In violation of the National Environmental Policy Act, the District Ranger, Susan Jeheber-Matthews states that the Forest Service is not required to include environmental analysis of activities on private lands in their cumulative effects analysis:
"we have no jurisdiction or right to access those properties for the purpose of environmental analysis. The analysis of direct, indirect or cumulative effects includes effect of activities on National Forest System lands only."
She further states that, "Although response to public comment is not required under PL 104-19, I would like to address several of your statements." (emphasis added)
"This ties into the salvaging of the timber in the Tobacco Roots. And are we really trying to do something that is appealable?? ...The timing of this decision is important as to whether or not it will be appealable also...Wildlife Standards - current standards would allow burning of everything without a problem, yet harvesting could be a problem. Is it possible to do this project and waive amending the Forest Plan??" (emphasis added).
Here's a map of Salvage Sales in the Wild Rockies, and the Threats to the Northern Rockies that they pose.
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