The Forest Service is allowing a fire burning in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountain Range to burn — rather than extinguishing it — as a way of reducing brush and small trees in the forest. This decision on the “Lion Complex” fire represents implementation of fire policy that allows fires that are not endangering lives or property to do what Smokey Bear calls “natures housekeeping.”
It’s great to see the Forest Service moving in this direction: It’s good for the forest and good for the taxpayer.
Bambi, Yogi Bear, Woody Woodpecker — they should matter, too. These characters may be fictional but their real-life counterparts are often what we think of when our minds drift to the woods. They’re also what we hope to see when we actually venture out to our forests. Even spotting a baby deer alongside a city bike trail is a thrill, let alone watching a brown bear scoop up a salmony snack in Alaska.
Big Oil and Dirty Coal are making quite a name for themselves as they spend millions on pulling out all the stops to keep America addicted to toxic fuels. By now you’ve probably read about what we’re up against as we pivot from our clean energy and climate victory in the House to what we hope is an even bigger win in the Senate.
When Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack stepped to the podium at a park in Seattle last week, he didn’t just make a speech about the Obama administration’s vision for managing national forests in the 21st century: He ushered in a whole new era for the Forest Service – one that makes restoring the health of our forests the top priority for the agency.
The old growth Jeffrey Pines that take root atop one of the most rugged mountain ranges in the country aren’t what immediately comes to mind when one thinks of the Los Angeles area. But these beautiful peaks of the San Gabriel Mountains are just an hour’s drive away for more than 17 million people.
“Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has uncovered five more forged letters as part of his investigation into fraudulent correspondence sent by Bonner & Associates on behalf of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity opposing the House climate change bill.”
A new government report released July 30 found that dirtbikes, ATVs, and other off-road vehicles are damaging our national forests and other western public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and that increased enforcement is desperately needed.
In wilderness, one expects a stunning vista or two. You anticipate the spicy aroma of towering pine and fir. And, if you are lucky, the fleeting sight of an endangered species, maybe a Nelson’s bighorn sheep scuttling up a rocky peak.
This time, though, our hike in California’s Cucamonga Wilderness in the San Gabriel Mountains began with a humbler sight.