Logging Plan on Yellowstone Border Shows Limits of Biden Climate Policy

"Despite new “guidance,” the Forest Service moves to clear-cut mature pines in Montana without a detailed accounting of the cost in carbon emissions."

"U.S. government agencies are expected to quantify the climate impact of their actions under new guidance issued by President Joe Biden’s administration at the start of this year.

But last month, the U.S. Forest Service decided to move forward with a 16,000-acre logging project on the border of Yellowstone National Park without applying the new White House guidance, which would have involved a detailed projection of the resulting greenhouse gas emissions.

The Forest Service said it was already in the final stages of developing its management plan for the South Plateau in Custer Gallatin National Forest in Montana when the White House Council on Environmental Quality delivered the new guidance to federal agencies on Jan. 9."

Marianne Lavelle reports for Inside Climate News April 7, 2023.

Source: Inside Climate News, 04/10/2023