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In Response to "RPA/NFMA--Time to Punt"

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In criticizing the Resources Planning Act (RPA) and the National Forest Management Act, Behan (Journal of Forestry 79:802--05) errs in thinking that repeal would reduce litigation over use of national forestlands. He errs again in holding that major controversies can be solved largely by local land managers. On the contrary, the legislation is beneficial. The planning it mandates, though costly, is helping national forest personnel to improve their management, and the data generated will increasingly provide a rational basis for deciding issues.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Legislative Assistant to Sen. John Melcher of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

Publication date: 1981-12-01

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