USDA Forest Service
||Contact: Joe Walsh, 202-205-1134
STATEMENT FROM USDA FOREST
SERVICE CHIEF DALE BOSWORTH
WASHINGTON, Dec. 27, 2001 -- "Under Secretary
Mark Rey's examination of the Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Amendment
and decision not to conduct a discretionary review validates the
hard work of so many Forest Service employees and numerous interested
individuals who have invested so much effort.
Regional Forester Jack Blackwell can now begin to analyze the aspects
of the plan that I addressed in my administrative appeal decision.
My decision outlines critical areas where the plan can be improved.
The regional forester's analysis will require refinement of the
plan and may require proposing amendments to it.
This is a complex and extremely important land use policy affecting
approximately 11.5 million acres of public land. I am confident
that under Regional Forester Jack Blackwell's leadership, he will
formulate an aggressive plan to implement my decision that continues
to engage local individuals and communities to protect and restore
the health of the land."