11/20/2004

Smokey Bear joins the GOP

Smokey Bear joins the GOP: "Forests are a cash crop for the U.S. Forest Service, which operates under a system of financial rewards that encourages the agency to cut timber and fight fires even if doing so makes no ecological sense.

One day two summers ago, Chad Hanson drove through the Sierra backcountry northeast of Chico, navigating the mountain's twisting washboard roads in his green 1990 Toyota 4Runner with the ease of a man who has driven these roads many times before. When he arrived at a place in Lassen National Forest where in 2000 the 56,000-acre Storrie wildfire had burned, he found exactly what he expected to find"

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