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Healthy Forest Initiative

The president says a build-up of brush has left (m) millions of
acres vulnerable to devastating fires.

The measure would speed reviews and appeals of plans to thin
some 20 (m) million acres of national forests. A House vote could
come later today.

The president says he wants to reverse decades of what he
describes as ``well-intentioned but misguided'' policies that have
opened valuable timber land to fire and disease.

Conservation groups say the plan would sweep aside environmental
concerns -- and unfairly reward logging interests.


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