The U.S. Forest Service has released new regulations for forest management that are remarkably similar to regulations that a federal judge struck down last year. Under the new rules, species’ sustainability will not be evaluated individually; instead, the focus will be on overall habitat. A coalition of green groups have sued, saying the rules loosen protections for wildlife. Says one Earthjustice lawyer, “This is a parting gift from the Bush administration to the timber industry.”

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