The Interior Department on Thursday proposed sweeping changes that would require timber companies to pay more for timber, require logging crews to stay at least 30 feet away from wildlife and limit logging on public lands.
The Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement is proposing to remove some restrictions on logging on some federal lands and open up timber areas in other parts of the country.
The proposal would apply to some federal land, including national forests and wilderness areas, and some private land, according to a document obtained by The Hill.
The Office of Land Management would also have to allow timber companies access to certain areas in some areas and to allow logging crews at certain distances, the document says.
The Office of Water Conservation and Enforcement would be required to enforce water quality rules, the documents say.
The Interior Secretary’s office would also be required “to ensure the management of public lands for timber and other natural resources,” the document states.
The agency also would be allowed to open up more land for logging, the department says.
A Forest Service spokesperson declined to comment on the proposed changes.