February 2, 2012

New forest-management plan weakens wildlife protection

Back in the 1980s, when conservation advocates were trying to stop logging in old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest, they relied on a 1982 regulation that required the National Forest Service to protect wildlife such as the spotted owl throughout its range. They won, and a new Northwest forest plan in 1990 greatly reduced logging in the region's old-growth forests on federal land. Now the national planning rule that governs individual national forest plans is about to change, for the first time since the Reagan era.

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