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Bush not all bad for forests: less logging, threats

Bob Berwyn
Summit County, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado ” President Bush has been maligned for policies perceived to be anti-environment, but as far as National Forest management, his administration was fairly hands-off, according to Andy Stahl, director of Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics.

Stahl said there was less logging on national forest lands under Bush than under Clinton, describing the administration’s approach as “red-state rhetoric and blue-state implementation.”

Bush’s current Forest Service Chief, Dale Bosworth, has targeted some key threats to national forests, including unrestrained and ecologically disastrous use by motorized off-road vehicles, as well as the scourge of invasive weeds displacing native vegetation.

The agency has made some progress in those areas under Bush, Stahl said.

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