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National Forest Management: The Contested Use of Collaboration and Litigation

Litigation over national forest management has received substantial attention from members of Congress who claim that “environmental obstructionists” are abusing the legal system; conversely, litigants criticize the U.S. Forest Service’...

The Important Role of Standards in National Forest Planning, Law, and Management

A focal point in conflict over U.S. national forest management is the writing of regulations and forest plans pursuant to the National Forest Management Act. One of the most contested questions in forest planning is what role...

Building Carbon Rights Infrastructure With REDD+ Incentives: A Multi-Scale Analysis in the Peruvian Amazon

Payments to avoid deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries have emerged as a key international strategy. Countries that have the greatest potential to host these market-based mechanisms are often characterized by...

The Questionable Origins and Longevity of the Tree Act

On May 22, 2008, a phenomenal event occurred in the taxation of timber: regular business corporations became entitled--for one year--to claim a tax rate of not over 15% on various kinds of dispositions of timber. The change arose under...

The Salvage Timber Sales Law: A Serious Threat to Public Lands Management

Despite the recent furor over the environmental damage threatened by the Republican-dominated 104th Congress, the so-called salvage logging bill—a rider on a budget-rescissions bill1—so far is one...