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E-M:/ ACTION ALERT! Hiawatha National Forest "Borrowed Time" Timber Sale Appealed

Enviro-Mich message from Doug Cornett <drcornet@up.net>


Hiawatha National Forest "Borrowed Time" Timber Sale Appealed

On July 29, 1999, Northwoods Wilderness Recovery, David Zaber and Doug
Cornett appealed the Hiawatha National Forest's Borrowed Time timber sale.
Borrowed Time is located adjacent to the Big Island Lake Wilderness,
Scott's Marsh and the Indian Wild and Scenic River corridor.  Borrowed Time
is also located within a non-motorized semi-primitive area.  The Forest
Service plans to log 1226 acres of hardwoods and pines.

Big Island Lake, Scott's Marsh and Borrowed Time are located within a
massive wetlands complex that feeds the Little Indian River, Indian Wild
and Scenic River and other rivers flowing to Lakes Michigan and Superior.
The area provides thousands of acres of remote habitat for rare species
such as Canada Lynx, Eastern Cougar, Eastern Timber Wolf, Pine Marten,
Northern Goshawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, American Bittern and Wood Turtle.
These species are at risk from the cumulative effects of Borrowed Time,
Outing, Ipora and numerous other timber sales in the western unit of the

The Forest Service has failed to conduct an Environmental Impact Statement
(EIS) for this important remote wildlife area.

The Borrowed Time cut will negatively impact recreation opportunities in
Big Island Lake Wilderness, Scott's Marsh and the Indian River corridor.
This area receives thousands of visitors each year and is a popular
destination for hiking, canoeing and fishing.  The Forest Service limits
the expansion of Wilderness recreation by logging to the edge of protected
areas, within the boundaries of Wild and Scenic River corridors and within
semi-primitive areas.

Please send your "Interested Party" letter supporting our appeal to:

Appeal Deciding Officer
310 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 49855


For more information contact:

Northwoods Wilderness Recovery
P.O. Box 122
Marquette, MI 49855
E-mail:  drcornet@up.net 
or murphwild1@hotmail.com

Northwoods Wilderness Recovery is a non-profit organization and donations
are tax deductible.  

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