An appeal filed by WildEarth Guardians and Carson Forest
Watch has reversed the decision for logging that would have had devastating
impacts on old growth and water quality on the Carson National Forest in
northern New Mexico.
On September 24, the Carson National Forest Supervisor
concurred with our objections and sent the Upper Bitter Creek timber sale back
to government planners. For now, wildlife and clean water will have a reprieve
from the impacts of logging.
Our convincing appeal halted 11.6 miles of new road
construction and the opening of 12 miles of closed roads, thereby blocking the fragmenting of wildlife habitat
and polluting prized trout streams.
Logging is largely a thing of the past on federal lands in
New Mexico as the Forest Service redirects funds to collaborative projects
aimed at restoring forest functions and protecting communities from inevitable
WildEarth Guardians works with the Collaborative Forest
Restoration Program in New Mexico to restore forests fragmented and waterways
polluted by a needless network of roads; the legacy of unsustainable logging.
In collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service and local contractors, we’ve
closed roads and created safer forests where rural communities interface with
Join us in celebrating this win which would not have been possible
without our members and supporters. Together, we’re clearly making a
Here’s to keeping the West wild.