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Daniel J. Dructor
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Action alert: Take part in U.S. Forest Service’s NEPA revision process

The Forest Service is seeking public comments as they modernize their National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations for the first time in a quarter century.  Current NEPA guidelines have been in place during an era in which the National Forest System has experienced massive declines in forest health, matched with massive increases in catastrophic fire, and a decline in timber harvests that have decimated rural communities across the country.

 

It’s time to make the NEPA process more responsive to the needs of our forests and communities. Take two minutes and click here to send a public comment through Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities’ web site. 

 

Details on the agency’s rule-making can be found here. The agency are accepting public comments through February 2, 2018.

 

It’s time to change the Forest Service’s outdated NEPA regulations. The time required for the Forest Service to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) has risen from 817 days to a whopping 1,300 days. The number of days required to complete an environmental assessment (EA) increased from 594 days to 730 days.  According to U.S. Government Accountability Office, the Forest Service between 2008 and 2012 produced more than twice as many EISs as the Army Corps of Engineers or the Federal Highway Administration, and nearly two and a half times as many as the Bureau of Land Management.

 

There’s strong agreement on the need to reduce paperwork.  Longstanding guidance from the Council on Environmental Quality, for instance, recommends that EIS’s only be used for significant environmental impacts, and that they should be completed in one year or less, and should be generally less than 300 pages. Forest Service NEPA processes frequently take up to four years and documents run into the thousands of pages.

 

Help us improve the NEPA process so more work can be done on national forests, more quickly. Send a comment by clicking here.

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