The United States Bureau of Land Management(“BLM”) has issued two national press releases with regard to two proposed policy changes which, if enacted, will be of benefit to Associated California Loggers members and others in the California timber industry.
The two policy proposals are:
ONE: Timber Salvage Reform. “A proposal to establish a new Categorical Exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which would streamline the agency’s review of routine timber salvage projects and operations.”
TWO: Timber Sale Protest Reform. “A change, for the first time in over 30 years, to a protest system which has proved counter to its intent: expediting timber management decisions. Changes to the protest process are proposed, which will not remove environmental protections that are in place.
Below, the two releases. PLEASE NOTE: Associated California Loggers Executive Director Eric Carleson, along with other state and national officials, are quoted in both releases.