national forests

Bailout Compensates Counties for Eco-Services on Federal Lands

Article: Bailout Compensates Counties for Eco-Services on Federal Lands

WASHINGTON, DC, November 7, 2008 (ENS) – Part of the $700 billion bailout of the U.S. financial system rushed into law in October will go to local governments to compensate for taxes that could not be levied on federal lands in their jurisdictions. The local governments provide services such as transportation, firefighting and emergency response…

Old-Growth Forests in New York State Protected by Law

Article: Old-Growth Forests in New York State Protected by Law

ALBANY, New York, September 8, 2008 (ENS) – Old-growth forests in the state of New York are protected for the first time under a bill signed into law Friday by Governor David Paterson. The law applies only to state forests, not to forests on private lands or national forests in the state of New York.…

Forest Service Drops Plan to Pull Employees Out of Forests

Article: Forest Service Drops Plan to Pull Employees Out of Forests

WASHINGTON, DC, February 28, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Forest Service has abandoned a restructuring of its environmental planning that would have pulled its biologists and other specialists out of national forests, according to an internal agency memo released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, PEER. Under the plan, thousands of employees posted to…

Bush Opens Roadless Tongass National Forest to Logging

Article: Bush Opens Roadless Tongass National Forest to Logging

JUNEAU, Alaska, January 25, 2008 (ENS) – Today, the Bush administration put a “for sale” sign on trees in pristine roadless areas of the Tongass rainforest in Alaska – America’s largest national forest. This move by Bush officials to reverse roadless area protections parallels two others made recently in national forests located in Idaho and…

U.S. Forest Service Plans to Lift Roadless Area Protections

Article: U.S. Forest Service Plans to Lift Roadless Area Protections

DENVER, Colorado, December 31, 2007 (ENS) – The Bush administration intends to remove existing legal protections from over 4.4 million acres of roadless areas in the national forests of Colorado. The U.S. Forest Service formally announced Wednesday that it is beginning a process to establish a new rule for managing Colorado’s roadless areas. This rulemaking…