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Frightening Forest Planning Regulations Soon to be Released

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      Max Wilson
      31 October 2002
      Frightening Forest Planning Regulations Soon to be Released

      After the elections, the Forest Service will release a draft of new
      language for the regulations that guide forest management plan revisions.
      These revised regulations would render forest plans meaningless and could
      end meaningful long-term landscape level planning. Legitimate forest
      management plans are critical to working toward the sustainable use of our
      national forests, protecting species, ensuring forest management is
      scientifically sound, and allowing the public to determine how they want
      their federal lands to be used. All these critical management tools would
      be eliminated by the revised regulations.

      … Under the proposed regulations forest management plans would be
      worthless because projects would not have to be consistent with the plan
      and interim amendments lasting four years could be issued without public
      review.

      … National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental assessments
      and environmental impact statements would not have to be done for forest
      plans under the proposed regulations. This provision eliminates the need
      for consideration of alternative plans.

      … Requirements for species viability are minimized in the proposed
      regulations and species protection is based on scientifically unsound
      concepts. It was the species viability requirement that led to the
      protection of spotted owl habitat in the Pacific Northwest.

      … The role of science and the public in revising forest plans will be
      reduced through the elimination of requirements for independent scientific
      review and advisory panels and through the elimination of NEPA
      documentation and the introduction of restrict guidelines for comments.

      We urge you to voice opposition to the revised regulations and the other
      attacks on the environment such as the Healthy Forests Initiative and H.R.
      5319 The websites below have analyses of the revised regulations as well
      as the text of the revised language of the regulations. Help protect sound
      forest management by speaking out against the proposed changes and the
      campaign to rollback environmental protections.

      http://www.americanlands.org/bush_regulations.htm
      http://www.defenders.org/forests/forest/regulations.html
      http://www.tws.org/newsroom/pdf/forestregs_proposal_analysis.pdf

      Please contact your Representative and Senators at 202/224-3121 or by mail:
      U.S. House of Representatives, Washington DC 20515 or U.S. Senate,
      Washington DC 20510 and urge your Rep. to oppose H.R. 5319 and your
      Senators to oppose the Craig and Wyden/Feinstein fire amendments.
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