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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.
May 26, 1997
Visitors to the Cleveland National Forest and three other Southern California forests will be charged a $5 daily fee per vehicle starting June 16. The fees, instituted as part of a three-year test program, are needed to reverse past budget cuts and shore up aging facilities, national forest officials said last week. An annual pass will cost $30. The program also includes the Angeles, Los Padres and San Bernardino national forests. Daily passes will be available June 9.
December 3, 1988 | Associated Press
Federal agents eradicated roughly 60% of the marijuana grown in national forests during 1988, while sharply increasing the number of cultivation arrests and plant seizures, a Forest Service official said Friday. Physical assaults against agents and the public in cases related to marijuana growing were down, but the number of booby-trapped sites was up, agency figures showed. Forest Service official Ed Few said the estimated street value of the plants seized in 1988 was more than $1.2 billion.
February 26, 1997
As Angelenos head up to the mountains this spring, they'll discover that they now have to pay a $5 parking fee to enjoy our local national forests (Feb. 19). Hikers, hunters, fishermen and others will be footing the bill for years of neglect by Congress, which has failed to adequately fund non-motorized recreational use of our public lands. There has been no shortage of funds for timber cutting, however. The president's Council of Economic Advisors announced (Feb. 20) that American taxpayers subsidized timber cutting on national forests to the tune of $234 million for 1996 alone!
May 29, 2009 | Jim Tankersley
The Obama administration waded into a nearly decadelong debate over roadless areas in national forests Thursday, announcing what amounts to a timeout from most new logging and development in pristine areas across the West. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the yearlong order, which shifts decisions about development in roadless areas away from U.S. Forest Service officials and requires that he approve all new projects.
December 26, 2012 | By Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times
WELDON, Calif. - A few minutes after 4 a.m., agents in camouflage cluster in a dusty field in Kern County. "Movement needs to be slow, deliberate and quiet," the team leader whispers. "Lock and load now. " They check their ammunition and assault rifles, not exactly sure whom they might meet in the dark: heavily armed Mexican drug traffickers, or just poorly paid fieldworkers camping miserably in the brush. Twenty minutes later, after a lights-off drive for a mile, the agents climb out of two pickup trucks and sift into the high desert brush.
September 28, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
National parks and monuments, national forests and other wild places will waive admission fees Saturday in honor of National Public Lands Day. The idea is to encourage people to get out and see these natural places and maybe even work to help preserve them. The deal: Not all parks and forests charge fees for admission, but those that do will be free. For example, Death Valley National Park usually charges $20 per car or $10 for those entering on foot or bicycle. Same price for Sequoia & Kings Canyon and Yosemite national parks.
May 13, 1988
U.S. Forest Service officials asked Congress for authority to conduct investigations, searches, seizures and arrests outside national forests where drug crimes occur. William L. Rice, deputy chief of the Agriculture Department agency that oversees 191 million acres of national forests and grasslands, said his law enforcement agents are severely hampered by a legal prohibition against "hot pursuit" of marijuana growers beyond the boundaries of federal lands.
July 3, 1992
Officials on Thursday announced the overnight closure of Chantry Flats campground in the Angeles National Forest for the Fourth of July weekend, and issued a reminder that fireworks in national forests are illegal. The campground, which is near Santa Anita Canyon Road and Arno Drive, will be closed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. today, Saturday and Sunday, said Forest Service spokesman John Bennett. Six years of drought have caused tinderbox conditions in the forests, he said.
August 8, 2004
Re "Our Forests May Be on a Road to Ruin," Commentary, Aug. 4: The trouble with trying to convince the Bush administration that it is doing irreparable harm to our forests and our environment is that it does not see a problem with cutting down trees and building roads through our national forests. While interviewing a young Republican about renewable energy for the Los Angeles Jewish Journal a few years back, he told me: "So what if we run out of oil? We'll discover some new technology to take the place of fossil fuels.
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