Forests

"Fire Lookouts: The US Forest Service Lookouts Watching For Fires"

"Many of us struggled to adapt to home working and isolation during the coronavirus pandemic. But the few remaining fire lookouts of the US Forest Service often live and work for weeks at a time on their own, scouring the horizon for any hint of smoke from remote lookout towers."

Source: BBC News, 07/16/2021

Oregon Wildfire Displaces 2,000 Residents As Blazes Flare Across West

"Hand crews backed by water-dropping helicopters struggled on Thursday to suppress a huge wildfire that displaced roughly 2,000 residents in southern Oregon, the largest among dozens of blazes raging across the drought-stricken western United States."

Source: Reuters, 07/16/2021

Biden Admin Proposes Sweeping Protections For Alaska’s Tongass Forest

"The Biden administration announced sweeping protections for Alaska’s Tongass National Forest on Thursday, including an end to large-scale old-growth logging and a proposal to bar road development on more than 9 million acres."

Source: Washington Post, 07/16/2021

Forest Conservation Case Tests B.C.’s Law To Protect Free Speech

"Lawyers say Todsen Design and Construction’s libel case against two individuals and the Qualicum Beach Preservation Society — each fighting to protect a small coastal Douglas fir forest from development — will test a fairly new provincial law designed to halt strategic lawsuits against public participation".

Source: The Narwhal, 07/15/2021

"Trees: The Critical Infrastructure Low-Income Neighborhoods Lack"

"As the Pacific Northwest sweltered through a record-breaking heat wave last week, many residents here in America’s least air-conditioned city sought relief under the shade of cedars and maples in city parks. But in some areas of Seattle, that shelter was hard to come by."

Source: Stateline, 07/12/2021

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