Statement on executive order undermining environmental review

Statement on executive order undermining environmental review

ConservationNWAdmin / Jun 05, 2020 / National Forests, Public Lands, Restoring Wildlife

In response to the Trump Administration’s executive order undermining the National Environmental Policy Act and Endangered Species Act, Conservation Northwest released the following statement:

President Trump has issued an executive order invoking an emergency section of federal law allowing significant environmental harm to wildlife and habitat without the normal Endangered Species Act and National Environmental Policy Act requirements. These laws require public input, scientific review and transparency in federal timber sales and other development projects on public lands. The executive order waives environmental laws in order to speed approval of federal projects.

“This is the Trump administration’s latest attack on sensible environmental laws that protect wildlife and public lands,” said Dave Werntz, Science and Conservation Director. “Now using the pandemic as a cloak to further sweep aside community voices and accountability, this is an imprudent decision and risk to our natural heritage.”

READ more in THIS STATEMENT FROM THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION, OR OUR JOINT COMMENTS WE PREVIOUSLY SUBMITTED AGAINST THIS PROPOSAl.
The National Environmental Policy Act gives communities a voice on how federal actions on public lands will impact their livelihoods. Photo: Eric Zamora