Sierra Club appeals to US Forest Service to protect wildlife habitat at Greys Mountain
May 14, 2012
The Greys Mountain area is a beautiful wildlife habitat for many highly sensitive species including the Pacific fisher and the California spotted owl. Located north of Bass Lake in the Sierra National Forest, the area contains critical habitat for both species. The Forest Service proposes to cut commercial-sized trees and remove other vegetation from the area.
The Sierra Club and Sierra Forest Legacy have appealed the Forest Service’s Decision to conduct logging under the guise of the “Greys Mountain Ecological Restoration Project.” Research has shown that logging can have significant impacts on already highly imperiled wildlife by reducing suitable territory, eliminating pockets of high quality habitat and cutting off connective corridors.
A victory in this case would require the Forest Service to go back to the drawing board and change its approach to conserving wildlife and its habitat. The Sierra Club is demanding a commitment in writing from the Regional Forester to better understand the needs of its wildlife population before proceeding with the logging project.
Details and Documents:
Appeal of the Record of Decision and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Greys Mountain Ecological Restoration Project
May 14, 2012, Sierra Club and Sierra Forest Legacy
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