NEPA abuse in travel planning

The basic requirement of NEPA is to evaluate environmental impacts before taking action.  Thus, the Payette National Forest prepared an EIS before implementing a travel management plan.  Part of that decision included closing all user-created roads until their effects could be site-specifically evaluated. The Forest Service was sued for violating NEPA “because they fail to …

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Tongass Timber Sale Update: How an endemic species can halt a timber sale

Earlier in September, a press release from the Greater Southeast Alaska Conservation Community (GSACC) was shared with this blog. It opened with: On August 16, GSACC and four other organizations filed an administrative appeal of the Tongass Forest Supervisor’s decision to proceed with the Big Thorne timber project. The appeal went to to the next …

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NEPA Taskforce Report from 2005: Has Anything Changed?

Someone wrote and asked the question, has anything in NEPATaskForcenepareport_finaldraft122105-1 report changed? What do you think? It seems to me that the report somewhat downplays the importance of case law compared to the statute. Here’s how it looks to me. 1. There is the statute, simple and beautiful. 2. There are the CEQ regs, which …

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Senate Committee Hearing: Challenges and opportunities for improving forest management on federal lands

A reader sent me this link: here’s his review: Bill Imbergamo’s hit it out of the park with his oral and written testimony. I wanted to give him a hug. Norm Johnson was awesome about the variable retention and science, children’s books, etc Risch was spot-on also. If you haven’t watched, I highly recommend it. …

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Supreme Court Affirms Programmatic EIS for Sierra Nevada Framework

Jun 20: In the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Case No. 08-17565.Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. The Appeals Court indicates that, “This court’s opinion filed on February 3, 2012, and reported at 668 F.3d 609 (9th Cir. 2012), is withdrawn, and is replaced by the attached Opinion and Dissent. …

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Request for NEPA Success Stories from Natural Resources Defense Council

I received a request from Amanda Jahshan of the Natural Resources Defense Council for NEPA “Success stories”. The accumulation of information is being funded by NRDC, which I think is good because I remember when I worked for the Forest Service, we had to yard those up in-house at least once, that I recall. Plus …

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Collaborative Learning on EA vs. EIS for Vegetation Projects

This is a test. If this works everyone could enter a project or two from his or her own area and then we could compare what happens across the country, and then ask questions. So the first step is this: Take a look at this spreadsheet in google docs. Check and see if you can …

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McClatchy Take on Pacific Rivers Supreme Court Case

Note: This post is not just an excuse to run Martin’s photo again. Planners: I’m looking for a photo that shows a real forest plan and all its associated documentation for future posts. Here’s a link to another story about the Supreme Court case. Below are a couple of excerpts I found interesting: One key …

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Collaboration and NEPA and the Power to Decide: Who Still Has the Reins?

I spent the last week or so in D.C. (see photo above), struggling with various “free” wi-fi’s that didn’t work. I had a carefully crafted post on collaboration and NEPA that I lost when, as I was typing away, the connection drifted away. Even while I was writing this post, WordPress logged me out. Anyway, …

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