Environmental groups file second suit in opposition to Hoosier National Forest project

By Carol Kugler
January 31, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US East

Four agencies — Indiana Forest Alliance, Monroe County Board of Commissioners, Hoosier Environmental Council and Friends of Lake Monroe — filed a second lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on Jan. 25. The suit may delay or halt the start of a controversial logging and vegetation management project that was set to begin soon in the Hoosier National Forest.  The plaintiffs believe the Houston South Vegetation Management and Restoration Project will harm the water quality of Lake Monroe, which is the source of drinking water for more than 145,000 people. …The project, expected to take 10-15 years, includes commercial logging and controlled burns on land in Jackson and Lawrence counties. …They insist the Forest Service remains in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act, which requires federal agencies to assess the environmental effects of proposed major projects before they begin.

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