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Frat Members Blamed for Trees Felled in National Forest

It allegedly happened during Pi Kappa Alpha initiation ceremony

(Newser) - Fraternity members from the California State University's Chico campus are facing federal criminal charges after they allegedly cut down dozens of trees in Lassen National Forest during a camping trip as part of a pledge-initiation ritual, CBS San Francisco reports. Per the Los Angeles Times , at least 32 trees... More »

Forest Cop on Bike Died After Surprising Grizzly

He had no time to brake, investigation finds

(Newser) - A federal report on the tragic death of Forest Service officer Brad Treat is out and the message is clear: Beware of what could be around the corner when you're mountain biking. The 38-year-old officer was mauled to death by a grizzly bear he surprised while mountain biking with... More »

2 Charged With Stealing From Firefighters Battling Calif. Blaze

The suspects' own shoe prints helped bust them

(Newser) - What better way to thank the firefighters risking their lives to put out a forest fire in your community than by robbing them blind? Such is the case for US Forest Service firefighters as they arrived at a landfill Wednesday morning outside of Clearlake, Calif., ready to start working to... More »

Officials: Plague Found at Lake Tahoe Campground

Flea from chipmunk confirmed to have disease

(Newser) - A scenic campground near the shores of Lake Tahoe is now plastered with warning signs after the US Forest Service announced a flea from a yellow chipmunk there tested positive for plague , the Reno Gazette-Journal reports. The Forest Service's Lake Tahoe division, as well as officials from El Dorado... More »

Women Confront Ugly Realities in America's Most Beautiful Places

Sexual harassment and worse inside the country's park services

(Newser) - The Huffington Post has a harrowing look at the "troubling history of hostility toward women" within the National Park Service, US Forest Service, and state parks and wildlife departments. That history, which continues to this day, includes rape jokes, up-skirt photos, threats of sexual assault, and revenge against any... More »

Nestle Permit to Bottle Water in California Expired in 1988

Desert Sun newspaper investigation finds little state oversight

(Newser) - The water shortage in California has people cutting down on shower times and keeping usage to a minimum—which has led activists to rail against Nestle Waters, accused of profiting off its water-bottling operations at the expense of the environment, Newsweek reports. Backing up these claims is an investigation by... More »

How a State With Little Rain Suffered a Huge Mudslide

Mt. Shasta lacked the snow that would have protected glacier from sun

(Newser) - The US Forest Service thinks it knows what caused the boulder-filled mudslide that surged down Northern California's Mt. Shasta on Saturday: the Golden State’s extreme drought conditions . According to the LA Times , scientists think water gushed down from the Konwakiton Glacier, causing a mudslide that picked up increasing... More »

Anti-Wildfire Project Tabled Over Rare Frogs

Forest Service project may hurt endangered species

(Newser) - US officials are balancing forest-fire risk against the need to preserve an endangered species near Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevadas, the Tahoe Daily Tribune reports. Per a stipulation signed by a judge last week, the US Forest Service will delay its tree-thinning project there until it consults with the... More »

Herd of Hybrid Bison on Rampage in Grand Canyon

Officials trying to figure out what to do about it

(Newser) - There's a menace on the loose in the Grand Canyon, and it is very large, and very hairy. A herd of between 350 and 450 hybrid bison are running amok in the area, federal and state park officials revealed at a news conference yesterday, announcing a series of public... More »

77-Year-Old Hit With $6.3M Bill for Sparking Forest Fire

Forest Service says he let fire in barrel get out of control

(Newser) - One minute you're burning twigs and paper in a rusted-out old barrel on your son's property; then, before you know it, five square miles of national forest have burned and you're being charged $6.3 million. Such is the saga of James G. Anderson Jr., the 77-year-old... More »

We're Fighting Fires With Antique Planes

US Forest Service also uses parts pulled from museums

(Newser) - When the US Forest Service battled wildfires near Yosemite National Park in August, it did so with a fleet of restored tankers first built in the 1950s. The planes help firefighters on the ground by dropping thousands of gallons of retardant ahead of blazes, but critics say the tankers are... More »

When Contract Firefighters Die, Uncle Sam Turns Away

'A horrible inequity,' says one mom

(Newser) - When Caleb Renno died fighting a fire in 2008, his parents naturally sought federal death benefits for first responders. But Renno was a contract firefighter working for a private company, and the government said no way. It's a fine line that is the difference between a lifetime of financial... More »

Firefighter Killed as Wildfires Tear Through West

59 large fires burning in 10 states

(Newser) - Wildfires are continuing to blaze across the parched, baking western United States. A 20-year-old firefighter was killed as she battled one of a dozen blazes burning in Idaho, reports the AP . Anne Veseth, who was struck by a falling tree while she was trying to contain a blaze in steep... More »

Tens of Thousands Flee Colorado Fires

Waldo Canyon fire breaches Colorado Springs fire lines

(Newser) - At least 32,000 people have been evacuated from the Colorado Springs area as the monster Waldo Springs wildfire continues to burn out of control. Witnesses described "apocalyptic" scenes as the fire, which has breached fire lines and destroyed an unknown number of homes, unleashed waves of flame and... More »

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