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New U.S. Forest Rules May Ease Lumber, Environmental Conflicts

February 03, 2012

Jan. 26 (Bloomberg) -- New rules for managing the nation’s national forests will require the best available science to balance recreation and conservation interests with those of loggers and miners, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.

The plan, unveiled today, recognize that the 193 million acres in the U.S. forest system are used for a variety of purposes, Vilsack said in a statement in an e-mailed statement. The proposal will be published in the Federal Register on Feb. 3 and may take affect later this year.

The rules “will safeguard our natural resources and provide a road map for getting work done on the ground that will restore our forests while providing job opportunities for local communities,” Vilsack said.

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