Tree Frog Forestry News

Timber-sale litigation on national forests: What is its true effect?

November 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As Montana’s timber industry struggles to survive in a difficult market, its boosters also are pointing to a perennial obstacle they say is a drag on the industry: Legal challenges by environmental groups. “Excessive litigation from extreme environmental groups is one of the biggest challenges and greatest barriers to timber management,” says U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. “It takes a lot of time and it takes a lot of money, and what suffers is our forests.” The issue of lawsuits challenging timber sales is not new. But it’s come to the fore in recent months, as the industry faces increasing economic challenges. Groups filing the challenges say they’re being cast as a scapegoat for the industry’s woes, which are mostly market-driven.