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  • USFS plans forums next week on ski resorts, water ( Stealing water rights )

    04/15/2013 8:19:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    ap ^ | 04/11/2013
    Dozens of resorts with permits to operate on national forests have bought or acquired rights to use nearby bodies of water for snowmaking. The Forest Service had adopted a clause that said those resorts had to transfer their water rights to the federal government ... After the National Ski Areas Association sued, a judge ruled last year that the agency violated procedure in not seeking public comment before adopting the clause. The agency now plans open houses April 16 in Lakewood, Colo., on April 17 in Salt Lake City, and April 18 in Lake Tahoe, Calif., to get input.
  • Florida man accused of being nude, armed in forest

    07/20/2011 4:10:01 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 67 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 19, 2011
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man faces federal misdemeanor charges after witnesses reported seeing him wandering around a national forest campground naked and armed with a pistol. Joseph Alfieri is charged in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City with being publicly nude and causing annoyance.
  • Judge tosses road plans for SoCal national forests

    09/30/2009 3:50:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 575+ views
    AP on Mercury News ^ | 9/30/09 | AP
    SAN FRANCISCO—A federal judge has tossed out the federal government's plans to open vast tracts of forests in Southern California to new road building. U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel ruled Wednesday that the U.S. Forest Service failed to adequately consider the effects the new plan would have on the landscape and wildlife in the Angeles, Los Padres, Cleveland and San Bernardino national forests. Los Padres is the principal home of the California condor.
  • 2 Virginia Tech students found shot to death

    08/27/2009 4:05:18 PM PDT · by sevinufnine · 35 replies · 3,240+ views
    WSLS ^ | 08-27-09 | WSLS News Staff
    David Lee Metzler, 19 years old, and Heidi Lynn Childs, 19 years old, both of Lynchburg, VA were found by a passerby this morning at approximately 8:00 a.m. in the area of Caldwell Fields off of Craig’s Creek Road in Montgomery County. Both were deceased when they were found. The preliminary investigation revealed that both victims had gunshot wounds. Both were Virginia Tech students living off campus.
  • Obama asks court to block forest road building (The rot and burn gang rides again!)

    08/13/2009 1:58:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 2,446+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/13/09 | Matthew Daly - ap
    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration says it will defend a 2001 rule imposed by President Bill Clinton that blocked road construction and other development on tens of million acres of remote national forests. The administration's decision was contained in court papers filed Thursday in a case in Wyoming that could help settle the fate of remote federal forests. The administration is siding with environmentalists in the case.
  • Obama admin green lights logging(DUmmies are outraged)

    07/16/2009 4:31:57 PM PDT · by Typical_Whitey · 28 replies · 825+ views
    MNN ^ | 7/16/09 | Shea Gunther
    Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack gave his personal approval for a 381-acre clear-cut in America's largest stand of temperate rain forest. Not cool, President Obama. Not cool at all. The Obama administration has approved the sale of timber from the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. The 17-million acre forest is the largest stand of continuous temperate rain forest in the U.S. and contains a lot of old-growth trees. It's basically a snapshot of what the world looked like before we rolled heavy onto the scene. The U.S. Forest Service gave the green light for the sale after approval from Secretary...
  • Obama administration supports a timeout on road building in national forests

    05/28/2009 3:03:04 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies · 608+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 28, 2009 | Jim Tankersley
    The U.S. Forest Service will announce a "timeout" on new road-building and other development in designated roadless areas of national forests today, sources say, prolonging a seesaw battle over a policy first announced in the waning days of the Clinton administration. The Roadless Area Conservation Rule, which former President Clinton issued shortly before leaving office in 2001, protects nearly 60 million acres of national forest land from logging and other development, largely in Western states. It has faced a protracted court battle that pitted conservation groups against the timber industry and several of those states. The Bush administration let the...
  • Obama forest nominee surprises conservationists

    05/08/2009 4:30:57 AM PDT · by chambley1 · 32 replies · 1,069+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | May 6, 2009 | JEFF BARNARD
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Obama administration's pick to be the new undersecretary of Agriculture in charge of the U.S. Forest Service has surprised conservation groups. The White House announced late Tuesday that Mississippi state conservationist Homer Lee Wilkes, a 28-year veteran of the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service, is being nominated as the new undersecretary of Agriculture for natural resources and environment. Andy Stahl of Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics says Wilkes is the first person in at least 30 years to be tapped for the job without any background in forest policy, indicating the Obama administration has...
  • Lakeview man gets 10 years for almost 7,500 pot plants

