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Bosworth at the Helm of Forest Service

Dale BosworthDale Bosworth is the new U.S. Forest Service chief, replacing Mike Dombeck, who retired March 31. Bosworth was among those Dombeck had recommended for the post. A second-generation forester who has worked in seven national forests, Bosworth has served since 1994 as regional forester for the Northern Region, which includes forests and grasslands in Montana, Idaho and the Dakotas.

Wetlands Loophole Will Stay Shut

WetlandsA Clinton-era rule to close a loophole in the Clean Water Act allowing the destruction of streams and wetlands won't be blocked by the Bush administration. Developers had used the loophole to destroy an estimated 20,000 acres of wetlands and 150 miles of streams. Bush had put a moratorium on implementation of the rule - called the Tulloch Rule - until the decision was announced in April to let it stand.

Bush Pledges to Sign Toxics Treaty

As The Planet went to press, President Bush was poised to sign - and ask the Senate to ratify - a treaty calling for a worldwide phase-out of the 12 worst persistent organic pollutants, or POPs (March 2001 Planet). At a December 2000 conference in South Africa, delegates from 122 countries agreed to the treaty, which covers dioxin, PCBs, DDT and other toxic chemicals. The pact will go into effect after 50 nations ratify it.

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