Roadless comments due now.
Did Clinton really want the Roadless policy to be implemented? If so, why did he wait so long to do it? Regardless, we get to do it all over again. Bush has decreed that the record 1.6 million comments the first time around did not qualify as sufficient public participation, and has asked that the following skewed questions be put out for public comment - with the goal of amending the roadless rules. Here are the questions:
- Informed Decisonmaking. What is the appropriate role of local forest planning as required by NFMA in evaluating protection and management of inventoried roadless areas?
- Working Together. What is the best way for the Forest Service to work with the variety of States, tribes, local communities, other organizations, and individuals in a collaborative manner to ensure that concerns about roadless values are heard and addressed through a fair and open process?
- Protecting Forests. How should inventoried roadless areas be managed to provide for healthy forests, including protection from severe wildfires and the buildup of hazardous fuels as well as to provide for the detection and prevention of insect and disease outbreaks?
- Protecting Communities, Homes, and Property. How should communities and private property near inventoried roadless areas be protected from the risks associated with natural events, such as major wildfires that may occur on adjacent federal lands?
- Protecting Access to Property. What is the best way to implement the laws that ensure States, tribes, organizations, and private citizens have reasonable access to property they own within inventoried roadless areas?
- Describing Values. What are the characteristics, environmental values, social and economic considerations, and other factors the Forest Service should consider as it evaluates inventoried roadless areas?
- Describing Activities. Are there specific activities that should be expressly prohibited or expressly allowed for inventoried roadless areas through Forest Plan revisions or amendments?
- Designating Areas. Should inventoried roadless areas selected for future roadless protection through the local forest plan revision process be proposed to Congress for wilderness designation, or should they be maintained under a specific designation for roadless area management under the forest plan?
- Competing Values and Limited Resources. How can the Forest Service work effectively with individuals and groups with strongly competing views, values, and beliefs in evaluating and managing public lands and resources, recognizing that the agency can not meet all of the desires of all of the parties?
- Other Concerns. What other concerns, comments, or interests relating to the protection and management of inventoried roadless areas are important?
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Feel free to respond to the questions, or just make the following comments:
- It is complete 100% bullshit politics that we should have to respond to such skewed questions when so many people commented in favor of full protection of our roadless areas the first time around.
- The roadless policy rule, as originally passed, should be kept as is.
- No timber harvest in roadless areas.
- No road building in roadless areas.
- All national forests should be included within the rule, including the Tongass, with no phase-in periods.
Send comments to:
USDA-Forest Service -- CAT
Attention: Roadless ANPR Comments,
P.O. Box 221090,
Salt Lake City, Utah, 84122;
via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org;
or via facsimile to: 1-801-296-4090, Attention: Roadless ANPR Comments.