    12/16/2008 10:36:28 PM PST · by MovementConservative · 40 replies · 3,554+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | Tuesday December 16, 2008, 4:43 PM | by Lynne Terry
    A jury sentenced a Lakeview man to 10 years in prison for growing nearly 7,500 marijuana plants. Andrew Stever, 40, was sentenced on Monday after a three-day trial in the Federal District Court in Medford.Ten years is the mandatory minimum sentence for anyone convicted of growing 1,000 or more pot plants. In July 2007, officers from several local, state and federal agencies found 7,459 plants growing on Stever's Lakeview property, which bordered Forest Service land. Two men fled the scene, leaving behind personal property and three firearms, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Portland. Physical evidence and testimony linked...
  • Officials: Mexican Pot Growers Are Polluting American Wilderness

    10/12/2008 1:15:41 PM PDT · by metmom · 77 replies · 1,088+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | Saturday, October 11, 2008 | Associated Press
    PORTERVILLE, Calif. — National forests and parks — long popular with Mexican marijuana-growing cartels — have become home to some of the most polluted pockets of wilderness in America because of the toxic chemicals needed to eke lucrative harvests from rocky mountainsides, federal officials said. The grow sites have taken hold from the West Coast's Cascade Mountains, as well as on federal lands in Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia.
  • Mexican Marijuana Cartels Sully US Forests, Parks

    10/11/2008 2:31:25 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 57 replies · 1,108+ views
    ABC News ^ | October 11, 2008 | TRACIE CONE
    Mexican marijuana cartels use pesticides, herbicides that pollute US parks, forests National forests and parks — long popular with Mexican marijuana-growing cartels — have become home to some of the most polluted pockets of wilderness in America because of the toxic chemicals needed to eke lucrative harvests from rocky mountainsides, federal officials said. The grow sites have taken hold from the West Coast's Cascade Mountains, as well as on federal lands in Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. Seven hundred grow sites were discovered on U.S. Forest Service land in California alone in 2007 and 2008 — and authorities say the...
  • Wind Is Given 2nd Look As Energy Needs Grow

    08/04/2008 2:09:34 PM PDT · by BloodOrFreedom · 21 replies · 132+ views
    WashingtonPost ^ | Sunday, August 3, 2008 | Anita Kumar
    ...developers are looking to build more than 100 wind turbines taller than the Statue of Liberty, side by side, on 18 miles of the George Washington National Forest. FreedomWorks, a company with projects in four states, wants to generate electricity for the power-hungry Washington area and beyond, despite concerns about disturbing wildlife, spoiling untouched lands and creating noise and light pollution. As the United States searches for ways to lessen its dependency on foreign oil, wind energy is getting a second look in states such as Virginia that had not embraced it. The national push, along with new state financial...
  • Thousands of pot plants seized in Cocke County

    06/25/2008 9:47:24 AM PDT · by AuntB · 22 replies · 197+ views
    WBIR ^ | June 24, 2008 | Brittany Bailey
    Authorities say it's the biggest pot bust in Cocke County in the last five years, maybe more. Around 10 a.m. Monday, helicopter pilots spotted hundreds of thousands of marijuana plants growing in the Cherokee National Forest in Cocke County. They alerted officers on the ground, and the crew trekked more than a mile into the forest from Interstate 40, where they came upon what they call a DTO, or drug trafficking organization. "They just live in it, move in, grow, and that's all they're there to do is grow marijuana," Special Agent Jason Poore said of the growers. Poore is...
  • Energy bill cuts national forest wood waste

    12/28/2007 6:48:56 AM PST · by rellimpank · 10 replies · 222+ views
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 28 dec 07 | Steve Miller
    A last-minute change in the federal energy bill discourages the use of wood chips, tree limbs and other wood waste from national forests in the production of ethanol, according to a forest industry spokesman. The surprise provision makes no sense, says Aaron Everett, a spokesman for the Black Hills Forest Resource Association. The energy bill passed by Congress and signed by the president earlier this month requires an increase in the amount of ethanol produced from renewable biomass materials such as grasses and wood waste. The bill requires 21 billion gallons of ethanol to be produced from biomass, including cellulosic...
  • Dentry: Dove hunters earn break with late-arriving front

