In a conference call with media Jan. 2012, the Forest Service announced the Environmental Impacts (EIS) of the new Forest Planning Rule. This rule is intended to be used to guide the Forest Plan of each individual Forest, which are created locally. The theme of the call was restoring forests and watersheds, along with the economic value of recreation. The importance of restoration was emphasized 15 times; watershed = 12 times and = recreation 11 times. I challenge anyone to find where the Forest Service is doing anything except putting out more reports to be filed and ignored–at the taxpayers’ expense.
USDA Secreatary Vilsack stated at the beginning of the call: “I think we all recognize that our forests are extraordinarily vital. They provide clean water, clean air; they are a job producer, they are also enormous recreational opportunities, and jobs that are associated with that, they obviously home to habitat, wildlife. They have a range of benefits for all Americans. We are proud to have publicly owned National Forest that consists of 193 million acres, which belong to every single citizen in this country.”
For the entire transcript: http://www.mining-law-reform.info/Forest-Planning-Rule-EIS.htm