Federal timber sale appeals process

Larry Harrell lhfotoware at hotmail.com
Sat Sep 14 07:21:54 EST 2002


I hope the Feds do NOT scrap the appeals process but, a revamping is
needed to stop the abuse of that process. Making the appeal process
less "formal" and allowing Forest Supervisors to address or throw out
"frivolous" appeals should help the "analysis paralysis" problem.
However, those Forest Supervisors need to held accountable, as well,
justifying their decisions. Also, the avenue to the courts should not
be blocked either. The public must NOT be shut out of the process.
Courts must also be forced to levy court costs on the filers of
frivolous lawsuits and bonds need to be posted before filing suit
against these types of projects.

This is going to be a difficult time, balancing the need to involve
the public and the need to expedite important restoration work. This
should NOT include salvage logging (excluding "thinning").

Any more thoughts?

Larry



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