House backs bill to speed logging of burned trees

WASHINGTON – The House approved a wide-ranging public lands bill Thursday that would speed logging of trees burned in last year’s Rim Fire in California. The measure also allows vehicular access to North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras National Seashore, extends livestock grazing permits on federal land in the West and lifts longstanding restrictions on canoes and other “hand-propelled” watercraft in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.