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Federal judge rejects Bush plan to log in Sequoia forest
ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 8/22/06 | Terence Chea - ap

Posted on 08/22/2006 12:07:25 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Bush administration plan to allow commercial logging in the Giant Sequoia National Monument violates environmental laws.

U.S. District Court Judge Charles R. Breyer sided with environmental groups that sued the U.S. Forest Service over plans to manage the 328,000-acre preserve, home to two-thirds of the world's largest trees.

In the lawsuit filed last year, the Sierra Club and other conservation groups said the forest management plan was a scientifically suspect strategy meant to satisfy timber interests under the guise of wildfire prevention.

In September last year, Breyer issued a preliminary injunction to halt further logging in the national monument created by President Clinton in 2000.

The Forest Service had said the plan to allow "thinning" of some trees was aimed at meeting fire prevention goals.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: bush; environment; envirowackos; federaljudge; login; plan; rejects; sequoiaforest; sierraclub

1 posted on 08/22/2006 12:07:27 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge
How many times do the wild fires have to burn out of control before the Eviro wackos wake up to reality that THEIR "Do nothing ever" mindset IS interfering in the management of forests?
2 posted on 08/22/2006 12:09:00 PM PDT by MNJohnnie ( Elections are more important then the feelings of the POS Cons (Perpetually Offended Syndrome))
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To: NormsRevenge
Bush administration plan to allow commercial logging in the Giant Sequoia National Monument violates environmental laws.

So do Michael Moore and Helen Thomas.
3 posted on 08/22/2006 12:09:24 PM PDT by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Breyer, Charles R.
Born 1941 in San Francisco, CA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U. S. District Court, Northern District of California
Nominated by William J. Clinton on July 24, 1997, to a seat vacated by D. Lowell Jensen; Confirmed by the Senate on November 8, 1997, and received commission on November 12, 1997.

Education:
Harvard College, A.B., 1963

University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 1966

Professional Career:
Law clerk, Hon. Oliver Carter, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1966-1967
Counsel, Legal Aid Society of San Francisco, California, 1967
Assistant district attorney, District Attorney's Office, City & County of San Francisco, California, 1967-1973
Assistant special prosecutor, Watergate Special Prosecution Force, 1973-1974
Private practice, San Francisco, California, 1974-1979
Chief assistant district attorney, District Attorney's Office, City and County of San Francisco, California, 1979
Private practice, San Francisco, California, 1980-1997

Race or Ethnicity: White

Gender: Male


4 posted on 08/22/2006 12:10:03 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: NormsRevenge

What's the judge going to do if the forest burns to the ground? Thinning is a good practice.


5 posted on 08/22/2006 12:10:08 PM PDT by L98Fiero (Evil is an exact science)
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To: NormsRevenge

Like this is really Bush's plan. He stayed up all night and cooked it up.


6 posted on 08/22/2006 12:10:42 PM PDT by misterrob
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To: NormsRevenge
Sigh.

Charles R. Breyer, Another Clintonista

7 posted on 08/22/2006 12:11:23 PM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: MNJohnnie
You're assuming that they actually care about the forest.

The only thing that motivates "enviros" is the prospect that they can prevent somebody from making a dollar.
8 posted on 08/22/2006 12:11:48 PM PDT by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: NormsRevenge

If we log, we lose some trees. If we don't log, we lose all the trees.

I'm confused about the environmentalists' logic. It would seem to me that some judicious logging that prevents wild fires is a good idea. Let them pick the trees they want to save, and then cut them down in reverse order. The ones they picked first remain, the ones they picked last will go on to build mansions for Hollywood elites.


9 posted on 08/22/2006 12:12:13 PM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: NormsRevenge

Let 'em burn to the ground, but don't DARE let undergrowth be cleared to manage it...someone might make MONEY (perish the thought) by managing it.


10 posted on 08/22/2006 12:13:26 PM PDT by traditional1
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To: NormsRevenge
U.S. District Court Judge Charles R. Breyer wants to burn down all the big trees at Sequoia.

He's deranged.

11 posted on 08/22/2006 12:15:17 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: NormsRevenge

Patrick Moore was one of the original founders of Greenpeace. He had an epiphany when he realized that it was necessary to work with businesses and not be strictly confrontational. He has a saying "Save every forest, not every tree."

