Wisconsin: Chequamegon-Nicolet NF withdraws Cayuga timber sale

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The U.S. Forest Service announced this week it is withdrawing and
reconsidering its Cayuga timber sale for logging 5,220 acres of the
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest near Clam Lake. Scientists and
conservationists filed extensive comments expressing concern that the
Forest Service was allowing too much logging in the proposed Cayuga
Project, which is next to other large timber sales and contains old
growth forests and high quality trout streams.

In addition, more than
300 citizens submitted letters urging the Forest Service to more fully
consider the combined impact of the timber sales on the environment.
“The Forest Service is proposing too much logging, too fast and in too
many of the wrong places when it comes to protecting natural resources
values.” said Howard Learner, executive director of the Environmental
Law and Policy Center, “We appreciate that the Forest Service has
decided to step back and reconsider more balanced solutions.” The
Cayuga Project has been on hold because of the federal court’s
previous decision and injunction. Supervisor Jeanne Higgins
re-approved the Cauyga Project on Nov. 3, 2008. In recent years, the
Forest Service has proposed 15 timber sales totaling over 100,000
acres of logging in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The
Environmental Law and Policy Center is the Midwest’s leading public
interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation
organization. For more information: http://www.elpc.org/forests —

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