Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Groups sue Forest Service over Sierra species
SAN FRANCISCO—A lawsuit filed by environmentalists claims the U.S. Forest Service is failing to protect bellwether species in the Sierra Nevada when approving new logging and road projects.
The four environmental groups filed suit Tuesday over the agency's 2007 decision to cut the number of species that must be studied prior to approving the projects.
The number of species monitored decreased from approximately 60 species to just 13.
The lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco aims to reinstate the species dropped from the list, including bighorn sheep and the California condor.
A spokesman for the Forest Service says the species removed from the list are either too rare to study or do not rely on the habitats at issue.
The painting is by Laura Tasheiko