Bridge | Opinion: Prioritize Michigan forest sustainability through NEPA reform

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From a young age we are taught the significance of one of Mother Nature’s most amazing resources: trees. They touch almost every aspect of our lives.  So smart planning and prioritization of efforts to sustain Michigan’s forests should be a top priority.  Unfortunately, common-sense forest management practices have fallen victim to the red-tape of one law that once was a pillar of environmental excellence, is now an obstacle to projects necessary to preserve this vital industry: the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Ratified in the 1970s under President Nixon, NEPA was a first of its kind effort that requires agencies in charge of giving the green light to our nation’s infrastructure projects to incorporate environmental considerations on private and public projects of all sorts, ranging from the expansion of our nation’s ports and highways to forestry management projects.