The Daniel Boone Forest deserves better treatment than proposed logging project

By Jim Scheff, Ecologist for Kentucky Heartwood
Lexington Herald Leader
November 10, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US East

Two months ago, the organization I work for, Kentucky Heartwood, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service to stop a massive logging project in … the Daniel Boone National Forest. …the South Red Bird project would log nearly 4,000 acres, [and build] 93 miles of logging roads… The lawsuit comes after years of having our input, concerns, and reasonable alternatives largely ignored by the agency. Our monitoring of other Forest Service logging in the area has uncovered dozens of landslides – some hundreds of feet long – resulting in large amounts of sediment, rock, and debris in otherwise clear streams. Documents we obtained through the Freedom of Information Act revealed that the agency has long known that the steep slopes of these mountains are extremely prone to landslides, with “a substantial number of slope failures” having occurred after previous logging projects. The agency failed to disclose this information, then downplayed it as inconsequential.

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