"The Obama administration is withdrawing a controversial Bush-era logging plan for millions of acres of federal forests in western Oregon."
The bark beetles devastating millions of acres of western pine forests are actually a native insect whose destruction -- like that of wildfire -- is part of a natural cycle of forest regeneration.
"A federal judge sided with environmentalists yesterday and threw out Bush-era Forest Service regulations that govern management plans for national forests."
Bark beetles "munching and killing pine trees by the millions from Colorado to Canada" add a dangerous unknown to predictions for the coming wildfire season.
Wildfires rage every summer — and make news. Here are some key sources useful to reporters.
"Water supplies for 33 million people could be endangered if millions of acres of beetle-ravaged forests in the Rocky Mountains catch fire, a U.S. Forest Service official said Tuesday."
$15 million of Stimulus funding for 55 projects, designed to help reduce wildfire hazards and reclaim burned lands, could be of substantial interest in the receiving communities.