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Obama administration gets local feedback on forest planning rules changes

Oregon Wild, other conservation groups critical of proposal

The U.S. Forest Service will gather public comments from area residents on the Obama administration's proposed forest planning rules.

Two sessions take place on Friday, March 25, at the Portland Sheraton Airport Hotel, 8235 N.E. Airport Way, at 8:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m.

The hotel is near the Mt. Hood stop of the MAX Red Line.

Proposed revisions to the National Forest Management Act will help guide management decisions for 155 national forests, including Mt. Hood, Willamette, Deschutes and others in the Northwest.

Portland-based Oregon Wild and other conservation groups say the rules will weaken 1982 environmental safeguards set by the Reagan administration.

To read Oregon Wild's concerns, see: http://www.oregonwild.org/about/press-room/press-releases/obama-and-vilsack-disappoint-with-new-national-forest-planning-rules.