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An Interview with Mary O'Brien of The Grand Canyon Trust

Action Alert - Forest Service Ending Public Comment Periods

Episode 014 - Wilderness Podcast

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Adam Bronstein and Matt Mikkelsen

Release Date: August 4th, 2019

Hello. Thanks for tuning in to another episode. Unfortunately, this time around we will be putting the story of wilderness on the back-burner. The US Forest Service is proposing to do away with 98% of the incidences where they would seek public comment on project proposals under the National Environmental Policy Act otherwise known as NEPA. NEPA was enacted in 1970 and mandates that the Forest Service provide open comment periods for the public to weigh in and be apart of project planning and scoping. By doing away with the vast majority of mandated NEPA inclusions, this vital democratic process could be essentially tossed out of the window. Now, we could all be left in the dark.

 

In this episode, I speak with Mary O'Brien with the Grand Canyon Trust for some context and what makes NEPA so important. Please take a moment to send your comments on this proposal to the Forest Service. These are our lands and we must not lose our voice. Ironically, it could be the last comment you'll ever have a chance to submit. I sincerely hope this is not the case. Please visit www.ourforestsourvoice.org to submit your comments. You have until August 26th, 2019.