The ruling means logging is set to resume, despite the threats it poses to wildlife.
Rural communities in Oregon paid millions of dollars for clean, safe drinking water because the state didn’t protect their watersheds from logging-related contamination.
The new rule will "authorize logging and other activities without following NEPA’s public notification and environmental review requirements."
Oregon’s timber industry has promoted the idea that private, logged lands are less prone to wildfires, but science doesn’t support that.
“Destructive development in the country’s largest national forest—such as extractive logging and expansive road building—will be catastrophic for generations to come,” warned Greenpeace.
Instead of stopping the burning of fossil fuels, which is an obvious way to reduce emissions and lower the risk of wildfires, the Trump administration chose a more corrupt route.