National Forest Rules Overhauled for First Time in 30 Years

The Obama administration has finalized new rules for the 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands that will guide everything from logging to recreation and renewable energy development, writes Juliet Eilperin.

As Eilperin reports, the new guidelines, which were praised by environmentalists and scientists, will take effect in March.

"'The vision is laudable, and this is no small shift in how the national forests will be managed, from one of commodity extraction into a vision of protection, restoration and water preservation,' said Dominick DellaSala, president and chief scientist for the Oregon-based Geos Institute."

"In announcing the new procedures, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said they were crafted to enhance the nation's water supplies while maintaining woodlands for wildlife, recreation and timber operations."

Full Story: Obama administration issues major rewrite of national forest rules

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