News Clips

BWCA Permit system won’t open until at least February 19, 2019

The new online reservation system for securing permits in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness that opened and quickly crashed a week ago won’t go live until Feb. 19 or later. — Read More of the Report

18 Million trees just died in California

California — An estimated 18 million trees have died in California wild lands and private property in the past year, many of them victim of recent droughts and bark beetle infestations, the latest federal tree mortality count has found.

In total, an estimate 147 million trees, many Sierra conifers, have died in California since the start of the state’s drought years in 2010.– Read More of the Report

Leadership Change – Director, Conservation Education

Washington — I am pleased to announce Tinelle Bustam, Assistant Director for Recreation, Heritage, and Volunteer
Resources in the National Forest System Deputy Area, Washington Office, has agreed to serve as
Director of Conservation Education in a one year term appointment in the State and Private Forestry
Deputy Area, Washington Office. She begins her service in this role on Monday, February 18. — Click here for copy of report

Nearly 100 objections filed to proposed wilderness trail limits

Oregon — Nearly 100 individuals or groups have filed objections to the U.S. Forest Service’s proposed plan to limit the number of people who can use certain Central Oregon wilderness trails. Over half of those objections came from Central Oregonians. — Click here for full article

BWCAW users vent in Ely

Ely, MN — Frustration was evident Saturday morning in Ely as business owners, area leaders and longtime wilderness visitors vented about the crash-and-burn of the U.S. Forest Service’s BWCAW permit reservation system. U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber convened the session and Forest Service officials were on hand, apologizing for the almost immediate failure of the online system when it went line Jan. 30, and promising that a Feb. 27 do-over will go much better.– Click here for full article

‘Fire borrowing’ likely amid intense blazes

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers thought they fixed the U.S. Forest Service’s “fire borrowing” problem earlier this year. But the breadth and intensity of fires scorching the West this year is likely to prompt the agency to raid other accounts one last time before budgetary changes go into effect in fiscal 2020. — Click here for full article


Forest Service Under Scrutiny for Sexual Misconduct Allegations