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U.S. District Court decision preserves national roadless rule

March 27, 2013

A federal court today rejected Alaska's challenge to a 2001 rule that prohibited most logging and roadbuilding on about 58 million acres of federal forests, effectively shielding the Clinton-era rule from future legal challenges.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia today...

Colo. senator introduces Thompson Divide bill

March 27, 2013

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet on Friday introduced the Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Act, offering what the congressman's office termed a “middle-ground solution” to the hotly contested prospect of future gas drilling on the public lands southwest of Carbondale.

The bill would...

Public comment extended for Owyhee Wilderness Plan

March 25, 2013

At the request of the Owyhee County Commission, the Bureau of Land Management’s Boise and Twin Falls districts are extending the public comment period for the Draft Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River Management Plan through May 31.

The Draft WMP addresses six wilderness areas and 16...

High court to rule on Calif. forest plan challenge

March 22, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether environmental groups can challenge a federal government plan that has led to increased logging in California forests throughout the Sierra.

The plan was adopted in 2004 by President George W. Bush's administration for 11 national...

Justices uphold EPA's policy on logging road runoff

March 22, 2013

The Supreme Court today upheld U.S. EPA's policy for regulating stormwater runoff on logging roads in the Pacific Northwest.

The 7-1 ruling in Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center backed EPA's policy that logging roads are not industrial point-source pollution and consequently...

Enviros file federal suit over logging in Montana state forests

March 22, 2013

A 50-year permit for logging and development on Montana state forests faces a federal lawsuit from environmentalists who say the state won’t do enough to protect threatened grizzly bears or bull trout.

The Friends of the Wild Swan, Montana Environmental Information Center and Natural...

Lawsuit challenges U.S. approval of Mont. logging, road plans

March 20, 2013

Three environmental groups have filed a lawsuit challenging the Interior Department's approval of a logging and road building plan in Montana, which they argue would harm endangered grizzly bears and federally threatened bull trout.

The lawsuit from Friends of the Wild Swan, the Montana...

Green group's standing questioned as justices review USFS NEPA case

March 18, 2013

The Supreme Court agreed today to review the standing of an environmental group challenging a Forest Service management plan for the Sierra Nevada.

At issue is a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling for the Pacific Rivers Council that invalidated a regional management plan for 11...

House GOP, loggers and enviros lobby for more wildfire, parks funding

March 18, 2013

As the Senate considers a bill to fund the federal government through the end of September, some House lawmakers and interest groups are lobbying for increased support for wildfire fighting and national parks.

House Republicans and a coalition of loggers, foresters and conservationists...

USFS chief says no change to 'let burn' policy for 2013

March 18, 2013

Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell today said the agency has not changed course on when to allow backcountry wildfires to burn for beneficial purposes, though he did acknowledge that fewer backcountry blazes were allowed to burn last season than in previous years.

Tidwell's remarks come...

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