Sierra Club Protects Wildlife in Southern National Forests
February 16, 2008
In February, 2008 the Sierra Club succeeded in stopping the U.S. Forest Service from eliminating a critical requirement to inventory sensitive wildlife, fish, and plant species in the Forest Service's 12.5 million acre southern region. This ruling applied to 31 national forests in 13 states, covering the Southern Appalachian Mountains, the Gulf Coastal Plain/Piedmont and Arkansas. These inventories are critical in protecting the region's high quality habitat and species most at risk, and the lawsuit successfully halted the Forest Service's new scheme that allowed them to rely on whatever inventories they had "available". The lawsuit also halted the Forest Service's logging under its new standard, unless and until it fully assesses the impacts of this sea-change in its program.
See other "Promoting Resilient Habitats" cases.