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  • 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.

  • Timber towns search for a new economy

    North Fork, Calif., and other struggling timber towns resent the fact that the Framework places survival of the owl above survival of the logging industry.

  • Career bureaucrat blazes a new trail

    California regional forester Brad Powell, a 32-year agency employee not known as a "bunny-hugger," put his career on the line to finish and approve the Sierra Nevada Framework.

  • A growing movement in green

    Green-labeling for forest products is becoming more common throughout the country, but not all green labels are created equal.

  • The butterfly and the golf course; and the widow's story

    Two examples from "Facts About the Endangered Species Act" describe both the "horror story" allegations and the actual facts found by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • Comment on curbing a dam

    Glen Canyon Dam hearings set