It looks like the horrible 2005 Bush rule governing forest management is a relic of the past. Monday, the government filed a motion to dismiss its appeal of a court decision striking down the Bush rule.

Bush Administration Abandons Effort to Undercut National Forest Protections

In memoriam:

Bush Administration tries again with new Forest Service regulations

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3 Responses to Bush Administration Abandons Effort to Undercut National Forest Protections

  1. Robert Hoskins says:


    We shouldn’t be so happy about this. The 2005 Rule was merely reconstituted into the 2007 rule with an accompanying EIS to meet the terms of the ruling of the Federal District Court in California; the lawsuit was a NEPA case. The USFS, and the evil Mark Rey, still intend to put a timber friendly planning rule into place.

    Once the FS issues the new rule, we can expect another lawsuit from Earthjustice; hopefully, this time the lawsuit will address substantive issues, such as violation of NFMA.


  2. Brian Ertz says:


    doesn’t mark rey have something better to do with his time ?

    like avoid jail time

  3. Robert Hoskins says:

    Friends in the USFS tell me the EIS massaged rule will be published either next month or in March.

    Rey has avoided jail so far; lucky him, unlucky us.



‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey