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Tell Forest Service to Strengthen, Not Weaken, National Forest Safeguards

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 forest lands.

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 August 17, 1995, 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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