In addition to the weekly tour, which Starker Forests operates from mid-June to mid-September, the company provides special tours for elementary school classes and other interested groups on other days of the week.
The highly awaited decision released Wednesday will allow logging on 52 square miles of forests blackened in the Rim Fire, which burned 400 square miles of the Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park’s backcountry and private timber land.
Wildlife advocates want to leave the dead trees in place, but loggers say they favor sending the trees to sawmills to help pay for replanting the forest.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed bills that allow foresters to replant their land based on the landscape and extend the filing period for renewing timber harvest plans.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that accommodating the rapid rise in firefighting costs has harmed an array of conservation efforts.
Agreements that limit landowner liabilities under the Endangered Species Act can still be challenged by environmentalists.
Lawsuits against timber projects on federal lands have left the industry at least 60 million board-feet short of capacity, and that mills are operating well below capacity.