9th Circuit prohibits logging in National Forest’s

Bush of course overturned a Clinton rule and allowed logging in our National Forest’s. From Jurist:

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a district court ruling reinstating the Roadless Rule, which prohibited the building of roads or the use of roadless lands in National Parks for timber production. The Clinton administration measure was effectively overturned in 2005 by the State Petitions Rule, enacted by the US Department of Agriculture under President George W Bush. The State Petitions Rule allowed governors to petition for Roadless Rule protections, depending on their individual state needs, in lieu of blanket protection. Affirming the ruling, Judge Robert Beezer wrote that the State Petitions Rule violated the National Environmental Policy Act because it was enacted without an environmental impact statement:

In the context of this case, we cannot condone a marked
change in roadless area management without environmental analysis because it was the USDA’s preferred response to an untested district court injunction that was subject to possible reversal in a pending appeal.

As expected, opinions on the ruling varied. The environmental group Earthjustice lauded the ruling, calling it a victory for all citizens who enjoy the outdoors, and for cities that rely on the wilderness for fresh water. The Intermountain Forest Association, a logging industry group, said that it was too early to say definitively what the ruling means .

The Roadless Area Conservation Rule was implemented by former president Bill Clinton in 2001 and replaced by the Bush administration in 2005. In March, the US House of Representatives voted to approve the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, a collection of more than 160 bills aimed at preserving federal land as wilderness areas. The Act includes a rule which allows governors to request that regulations on the management of roadless areas be developed to meet the needs of individual states. The Clinton-era rule would have prohibited mining, logging, and road construction in the forests of 38 states and Puerto Rico, totaling more than 58 million acres of land.

Lets hope this holds up when it hits the Supreme Court, which I know it will. The logging folks will not go away quietly.

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Posted on August 7, 2009, in Bill Clinton, BushCo, National Forest lands, Ninth Circuit court of appeals. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. You commies would rather have us sitting in the filthy dirty instead of on chairs built with fine American rugged individualist craftsmanship.

  2. Randal, that would be-fine Chinese rugged individualist craftsmanship', since everything is made in China these days. 😉

  3. I wish it was possible to overturn everything Bush did. None of it was right! We have wood and alternative materials. We should preserve any wilderness areas we have left for as long as we can.

  4. Yay! It's working!!!

    Anyway….. re the forests…. they call it harvest , but it's rape of the land. The monoculture -all same crop of trees the plant all the same age & height, are more prone to fires & insects. Natural forests have diverse trees & plants that serve as it's own natural protection. Mother Nature knows best!!!

  5. it amazes me (still) that a majority of the GOP really truly HATES the environment.  i work with a guy who really believes we should take everything from the planet and not worry one iota about tomorrow

  6. Thanks for addressing this. One of the many appalling things that the Bush Administration did as soon as they entered office was to declare war against the environment, repealing the Roadless Rule and decimating the Clean Air and Water regulations put in place by the Clinton Administration. It'll be a great day when the clearcutting of our forests has been stopped and it's no longer acceptable for arsenic levels not to to be measured in our water supply.
    Great blog. Will be back!

  7. So pathetic that view DCap..why do they think that way?

  8. Obama's adminstration has done right by the environment Mommapolitico..I just hope we can fix all of Bush's fuck-ups.

    Thanks for stopping by chica! 😉

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