Forest Service Failed Spotted Owl In Timber Plan, Judge Says
By Kat Sieniuc (February 17, 2017, 9:03 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Thursday ruled the U.S. Forest Service didn't take a hard enough look at the environmental effects a timber project in the state's coastal mountain range would have on the northern spotted owl, saying the government arbitrarily and capriciously failed to consider more conservation-friendly options.
An analysis of alternatives is the heart of any impact environmental impact report, U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez said in his order looking at whether such a review was missing from the government's fire management and timber production plans for the Mendocino National Forest, known as the Smokey Project, and concluding...
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