Industry lawsuit attacks science and sustainability on national forests

Photo courtesy of
Payette National Forest in Idaho

Livestock, timber and off-road industry groups filed a lawsuit in federal court on Aug. 13 challenging the Obama administration’s 2012 planning rule for U.S. national forests.

The industry groups focused their attack on provisions that require
ecological sustainability and use of the best available science in the
U.S. Forest Service’s management of the American public’s
193-million-acre national forest system.

“The timber and livestock industries’ opposition to science and
sustainability shows they care about only one thing when it comes to our
national forests: their own profits,” said Taylor McKinnon, public
lands campaigns director at the Center for Biological Diversity.
“Even as new rules roll back longstanding protections for wildlife,
industry keeps complaining about any limits being set on what they can
extract from our national forests.”

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