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Forest Service plan would make it easier to log national forests

By Gregory Wallace, CNN
NBC News
June 13, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Federal officials are proposing major shifts to the way land management decisions are made — changes that would make it easier to log national forests. The US Forest Service is proposing to expand the types and scope of work that can be completed without an environmental review. The agency says those are time consuming and the rule “reduces redundancy” when it undertakes projects similar to those it has studied before and make the agency more nimble when mitigating threats such as catastrophic wildfires and addressing “the worsening conditions” on national forests.  Environmental groups, however, say the rules will box the public out of important decisions that can be improved with community input. …The American Forest and Paper Association… believes the proposal will make the Forest Service more efficient.

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