Forest Thinning Project Pushed

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The Bush administration gave federal land managers
their formal marching orders to speed up forest thinning projects
this year on three-point-seven (m) million fire-prone acres across
the country.
Two-thirds of the money will be focused on logging and
prescribed burning near at-risk communities in and around national
forests and public rangelands. Officials for the U-S Forest Service
and Bureau of Land Management described the new guidelines
yesterday (Wednesday) at a wildfire conference in Reno.