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Quote of the Day - If you stood on the lake and looked around you, one of every three trees you saw was dead. The folks in the Lake Tahoe basin got behind a very serious thinning campaign that was very effective. - Matt Mathes
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The Great Debate Begins as the Fires Subside

As the fires die down throughout Southern California, the momentum turned to the U.S. Senate. The great debate has begun.

Thin out trees or leave nature alone?

A group of Senators introduced a forestry bill that would relax environmental rules and limit judicial review on tree-thinning projects.

Republican Thad Cochran of Mississippi and Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California target 20 million acres of federal lands. Environmentalists fear the legislation amounts to a strike against protecting massive, old growth trees coveted by timber companies.

Maybe too little, too late. Right as the fires began, President Bush turned down Governor Gray Davis' request to help remove trees infested by the bark beetle.

The Senate bill under consideration also provides monies to local communities to thin out trees.

I know how I'd vote.

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