Federal Public Land Law Turns 40
Director Nie’s perspective on the 40th Anniversary of the National Forest Management Act and the Federal Land Policy Management Act, as published by High Country News.
This perspective paper takes on the most controversial issue in modern national forest management—the charge of “environmental obstructionism” and the purported abuse of the courts by environmental interests. The paper goes beyond the clichés and soundbites to learn more about the views, issues and policy implications at the core of the debate.
Proposed Transfer of Public Lands
Director Nie corrects false claims and provides some historical and political context regarding current efforts to transfer and privatize Western federal lands.
Nie’s presentation “The West Against Itself…Again,” providing historical and political context regarding efforts to transfer federal lands to the states (2013). (powerpoint in PDF format)
Throughout the United States, national forests are beginning the process of revising national forest plans. These plans must be written in accordance with the National Forest Management Act (NFMA) and the agency’s 2012 planning regulations. Many citizens will be new to this process, and those experienced in forest planning will find several differences in how plans were written under the old regulations compared to the new planning rule.
Forest plans play a significant role in shaping how our national forests are managed, from the types of uses and activities that are permitted to the environmental protections afforded to water and wildlife. There is a lot at stake and forest planning is a complicated process. To help sort things out, the Bolle Center asked Jonathan Haber, a former Forest Service planning specialist, to write a policy paper focused on what people should know about and pay attention to in the revision of national forest plans. Haber’s analysis, based on years of experience in forest planning, will help guide citizens though this important process.
Download the paper (pdf)