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Exercising the Right to Object: A Brief History of the Forest Service Appeals Process

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The USDA Forest Service has had a long association with the public in regard to managing the national forests. Appeals of certain decisions by local agency officials have been available since 1907. Over the past century, the procedures have adjusted to changing times by shifting back and forth from formal to informal, and from management by the agency to management by independent boards. Today, Forest Service appeals are managed by the agency with separate processes for forest plans, projects, and permits and special uses. The purposes of appeals and how they help or hinder Forest Service decisions remain controversial.
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Keywords: USDA Forest Service; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; law; natural resource management; natural resources; policy

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: Director, Timber Access and Supply, American Forest & Paper Association 1111 19th Street, Suite 800 Washington DC 20036, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 2004-03-01

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