Biggest Change In Forest Policy In Three Decades

New Bush administration rules relax environmental protections, reduce public participation, and allow managers more discretion is opening forests to mining and logging.

"The Bush administration issued comprehensive new rules yesterday for managing the national forests, jettisoning some environmental protections that date to Ronald Reagan's administration and putting in place the biggest change in forest-use policies in nearly three decades...

The new rules give economic activity equal priority with preserving the ecological health of the forests in making management decisions and in potentially liberalizing caps on how much timber can be taken from a forest."

Thanks to Abhijeet Chavan

Full Story: New Rules Issued for National Forests

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