national forest lands

Wyoming Judge Again Blocks Roadless Area Conservation Rule

Wyoming Judge Again Blocks Roadless Area Conservation Rule

WASHINGTON, DC, August 13, 2008 (ENS) – The national nonprofit Wilderness Society said it will challenge Tuesday’s decision by a federal judge in Wyoming to block the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule. For the second time, U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer issued a permanent injunction against the Clinton era roadless rule, saying it violated the…

Big Sur Evacuated as Wildfires Race to the California Coast

Big Sur Evacuated as Wildfires Race to the California Coast

SACRAMENTO, California, July 2, 2008 (ENS) – A new mandatory evacuation order has been issued for the entire scenic town of Big Sur on the central California coast as wildfire jumped a fire line today and now advances toward the town. The evacuation order applies to about 850 residents who live in a 10 mile…

Lawsuit Seeks to Block Uranium Mining at Grand Canyon

Lawsuit Seeks to Block Uranium Mining at Grand Canyon

FLAGSTAFF, Arizona, March 13, 2008 (ENS) – One of the great natural wonders of the world – the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River – is threatened by uranium exploration.Three conservation groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the approval of up to 39 new uranium drilling sites within a few miles of Grand Canyon National…

Watershed Restoration Funded for Washington, Oregon Forests

Watershed Restoration Funded for Washington, Oregon Forests

OLYMPIA, Washington, February 27, 2008 (ENS) – National forest lands in Washington and Oregon will get federal funding to help restore critical and endangered watersheds. Conservation groups say the $8.1 million allocated for this work is only a start and more money is needed to achieve compliance with the federal Clean Water Act. Oregon will…

Absent Analysis, Forest Planning Rule Assumes No Impact

Absent Analysis, Forest Planning Rule Assumes No Impact

WASHINGTON, DC, February 7, 2008 (ENS) – Environmental attorney Trent Orr of the nonprofit public interest law firm Earthjustice warns that the Bush administration is again attempting to remove key protections for U.S. national forests. This attempt was evident, he says, today, when the U.S. Forest Service released its court-ordered Final Environmental Impact Statement for…