BREAKING: The Obama administration today proposed a new forest-planning rule that will guide the management of 155 nationals forests and grasslands across the United States.
The following is a statement from Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife:
“The Obama administration’s proposed forest-planning rule offers a laudable new vision for our nation’s forests and grasslands, charting a course to protect and restore our forests, wildlife and water.
“The administration deserves credit for the genuine effort that it made to respond to public comments. Although we strongly support this historic shift in direction, we remain concerned about the adequacy of its wildlife conservation provisions and worry that the forest-planning rule makes promises that it can’t fully deliver.
“Defenders of Wildlife will be reviewing the rule more closely with an eye on improvements that can be made to ensure stronger protections for wildlife before the rule is finalized in 30 days.”