Wilderness Society 12/6/2002
The Bush Administration has signaled its intent to
rewrite rules regarding forest planning and seriously
undermine protections that have been in place for the
past 20 years. One of the biggest changes: it would
eliminate the requirement to maintain viable populations
of native wildlife species.
Under this proposed rule, forest plans could be adopted
and revised without preparing an environmental impact
statement leaving the American people with only minimum
information about the environmental effects of Forest
Service proposals. But it not only takes away opportunity
for strong citizen participation at the beginning of
the planning process, it also eliminates the opportunity
for the public to appeal any final plan that the Forest
Service institutes. The draft rules may be published
as early as today in the Federal
Under law, the public will have 90 days to comment.
In January, we will bring you more analysis and actions
our community can take to stop this rollback. Chief
among them will be original letters written by you
and your friends.
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Forward this message to three of your
friends and enlist their help. We will need to marshal
the forces of every American who cares about the wildlife,
water quality and beauty of our national forests.