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NEPA Rulemaking Would Nix Public Participation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** July 10, 2019        CONTACT:  Davis Mounger 423.877.4616     wdmounger@yahoo.com Changing Rules for Public Input Threatens National Forest Management Integrity Public Comment Period ends August 12 ATLANTA-  If the Forest Service has its way, a proposed rule will radically limit the right of citizens to have a voice on the future management of the 188 million acres of the National Forest system.  Under the guise of supposedly streamlining forest management, the public will lose much of its ability to comment on the agency’s projects and long-term management plans.  “It will be the end of one of the best parts
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Heartwood’s Unseen Presence Instrumental in Stopping Natural Gas Pipelines

by Ernie Reed, Heartwood family Here in Virginia, the specter of two proposed natural gas pipelines, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline  (ACP) and the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) looms large.  Over 4 ½ years ago, when the public first got wind of them, virtually no one in Virginia had any experience or knowledge of how to combat the threat. Fast forward to today and the ACP has had 4 federal permits vacated by Federal Courts and the MVP builders have publicly speculated the “the MVP may not ever get built.” Unprecedented community organizing and advocacy, collaborative teams of attorneys and organizations,
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Op Ed- Prescribed Fire and the Shawnee National Forest

Prescribed Fire and the Shawnee   By John B. Wallace   The 2018 Illinois Prescribed Fire Council Winter Symposium was eye opening.  As a skeptic, I had hoped to gather more information on a topic of which data was lacking.  I expected an agenda laced with pro fire propaganda but afterwards was frankly motivated to delve head first into this topic, much more thoroughly than I had planned.  Sadly, the public land management professionals and academicians giving presentations displayed a familiar arrogance by flippantly dismissing public sentiment, by expressing an extreme management outlook and by ultimately showing disdain for environmental
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