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Posted by: thepinetree on 11/18/2020 11:45 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 11/18/2020 11:45 PM
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Forest Service Announces Key Changes to NEPA Procedures

Washington, DC...The USDA Forest Service today announced the publication of a final rule implementing key changes to its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations. The changes include new tools and flexibilities to tackle critical land management challenges as part of a broader agency effort to better serve the American people through timely, high-quality management decisions affecting infrastructure, permitting and restoration of natural resources on their national forests and grasslands.

“These changes will ensure we do the appropriate level of environmental analysis to fit the work, locations and conditions,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “The new categorical exclusions will ultimately improve our ability to maintain and repair the infrastructure people depend on to use and enjoy their national forests – such as roads, trails, campgrounds and other facilities.”

Categorical exclusions are a type of analysis for certain activities that typically do not have significant environmental effects. The rule establishes new or revised categorical exclusions that eliminate redundant efforts, allowing for previous environmental analyses to be used to support new decisions under certain circumstances, among other efficiencies.

The Forest Service finalized the regulations following its review of extensive public engagement and decades of experience complying with NEPA, one of the nation’s foundational environmental laws. The changes will allow Forest Service officials to concentrate resources on projects that are potentially more complex or have greater public interest, while also meeting NEPA requirements and fully honoring the agency’s environmental stewardship and public engagement responsibilities.

The updated regulations will publish tomorrow, Nov. 19 in the Federal Register and will take effect immediately. For additional details about the rule, visit

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Burn baby burn
Posted on: 2020-11-19 01:53:42   By: Anonymous
Just burn it all down

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-11-19 05:22:22   By: Anonymous
Yeah I have a comment; Why is SPI allowed to leave their precious land the way they do??? Talk about fire 🔥 hazard!

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    Posted on: 2020-11-19 05:57:49   By: Anonymous
    ^ there's nothing left to burn when there done logging.

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      Posted on: 2020-11-19 06:31:08   By: Anonymous
      Spi does a much better job than the Forest Service

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        Posted on: 2020-11-19 06:39:04   By: Anonymous
        Amen. All it takes is a ride around the Rim fire scar to see that.

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          Posted on: 2020-11-19 06:43:42   By: Anonymous
          Does the trump administration have anything to do with this ?

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          Posted on: 2020-11-19 06:46:20   By: Anonymous
          You must not get out much. Go out to beaver creek Bridge sometime. Phuck spi

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            Posted on: 2020-11-19 07:25:56   By: Anonymous
            There all the time, buckaroo. All the Beaver creek bridges, in fact.
            I stand by the statement that SPI does a much better job than the Forest Disservice.

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    Posted on: 2020-11-19 06:58:13   By: Anonymous
    Maybe SPI gets to use their land the way they like because IT'S THEIR LAND! And you know what? By and large they leave it open so that you may enjoy it too. Half the forest land around here that you get to enjoy belongs to them. Maybe be thankful they even allow you on it. Ya think?

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      Posted on: 2020-11-19 07:09:58   By: Anonymous
      I agree with your comment. About 10- 12 years ago SO I spent a ton of money picking up all the garbage people left at Beaver Creek. People camping, using their property and the campers and visitors left tons of garbage, and still SPI let's us use and enjoy THEIR property.
      As for how it looks now, you can't just go in, log it, then in a day or two clean it up.
      What would be nice it people who go in 'our" forest would actually clean up after themselves. It seems every year it gets worse.

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        Posted on: 2020-11-19 07:41:13   By: Anonymous
        SPI, not SO, phone puts in its own damn word. One day I may proof read.

        Thanks SPI for letting us play on YOUR PROPERTY, even though many who do, abuse it with their garbage, locals do it just as Flatlanders

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      Posted on: 2020-11-19 07:12:35   By: Anonymous
      Tree huggers need to stfu this is part of their mess they help to create.

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        Re: tree hugger
        Posted on: 2020-11-19 08:07:58   By: Anonymous
        What about areas they logged in the past? Thats the big question. Before being forced into doing things right. Hell I got needle nazis coming around every year

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Thank you alice!
Posted on: 2020-11-19 08:50:30   By: Anonymous
No doubt our local Nepa authority alice Montgomery has a hand in this.

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