Demise of Roadless Rule Leaves U.S. Forest Service Silent

13 08 2008


CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. Forest Service said Wednesday that it’s reviewing a federal judge’s rejection of a 7-year-old ban on building and logging in undeveloped national forests as environmentalists rushed to appeal the court ruling.

Forest Service spokesman Joe Walsh said agency attorneys were considering the implications and how to respond to the ruling issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer of Wyoming.

Brimmer ordered a permanent injunction against the federal government’s roadless rule in response to a lawsuit filed by the state of Wyoming. Brimmer said the rule was enacted in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Wilderness Act.

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Climate Change Forces Proposed Changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA)

13 08 2008
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) has proposed to update a portion of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) regulations that govern the endangered species responsibilities of federal agencies, known as Section 7.
Under these proposed regulatory changes, federal agencies would have the authority to decide for themselves, without consultation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife (FWS) or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), if their construction projects threaten an endangered or threatened species. The proposed regulations also prohibit federal agencies from linking greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the deterioration of any species’ habitat. Federal agencies that determine that a project does not have an adverse impact to a threatened or endangered species would accept all liability for any harm that results to the protected wildlife or habitat. According to DOI, the changes will make it easier for agencies to understand when and how the regulations apply and reflect current practices and recent courts cases.

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