• Antiquities Act

    Designating Lands as “Special“—and Facing the Consequences The west is abounding with awe-inspiring scenes of mountain meadows, towering canyons, and rushing rivers. Many of these beautiful and bountiful areas have inspired Congress and some American presidents to designate them as “special.” Unfortunately, these special designations inevitably result in the curtailing

  • Forest Service Planning Rule

    The National Forest Management Act (NFMA) requires the US Forest Service (USFS) to put in place a “planning rule” under which individual forests then develop specific management plans. Presently, USFS is operating under the transition provisions of the 2000 planning rule; however, a new planning rule is in the process