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News Archives—May 2003

May 31 2003 Bush axing environmental studies -- Associated Press
  New timber rules anger environmentalists -- Bozeman (MT) Daily Chronicle
  Busy wildfire season predicted - CNN
May 30 2003 Fire tamed near Bayfield -- Durango (CO) Herald
  Bush Administration to make it easier to log on public lands -- Associated Press
  Fire consumes 320 acres near Fort Huachuca -- Associated Press
  Feeling the burn: Chasing forest fires across the American West -- Vail (CO) Daily News
  Homeowners choose safety over trees -- Denver Post
  Handbook for covering wildfires published -- Editor & Publisher
  Lincoln County (NM) Commission clears up fire ordinance, enacts restrictions -- Ruidoso News
May 29 2003 Renzi praises governor’s action, seeks more federal help -- Verde Independent
May 28 2003 Local wildfire season could be swiftly kindled -- Fort Collins Coloradoan
  AZ Governor declares wildfire emergency -- Big Bug News (Prescott, AZ)
May 27 2003 Forester takes broad view of Coconino N.F. -- AZ Daily Sun
Ron Neilson poses with a computer monitor that displays a new climate model the U.S. Forest Service has come up with to be used in wildfire forecasting, Monday, April 28, 2003, at his office in Corvallis, Ore. (AP Photo/Corvallis Gazette-Times, Karl Maasdam) NAU scientist, Grand Canyon Trust take off the gloves -- AZ Daily Sun
Rural homes fuel threat of wildfire -- Aspen (CO) Times
Wet spring dampens Idaho forest thinning plans -- Idaho Statesman
Luxury homes in remote, fire-prone mountains worry Glenwood Springs [CO] fire chief -- Associated Press

Dryness and neglect bring catastrophic forest fires to Russian Far East -- Helsingin Sanomat, Finland

