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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">The new rules give economic activity equal priority with preserving the ecological health of the forests in making management decisions and in potentially liberalizing caps on how much timber can be taken from a forest.<br>
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One-quarter of U.S. species at risk of extinction -- including more than 25 species of trout and salmon -- live in national forests, according to the conservation group NatureServe. Large animals such as grizzly bears, wolves and elk depend on the forests' large, undisturbed swaths of land for habitat.<br><br>
"The end result of all this is there will be more logging and less conservation of wildlife," said Mike Leahy, natural resources counsel for Defenders of Wildlife. "They're not going to provide enough land for these species to hang on."</td>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying">. But I'm not surprised.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: UGH!!<br><br>
So irritated. I love the lack of environmental review for logging companies!!<br><br>
4 more years of this <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/censored.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="censored">
 

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Yes, I read about this too. It's absolutely sick. I'm reading "Song for the Blue Ocean" by Carl Safina, a researcher, writer, and investigator about water-related conservation, animal issues, etc. and it speaks about this particular issue (among others) with the salmon not having any water even though the land is preserved and having no trees and snags in the water on which they depend to hide on their way back and forth between the ocean and river.<br><br>
Not to mention the impact on the Native Americans who are still living in these places - some of whom lost their land a long time ago through shady business and therefore the Federal Government can't even regulate what is done to that land.
 
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