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New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 1 Taking the Lead on Climate Change - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 23 Bureau of Environmental Statistics - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 24 Treading Carefully With Environmental Information - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 22 Combatting Ignorance About US Water Quality - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 7 Making Electricity Markets Competitive - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 3 Carbon Tax to Reduce the Deficit - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 8 Cleaning Up Power Plant Emissions - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 25 Better Evaluation of Life Saving Environmental Regulations - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 4 Slaking Our Thirst for Oil - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
Chapter 5 Stimulating Renewable Energy - New Approaches on Energy and the Environment
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Streamlining Forest Service Planning
Roger A. Sedjo

Chapter 18 in New Approaches on Energy and the Environment: Policy Adivce for the President



The Forest Service has a complex and very costly process to create plans for the various national forests. It has been estimated that 40 percent of the total direct work of the agency is involved in planning, which consumes more than 20 percent of the national appropriations, several hundred million dollars.

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These plans often are not implemented, however, because of appeals and litigation, changing circumstances such as the creation of new critical habitat areas and roadless set-asides, or major disruptions as caused by wildfire.

Sir, I recommend that you dramatically revise and simplify the planning process.

You can do this without changing the existing legislation, although it may require a revised set of regulations. Simplifying and rationalizing the current forest planning process, which requires a huge amount of detail and the development of very long-term projections, could make planning far less costly, perhaps saving up to 40 percent of the current time and funding requirements.

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The amount of detail currently included in the plans is unnecessary, as the rapidly changing circumstances of the forest soon render most of the long-term plans obsolete. I propose a scaled-down planning process that would use an Environmental Management Systems (EMS) approach.



Roger A. Sedjo directs forest economics policy research, including global environmental problems, climate change and biodiversity, public lands, international forest sustainability, timber supply and trade, forest biotechnology, and land use change. He has written or edited 14 books related to forestry and natural resources.



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