The end of 'analysis paralysis'?

Peterson, Jodi
February 2007
High Country News;2/19/2007, Vol. 39 Issue 3, p4
The article discusses the outcome of the Northwest Forest Plan of the U.S. Forest Service which prohibited logging in more than three quarters of the federal forests in western Washington, Oregon and in Northern California in order to protect the northern spotted owl. Such environmental protection act was in connection with the agency requirement to protect wildlife populations in each national forest. However, today, creating such a plan would be difficult as forest policy experts said that such forest-planning rules has gone overdue casting away the viability requirement and other main provisions. The Forest Service produced massive plans for managing the 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands but since it took a long time to finish, their projections became irrelevant.


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