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Healthy Forests Or Timber Industry Giveaway?

President Bush promotes a "healthy forests" initiative, which would protect homes by thinning dense undergrowth.
August 13, 2003, 1pm PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"President Bush visited a fire-ravaged Arizona community Monday as he urged Congress to enact his controversial "healthy forests" initiative, which he said would protect homes from wildfires by thinning dense undergrowth and brush but critics said would make it easier for the logging industry to cut down trees... The debate over how to thin the forest and prevent wildfires has spawned angry debate throughout the West, with environmental groups claiming that Bush's plan would allow timber companies not only to remove kindling but also to cut down healthy older trees — and avoid lengthy delays posed by current logging requirements."

Thanks to Chris Steins

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Published on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 in The Los Angeles Times
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