U.S. district judge halts Creeks Forest Health Recovery Project
Late last month, Judge Frank C. Damrell Jr. stopped the Forest Service from implementing the Creeks Forest Health Recovery Project. The project is located on the Almanor Ranger District of the Lassen National Forest. It comprises approximately 33,000 acres, located 12 miles south of Chester in Plumas County.
The project was part of the Quincy Library Group program of work. As such, it proposed creating a series of fuel breaks, using defensible fuel-profile zones and group selection and individual tree harvests.
The QLG (an association that represents the interests of the community, the timber industry and environmentalists) argues that such an approach preserves forest health, protects communities from fire, and yields merchantable timber that creates jobs and maintains economic health in the region.
However, environmental groups including the Sierra Nevada Forest Protection Campaign, the Sierra Club and the Lassen Forest Preservation Group successfully argued before the court that the Forest Service violated environmental laws in approving the project.
Specifically, the court found that the Forest Service violated the National Environmental Protection Act by “failing to analyze an adequate range of alternatives, particularly alternatives involving less intensive logging.”
The court also found that the Forest Service failed to adequately study how the project would impact the American marten and the spotted owl, or to provide adequate data on the pileated woodpecker and the black bear.
Now the Forest Service is determining how to proceed. Al Vasquez, ranger for the Almanor District, said, “We’re trying to do whatever we can to move this project forward.”
He said that any response would have to involve regional personnel as well because the judge’s ruling has an impact on how the Forest Service is proceeding with projects throughout its jurisdiction.
For the Full Story, see the Sept. 12 Lassen County Times.
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