In another last-minute FU to the nation’s natural resources, the Bush administration is about to implement a agreement that would let Plum Creek Timber pave roads through Forest Service land, the Washington Post reports. Plum Creek Timber is lately in the real estate business, converting mountain acreage in the West to housing tracts.
Mark E. Rey, the former timber lobbyist who heads the Forest Service, last week signaled his intent to formalize the controversial change before the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. As a candidate, Obama campaigned against the measure in Montana, where local governments complained of being blindsided by Rey’s negotiating the policy shift behind closed doors with the nation’s largest private landowner.
Plum Creek owns around 900,000 acres in Arkansas.