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Forest management rules suspended

Judge orders the White House to assess the policy’s impact on wildlife, the environment
[Washington, DC] A federal judge on Friday overturned Bush administration regulations for national forests that critics said expedited logging and energy exploration, weakened wildlife protection and shut the public out of forest planning. U.S. Northern District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton, based in San Francisco, found that because U.S. Forest Service officials had not conducted required environmental impact reviews of their new policies, nor allowed public comment on “clearly controversial” changes, they should be invalidated.

News notes are courtesy of Southern Forests Network News Notes





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