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April 12, 2005 | Charles Duhigg
Federal officials are creating a new pass that will allow visitors to use national parks, national forests and public lands without paying separate fees. The America the Beautiful pass, set to go on sale in 2007, will cover lands managed by the National Park Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation and the Forest Service.
March 22, 2005 | Caitlin Liu, Times Staff Writer
In a ruling hailed by environmentalists, a federal judge on Monday threw out a racketeering lawsuit filed by a San Diego developer against a resident and three U.S. Forest Service employees for protesting a luxury condominium project at Big Bear Lake. U.S. District Judge Manuel Real said environmental activist Sandy Steers was not a racketeer but merely had been exercising her right under the 1st Amendment "to petition the government."
March 1, 2005 | Charles Duhigg
Wilderness scofflaws beware, the feds have eyes in the sky watching you. The U.S. Forest Service cited two men on Feb. 12 when an aircraft spotted them riding snowmobiles in the Mokelumne Wilderness south of Lake Tahoe. Wilderness is off limits to motorized vehicles, but authorities say hundreds of riders trespass in the Eldorado National Forest annually. "Trespassers don't know when to expect us," says Dennis Cullen, patrol captain for the Forest Service. "But when we're up, we'll find you."
January 25, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
U.S. Forest Service officials are adding about 1,360 acres of private land to the Trinity Alps and the Marble Mountain wilderness areas. The $3-million deal transfers the acreage to a Colorado-based conservation group, the Wilderness Land Trust, and then to the U.S. Forest Service.
January 14, 2005 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
In an unusual move, the California attorney general's office has asked a San Diego developer to drop a federal racketeering lawsuit that accuses three U.S. Forest Service employees and an environmental activist of conspiring to block a proposed luxury condominium development on Big Bear Lake. The suit is an example of an improper use of the courts "by powerful interests against private citizens to suppress legitimate 1st Amendment activity," Deputy Atty. Gen.
December 23, 2004 | Bettina Boxall and Lisa Getter, Times Staff Writers
A key wildlife protection that has governed federal forest management for more than two decades will be dropped under new regulations announced Wednesday by the Bush administration, and requirements for public involvement in planning for the country's 192 million acres of national forest will be dramatically altered. U.S.
December 14, 2004 | Ashley Powers
When President Bush signed the omnibus spending bill, he granted a reprieve to some contested hunting and fishing lodges on Idaho's Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. A U.S. District Court in Montana had ruled four years ago that the U.S. Forest Service should shutter the privately run Stub Creek, Arctic Creek and Smith Gulch lodges on a stretch of the Salmon River designated "wild" in 1980.
November 30, 2004 | Charles Duhigg, Times Staff Writer
A controversial recreational fee -- locally known as the Adventure Pass -- is expected to be extended this week by Congress for 10 years. The Recreational Fee Demonstration Program was created in 1996 on a temporary basis to pay for maintenance on public lands. It was reauthorized several times and has collected $867 million since inception. The program was due to expire on Jan.
November 21, 2004 | Lee Green, Lee Green last wrote for the magazine about planning for California's continuing wave of immigrants.
One day two summers ago, Chad Hanson drove through the Sierra backcountry northeast of Chico, navigating the mountain's twisting washboard roads in his green 1990 Toyota 4Runner with the ease of a man who has driven these roads many times before. When he arrived at a place in Lassen National Forest where in 2000 the 56,000-acre Storrie wildfire had burned, he found exactly what he expected to find--a living forest, not the dead and dying scene that the U.S.
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