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Protecting Viable Wildlife Populations

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(Legal Document)

Case Number # 9599

A 1976 law requires the Forest Service to maintain viable populations of wildlife species on the national forests. In September 2004, the Bush administration rewrote rules adopted during the Reagan administation to gut what's called "viapops." In March 2007, the court ruled that the rewritten rules were invalid.

Press Releases

Thursday, February 10, 2011
Draft rule lacks hard and fast guidance to ensure protection of water and watersheds
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
U.S. Forest Service and timber industry drop appeals of District Court decision
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
A return to the days of localized extinction in America's national forests