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March 1, 2012
Does a hiker go to the bathroom in the woods? It might matter, under a recent federal court ruling. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled correctly last month that parking fees were being wrongly levied in many areas of America's national forests. A 2004 law is quite specific that it is impermissible to charge fees for parking or for "general use" of the forests. But while the court's ruling was perfectly in line with the law, the real problem is with the law itself.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
An 85-year-old hiker missing since Saturday morning in the Angeles National Forest was rescued Sunday by L.A. County Sheriff's Search and Rescue teams, authorities said. Hiker Donald Buchanan was found after a search and rescue ground team heard faint whistling across a ravine about 10:30 a.m as crew members searched along a trail near the Mt. Baden-Powell peak, sheriff's officials said in a statement. The team was able to hike closer to the sound and soon were able to speak with Buchanan, who called out to the rescue crew to say he was uninjured.
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NATIONAL
September 20, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - In response to fires that have ravaged the West this year, the House on Friday approved a bill that would expand logging in national forests despite a White House veto threat. The measure, which would impose limits on environmental reviews to speed timber-cutting projects, was approved by the Republican-controlled House, 244-173, on a largely party-line vote. The bill would more than double timber harvest levels nationwide to roughly 6 billion board feet of timber for sale each year, up from the average of 2.5 billion board feet sold annually in recent years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2014 | By Jack Leonard
One person was killed and another seriously injured Saturday afternoon in a car crash in the Kagel Canyon area of the Angeles National Forest, authorities said. The crash occurred about 2 p.m. when a Chevrolet Camaro went over the side of the road near the intersection of Kagel Canyon and Dexter Park roads, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department and the California Highway Patrol. A sheriff's helicopter airlifted the injured victim to a hospital for treatment, said fire Capt.
NEWS
June 7, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
National Get Outdoors Day on Saturday offers free access to 155 national forests and 20 national grasslands. Local hikers and outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of the day by trekking to the waterfalls at Chantry Flat above Sierra Madre or tackling a tough climb up Mt. Baldy or other high points in the Baldy area -- without having to buy or display an Adventure Pass. President Obama recently declared June  Great Outdoors Month and urged Americans to "uphold our nation's legacy of conserving our lands and waters for future generations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2011 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
Federal supervisors would have to run the country's national forests to maintain ecological health and species diversity under a proposed Obama administration rule that also requires them to prepare environmental reviews when they update forest management plans. The 94-page document is the latest version of a forest planning rule that has gone through a decade of revision and litigation as changing administrations left their stamps on it. It would shape the future of the 193-million-acre national forest system, including more than 20 million acres in California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1986
Four U.S. national forests are located in Southern California: - The Los Padres National Forest, covering 1.7-million acres and extending, in two segments, from Ventura County to Carmel. - The Angeles National Forest, sprawling across 641,000 acres along the steep, brushy San Gabriel Mountains from north of Claremont to Castaic Lake.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1999
Alexander Cockburn's grossly inaccurate characterization of President Clinton's recent announcement to protect 40 million acres of roadless areas in America's national forests does a disservice to the majority of Americans who care about our national forests (Commentary, Oct. 21). Logging and livestock grazing are in fact likely to be prohibited under the proposed plan. Alaska's Tongass forest has not been excluded. And the process to put the plan in place is expected to be completed before the end of the Clinton administration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1998
President Clinton should move promptly, as promised, to staunch the environmental damage that Congress caused last year by continuing to subsidize road building by timber companies in our national forests. Though such roads may indeed offer economic benefit by making it easier to take timber out, they despoil forests and their wildlife habitats.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 29, 2012 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. Forest Service plans to grant free access to nearly all national forest lands, scaling back unpopular recreation fees that have raised the ire of hikers but also sent millions of dollars to Southern California's heavily used forests. The agency proposes eliminating fees for three-quarters of the forest areas where they are now imposed, including 19 in Southern California. The charges in the Southland take the form of the regional Adventure Pass, which costs $5 a day or $30 annually.
NATIONAL
January 22, 2014 | By Neela Banerjee
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
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.
NEWS
January 8, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
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.
OPINION
December 24, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1998
"America's Eroding Atolls of Nature" (Nov. 3) grossly misrepresents our club's annual, one-day, off-highway motorcycle Enduro in the San Bernardino National Forest. It incorrectly states that American Honda Motor Co. is the promoter of the Enduro. American Honda has nothing to do with the Enduro, other than providing trash bags that the club distributes to all participants. The Enduro is not a "stampede" but a time and distance event similar to a car rally. The article ignores all that goes into managing the activity so that what impacts occur only occur on designated and managed off-highway routes, and that the course and camping area are left spotlessly clean.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Homicide detectives plan to return to a section of the Angeles National Forest in Altadena on Thursday to investigate human remains found there earlier this week. The remains were found Wednesday about 12:25 p.m. in the 3900 block of Fair Oaks Avenue, which is the northern part of Altadena within the boundaries of the Angeles National Forest, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Detectives had to abandon their investigation Wednesday due to the tough terrain, darkness and weather concerns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - He shot squirrels in the head so their bodies would be intact for meals. He caught frogs, lizards and a two-foot brown snake, killing them with a rock and toasting them thoroughly so he would not get salmonella. Each night, before burying himself under rotting leaves, he carefully covered his fire with gravel to prevent it from spreading. Gene Penaflor made it through 19 days lost in the wilds of Northern California's Mendocino National Forest by going into "survival mode," his son, Gale Penaflor, 37, said Monday.
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