U.S. Forest Service
Eric Taylor McDavid spent nine years in federal prison on charges related to alleged plans to destroy several government buildings in Northern California forests.
A watchdog group and current and retired Forest Service employees had raised concerns that money would be better spent on the ground, instead of trying to enhance the agency’s image, while it struggles to pay to fight wildfires, maintain roads and trails, and offer timber sales.
Volunteers have helped remove more than three tons of trash from illegal marijuana growing sites on national forest land in Central California.
U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan that will allow loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists have called it a travesty and are threatening to sue.
The U.S. Forest Service plans to soon launch a major forest-thinning project on Lake Tahoe’s north shore that’s designed to reduce the risk of severe wildfire and improve forest health.
The U.S. Forest Service is naming Arnold Schwarzenegger an honorary forest ranger.
Federal forest ecologists say that historic policies of fire suppression to protect Sierra timber interests left a century’s worth of fuel in the fire’s path. Two years of drought and a constant slow warming across the Sierra Nevada also worked to turn the Rim Fire into an inferno.
“We’re very concerned about that, and I’m going to have my director of law enforcement sit down with our folks and see how they can address the concerns the sheriff has,”
Sheriff John D’Agostini is taking the unusual step of pulling the police powers from the federal agency because he says he has received “numerous, numerous complaints.”
Firefighters mopping up at the Chips Fire discovered a baby bobcat in need of help, and now the kit is being nursed back to health by an animal rescue organization.
The main highway into Yosemite National Park remains closed as firefighters continue to battle a wildfire outside of the park.
Responding for the first time to a lawsuit by conservationists, the U.S. Forest Service says the threat of another major wildfire like the one that destroyed 250 homes at Lake Tahoe four years ago outweighs any concerns that its plans to log much of what’s left of the burned forest would harm a rare woodpecker or other wildlife.