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Destructive “Clearcuts for Christmas” Logging Rider Defeated

Opposition from grassroots environmental groups, scientists, and some principled Democrats wins the day

On December 7, I wrote in Earth Island Journal about a destructive logging bill that Congressional Republicans, and a few misguided Democrats, were trying to attach as a “rider” to the must-pass Omnibus appropriations bill, expected to pass this week. The bill’s…
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by: Chad Hanson – December 17, 2015

Clearcuts for Christmas?

Pro-logging “rider” bill in Congress would allow clearcutting in our national forests

When Americans think about the presents they want for the Holidays, clearcuts on our national forests and other federal public lands is not what they have in mind.  But that is exactly what radical, anti-environmental members of Congress are proposing to do…
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by: Chad Hanson – December 7, 2015

US Forest Service Moves to Start Clearcutting in Rim Fire Area

Massive logging proposal threatens many spotted owls, currently thriving in the fire-affected acres of Stanislaus National Forest

The US Forest Service issued a draft decision yesterday for a massive post-fire logging project in the Stanislaus National Forest portion of the 2013 California Rim Fire, which covered 257,171 acres on the national forest and Yosemite National Park. A final, signed…
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by: Chad Hanson – August 28, 2014

The Yosemite Rim Fire Revisited

The forest is coming back to life; Forest Service plan to log there is a bad idea

After the massive Rim Fire occurred last year in the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park of California’s Sierra Nevada, representatives from the U.S. Forest Service fanned the flames of fear and misunderstanding regarding wildland fire. In a news article published…
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by: Chad Hanson – June 3, 2014

The Ecological Importance of California’s Rim Fire

Large, intense fires have always been a natural part of fire regimes in Sierra Nevada forests

Since the Rim fire began in the central Sierra Nevada on August 17, there has been a steady stream of fearful, hyperbolic, and misinformed reporting in much of the media. The fire, which is currently 188,000 acres in size and covers portions…
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by: Chad Hanson – August 28, 2013

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