Skip to comments.Federal judge rejects Bush plan to log in Sequoia forest
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.
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.
Harvard College, A.B., 1963
University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 1966
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
What's the judge going to do if the forest burns to the ground? Thinning is a good practice.
Like this is really Bush's plan. He stayed up all night and cooked it up.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Could this be executive order material?
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.
IIRC that environmental thing that was forced on this nation sure did work well for the shuttles O-Ring.
"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.
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.
But don't pretend it has aynthing to do with fire prevention, that's obviously ridiculous.
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."