Thus, as I began to delve into the BLM's draft EIS for its latest management plan, and with the ill-fated WOPR
in mind, I fully expected to find more of the same.
, which the BLM rammed through in the final days of the George W.
Environmentalists almost immediately filed suit against WOPR
, alleging that the BLM failed to adequately consider the plan's effects on salmon and northern spotted owls, both at risk of extinction, as required by federal law.
After the WOPR
was withdrawn, a judge dismissed all the pending cases.
It took the BLM five years to write WOPR
and cost the agency $18.
would have created thousands of jobs had it been implemented.
turned out to be "legally indefensible" simply because it is an attempt to justify a pre-conceived decision rather than provide a documentation of an objective analysis leading to a rational choice from a list of reasonable alternatives, as called for by existing regulations.
would have unnecessarily weakened the Northwest Forest Plan that currently governs land management for both the United States Forest Service and BLM in the Pacific Northwest.
The Bush administration approved the Western Oregon Plan Revision, or WOPR
, as it became known, into law Dec.
If the secretary had given the plans an appropriate opportunity to be implemented and allowed the merits of WOPR
properly defended in the courts, a sustainable approach to long-term forest management would have been put in place.
In the end, the WOPR
couldn't pass legal or scientific muster, but it did serve to waste a lot of time and precious taxpayer dollars.
But he opposed the WOPR
as excessive and believes an alternate strategy could significantly increase timber production - and provide funding to counties - by focusing on thinning rather than clear-cutting and logging old growth.