Much of the Forest Service’s swelling bill for suppressing wildfires comes from the rising cost of protecting residences in the “wildland-urban interface.” About 16 million houses were built in fire-prone rural areas over the last two decades.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has put the brakes on a plan to charge hundreds of dollars in fees for commercial filming and photography on U.S. forest lands, but critics are far from satisfied. “There is no doubt, as you look at this, that there is way too much confusion over what the Forest Service […]
By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times SEATTLE — Two coalitions of environmental groups have filed three separate suits against the U.S. Forest Service, hoping to stop what the organizations say is the largest sale of old-growth timber in nearly a generation in America’s largest national forest. Last week the Forest Service gave the […]