Environmental Groups Suing to Stop Logging Plan
Environmental groupsTuesday filed a lawsuit in Sacramento federal court over a logging plan. They say what started as a fire prevention effort is fast becoming an excuse to increase logging in Sierra Nevada national forests.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
The suit challenges the U-S Forest Service's effort to log 64-hundred acres over five years in the Plumas National Forest west of Quincy. The Forest Service says the clearing project will reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire near Meadow Valley. Spokesman Matt Mathes says they’re just following the law passed by Congress. It specifically instructed us to do thinning in a way that would help the local communities economically as well as reduce fire danger. We feel our decision does both. But Chad Hanson of the John Muir Project, one of the environmental groups suing, says jobs could just as well be provided by cutting smaller trees and brush or providing other services. There’s nothing that requires the Forest Service to take the largest one-percent of the trees out there. The suit would force the Forest Service to conduct a full environmental impact review before it permits logging of large trees. Steve Milne - KXJZ news.