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Protecting America's National Forests, a report by the Heritage Forests Campaign

In This Section


" Eliminating the Roadless Rule: Details & Analysis of the Repeal

" Roadless Rule Legal Status

" 2.5 Million and Growing by the Day: An Overview of Roadless Rule Comments

" Roadless Acreage by State (in our Get Local Section)

" Other Threats to Our Forests

Attacks on Environmental Protections

The Bush administration’s actions are a clear attack on environmental laws and public participation in national forest management. By eliminating all requirements for environmental review and all opportunities for public comment and administrative appeal, the administration is undoing decades of national forest protections. Below are a series of incremental changes proposed by the Administration, outside of Congress, that damage forest protections:

Environmental Review

12/11/03 -- Provided agency guidance for severely reducing the requirements needed for environmental assessments (EAs). EA’s are necessary for obtaining a categorical exclusions, which allows a project to go ahead without environmental review.

12/16/03 -- Proposed to exempt "hazardous fuels reduction projects" from the documentation requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This would allow the Forest Service to conduct thinning and other fuel reduction activities without preparing an environmental impact statement or environmental assessment.
Background material at: www.fs.fed.us/emc/hfi/notice.pdf

1/3/03 -- Proposed a categorical exclusion from the NEPA requirements to prepare "environmental disclosure documents" (no EISs or EAs) for timber sales less than 50 acres and salvage sales no more than 250 acres in size and less than ˝ mile of temporary roads.

Appeals Process

12/18/02 -- Proposed changes in the Forest Service appeals process which will make it more difficult to appeal Forest Service timber sales and other land management decisions (two separate proposed rules one for FS and one for BLM).

Wildlife Protections

12/10/02 -- Guidance from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service to expedite (section 7) ESA consultations on fuel reduction projects.

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