Conservation Group Files Lawsuit Against Timber Sale Near Oregon's Crater Lake National Park

Jun 20, 2014
Originally published on June 19, 2014 8:47 am

The recent discovery of Oregon's wandering wolf, known as OR-7, and his new pups is one of the reasons a conservation group filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a logging project near Crater Lake National Park.

Oregon Wild filed the lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service in District Court in Medford Wednesday.

The Bybee timber sale is located on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. John Melgren, staff attorney for the Western Environmental Law Center, represents Oregon Wild. He said the timber sale is in a mostly roadless area that could be designated as wilderness -- but not if logging roads are constructed. He said the environmental analysis was done before the gray wolf and his pups entered the area.

"Through the lawsuit we hope to get the court to order the Forest Service to redo its environmental analysis, to consider the effects on wolves in the project area and to also remove all of the roadless areas from the proposal so that we aren't logging some of the last remaining stretches of wilderness in Oregon," Melgreen said.

Melgren said the forest land is also home to the northern spotted owl. It's forest habitat is protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Forest Service officials have said the timber harvest will increase the overall forest health, reduce wildfire risk, and create jobs and boost the local economy.

This was first reported for KLCC.

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