Agency may be lagging in turning over documents requested under Freedom of Information Act

By: Bob Berwyn
Summit County Voice, January 30, 2016

The U.S. Forest Service must try to dig up more documents related to the controversial Wolf Creek Village development proposal, a federal judge ruled this week.

U.S. District Court Judge William Martinez ordered the agency to once again scour its files for emails, memos and other records that have been requested under the Freedom of Information Act. Community activists and public lands watchdog groups want to examine the paper trail because they believe that environmental studies for the development were tainted by political influence.

It wouldn’t be the first time that’s happened. In 2005, I reported for High Country News how a political appointee in Washington, D.C. used a little-known administrative loophole to drastically alter the White River National Forest land management plan. Protective water and wildlife standards were cut after the ski industry lobbied a Department of Agriculture undersecretary, claiming the standards were unrealistic.

Read the full article at Summit County Voice.

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