    12/16/2007 12:07:35 PM PST · by george76 · 44 replies · 121+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | September 5, 2006
    SHOOTING TAKES HIT: Public shooting opportunities in national forests are disappearing, and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Ritter proposes to do something about it. Ritter says several previously isolated forest shooting ranges have been shut down because of homebuilding nearby, and shooters have been forced into dispersed shooting activities. Now the Forest Service is considering closing down some dispersed-shooting areas because of development and increased non-shooting recreational use. Ritter says he would make recreational shooting improvements a priority if he is elected governor. He wants Colorado to take the lead in establishing more shooting ranges, beginning with a pilot program he...
  • CA: Governor urges stricter rules to protect wilderness areas (more restrictions on forest roads)

    08/13/2007 9:11:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 459+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 8/13/07 | Paige Austin
    Gov. Schwarzenegger recently escalated a battle of words with federal officials over how to manage the remaining wilderness areas in Southern California's national forests. In an August letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Schwarzenegger accused the federal government of not doing enough to make sure wilderness in the San Bernardino, Cleveland, Angeles and Los Padres national forests is protected from road construction. The state and environmental groups want more restrictions on forest roads than are outlined in new forest management plans, 10- to 15-year master plans for land use in the forests. Schwarzenegger charged the federal government with not...
  • Beetle battle in forest may intensify ( Better late than never ? )

    07/30/2007 8:26:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies · 1,066+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | July 29, 2007 | Matt Terrell
    Goal of cutting is to reduce fire danger, salvage timber and regrow forest. Removing beetle infected pine trees will help new and healthy pine trees grow. It will also promote the growth of aspen, which are naturally fire resistant. By clearing out these trees, they’re prevented from falling on the ground, which not only adds to the fire danger, but also hampers growth of new trees. Dead trees also obstruct movement of large animals such as deer and elk. The dead trees left behind shed their needles and branches and then fall to the forest floor. The pines, filled with...
  • Environmentalists Lose Court Battle to Stop Timber Harvesting in Eastern National Forests

    06/25/2007 12:41:49 PM PDT · by girlangler · 13 replies · 571+ views
    Southern Appalachian Multiple Use Council P.O. Box 1377 Clyde, NC 28721 828-627-3333 NEWS RELEASE For immediate release June 25, 2007 Contact: Steve Henson, Executive Director Southern Appalachian Multiple-Use Council, 828-627-3333 Environmentalists Lose Court Battle to Stop Timber Harvesting in Eastern National Forests Clyde NC – In a summary judgment ruling last week Federal Chief Judge Sandra Beckwith (Southern District Ohio) found that the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USF&WS) and the US Forest Service (USFS) had properly followed federal law and biological assessments in planning and implementing forest management practices on several eastern national forests including the Pisgah National Forest...
  • Wyoming will resurrect ruling against Clinton roadless rules

    09/20/2006 10:08:48 PM PDT · by rwh · 15 replies · 802+ views
    Casper Star Tribune ^ | 9/20/2006 | BOB MOEN
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Reacting to a California court ruling on roadless areas in national forests, Wyoming will seek to resurrect a lawsuit in which a federal judge struck down the Clinton-era ban on logging and other development in roadless areas. "We had a case that threw out the Clinton rule," Gov. Dave Freudenthal said Tuesday in announcing the state will file a motion over the next week to revive its lawsuit. A federal judge in San Francisco on Wednesday reinstated the Clinton administration ban on road construction in nearly a third of national forests, including 3.2 million acres in Wyoming....
  • CA: Governor wants no more roads in national forests

    07/30/2006 8:59:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 81 replies · 909+ views
    North County Times ^ | 7/30/06 | Dave Downey
    The Terminator wants to terminate road building in California's national forests. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger filed a petition this month with the U.S. Forest Service to bar such construction in 4.4 million acres of roadless areas covering one-fifth of the land in 18 national forests. The targeted areas are not currently protected under federal laws or regulations. The governor's action sets up a battle over proposed new management plans for the four Southern California national forests, including the Cleveland forest of San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties, as well as the San Bernardino forest of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The...
  • National parks' pot farms blamed on cartels

    11/18/2005 7:54:52 AM PST · by SmithL · 55 replies · 1,212+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/18/5 | Zachary Coile
    Mexican drug lords find it easier to grow in state than import - Washington -- Hikers in national parks such as Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon are encountering a danger more hazardous than bears: illegal marijuana farms run by Mexican drug cartels and protected by booby traps and guards carrying AK-47s. National Park Service officials testified in Congress on Thursday that illegal drug production in national parks, forests and other federal lands had grown into a multibillion-dollar business in recent years -- mostly concentrated in California. "These activities threaten our employees, visitors and our mission of protecting some of the nation's...
  • WHAT IS "GMUG" AND WHY IT MATTERS TO YOU

