In the Pacific Northwest, the threat of wildfires is an ongoing concern. Many fires start on national forests, land owned by the federal government. Because federal agencies have a limited amount of money and resources to put toward fire-prevention projects, a deal was reached in 2014 allowing states to step in and oversee work on federal lands. Idaho has taken advantage of this program for a few years. Last week, it announced a deal on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. And now, Washington is getting into the game as well.
The Trump administration is quietly trying to strip public input from the decision-making process used by the U.S. Forest Service. Doing so would mean that logging companies could clear-cut at many as 4,200 acres at a time, and you wouldn’t know about it until you turned up at your favorite spot to find it decimated. But you have one last chance to stop that from happening. […]