Safety for pilots tops firefighting priorities -- Fort Collins Coloradoan
Plan splits environmentalists -- Arizona Republic/Associated Press
May 26 2003 A losing battle -- High Country News
High Country News May 26, 2003 Firespeak Catastrophe -- High Country News
History is full of big fires -- High Country News
Who should pay when houses burn? -- High Country News
Rising from the ashes -- High Country News
Learning to live with fire: Mesa Verde National Park -- High Country News
  Lightning ignites small fire, big fears -- Denver Post
Helitack 408 firefighting helicopter Donning the Cloak of Concern -- Insight Magazine
Fire heightens fears -- Rocky Mountain News
Fire Crews Pack New Firefighting Weapon --
United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF-3) begins today -- Earth Negotiations Bulletin
May 23 2003 Napolitano says bark beetles creating emergency -- East Valley Tribune
  AZ states wildfire-threat emergency -- Tucson Citizen
  Governor pursuing $233M to thin forests -- AZ Daily Sun
  Governor seeks U.S. funds for drought -- Arizona Republic
  Wildfire near Sedona partially contained -- AZ Daily Sun
  Fires and forest health: Our future is at stake -- Fire Management Today
May 22 2003 Forest Service Chief Favors Logging Bill -- Associated Press
  Local pols debate Healthy Forests Act -- Summit (CO) Daily News
  Funding shortfall dousing fire plan -- Denver Post
  First fire of the season hits north of Sedona -- Verde (AZ) Independent
  State Farm pushing homeowners on wildfire defense -- Arizona Business Gazzette
  Firefighters chase lightning-caused fires around region -- Durango (CO) Herald
May 21 2003 House Passes Controversial Wildfire Bill - Environmental News Service
Members of the U.S. Forest Service and Sedona Fire District maintain three reservoirs to supply helicopters with water. Three helicopters are committed to the fire, as are about 120 personnel. The fire has burned almost 100 acres in the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area north of Sedona. Verde Independent staff photo by Dean H. Borgwardt. House Vote Supports Thinning of Trees on Federal Land -- New York Times
Forest thinning plan touted -- Billings (MT) Gazzette
Forest Restoration OK'd -- AZ Daily Sun
Forest Fire Restrictions In Effect in New Mexico -- The New Mexico
Fire burns in wilderness north of Sedona -- AZ Daily Sun
Living in wildfire-prone areas requires responsibility, Norton says -- Bozeman (MT) Daily Chronicle
  Grand Canyon Trust Opposes House Bill -- GCT Press Release
  Restoration Vision for Nation’s Forests Unveiled by Conservation Groups and Restoration Practitioners -- Press release
  Who's really staying the ax? -- Commentary by Jacqueline Vaughn and Hanna Cortner for the Albuquerque Tribune
May 20 2003 House Approves Plan to Speed Up Logging -- Associated Press
President George Bush and Interior Secretary Gale Nortron urge the House of Representatives to pass the Healthy Forests Initiative Bush pushes forest bill-green groups balk -- Reuters
Bush presses bill on thinning forests -- Associated Press
Healthy Forests? -- Tidepool
A flawed fire bill -- New York Times editorial
Some green sprouting in Rodeo burn -- Associated Press
  Reports add new twist to forest debate -- Ravalli Republic
  Insurer: Cut trees or lose coverage -- Denver Post
  The 2003 Fire Season -- White House Press Release
  New Mexico braces for tense fire season -- El Paso Times
  Daschle forest project seen as GOP blueprint -- Associated Press
  Learning to Reason with the Wildfire Season -- Environmental News Service
  Forest restoration plan targets 31,150 acres around Flagstaff -- AZ Daily Sun
May 19 2003 Some in GOP draw parallel from Black Hills to new forest fire plan -- Associated Press
  House Set to Vote on Fire Legislation That Fails to Protect Communities -- Earthjustice
May 17 2003 Cutting trees is a good thing -- Vail (CO) Daily
  Government looks to ax environmentalists’ edge in legal logging battle -- Reno (NV) Gazzette-Journal
  Into the Woods -- Opinion by Rep. Scott McInnis - Rocky Mtn. News
  'Pirated' proposal would weaken protections and neglect areas of greatest need -- Opinion by Rep. Mark Udall - Rocky Mtn. News
May 16 2003 Crews rush to battle new wildfire 2 miles south of Fort Huachuca -- Tucson Citizen
Heavy smoke from the Red Rock fire, near Patagonia, partially obscures the sun yesterday.FRANCISCO MEDINA/Tucson Citizen Blaze near Patagonia moving fast, torches 1,250 acres -- Tucson Citizen
Prescott National Forest announces fire restrictions on the Bradshaw Ranger District -- AZ Daily Sun
Counting appeals -- Living on Earth
  Forest Service chief touts bill -- Durango (CO) Herald
  Blue Planet: Fire away -- United Press International Science News
  Timber for the taking: thieves rob trees from public lands -- Associated Press
May 15 2003 It's only a bill—but it could chop down forest protections -- Missoula (MT) Independent
The Hon. Mark Rey, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, describes fire season forecasts for the nation during a field hearing of the House Resources Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health at Flagstaff City Hall on March 7, 2003. Photo by Jake Bacon/Arizona Daily Sun McInnis forest bill clears hurdle -- The Aspen (CO) Times
Enviros, McInnis disagree on forest study -- The Daily Sentinal (Grand Junction, CO)
Wildfire report will be hot item -- Statesman Journal (Salem, OR)
May 14 2003 Probe: Most Forest Projects Not Delayed -- Associated Press
  Wildfire Politics at a Glance -- Associated Press
  GAO report adds fuel to wildfire debate -- Environmental News Service
May 13 2003 Three summer homes burn in N.M. wildfire -- Associated Press
  Wildfire season arrives in Southwest -- Forest Service
May 12 2003 Wrongheaded on wildfires -- Boston Globe editorial
May 11 2003 Another log on the fire? -- Editorial from The Oregonian
  Major NM wildfire could put damper on tourism -- El Paso Times
May 10 2003 Larry Swisher: Bush's planned revisions to forest plan unrealistic -- The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
May 9 2003 Vail tries to bolster wildfire defenses -- Vail (CO) Daily
  Intentionally setting wildfire to be felony -- Arizona Republic
  Wildfire Bill Blazes Toward the House Floor -- Environmental News Service
  Drought plan emphasizes communities -- Arizona Republic
May 8 2003
Regional fire risks foreseen by BLM -- Associated Press
  At 10,000 Feet, Can a Fire-Spotting Camera Discriminate? -- New York Times
  New site is gateway to forest fire information -- AZ Daily Sun
  Five Arizona Projects Receive Forest Partnership Grands -- Four Corners Sustainable Forests Partnership press release
May 7 2003 Colorado forest fire zone a cause for water worries -- Colorado Springs Gazzette
May 6 2003 Parched Utah braces for scourge of plants, pests -- Associated Press
May 5 2003

Climate-change scenarios basis of new generation of wildfire forecasts -- Associated Press

  Salvage Logging Proposed For Borrego, Jemez Fire Areas -- Associated Press
Big boost in USFS wildfire budget likely to wait another year -- Associated Press
Drought- tolerant pests a scourge in Utah -- Associated Press
Wildfire bill stirs local opposition -- Vail (CO) Daily
Resources sufficient for AZ fire season -- Associated Press
May 4 2003 The nature of fire will force hard choices -- Guest commentary / William L. Baker -- Denver Post
May 3 2003 Shortage of water in West targeted -- Arizona Republic
May 1 2003 Forest bill progresses -- Associated Press
  'Healthy forest' bill clears big hurdle -- Aspen Times

Last updated June 27, 2003

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