    10/05/2005 7:38:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies · 1,014+ views
    BLUERIBBON COALITION ^ | September 26 | Brian Hawthorne
    "GMUG" stands for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. Combined, they encompass some 2.9 million acres of National Forest lands in Central and Western Colorado. These three forests are home to some of the most outstanding recreational opportunity in the West. Right now, the forest's are revising their Forest Plans. These management plans provide broad guidance on what activities may or may not occur on these lands. The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), a national recreation advocacy group that champions recreational access and responsible use of public and private lands, is growing increasingly concerned about the influence several anti-access groups...
  • Good Riddance: Clinton "Roadless Rule" Dead - (58 mil acres returned to "Us, the People")

    05/08/2005 5:36:28 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 8 replies · 436+ views
    DON DODD.COM ^ | MAY 6, 2005 | Peyton Knight
    Finally, more than four years after its hideous birth, the Clinton "Roadless Rule" is dead. The Bush administration and the Forest Service just announced a final rule that effectively undoes Clinton's reckless decree. Dying with the "Roadless Rule" are the following: - threats of catastrophic wildfire - threats of forest infestation and disease - lack of public access to public lands - improper resource management - unhealthy forests - top-down federal overreach Recall that Bill Clinton, just eight days before he left office, in the dark of night, penned his infamous, unilateral, executive order that locked up over 58 million...
  • Arnold pledges to save trees - roadless areas will be safe from Bush policy

    05/06/2005 6:47:05 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 5 replies · 373+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | May 06, 2005 | Lisa Friedman
    Arnold pledges to save trees Governor says California's roadless areas will be safe from Bush policy Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vowed Thursday that the Bush administration's attempt to open a third of national forests to logging, mining and development will not diminish protections for California's remote forestlands. Announcing an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to protect about 4.4 million California acres left vulnerable to construction under the new Bush administration rules, Schwarzenegger said those largely undeveloped areas will remain untouched. "I am committed to protecting the vibrant health and sustainable future of our forests," Schwarzenegger said in a statement. "Roadless...
  • Battle for the Allegheny

    05/07/2005 7:30:23 AM PDT · by buzzyboop · 9 replies · 583+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | May 7, 2005 | Bill Steigerwald
    Most timber wars between tree-huggers and tree-harvesters occur in Oregon or Washington. But as Sam MacDonald writes in his new book "The Agony of an American Wilderness," environmentalists and loggers are engaged in a fierce and potentially precedent-setting struggle in the Allegheny National Forest in northwestern Pennsylvania. Allegheny National Forest's 513,000 acres had been clear-cut by 1923, when it became a federal forest and was known as the "Allegheny Brush Heap." Over the last 80 years, however, it has been turned into a vast and profitable ocean of black cherry, a hardwood valued for making furniture. It also has more...
  • U.S. to Open Remote Forests To Logging

    05/06/2005 10:26:00 PM PDT · by Coleus · 219 replies · 2,481+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 05.06.05 | AP
    The Bush administration, in one of its biggest environmental decisions, moved yesterday to open nearly one-third of all remote national forest lands to road building, logging and other commercial ventures. The 58.5 million acres involved, mainly in Alaska and in western states, had been put off limits to development by President Bill Clinton eight days before he left office in January 2001. In Virginia, 394,000 acres are affected in the Jefferson and George Washington national forests. Under existing local forest management plans, about 34.3 million acres of these pristine woodlands nationally could be opened to road construction. That would be...
  • Bush ends development ban in national forests

    05/06/2005 5:07:00 AM PDT · by advance_copy · 11 replies · 381+ views
    Knight Ridder ^ | 5/6/05 | Seth Borenstein
    WASHINGTON - The Bush administration ended a four-year-old ban on development in roadless areas of national forests Thursday. The move could pave the way for oil and gas drilling, logging, mining and road building in 34.3 million acres of untouched woods. The new rule gives governors of pro-development Western states greater say over forest management in their states, which environmental groups fear will lead to development that threatens fish and wildlife in pristine areas. The first intrusions into the forests will probably be by natural gas-drilling rigs rather than chainsaws and timber mills because of market forces, according to economists,...
  • New Rule Opens National Forest to Roads

