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March 22, 2005 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
A Bush administration official Monday upheld a decision to boost logging in Sierra Nevada national forests. In a five-paragraph decision, Agriculture Undersecretary Mark Rey left unchanged guidelines that will triple current logging levels on the range's 11.5 million acres of national forest. The Sierra forests have been the scene of a long, bitter fight for more than a decade. The Clinton administration slashed timber cutting and increased wildlife protections.
March 21, 2005 | Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writer
Father Andres Tamayo, for eight years the priest for this farming town in the piney woods of central Honduras, doesn't look like a man who can marshal a thousand followers at a few hours' notice. The 48-year-old Roman Catholic priest is, in his own words, a "short Indian," balding and lumpily built, who usually dresses in faded jeans and ragged golf shirts. Away from the pulpit, he easily is lost in crowds.
March 8, 2005 | From Associated Press
Loggers began cutting down trees inside an old growth forest reserve burned by the 2002 Biscuit fire on Monday after authorities hauled away protesters trying to block access. Five lumberjacks toting chainsaws, axes and fuel cans hiked past the protest site in the Siskiyou National Forest and a short while later the roar of chainsaws and trees crashing to earth could be heard. Authorities arrested 10 people and towed a disabled pickup draped with an Earth First! banner.
March 4, 2005 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
State Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer filed a federal lawsuit Thursday to block a U.S. Forest Service plan to permit commercial logging in the Giant Sequoia National Monument. The suit, which follows a similar one filed in January by conservation groups, alleges that the Forest Service is violating protections granted in 2000 by President Clinton, when he established the 328,000-acre monument in the southern Sierra northeast of Bakersfield.
January 28, 2005 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
Conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit Thursday asking the courts to overturn a plan that would allow extensive logging in the 5-year-old Giant Sequoia National Monument in the southern Sierra. The lawsuit is the latest skirmish in a long-running battle over management of nearly three dozen groves of the world's largest trees found on national forest land, beyond the confines of nearby Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
January 25, 2005 | Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writer
Timber giant Pacific Lumber Co. has told the Schwarzenegger administration that unless it is allowed to cut more trees, the firm may file for bankruptcy, which it says would likely terminate environmental safeguards promised as part of a $480-million deal struck more than five years ago. The federal and state governments paid the company that money to protect several thousand of acres of ancient redwoods under a 1999 agreement preserving the Headwaters Forest in Humboldt County.
December 22, 2004
A Running Springs father of two died Tuesday when he was struck by a bark-beetle-infested, 100-foot tree being cut down by a worker in the San Bernardino Mountains, according to authorities. Greg Alan Russ, 36, was in the cab of a truck assigned to Highway 173 between Grass Valley and North Bay roads to clear debris from the tree-cutting operation, being done by Alpha Tree Service. The accident is under investigation by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
November 26, 2004 | Emily Gurnon, Special to The Times
As Southern California confronts the very real possibility of a water shortage from the Colorado River, the water district in this North Coast town has a different problem: too much of the liquid gold. The Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District, which serves 80,000 customers in the Eureka area, has tried to lure thirsty companies to relocate here with an announcement on its website: "We have water for your business!" The reason has to do with the changing North Coast economy.
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.
November 20, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A timber company and anti-logging activists have reached a compromise that protects a scenic stretch of forest between Forestville and Guerneville. Charles Benbow, president of Sonoma Timber and Land, gained approval in May from the state to log about 185 acres on property he owns. Under the compromise agreement, Benbow will cut 15% instead of 50% of the trees within a heavily wooded buffer zone along Highway 116.
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