us forest service http://wyomingpublicradio.net en Pine Beetle Spread Slows Dramatically http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/pine-beetle-spread-slows-dramatically <p>The spread of mountain pine beetles is slowing in Wyoming, according to a survey from the U.S. Forest Service.</p><p></p><p>Beetles killed 180,000 new acres of trees in 2012, but only 82,000 acres in 2013.</p><p>The Forest Service’s Aaron Voos says it’s not surprising.</p><p>“They’ve kind of eaten themselves out of house and home,” Voos said. “All of the trees that were susceptible to attack … have been either eaten and are now dead and dying, or they were able to fend off the epidemic and have developed some sort of resiliency.”</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:14:17 +0000 Willow Belden 54008 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Pine Beetle Spread Slows Dramatically Wyoming Stories: A Quixotic Quest To Deliver 'Float-o-Graphs' http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wyoming-stories-quixotic-quest-deliver-float-o-graphs <p>Jackson resident Charlie Thomas recounts a local raft tour company owner's against-all-odds attempts to deliver 'float-o-graphs' to his rafting customers.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 20:48:01 +0000 Cordelia Zars & Micah Schweizer 53156 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wyoming Stories: A Quixotic Quest To Deliver 'Float-o-Graphs' Conservationists say prairie dog proposal could hamper endangered species reintroduction http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/conservationists-say-prairie-dog-proposal-could-hamper-endangered-species-reintroduction <p></p><p>Conservation groups are criticizing a proposal to reduce the amount of land protected for prairie dogs in the Thunder Basin National Grassland.</p><p>The U.S. Forest Service is considering shrinking the acreage of protected land, largely because ranchers have concerns about livestock being injured in prairie dog holes and acquiring diseases.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 00:54:06 +0000 Willow Belden 52120 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Conservationists say prairie dog proposal could hamper endangered species reintroduction Sportsmen petition to protect Wyoming Range from oil and gas production http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/sportsmen-petition-protect-wyoming-range-oil-and-gas-production <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than two dozen outdoor advocacy groups wrote the US Forest Service this week, asking it to remove almost 45,000 acres-worth of land in the Wyoming Range from consideration for oil and gas leases.</span></p><p></p><p>The organizations, including Trout Unlimited and the Wyoming Wildlife Federation, said the land comprises vital habitat for mule deer, moose and cutthroat trout.</p><p></p> Thu, 30 May 2013 21:43:22 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 41555 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Sportsmen petition to protect Wyoming Range from oil and gas production Forest Service Studies Western Fires http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/forest-service-studies-western-fires <p>The aggressive fire season of the last few years has gotten the attention of the U-S Forest Service.</p><p>Officials say they are trying to study the fires to determine how to reduce both the number of fires and their severity to get a better understanding of their impact on the environment.&nbsp; It’s been widely thought that fires are good for forests, but Department of Agriculture officials want to know more.&nbsp; U-S-D-A Deputy Under Secretary Butch Blazer says there is concern that there may be negative impacts.</p> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 17:46:27 +0000 Bob Beck 30513 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Forest Service Studies Western Fires