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Land Agency’s Protest Elimination Rule Draws New Lawsuit

Oct. 13, 2021, 8:15 PM

The Bureau of Land Management failed to justify its rule that eliminated the administrative protest process for timber sales, environmental groups told an Oregon federal court.

The agency’s decision takes away opportunities to improve federal-land management projects, according to the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. Cascadia Wildlands, the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, and Oregon Wild say the decision also increases their legal burden and moves administrative review from the agency to federal courts.

Previously, parties could file an administrative protest in a 15-day period after a timber sale was first advertised. If the agency ...

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