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New US Forest Service rule could speed up treatment of beetle-kill areas

from Summit Daily

Some public lands with beetle kill in Summit County, Utah, soon could be fast-tracked for U.S. Forest Service treatment under a new rule. The federal agency would use the rule to designate land affected by insect and disease epidemics all over the country for expedited review, which would mean less environmental analysis and more required community collaboration. “Folks have been asking for a long time how can we get this work done faster without undermining some of the environmental safeguards,” said Noah Koerper, Central Mountains regional director for U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet. more

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