    05/05/2005 5:08:25 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 12 replies · 404+ views
    AP ^ | 5/5/05 | JOHN HEILPRIN
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The last 58.5 million acres of untouched national forests, which President Clinton had set aside for protection, were opened to possible logging, mining and other commercial uses by the Bush administration on Thursday. New rules from the U.S. Forest Service cover some of the most pristine federal land in 38 states and Puerto Rico. Ninety-seven percent of it is in 12 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Governors can submit petitions within 18 months to stop road building on some of the 34.3 million acres where it would...
  • New Rule to Open National Forest to Roads

    05/05/2005 8:34:54 AM PDT · by nypokerface · 30 replies · 577+ views
    Yahoo - AP ^ | 05/05/05 | JOHN HEILPRIN
    WASHINGTON - Governors are being given 18 months to change the Bush administration's plan to open up to 58.5 million acres of remote national forestland to road building, timbering and other commercial activity. In one of its biggest environmental decisions, the administration will let governors petition for more or fewer restrictions against developing nearly a third of the 191 million acres of national forests, according to briefing documents obtained by The Associated Press. The U.S. Forest Service planned to announce the new "roadless" rule later Thursday. It replaces one that former President Clinton had put in place little more than...
  • New rules restrict activities in national forests

    08/02/2004 7:32:27 PM PDT · by JOAT · 10 replies · 470+ views
    Daily Herald ^ | August 01, 2004 | Tim Molloy
    ANGELUS OAKS, Calif. -- When Kevin Nolden stopped at a store in the San Bernardino National Forest to ask where he and a friend could go for target practice, the woman behind the counter had a quick answer: nowhere. "You guys know that one of last year's fires was started by a bullet?" asked Patti Dickerson, whose family owns the store a few miles from mountain areas where 160,000 acres burned last year. It's the kind of exchange that's becoming more common in the San Bernardino forest, where open fires have been banned, shooting is forbidden in all but three...
  • Forest Service might close shooting ranges

    05/08/2004 10:46:29 AM PDT · by aomagrat · 12 replies · 687+ views
    The State ^ | May. 08, 2004 | AP
    AWENDAW S.C. — Gunshot holes have been found in everything from picnic tables and signs to pine trees, and foresters warn a free public shooting range in the Francis Marion National Forest will be closed unless the vandalism stops. “The range gets horrible abuse. It’s not a public dumping ground,” said Anne Kiser of the U.S. Forest Service. “We’re trying to demonstrate to people that this is a facility for the public, but they’re responsible whether it stays open or we shut it down.” Workers are making repairs at the Twin Ponds rifle range. They are also putting a concrete...
  • Environmental groups claim unfair treatment, file suit against Panhandle National Forest

    03/18/2004 9:06:17 AM PST · by writer33 · 6 replies · 166+ views
    Spokesman Review ^ | 03/18/52004 | Spokesman Review
    Coeur d'Alene _ Two environmental groups have sued the Idaho Panhandle National Forests over failure to provide information that they say is offered free by other national forests. The Spokane-based Lands Council and the Selkirk Conservation Alliance sued the Forest Service in federal court last Friday. No dates have yet been set for hearings or trial. The groups had requested geographic information systems data from the Panhandle Forest's electronic database. The request, sought under the Freedom of Information Act, asked for data on old growth trees, wildlife, snowmobile access and other information. The groups said the Panhandle Forest wanted to...
  • Conservative sportsmen turn against Bush (Tongass National Forest)

    01/28/2004 6:54:25 AM PST · by berserker · 33 replies · 1,032+ views
    USA Today / Yahoo News ^ | 1/28/04 | Nick Jans
    "This is really some country," says my friend Arnie Erickson. He, his young son and I make our way down a steep slope toward Otter Lake, through a grove of centuries-old spruce, some of them with trunks 4 and 5 feet thick. We're scouting for spring steelhead fishing and next fall's deer in a rugged corner of Alaska's Tongass, our country's largest national forest, which encompasses nearly 17 million acres. The pristine landscape seems serene and timeless. But as things stand now, this place is doomed. Late last month, the Bush administration announced it would exempt the Tongass National Forest...
  • Busted

    07/28/2003 6:33:19 AM PDT · by Buckwheats · 7 replies · 150+ views
    Time ^ | 7/27/03 | Margot Roosevelt
    O C I E T Y Busted! Drug dealers are planting pot farms all over our national parks, and the Park Service is struggling to root them out. TIME goes on a raid By MARGOT ROOSEVELT I AUBURN, CALIF. TODD BIGELOW/AURORA FOR TIME Going In: At dawn, Rangers search for a marijuana farm in Tahoe National Forest Sunday, Jul. 27, 2003 A blue-gray dawn tickles the tops of the ponderosa pines at the Sugar Pine Recreation Area in California's Tahoe National Forest. Campers slumber in lakeside tents; bikers have yet to hit the trails. But all is not quiet on...
  • Mexican Drug Cartels Growing Pot in US National Forests

