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Monday, October 31, 2005

Environment - More on Great Lakes issues; logging Indiana' state forests

The Washington Post yesterday had a story titled "States, Canada Move to Block Sales of Water." A quote:

Great Lakes governors and Canadian premiers decided in 2001 to prevent any future large-scale water sales.

Final drafts of two agreements that would attempt to limit water diversions are to be finished by the end of the year.

Though no large-scale diversions are currently on the table, smaller battles over water diversion are raging.

And here is the report of The Great Lakes Interagency Task Force, mentioned in an ILB entry yesterday. (Thanks to Ed Feigenbaum for the link.) And a report on the Report, from the Sunday South Bend Tribune: "The report, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency on behalf of a Cabinet-level task force Bush appointed in 2004, said federal officials had "serious concerns" with a draft version of the Great Lakes initiative released in July."

"Clearcutting the public’s land" is the headline to a story from the Bloomington Alternative, by Steven Higgs. It begins:

Kyle Hupfer came to Bloomington on Oct. 25 to defend his plan to clearcut Indiana State Forests as a science-based approach to public lands management.

But the director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) spent most of a 2½-hour public forum deflecting charges that his science is little more than thinly veiled cover for a radical political agenda.

Not only did Hupfer acknowledge that Gov. Mitch Daniels and his DNR plan to increase logging on the 150,000-acre state forest system by 400 percent, but they will clearcut “hundreds of acres a year,” in State Forester Jack Seifert’s words.

And they will cut trees in deep forest areas that have historically been off limits to chainsaws.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 31, 2005 09:31 AM
Posted to Environment