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California Is The 2nd Worst-Paying State For Agricultural Workers

California Is The 2nd Worst-Paying State For Agricultural Workers

Column by Mike LaFirenza Agriculture has been and remains one of the most important industries for the U.S. economy. In addition to directly providing food for the population in the form of produce and livestock, the broader agricultural sector—which includes farming, fishing, and forestry—provides raw materials that form the foundation of other industries like food […]

Trump Roasts Californian Government on Wildfires: ‘Clean Your Floors’

Trump Roasts Californian Government on Wildfires: ‘Clean Your Floors’

Politics: BY ALAN MCDONNELL Fuel load, forest debris causing fires, Trump says, but officials ‘just don’t want to listen’ As over 370 active wildfires raged across California and authorities reported at least six fatalities, President Donald Trump criticized Californian officials for failing to take action to reduce fuel loads across the state. “I see again the forest fires […]

‘Catastrophic Blazes’ Are Ravaging U.S. Forests. A GOP Lawmaker is Pushing Congress to Act

‘Catastrophic Blazes’ Are Ravaging U.S. Forests. A GOP Lawmaker is Pushing Congress to Act

Tim Pearce | Energy Reporter GOP Rep. Bruce Westerman wants to put federal forest management at the top of Congress’s list of priorities for 2019 and avoid a repeat of 2018’s deadly wildfire season. Westerman wants to amend the House Committee on Natural Resources’s rules package and carve out a specific policy jurisdiction on managing […]

Trump is Leaning on Congress to Rid Federal Forests of Fire Risks

Trump is Leaning on Congress to Rid Federal Forests of Fire Risks

Tim Pearce | Energy Reporter . The Trump administration is asking Congress to expand executive authority over federal forestland so agencies may streamline regulations on forest management. “We are asking Congress for the authority to streamline [forest management] projects on federal land and expand other authorities to improve access roads for firefighters and protect towns […]

Ryan Zinke Lashes Out at Critics of Trump’s Plan to Mitigate Wildfires

Ryan Zinke Lashes Out at Critics of Trump’s Plan to Mitigate Wildfires

 By CHRIS WHITE, Energy Reporter   Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke accused critics of the Trump administration’s position on forest management of being unscientific in their approach to mitigating future California wildfires. “People who claim forest management means clearcutting or largescale logging are either lying or just don’t know what they’re talking about,” Zinke wrote in […]

Native Tribes Are Taking Fire Control Into Their Own Hands

Native Tribes Are Taking Fire Control Into Their Own Hands

  . By Stephen Frank,  California Political News and Views   Good news for the Native Tribes—they are now able to manage their forest to protect themselves and property from out of control, massively intense and large fire.  How?  By using common sense and cutting down dead trees, taking them away—making some money from them, then […]

Decades Of Mismanagement Turned U.S. Forests Into ‘Slow-Motion Time Bombs’

 By MICHAEL BASTASCH | Contributor Wildfire experts say poor management, not global warming, is the major reason behind worsening wildfires. Forester Bob Zybach warned decades ago that environmental regulations and less logging would make fires worse. The Trump administration is doing more active management of lands, but is it enough? Bob Zybach feels like a […]

Finally, some commonsense western fire policies

Finally, some commonsense western fire policies

. By Paul Driessen President Trump promised to bring fresh ideas and policies to Washington. Now Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue are doing exactly that in a critically important area: forest management and conflagration prevention. Their actions are informed, courageous and long overdue. Westerners are delighted, and I’ve advocated such reforms since […]

Jungles focus of Cal Lutheran art exhibit: Works depict the world’s forests and urban places

Jungles focus of Cal Lutheran art exhibit:  Works depict the world’s forests and urban places

“The Nature of Jungles” runs from Thursday, Nov. 10, through Thursday, Jan. 19, in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art on the Thousand Oaks campus. An opening reception will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. When Henri Rousseau and Paul Gauguin painted images of lush jungles, most European viewers had never seen […]