Forest Service to Stress Science Over Politics

Publication: Associated Press


02/10/2011 - Hoping to break a legal logjam that has stymied logging as well as ecosystem restoration, the U.S. Forest Service said Thursday it was revising its planning rules to find common ground between industry and conservation groups to avoid lawsuits that stall projects.

The old rules sought to mitigate environmental damage after it was caused by logging, grazing, mining and other natural resource development.

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The new rules being developed may seem "wonky" but are important because the national forests provide drinking water for 124 million people in more than 900 cities nationwide and habitat for more rare species than national parks, said Jane Danowitz, public lands director for the Pew Environment Group.

Read the full article Forest Service to Stress Science Over Politics on ABC News' Web site.

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