What seems to be happening is a pattern, that's manifested itself in other realms: (1) create a crisis and then offer to solve it; (2) use euphemism to hide intent; and (3) ignore all scientific or informed advice contrary to The Plan. Details and some analysis below.
We know that the administration's characterization of the Social Security system is a result of their own tapping into the trust fund to pay for their mismanaged government. A system rather like taking the money out of the piggy bank and inserting IOU's for later. Their plans for exploiting natural resources is no different.
"Oh, my, look at all the burned timber, we need to clear the forests to prevent mudslides and other untoward events." Using some interesting verbal legerdemain, the administration takes an argument that might apply in Southern California and applies it to Oregon.
....The current plan for the Biscuit fire area calls for logging 370 million board feet of dead timber from 19,465 acres, less than 5 percent of the area burned by the fire. More than half of it comes from roadless areas, which the Bush administration hopes to open to timber harvest after changing a Clinton administration policy that had barred logging there.
What is this other than #2: a Healthy Forest Initiative? Like "Clean Air" and "Clean Water" this is just another euphemism covering an intent to exploit natural resources without regard for the price to be paid down the line.
Ignore all advice to the contrary
If the Bush administration's unwilling to consider scientific advice concerning stem cell research and global warming, why would anyone think they'd pay attention to experts in forestry and the environmental sciences?