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  • Can 'charter forests' remake an agency?

    The Forest Service proposes an experimental program that would create "charter forests" to be administered outside the normal agency structure.

  • Fashion faux-pas in the forest

    Designer Ralph Lauren's proposal to swap land with the U.S. Forest Service near Ridgway, Colo., has caused a stir among neighbors, who claim the new public road would disrupt wildlife, create forest fires and bring vehicles closer to wilderness.

  • Temporary protection yanked in the Siskiyou

    Protection for wildlife in the Siskiyou National Forest is gone now that BLM and USFS have reopened 90 percent of lands to new mining claims before environmental studies are completed.

  • White River Forest plan friend to all - and to none

    The final management plan for Colorado's White River National Forest has conservationists, recreationists and water users all complaining about it.

  • A new plan frames the Sierra Nevada

    The Forest Service has released its final plan for 11 national forests in California's Sierra Nevada, but the timber industry is already planning to appeal the Sierra Framework.

  • A modest chief moved the Forest Service miles down theroad

    In an interview, former Forest Service Chief Mike Dombeck talks about the changes the agency saw during his tenure, and his hopes for the continuing restoration of the forests.

  • Can Mr. Nice Guy lead the Forest Service?

    Newly appointed Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth is generally liked and respected by agency colleagues, timber advocates and environmentalists, although some greens worry that he may not stand firm in the face of pressure from the Bush administration.

  • New forest chief becomes a lame duck

    Soon after regional forester Brad Powell signed the revolutionary, controversial Sierra Nevada Framework, Forest Service Chief Bosworth transferred him from California to Montana.

  • Cease-fire on the Tonto Forest

    In Arizona, Tonto National Forest bans recreational shooting on 81,000 acres of "urban interface," where the forest meets the burgeoning Phoenix-like cities.

  • Restoring the Range of Light

    In California, the Forest Service issues a revolutionary management plan for the Sierra Nevada's forests, putting the health of trees and wildlife before that of the timber industry.

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