The emphasis on renewable energy is reason enough to remake forest management policy, according to a University of Illinois expert who has published on the topic.

“Science has to catch up with economic activity,” says Jody Endres, a professor of bioenergy and environmental law in the University of Illinois’ College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences.

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“They do contain a lot of our biodiversity and water quality protection,” Endres says of the national forests, though her concerns apply to both those and to the forests which are harvested for paper and lumber products.

Endres says she hopes regulators can untangle what she calls a “crazy quilt” of rules across the 50 states.

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