Doing a Double Take
The timber wars are flaring up again after an announcement on Friday that the U.S. Forest Service plans to roughly double logging on some 2.5 million acres of national forest land in Northern California. The decision is the final step in carrying out a congressionally approved compromise logging plan that was forged by locals, known as the Quincy Library Group Plan. The plan would bar new logging roads on 500,000 acres and prohibit the logging of trees more than 30 inches in diameter. But some environmentalists say the plan would still require the construction of 100 miles of new logging roads and significantly damage fish and wildlife habitat. They are expected to appeal the decision.