Magazine article American Forests

President Announces Forest Initiative

Magazine article American Forests

President Announces Forest Initiative

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In an executive order designed to "launch one of the largest land preservation efforts in America's history," President Clinton announced plans to permanently protect at least 40 million acres of federal forestland from road construction, logging, and other development.

Under the proposal, the Forest Service would develop regulations to protect inventoried roadless areas and establish a way to evaluate activities on the remaining, univentoried roadless areas. The rulemaking process includes a public review and comment period.

"Within our national forests there are large parcels of land that don't contain roads of any kind, and, in most cases, never have," President Clinton said in his October 13 announcement at Virginia's George Washington and Jefferson National Forest.

"From the beautiful stretch of the Alleghenys . . . to the old-growth canyonlands of Tahoe National Forest, these areas represent some of the last, best, unprotected wildland anywhere in our nation. They offer unparalleled opportunities for hikers, hunters, and anglers. They're absolutely critical to the survival of many endangered species," he said.

The proposal's implications are currently unclear and have drawn mixed reactions from environmental groups, politicians, and foresters. …

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