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Interior Reaches Deal to Revisit Trump-Era Timber Salvage Rule

Oct. 6, 2022, 4:12 PM

The Bureau of Land Management agreed to take steps to eliminate a Trump administration rule aimed at streamlining timber salvage projects, in a settlement with environmental groups who challenged the rule.

Judge Ann Aiken of the US District Court for the District of Oregon granted the parties’ joint motion to dismiss on Wednesday.

  • Environmental groups claimed the agency failed to prepare an environmental impact statement or environmental assessment when it issued the final Salvage CX rule.
  • The categorical exclusion exempts timber salvage projects smaller than 3,000 acres from more extensive environmental review.
  • The rule would destroy forest ecosystems that are ...