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ADMINISTRATION'S DISASTROUS FOREST MANAGEMENT PROPOSAL
THE FOREST SERVICE NEEDS TO HEAR FROM
* ** Send in Your Personal
Comments by APRIL 7th ***
The National Forest Management Act (NFMA) of 1976 requires the US
Service to develop a management plan for each National Forest or
administrative unit. The regulations (or rules) that implement
are key in detailing the requirements that the agency must follow
developing the plan. As part of its barrage of damaging proposals
Bush administration has announced changes to the NFMA rules. The
proposal would greatly reduce the amount of environmental
wildlife protection, and public involvement currently required in
development and revision of forest management plans and the
of our National Forests.
The current regulations, first implemented early in the Reagan
administration, were revised and updated in 2000 after
scientific and public input. But after complaints from the timber
industry, the Bush administration put the revised safeguards on
chopping block. Undersecretary for Natural Resources and
Mark Rey, a former lobbyist for the American Forest and Paper
Association, has led the charge. Unremarkably, today's NFMA
mirror the timber industry "wish list" from the
American Forest and
Paper Association's 2001 congressional testimony.
The Bush administration's proposed NFMA rules would:
** Effectively exempt the plan revisions from the National
Policy Act (NEPA.) By not requiring a full environmental impact
of the revised plan, this one step would give agency managers
discretion on when and how much they wanted to involve the public
how they would weigh public input.
** Eliminate the requirement to maintain viable populations of
wildlife species. This current requirement is one of the most
legal safeguards of National Forest wildlife habitat.
** Eliminates requirements in the 2000 regulations to evaluate
protect wild roadless forests.
** Increase the likelihood of harmful logging projects based on
"multiple use values." This would allow
commercial logging under the
guise of "wildlife habitat improvement," or "fuel
** Reduces overall environmental standards and accountability by
allowing management plans to be revised to accommodate individual
projects and opens loopholes for "adaptable
** Drastically limit public involvement and allow no opportunity
request administrative review or an appeal of the final plan.
YOU CAN HELP! -- Send official comments to the Forest
Service and a
copy of your comments to your Congressional representatives.
should be sent by April 7! Please raise the above points in your
comments and use the sample latter below.
Your Comments should by sent to:
USDA FS Planning Rule
Content Analysis Team
P.O. Box 8359
Missoula, MT 59807
via email firstname.lastname@example.org
fax (406) 329-3556
Dear Forest Service:
Many Americans relish their trips to any of America's 155
Forests today, thanks in large part to forest protection measures
have been in place for decades. But if the Bush administration
timber industry allies get their way, the public's forests will
managed to maximize commercial logging profits with little
of harm to fish and wildlife, clean water and recreation.
I oppose the Bush Administration's Proposed Changes to National
Management (NFMA) regulations. These proposed regulations would
environmental and wildlife safeguards, harm wild forests and
water, drastically limit public involvement, increase damaging
commercial logging projects, and reduce agency accountability.
completely withdraw these harmful proposed NFMA regulations.
Our National Forests belong to all Americans, not just those who
chainsaws and donate money to political campaigns. Instead of
undermining current National Forest and wildlife protections, the
Administration and the Forest Service should be working to
wild roadless forests, stop damaging commercial logging and
construction and restore our National Forests. Please count this
official comment on these proposed regulations.
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Balaton Power, of Boise ID, has proposed building two
hydroelectric dams, one on Clearwater Creek and another on Warm
Creek. Both creeks are tributaries to the Middle Fork of the
While the Clearwater Dam has been denied, the decision can still
be appealed. Meanwhile, the Warm Creek dam proposal continues to
move forward. Let's make sure that these projects are stopped.
Representatives from the City of Bellingham and the Nooksack
Tribe will also be speaking about their efforts to restore the
Middle Fork and to make the city's diversion dam passable for
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New dams in the Middle Fork Basin of the Nooksack River?