BLM Proposes to Eliminate Protest Period for Timber Sales

by | Jun 21, 2020

The Bureau of Land Management has moved to eliminate the 15-day protest period following timber sales on public lands, which has been in place since 1984. In its proposal BLM notes, “This change would help the BLM achieve the original purpose of the process, expediting the implementation of timber management decisions, while still providing ample opportunity for public comment and input, including, but not limited to, comment during the NEPA review process.” However the “NEPA review process” was recently suspended by a Trump executive order. Status: Public comment period closes August 7, 2020.

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