Lawsuits from environmental groups are snagging badly needed efforts to log forests in California’s fire-prone Sierra Nevada mountains, lawmakers and witnesses tell a House of Representatives subcommittee. Officials urge action to speed both salvage and green-tree harvests.
The massive King fire charred tens of thousands of acres of the Eldorado National Forest in September. On Saturday, forest officials reopened the burned area for recreational and commercial activities. Those included fishing, firewood cutting and mushroom gathering.
Federal prosecutors accuse Sierra Pacific Industries of “scandal mongering” and “unscrupulous” tactics in company’s efforts to overturn settlement in Moonlight fire case. The 2007 blaze scorched 65,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada and led to a $100 million settlement the timber company is trying to overturn amid allegations of corruption.
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