Laramie, Wy – The Bush administration announced a new
plan today to open up national forests to more logging.
Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman made the announcement at the state Capitol with Governor Dirk Kempthorne and Idaho Senator Larry Craig.
Under the plan, governors would have to petition the federal government to block road-building needed for logging in remote areas of national forests. It covers about 58 million of the 191 million acres of national forest nationwide.
The rule replaces a previous one adopted by the Clinton Administration.
Environmental groups denounced the plan. Doug Honnold of Earthjustice says it would eliminate the habitat protections and instead create a process that would allow more logging and road
building than ever before.