Environmental Groups Sue U.S. Forest Service to Protect Endangered Jumping Mouse

Environmental Groups Sue U.S. Forest Service to Protect Endangered Jumping Mouse

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Conservation groups are suing the U.S. Forest Service, alleging that it has failed to protect one of Arizona and New Mexico’s smallest, most endangered creatures. The New Mexico meadow jumping mouse, found only in parts of AZ and N.M., has seen a significant decline after habitats in the Sacramento Mountains were […]

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One Historic Thing: First African-American Chief of the U.S. Forest Service

One Historic Thing: First African-American Chief of the U.S. Forest Service

Longtime forester Randy Moore will be the first-ever African American Chief of the U.S. Forest Service since its founding 116 years ago. He will take over for Vicki Christiansen, who has led the Service since 2018, overseeing 193 million acres of public lands, including 154 national forests and 20 national grasslands. His appointment arrives as […]

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Building Fire-Resistant Green Space

Building Fire-Resistant Green Space

Earlier this fall, when the Almeda Fire tore through southern Oregon, the Bear Creek Greenway became a tunnel of flames. As Next City reports, restored native ecosystems “burned at a much lower intensity, making [the fire] less destructive, less dangerous to fight, and slower to spread into adjacent neighborhoods.” 

Why This Matters: Because of climate change, fires are becoming bigger and more intense, as this year devastatingly showed.

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