Does The U.S. Forest Service Lie?

Bizarre economic incentives encourage the U.S. Forest Service to cut timber and fight fires even if doing so makes no ecological sense.
November 22, 2004, 9am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"The Forest Service may be the most common target of environmentalists upset about federal land management. Critics say that the agency, spurred by politics and financial incentives, pursues logging and fire suppression at the expense of sound ecological stewardship. The agency operates under a system that seems designed to put it at odds with itself, its mission and environmentalists, and maybe it's time to take a hard look at what has become a persistent institutional problem.

...[S]hould you ever wish to locate the Forest Service, one of the best places to look—other than in the forest—is in federal court. Year in and year out, the agency entrusted to manage more than 8% of the nation's land, including 155 national forests, must defend itself against an unremitting stream of allegations: that it violates our most fundamental environmental protection laws; that it puts threatened wildlife species at risk; that it degrades watersheds, jeopardizes soils, harms fish and wildlife habitats and damages ecosystems."

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Published on Sunday, November 21, 2004 in The Los Angeles Times
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