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Forests are vital to the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Policy makers and the public are now recognizing the role the Bay’s forests play in helping to maintain water quality, air quality, watershed health and resilience, living resources, economic productivity, and the region’s quality of life. The new Chesapeake Bay Agreement signed in June 2000 commits Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, the District of Columbia, the Chesapeake Bay
This paper focuses on Forest Service appeals because they are a fulcrum leveraging overall improvement in national forest management. Unfortunately, these appeals currently fail to realize their potential as innovative tools because they are designed for an oversimplified model of resource management as informal, discretionary, and purely technical.