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Environmentalists Lose Court Battle to Stop Timber Harvesting in Eastern National Forests
Southern Appalachian Multiple Use Council ^ | 6/25/07 | news release

Posted on 06/25/2007 12:41:49 PM PDT by girlangler

Southern Appalachian Multiple Use Council

P.O. Box 1377

Clyde, NC 28721



For immediate release

June 25, 2007


Steve Henson, Executive Director

Southern Appalachian Multiple-Use Council, 828-627-3333

Environmentalists Lose Court Battle to Stop Timber Harvesting in Eastern National Forests

Clyde NC – In a summary judgment ruling last week Federal Chief Judge Sandra Beckwith (Southern District Ohio) found that the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USF&WS) and the US Forest Service (USFS) had properly followed federal law and biological assessments in planning and implementing forest management practices on several eastern national forests including the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina and Jefferson National Forest in Virginia. .

A number of environmental groups, spearheaded by an Indiana based group called Heartwood, filed suit in 2005 alleging that the USF&WS and the USFS had acted “arbitrarily and capriciously” in dealing with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) requirements for the federally listed endangered Indiana bat ( ). However, Judge Beckwith disagreed with environmentalists and found that both agencies “have not violated the ESA by failing to adequately analyze the effects of the proposed actions in each of the forests in question.”

Environmentalists have filed numerous lawsuits in recent years against the federal government hoping to use the ESA and the endangered bat to stop any manmade disturbance activities, particularly logging, on national forests across the eastern US. Some earlier lawsuits were won on ESA technical points by environmentalists but the federal agencies have complied with those decisions and now have some reassurance that they are dotting all the is and crossing all the ts.

Indiana bats hibernate in colonies in specific caves scattered in just a few Midwestern and Eastern states. Upon emergence from hibernating in the spring they migrate in many different directions, sometimes hundreds of miles away from their caves. During these spring and summer migrations the bats could be located anywhere in suitable habitat (usually forested riparian areas) in the Midwestern and Eastern US. Current conservation efforts are focused on protecting known hibernating caves where they are susceptible to disturbance during hibernation.

The court’s decision clearly supports the USF&WS and the USFS in their assessments that timber harvesting and other national forest activities are not harmful to the existence of this imperiled specie.

Southern Appalachian Multiple-Use Council Executive Director Steve Henson said he was not surprised with the ruling as he is quite familiar with hoops that the agencies have to jump through to accommodate environmental laws and analysis. He did express frustration at the government resources expended in defense of so many environmentalists’ lawsuits. “It is unfortunate that the taxpayers have to pay the bill for this senseless litigation. The judge continuously found that the environmental groups had not provided grounds to justify their many allegations. They apparently used the throw-it-up-against-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks method of litigation. The courts need to place the government’s financial burden of these frivolous lawsuits on the plaintiffs when they lose. The environmentalists request and are usually granted reimbursement for their legal fees when they win a court case. That’s our tax money going to these groups so they can continue to file baseless lawsuits,” he said.

The Southern Appalachian Multiple Use Council is a nonprofit organization established in 1975 to promote the balanced integration and protection of forestland values in the region.

List of Plaintiff Environmental Groups


Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Project

Kentucky Heartwood

Indiana Forest Alliance

Buckeye Forest Council

Virginia Forest Watch

National Forest Protection Alliance

Wild Virginia

National Forests Affected by Ruling

Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia

Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania

Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Jefferson National Forest, Virginia

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina; US: Virginia; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: appalachia; environment; forests; lawsuit; nationalforests; timber

1 posted on 06/25/2007 12:41:53 PM PDT by girlangler
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To: george76; SJackson; proud_yank


Too much money, time and energy are spent with the USFS defending against lawsuits to stop logging (money that could be spent on useful efforts). A very small percentage of forests are logged, and logging is good for many species.

This is great news!!!!!

2 posted on 06/25/2007 12:44:15 PM PDT by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: girlangler
Logging also creates natural fire breaks. But environmentalist wackos would rather see trees burn, than used for something useful like building a house.
3 posted on 06/25/2007 12:55:02 PM PDT by HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath (Christ's Kingdom on Earth is the answer. What is your question?)
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To: girlangler


4 posted on 06/25/2007 12:55:31 PM PDT by jazusamo (
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To: HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath


5 posted on 06/25/2007 12:55:56 PM PDT by swatbuznik
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To: girlangler
Save the environment,
kill an environmentalist.
6 posted on 06/25/2007 12:57:07 PM PDT by TheDon (The DemocRAT party is the party of TREASON! Overthrow the terrorist's congress!)
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To: girlangler

excellent news. (hoo-rah!!!!!)

7 posted on 06/25/2007 12:57:36 PM PDT by ripley
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To: girlangler

Most of these nuts would rather see these forests burn than to have them profit man.

Thank God we’re one step closer to thinning out the ANF, and heaven help us if it ever burned.

8 posted on 06/25/2007 12:57:47 PM PDT by Petronski (
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To: Petronski


We’ll strip mine the other planets later.

9 posted on 06/25/2007 1:45:37 PM PDT by thagen
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To: Petronski

South Lake Tahoe is paying the price for the Sierra Club and other envirowhacko orgs that have tied up the management of forests all over.

Your comment about they would rather see forests burn then stop the fires or manage the forests by thinning , replanting etc shows what ecoidiots they are.

The amounts of wildlife that are destroyed unnecessarily speaks volumes as to how misguided their efforts are.

10 posted on 06/25/2007 2:01:28 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... For want of a few good men, a once great nation was lost.)
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To: girlangler
EnvironMENTALists Lose Court Battle to Stop Timber Harvesting in Eastern National Forests

11 posted on 06/25/2007 2:26:23 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Will I be suspended again for this remark?)
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To: girlangler

What I would like to see are harvested forest areas set aside for slow growing hardwoods. Right now, most of our forests are managed with the idea of growing fast growing trees (softwood) for frequent harvest.

However, if even a fraction of our managed forest land was instead used for growing hardwoods, such as cherry, it would still be 50 or 100 years before they would be ready for harvest. Yet when that time came, America would again have its prized furniture, as stylish as any ever made.

Today, there is almost no “new” hardwood furniture around, and people have to be satisfied with buying increasingly expensive antique furniture.

Most of the hardwoods grown today are grown for their fruits and nuts. The older trees are replaced with younger ones that give more fruit, long before they would be good for lumber.

If we planted hardwood forests now, by the time master craftsmen could make them into fine furniture, even a small desk could be worth as much as a luxury car. America would have a near world monopoly in the finest wood furniture.

Such forests are also uniquely pleasurable to visit, as well, very different in character from pine, as well as having different flora and fauna.

12 posted on 06/25/2007 2:30:23 PM PDT by Popocatapetl
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To: Popocatapetl

My parents own acreage that was originally planted with pine by the CCC during the Depression. Some years ago, they had every third row cut down by a timber company (made a nice chunk of change) and the property is now in the process of growing hardwoods in the cleared spaces. My children and so on will get to enjoy a much changed and beautiful hardwood forest some day.

13 posted on 06/25/2007 2:43:33 PM PDT by ODC-GIRL (Proudly serving our Nation's Homeland Defense)
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To: Popocatapetl

Most Americans are content to buy a bookcase made of pressed wood and covered with paper veneer for $49.95 at Office Max. When it collapses six months later, go to Wal-Mart and buy one made of pressed newspapers and painted black for $39.95.

The days of Americans buying quality furniture made of cherry, walnut and quarter-sawn oak are long past, unless it can be bought for $49.95.

14 posted on 06/25/2007 3:43:57 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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