Here's a lengthy paper he wrote about healthy forests.

http://www.greenspirit.com/printable.cfm?msid=30


12 posted on 08/22/2006 12:16:28 PM PDT by TMD (Get Planned Parenthood out of our schools!)
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To: MNJohnnie
How many times do the wild fires have to burn out of control before the Eviro wackos wake up to reality that THEIR "Do nothing ever" mindset IS interfering in the management of forests?

Wildfire is good for the forests. The problems come from building in a fire prone area, and expecting others to rescue you from disaster. It sorta reminds me of other greedy folk! FEMA will take care of you!


13 posted on 08/22/2006 12:19:51 PM PDT by pageonetoo (You'll spot their posts soon enough!)
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To: misterrob

Heck, from the headline, it sounds like President Bush was planning to head out there with a chain saw, and start logging the place himself.

Anyhow, another day, another political decision from a Clinton-appointed federal judge.


14 posted on 08/22/2006 12:21:20 PM PDT by B Knotts (Newt '08!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Could this be executive order material?


15 posted on 08/22/2006 12:32:42 PM PDT by Niteranger68 (I gigged your peace frog.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Another judge has his head up where the sun don't shine. Forest management is one of the best tools we have to make the forest environmentally safer.
16 posted on 08/22/2006 12:34:38 PM PDT by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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I guess it is getting to the point where everyone else in the country can kick back and do nothing. The judges will claim expertise to decide everything. We might as well close down the forest service and department of interior and let the know-it-all layers run everything.


17 posted on 08/22/2006 12:46:02 PM PDT by ClaireSolt (.)
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To: Logical me

IIRC that environmental thing that was forced on this nation sure did work well for the shuttles O-Ring.


18 posted on 08/22/2006 12:47:54 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("If you liked what Liberal Leadership did for Israel, you'll LOVE what it can do for America!")
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To: MNJohnnie

"How many times do the wild fires have to burn out of control before the Eviro wackos wake up to reality that THEIR "Do nothing ever" mindset IS interfering in the management of forests?"

Not until a few of the treehuggers get bbq'd in the forest fire.


19 posted on 08/22/2006 12:48:02 PM PDT by Leatherneck_MT (In a world where Carpenters come back from the dead, ALL things are possible.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Race or Ethnicity: White. No he is Caucasian.

Gender: Male. His sex is male but his gender can be either masculine of feminine.

Liberals seek to change the meanings of words to suit their politican aims.
I'll remain a conservative and not muddy the issues with liberal oriented word meanings such as gender. To the liberals their are, I believe, seven genders.


20 posted on 08/22/2006 12:49:05 PM PDT by em2vn
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To: NormsRevenge
Clearly if the trees have been there 1000 years, neither the logging nor the environmentalists tree sitters are needed to keep them alive. Let the loggers log, and let the environmentalists fight to save the good stands of trees and get a balance.

But don't pretend it has aynthing to do with fire prevention, that's obviously ridiculous.

21 posted on 08/22/2006 12:51:37 PM PDT by palmer (Money problems do not come from a lack of money, but from living an excessive, unrealistic lifestyle)
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To: NormsRevenge
The giant Sequoias have been there when there was logging and when there wasn't. As long as they aren't the trees being cut down, and the area they are in isn't affected by erosion from any nearby logging operations, they will be there for several hundred years.
The National Forests are owned and operated by the Department of Agriculture. Trees regardless of their size are a renewable resource. Some many take longer than others to renew, but they come back. It's farming on a grand scale. Any terrorist that would drive a spike into a tree to discourage logging should be shot on sight and buried without a marker.
22 posted on 08/22/2006 1:23:40 PM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: NormsRevenge

I see you've been blessed with one of those wonderful Berkeley communists helping out CA. We have one in my state named Gov. Granholm. She majored in soviet socialism at Berkeley. When she wrote up a state land use plan, the only two items missing were guards with machine guns at the gulags.

She's running for re-election under the slogan: "Four more years for Uncle Joe or Uncle Ho - take your pick."


23 posted on 08/22/2006 5:04:25 PM PDT by sergeantdave (Nothing happens in a vacuum until I get there - the 4th Law of Physics)
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