Denver law students block logging permit
Students at the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law representing two regional environmental nonprofits successfully blocked a federal timber permit that would have allowed logging in the Rio Grande National Forest near Alamosa in southern Colorado.
U.S. Judge William Martinez in U.S. District Court for Colorado ruled last week that the U.S. Forest Service did not meet obligations spelled out in the National Forest Management Act and that an Environmental Assessment was inadequate.
“The court finds fault with the Forest Service’s failure to lay out a more detailed plan regarding … soil compaction. The court finds even greater fault with simply identifying the fact that mitigation measures exist, without even mentioning what those mitigation measures are, not to mention how and when they might be used,” Martinez said in his ruling regarding soil and regeneration issues.
The ruling overturns issued timber permits for more than 3,436 acres in the Handkerchief Mesa area of the Rio Grande National Forest. Permits would have also allowed for the construction of 11 miles of roads.
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