January 22, 2014 |
BRIDGEWATER, Va. - The headwaters of the Potomac River rise amid the hills and hollows of George Washington National Forest in Virginia. Small creeks dart past oak, white pine and hickory, become streams that nourish farmland and towns, and create a river that courses through two states and the nation's capital. About 4 million people depend on that water. For decades, the U.S. Forest Service identified preserving its purity as the top priority for the national forest. Now, the agency is considering allowing George Washington to become the first national forest to permit high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
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January 16, 2014 |
About five dozen firefighters have been dispatched to a brush fire that broke out in the hills above Glendora near the edge of the Angeles National Forest early Thursday morning. The fire started just before 6 a.m. near the intersection of Glendora Mountain Road and Colby Trail Motorway, said Miguel Ornelas of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Ornelas said that although the blaze was technically in Glendora, forest crews were also joining in the fight. UPDATE: 3 people in custody in connection with wildfire There was no immediate estimate of the size of the fire or when crews might have it under control. The fire comes as the National Weather Service extended red flag warnings for Los Angeles and Ventura counties until 3 p.m. Friday with extremely low humidity worsening already tinder-dry conditions. The circumstances are such that if a fire were to ignite, "there could be rapid spread of wildfire," the weather service warned Thursday.
January 8, 2014 |
National parks, forests and wildlife refuges that charge entrance fees will be free Jan. 20 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It's a good incentive to go four-wheeling in Joshua Tree or hiking in Death Valley when winter days are mild and warm. The deal: Visitors won't need to pay $15 at Joshua Tree, $25 at the Grand Canyon, $20 at Yosemite or other fees at national parks on the Monday holiday. Southern Californians also can skip the $5 Adventure Pass usually required at local national forests.
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January 4, 2014 |
The U.S. Forest Service is proposing an extensive salvage operation to log dead trees on about 46 square miles of timberland charred in last year's massive Rim fire in the Sierra Nevada. The project would be one of the largest federal salvage efforts in California in years. If approved, it could yield more lumber than the combined annual output of all the national forests in the state. But it is already triggering a fight by some environmentalists who argue that the post-fire logging would destroy valuable habitat for rare birds and other species that thrive in blackened forests.
December 24, 2013 |
The Stanislaus National Forest was a thickly forested wonderland of streams, wildlife and campgrounds until last summer's Rim fire - started by a hunter's illegal campfire - scorched more than 250,000 acres of it and the adjacent Yosemite National Park. To many people, it's a tragic sight now. What was once dense greenery is now scarred, gray and empty looking. But nature takes the long view. From its perspective, fire is about rejuvenation. It reinvigorates the soil and stimulates the growth of a greater variety of healthy new plants.
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December 23, 2013 |
Authorities are searching for four bicyclists who went missing Sunday in the Angeles National Forest. The search began about 7 p.m. when the four cyclists were several hours late returning from their planned ride from Mt. Wilson to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Windsor Turnout in Pasadena, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The cyclists, who were not immediately identified, are from Glendale, North Hollywood, Rialto and Sunland. The Sheriff's Department said family members found automobiles belonging to the riders at the Windsor turnout. Search-and-rescue teams, aided by a helicopter, searched for the men -- who range in age from 28 to 38 -- until about 4 a.m. Monday, according to the authorities.