WASHINGTON OUTLOOK.As President Bush assembles his leadership team for natural resource a ad environmental issues, we wander what effect it will have an important initiatives of the previous administration and Congress. Most immediately, we ore watching to see how the new administration responds to the national forest roadless-area policy signed by President Clinton days before he left office.
Those actions will set a political tone in Washington and could affect the outcome of other environmental policies.
We also ore anxiaus to see how the new administration will engage in issues related to communities and collaboration with state and local governments. We will need to see more details on the President's fiscal year 2002 budget proposal to understand how it views the importance of funding initiatives that strengthen and build partnerships with communities for forest protection, restoration, and stewardship stewardship
the occupation of being a steward or custodian. Referring to animals it implies the caring sort of relationship based on an acceptance of the need to include the rights of animals in overall plans to maintain financial viability. .
The roadless policy that President Clinton signed in early January provides greater protection for nearly 60 million acres of inventoried roadless areas by prohibiting road construction and timber harvest, except for limited circumstances CIRCUMSTANCES, evidence. The particulars which accompany a fact.
2. The facts proved are either possible or impossible, ordinary and probable, or extraordinary and improbable, recent or ancient; they may have happened near us, or afar off; they are public or where small-diameter trees may be cut to protect certain values or improve roadless-area characteristics.
AMERICAN FORESTS American Forests is a nonprofit conservation organization that promotes healthy forests and urban tree planting.
The organization was established in 1875 as the American Forestry Association, by physician/horticulturist John Aston Warder and a group of like-minded citizens supports this final role because it protects large-stale roadless areas that provide significant ecological ecological
emanating from or pertaining to ecology.
the state of balance in an ecosystem when its inhabitants have established their permanent relationships with each services for all species, human and nonhuman. We believe the country is in a period when it should focus national forest investments on the restoration and mointenonce of areas that already have roads. This focus should include a strong emphasis on collaboration and learning so we can reduce the conflict that has surrounded notional no·tion·al
1. Of, containing, or being a notion; mental or imaginary.
2. Speculative or theoretical.
3. forest issues for the post two decodes.
Although AMERICAN FORESTS supports the final rodless-area rule, we have concerns about the process by which it was developed. We expressed these concerns to the U.S. Forest Service in comments on the earlier draft proposal, but the final rule does not reflect these concerns.
To us, the roadless proposal seemed to be isolated from other major policy proposals that called for "collaborative stewardship" and increased investments in maintaining and improving the agency's existing notional forest road system. By not integrating well with these other proposals, the roadless area policy appears to be a "top-down" initiative that gives little concern to collaboration or to the future prospects of communities it would affect. These shortcomings A shortcoming is a character flaw.
Shortcomings may also be:
tr.v. al·ien·at·ed, al·ien·at·ing, al·ien·ates
1. To cause to become unfriendly or hostile; estrange: alienate a friend; alienate potential supporters by taking extreme positions. many in the West, officials at the local and state levels, and people in rural communities who were generally supportive of increased protection for roadless areas.
That situation potentially sets the stage for the new administration or Congress to attempt to reverse the policy as a political response to this top-dawn process. But despite imposing a moratorium A suspension of activity or an authorized period of delay or waiting. A moratorium is sometimes agreed upon by the interested parties, or it may be authorized or imposed by operation of law. delaying the rule's start date until May, the administration does not seem inclined to take steps to take action; to move in a matter.
See also: Step to reverse President Clinton's environmental initiatives. The new administration appears to be looking forward, and we're cautiously optimistic op·ti·mist
1. One who usually expects a favorable outcome.
2. A believer in philosophical optimism.
op about a positive tone for debate on environmental issues. This tone, we hope, will create opportunity for bipartisan discussion and collaboration with state and local governments, as well as community groups.
A related concern is how President Bush's natural resource and environment leadership will respond to recent initiatives that provided significant investment and support for collaborative efforts with state and local governments as well as with local citizen groups, nonprofit organizations Nonprofit Organization
An association that is given tax-free status. Donations to a non-profit organization are often tax deductible as well.
Examples of non-profit organizations are charities, hospitals and schools. , and small businesses involved in forestland for·est·land
A section of land covered with forest or set aside for the cultivation of forests. protection and restoration. last fall, Congress and the Clinton administration Noun 1. Clinton administration - the executive under President Clinton
executive - persons who administer the law agreed--through negotiation and bipartisan effort--to significant new funding for forest conservation and stewardship in and around urban areas. This support appeared in Title VIII of last year's Interior Appropriations bill, with increases for the U.S. forest Service's Urban and Community Forestry and Forest Legacy programs.
Congress and the Clinton administration also committed to significant investment and new authorities for a long-term strategy to reduce wildfire risks around threatened communities. This support appeared in Title IV of last year's Interior Appropriations bill. With our partners, we will urge the new administration to continue these initiatives and to provide resources to help strengthen the capacity of communities to participate in efforts to protect, restore, and maintain healthy forest ecosystems Forest ecosystem
The entire assemblage of organisms (trees, shrubs, herbs, bacteria, fungi, and animals, including people) together with their environmental substrate (the surrounding air, soil, water, organic debris, and rocks), interacting inside a defined .
With respect to community-based forestry in urban and rural areas, we hope the Bush administration will understand and strengthen the important federal role in these collaborative initiatives, yes, federal budgets are tight and there is a tendency to focus on direct management responsibilities. But the responsibility for and control of these initiatives should not be transferred to states or local jurisdictions. Federal leadership and participation are essential to provide community-based initiatives with technical assistance, to encourage open collaboration to address ecosystem sustainability at landscape scales with many landowners and government jurisdictions, and to help ensure that the national interest is given sufficient attention in local, place-based activities.