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Enviro-Mich message from Frank Ambrose <snakeman1549@yahoo.com>


Court backs group in Ottawa forest fight

A federal appeals court Friday sided with an
environmental group that sued to stop the U.S. Forest
Service from allowing widespread hardwood logging in
the Ottawa National Forest. 

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati
reversed an earlier decision by U.S. District Judge
David McKeague, saying the Forest Service's approval
of the timber harvest "project without adherence to
the statutorily mandated environmental analysis was
arbitrary and capricious." 

The court ordered McKeague to enter summary judgment
for Northwoods Wilderness Recovery Inc., a
Marquette-based environmental activist group. 

The Ottawa National Forest covers about 1 million
acres of primarily hardwood forest in the western
Upper Peninsula. Forest Service officials in 1998
planned to allow selective- and clear-cutting logging
in at least 4,800 acres in a project dubbed Rolling

Northwoods Wilderness Recovery sued in 2000, arguing
the Forest Service violated its own management plan
guidelines when it approved Rolling Thunder. By the
Associated Press 

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