Just before he left office, President Clinton signed a law that put some 60 million acres of forest in the United States under federal control and off-limits to logging. Now President Bush is proposing to change those rules and give local control of those areas to the states where they’re located.
Dr. James Harding is a professor at Green Mountain College in Poultney and is an expert on management of public lands. He’s teaching a course this fall on the Adirondack Forest and says the Bush administration’s plan to return local control of forest areas to states is an illusory shift.
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