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April 22, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.S. Forest Service has traditionally recruited most of its California wild-land firefighters near the scene of fires and national forests: in mountain communities nestled in the Sierra Nevada and other ranges. As one result, it wound up with a firefighting force that is 80% white. This year, the service is shifting its recruiting effort to more ethnically diverse areas in an attempt to broaden the makeup of its firefighting crews.
April 6, 2004 | Christopher Reynolds
AS of May 28 -- Memorial Day weekend -- the U.S. Forest Service will stop charging people who want to park their cars and hike, picnic or otherwise use parts of three Southern California national forests.
December 23, 2003 | Charles Duhigg
The U.S. Forest Service has abandoned a controversial proposal to ignore mass e-mails and other mailings from the public commenting on its pending rules and regulations. The plan, part of a proposed rule change by the Bush administration, received widespread criticism from environmentalists and public advocacy groups. "We saw the error of our ways," said the U.S. Forest Service's Jody Sutton. "We want everyone's comments."
November 21, 2003 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
Wide-ranging criticism of a proposal to roll back wildlife and forest protections in the Sierra Nevada has caused the U.S. Forest Service to delay adoption of the changes, which would alter an environmental management plan for the state's most prominent mountain range. A number of experts, including Forest Service scientists, have faulted the proposal on a variety of counts, saying that the agency has failed to provide a sound scientific justification to weaken the protections.
November 4, 2003
Throughout his long career as Public Relations Bear for the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies, Smokey has measured his success by how well he keeps people from burning wild lands. This is not his best year.
September 9, 2003 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
A top California environmental official complained Monday that the Bush administration insists on having its own way in its forest policies and ignores state input on management of the Sierra Nevada. "They have this cowboy mentality -- just leave us alone to manage the forests the way we want to," said Mary Nichols, secretary of the California Resources Agency. "And that winds up with more lawsuits and more risks.... It's a policy that is destined to fail."
July 1, 2003 | From Associated Press
The U.S. Forest Service is considering a plan to let private contractors compete for more than 10,000 jobs to meet Bush administration goals to encourage competition for federal work. At least 20,000 of the agency's 40,000 employees perform tasks that duplicate work done in the private sector, such as computer operations, data collection and maintenance, the agency says in a draft memo.
June 19, 2003 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
Nearly seven decades ago, Charles Krause settled into a cliff-top cabin overlooking a trout stream in a swath of forested canyon land he had purchased just north of Lake Arrowhead. Today, the 91-year-old retired stock trader wants to sell the property to the U.S. Forest Service so "everyone can enjoy it as I have all these years." The agency wants to buy it.
April 16, 2003 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Forest Service is retreating from a much-criticized plan to heavily cut parts of two Northern California forests in order to study the effects of different logging levels on the California spotted owl. Acknowledging that they did not have sufficient public backing to proceed with the work in a timely fashion, forest service officials in California on Tuesday said they were redesigning the study.
February 4, 2003 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
The Bush administration is drafting a proposal that would greatly increase logging in national forests in the Sierra Nevada and effectively jettison an elaborate set of environmental protections adopted in 2000 after years of study and analysis. Complaining that the rules, written by the Clinton administration, are too restrictive and complicated, the U.S.
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