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Mary Bolin

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Published in Resource Sharing & Information Networks 14:1(1999): 21-40. Copyright 1999 Haworth Press. Used by permission.


Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) have been published by federal agencies such as the National Marine Fisheries Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Environmental Protection Agency, since the 1970s. These government documents can be an important source of environmental information. Some EISs are depository items, but most are not. Only a small number of each EIS is printed, and they are not always easy to identify and acquire. Their important content and fugitive nature makes it essential to catalog them to make their existence widely known. This article uses the timber sale EISs published by the Forest Service as examples of the benefits, problems, and techniques of cataloging this material.