The U.S. Forest Service has extended the deadline for
comments on its proposed changes to National Forest
Management Act standards. This gives Sierra Club members
more time to write in opposition to the Forest Service's
plan, which would:
- Allow the agency to ignore - through "interim
amendments" - all environmental protections in the event of
a "catastrophic event" such as a fire or tornado;
- Remove all economic consideration requirements (for
example, below-cost timber sales would continue unchecked);
- Remove most existing resource protections for national
These changes would be devastating to America's national
forests, say Club leaders. To make the plan acceptable,
they say, the agency must:
- Remove the interim amendments;
- Retain economic sustainability requirements;
- Include the definitions of even-aged management;
- Retain resource protection sections.
This comment period expired on , so
no further comments are being accepted at this time.
To take action: Send comments to: Director, Ecosystem
Management (1920; 3 CEN), USDA Forest Service, P.O. Box
96090, 14th and Independence, Washington, DC 20090-6090.
For more information: Contact Melanie Griffin in the Sierra
Club's Washington, D.C., office at (202) 675-6273.
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