Tree Frog Forestry News

Forest plan critics come to Missoula

By Patrick Reilly
The Missoulian
February 12, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service isn’t doing enough to protect grizzly bears in its new plans for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, say some area environmental groups. “This is really the sweet spot for some of the very best habitat in the region,” said Mike Bader, a consultant with the Flathead-Lolo-Bitterroot Citizen Task Force. …The plan itself does not address grizzly bear management, but a recently released Draft Environmental Impact Statement concludes that the offered alternatives would contribute to the bears’ recovery. …The U.S. Forest Service has spent years preparing a revised Forest Plan to guide their management and released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement Dec. 20. Now open for public comment, it lays out four alternative courses of action for future management of the forest. 

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