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December 15, 2006 3:00 AM

New policy limits environmental scrutiny, public appeals

The U.S. Forest Service no longer will give close environmental scrutiny to its long-term plans for Americas national forests and grasslands. It also no longer will allow the public to appeal on long-term plans for those forests, but instead will invite participation in planning from the outset. Projects that result from long-term planning still would be subject to environmental analysis and public appeal, according to the Forest Service.

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