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  • Know your owl

    An illustration showing the differences between the Northern Spotted Owl and Barred Owl. Also, listen to the call from each species.

  • An activist

    Nellie Sandoval, the mother of scientist Stefanie Raymond-Whish, has become an outspoken activist as a result of her own struggle with breast cancer.

  • A well

    Glenda Rangel and her family grew up drinking from and swimming in water tanks dangerously polluted with uranium.

  • A patient

    Kathleen Tsosie, who has devoted her life to helping others, now faces the frightening possibility that her breast cancer has returned.

  • Ascending Giants

    Sean O’Connor and the other members of the Ascending the Giants expedition team climb, measure and photograph the West’s tallest trees.

  • Cows aren't wanted here

    California ranchers, such as Dick O'Sullivan, who graze cattle on Forest Service land, are angry that the Framework plans to reduce grazing in the Sierras by 20 percent.

  • Forest Plan has plenty of appeal(s)

    The Forest Service has received more than 200 appeals of the Sierra Nevada Framework, but instead of coming from environmental groups, as usual, most come from people in small towns like Tulare and Visalia, California.

  • 'The fire group is in a real building process'

    Forest Service fire specialist Berni Bahro talks about fuels management in the forest under the new Sierra Nevada Framework.

  • Sierra loggers get the ax

    Cecil Wetsel and other mill operators and loggers in towns like El Dorado Hills, California, warn that the Framework's timber cutbacks may harm the forest as well as the local economy.

  • Fire managers play a subtle new game

    Forest Service fire manager Brent Skaggs worries that the Framework's new burning restrictions won't allow the amount of controlled burning he believes necessary to prevent catastrophic wildfires.

  • Modern-day Muir copes with victory

    Longtime California environmental activist Craig Thomas praises the Sierra Nevada Framework as a "landmark" document.

  • A plan for the Sierra: 20 years in the making

    A timeline traces the evolution of the Sierra Framework from 1981, when the Forest Service first tackled the impact of intensive logging on the California spotted owl.

  • The way it works

    Some facts are given about the Sierra Nevada Framework and its management plans for 11 national forests in California.

  • Sierra Framework treads between protection, treatment

    The Sierra Nevada Framework seeks to protect old-growth trees where the California spotted owl lives, but some critics say the agency should aggressively thin and clear the region's fire-prone forests.