Nose DiseaseAn order restricting access to caves and abandoned mines on national forests and grasslands in five western states has been extended for a year.

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