All too often we hear about Forest Service projects being delayed because of NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) compliance. Why is this?
Forest Service specialists spend a great deal of time doing painstaking work to ensure that all of the micro level details are measured and addressed before a project can move forward. This sounds good, right? Hydrologists studying water flows, soil scientists trying to understand the impacts of differing activities, botanists identifying sensitive plants, and wildlife biologists making sure all considerations are met for the species of animals that live or might live there……all of this seems like the right thing to do. In theory, it is. In reality, something else happens.