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Title

Administrative and judicial review of NEPA decisions: risk factors and risk minimizing strategies for the Forest Service - literature review
Document Type: Report
Author(s): Audrey Bixler; R. Patrick Bixler; Autumn Ellison; Cassandra Moseley
Publication Year: 2016

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
  • land management
  • literature review
  • NEPA - National Environmental Policy Act
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Record Last Modified: November 8, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 22498

Description

Changes in land use and management practices throughout the past century-in addition to drought and other stressors exacerbated by climate change-have degraded the nation’s forests and led to overgrowth and accumulation of hazardous fuels (GAO 2015). Because of these fuels, some forests now see high-severity fires that threaten communities as well as important natural and cultural resources. Restoring desired vegetation conditions, which can often be accomplished through mechanical thinning or prescribed burning, are central objectives of restoration and fuel reduction projects carried out by federal land management agencies. However, prior to implementing restoration projects or any other major action that may result in a significant impact on the environment, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 requires federal land management agencies to conduct an environmental analysis to consider and fully disclose potential impacts.

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Bixler, Audrey; Bixler, R. Patrick; Ellison, Autumn; Moseley, Cassandra. 2016. Administrative and judicial review of NEPA decisions: risk factors and risk minimizing strategies for the Forest Service - literature review. Ecosystem Workforce Program Working Paper Number 66. Northwest Fire Science Consortium. 48 p.