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Forests
Chest bump to the Tenth Circuit, chest bump to the 2001 roadless rule.  The biggest remaining swath of unprotected wild America is now, finally, protected. The appeals court reinstated the rule, which blocks logging and road construction on 49 million acres of public forests. In a mammoth 120 page opinion, the court overturned a Wyoming federal court’s...
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    Elizabeth O’Nan lives alone on an 80 acre “island” of land she owns in the middle the Pisgah National Forest in northwestern North Carolina. O’Nan is 86 years old. Her property is accessible only by a small forest service road, over which she holds an easement. In December of 2010, the Forest Service...
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Gibson Guitar Corp., one of the most widely known makers of guitars in the world, was recently raided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a failure in the compliance arena. It was not for a violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, U.K. Bribery Act, OFAC or other more widely recognized anti-corruption statutes....
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Administrative rulemaking is a challenging way to manage public lands. The relative ease with which each new administration can reverse policy is particularly troublesome with regard to the conservation of roadless areas. The history of wilderness preservation shows that however sincere the promises of protection in administrative orders and plans may be, “anything less than...
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