I was distressed to learn that the U.S. Forest Service is proposing sweeping policy changes that would eliminate public involvement and environmental review for most decisions that impact public forest lands.
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is what allows citizens to learn about and weigh in on proposed actions, in this case on our national forest lands. Logging, mining and drilling in our few remaining wild, roadless lands and ecosystems could be rubber-stamped without environmental impact analysis, and we wouldn’t even know it was happening.
The public comment period about the proposed rule change ends Aug. 12. Those who hope to privatize our public lands have expressed support for this change. Write your members of Congress today, and contact the NEPA Services Group at the national office of the US Forest Service and let them know you want to retain your right to know and express your opinion about what happens to places you care about. Tell them to reject the proposed change.
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Yes, it is ironic: you have an opportunity to comment about retaining your right to comment! Please use it.
Corvallis (Aug. 5)