U.S. judge stops logging project in Olympic National Forest
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
TACOMA, Wash. -- A federal judge has blocked a plan to log 2,200 acres in Olympic National Forest.
U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton says the National Forest Service approved the Bear Creek Saddle logging operation under changes the Bush administration made to the Northwest Forest Plan in 2004. Those changes, which weakened environmental protections, have been struck down as illegal.
Leighton sent the matter back to the Forest Service to conduct a new environmental assessment of the logging's impact.