    07/27/2003 8:03:49 PM PDT · by Buck72 · 12 replies · 330+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | 07/27/2003 | MARGOT ROOSEVELT
    Busted! Drug dealers are planting pot farms all over our national parks, and the Park Service is struggling to root them out. TIME goes on a raid By MARGOT ROOSEVELT I AUBURN, CALIF. Going In: At dawn, Rangers search for a marijuana farm in Tahoe National Forest Sunday, Jul. 27, 2003 A blue-gray dawn tickles the tops of the ponderosa pines at the Sugar Pine Recreation Area in California's Tahoe National Forest. Campers slumber in lakeside tents; bikers have yet to hit the trails. But all is not quiet on this cool July morning. A platoon of camouflaged figures equipped...
  • Busted! (Marijuana Crops in America's National Parks)

    A blue-gray dawn tickles the tops of the ponderosa pines at the Sugar Pine Recreation Area in California's Tahoe National Forest. Campers slumber in lakeside tents; bikers have yet to hit the trails. But all is not quiet on this cool July morning. A platoon of camouflaged figures equipped with rifles, pistols and bulletproof vests creep through manzanita brush with a police dog. Their objective: a marijuana plantation a few hundred yards from a well-traveled tourist area. As the Forest Service rangers stealthily approach, an unsuspecting Mexican laborer named Pedro Villa García, 51, stands in a clearing. All around him...
  • Logging to be allowed in 2 biggest U.S. forests

    06/09/2003 6:13:04 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 29 replies · 209+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | June 9, 2003 | SETH BORENSTEIN
    Logging to be allowed in 2 biggest U.S. forests By SETH BORENSTEIN Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON - Logging soon will be allowed in previously untouched and off-limits parts of America's two biggest national forests and perhaps in other "roadless" national forests, the Bush administration announced Monday. The Department of Agriculture announced plans to loosen a rule that has kept logging out of 58.5 million acres of "roadless" national forests. The department will permit major exceptions to the rule, which was one of the last environmental initiatives from the Clinton administration. The change will expose more than one-fourth of the nation's...
  • Feds seek to oust gold miner

    01/17/2003 7:57:23 AM PST · by editor-surveyor · 25 replies · 575+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | January 16, 2003 | Sara Foster
    By Sarah Foster © 2003 WorldNetDaily.com It may be a close call, but help is on the way for a beleaguered, small-scale gold miner that the U.S. Forest Service wants to oust from an abandoned mining town that's been his home nearly 40 years. Gerald "Jerry" Fennell, 61, is the last of the independent gold miners in the Jicarilla Mountains in south-central New Mexico, and one of the few remaining in the state. Under orders sent last October by the Forest Service, Fennell had until yesterday to pack up and clear out or face trespassing charges. But with help from a...
  • Curtail rhetoric and thin the trees

    06/25/2002 11:33:08 PM PDT · by dittomom · 1 replies · 215+ views
    Arizona Republic ^ | June 26, 2002 | Arizona Republic Editorial Board
    The smoke is overwhelming. The heat is overpowering. And that's just the rhetoric about Arizona's mammoth forest fire. While the flames rage across the high country, the debates rage over what to do about our overgrown, tinder-dry forests and over who is to blame for their sorry state. In the blaze of competing sound bites, it's easy to miss the most important point: There are broad areas of agreement. Broad enough to create a blueprint for reducing the risk of future infernos. • 1: Fires are a natural part of the Southwest landscape, a periodic housecleaning that gets rid of brush...
  • A Glimpse of Hell Over the Horizon

    06/21/2002 5:06:37 AM PDT · by brityank · 54 replies · 403+ views
    The Sierra Times ^ | 20 June, 2002 | Tina Terry
    A Glimpse of Hell Over the Horizon Arizona Fire Report By Tina Terry Sierra Times Ranch Hand Published 06. 20. 02 at 23:52 Sierra Time   As I send this out, Show Low, Heber and Overgaard, Arizona - to the north of me, and not that far away, are burning out of control. Flames are leaping through the giant Ponderosa pines, destroying everything. Thousands of wild animals are being killed, injured and being displaced. Thousands of people are evacuating, and hundreds, perhaps thousands, of homes are being destroyed. My family is preparing in case we need to evacuate from...