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Like most American ski areas, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area operates on U.S. Forest Service land thanks to a federal lease. Shrinking federal budgets to maintain recreational access to public lands mean locals have to be creative to keep trails open and safe. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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On Public Lands, Visitors Surge While Federal Management Funds Decline

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, right, answers a reporters question after touring fire ravaged Paradise, Calif. with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, center. The pair advocated more aggressive forest management policies to mitigate damage from future wildfires. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Fast-Tracking Logging On Federal Lands May Not Lessen Wildfire Risk

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