New Hampshire: Center for Biodiversity on White Mountain NF roadless area destruction

“The White Mountain National Forest has again demonstrated that it is  out of touch with science, the will of the American people, and its  own analyses of the values of these roadless lands,” said Mollie  Matteson, conservation advocate at the Center for Biological  Diversity.  Thursday the U.S. Forest Service denied an appeal of the fourth recent timber sale to be planned in a roadless area on the White Mountain  National Forest. The appeal was filed by the Center for Biological  Diversity, and the Vermont and New Hampshire chapters of the Sierra  Club.
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The “Kanc 7” project is slated to log 875 acres, including 112  acres of clearcutting, in the Sandwich 4 Inventoried Roadless Area, next to the Kancamagus National Scenic Byway and just north of the  Sandwich Range Wilderness, a popular hiking area. “Clearcutting roadless areas conflicts with overwhelming public  support for protecting all such places on our national forests, as sanctuaries for wildlife, clean water, and quiet recreation. This is a  rogue national forest unit in dire need of corrective leadership.” Two  weeks ago, the Forest Service denied conservationists’ appeal of the  Mill Brook project, which includes logging in the Kilkenny Inventoried  Roadless Area, in northern New Hampshire.

The Than Brook and Batchelder Brook timber sales, sited in the Wild River and South Carr Mountain Inventoried Roadless Areas, respectively, have been underway  since last fall. The Forest Service denied appeals of those projects,  saying that logging in roadless areas would have no significant impact on their roadless qualities. In order to demonstrate the severity of
actions being undertaken by the White Mountain National Forest, the
Center for Biological Diversity is releasing video footage recorded
last September in the South Carr Mountain roadless area, after
clearcutting commenced. Using the example of the White Mountain
National Forest’s rogue roadless area logging, the short video urges
strong, nationally consistent protections for all national forest
roadless areas. The Center has also created a fact sheet on the White
Mountain National Forest’s roadless area logging program and its
national implications. (See link under “Documents and Publications” on
Center web site.) “We hope the Obama administration will act quickly
to enact strong, nationally consistent protections for all national
forest roadless areas,” stated Matteson. “Until these areas are
clearly and permanently protected, the Center for Biological Diversity
will keep defending them, including challenging these timber sales in
court if necessary.”

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Link to photos thanks to Frank RobeyMarch 8th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

This Unit within the Roadless Area at Batchelder Brook (and at all the other timber harvests that they’ve proposed that includes a roadless component), are going into Inventoried Roadless Areas that were defined as part of the 2005 Forest Plan Revision…the WMNF has taken the stance that the 2001 RACR only protects those acres that were shown in the maps from the 1999/2000 surveys and does not provide any sort of protection for the “new” inventoried roadless areas…even though you can interpret the posting from the Jan 12, 2001 Federal Register for RACR as allowing additions/subtractions to the inventory…

If you’d like to see pictures of what that Unit in the video looked like before they got that skidder in there, you can go to my Picasa site

and look at pictures 111 to 139



Video links and more info...March 9th, 2009 at 12:29 pm


A video of clearcutting in an inventoried roadless area on the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire was posted to the Center for Biological Diversity website last Friday. The Center recently administratively appealed, and was denied, two roadless area logging projects–Mill Brook and Kanc 7–on the WMNF. Here’s the link:

We have also created a fact sheet on the IRA logging program on the WMNF. See link under “Documents and Publications.”

The roadless rule and climate change issues were raised in both appeals. We are in the process of determining our next action to protect these areas.

Please forward widely.

Thank you.


Mollie Matteson
Conservation Advocate

Center for Biological Diversity
Northeast Field Office
PO Box 188
Richmond, VT 05477
802-434-2388 (office)
802-318-1487 (cell)

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