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2012-07-15. Forest Service halts logging approvals for old-growth area in southern Utah

posted Aug 2, 2012, 10:35 AM by Lisa Ou   [ updated Aug 2, 2012, 10:35 AM ]
| by The Associated Press, The Republic. An article relevant to A New World View chapter 3. Excerpt: Federal foresters have backed away from logging a high-country swath of spruce in southern Utah, handing a victory to environmental groups fearing for the survival of a rare hawk. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and the Utah Environmental Congress say logging would have removed old-growth forests north of Escalante that support a dwindling population of goshawks...Logging proponents say the decision leaves conditions in the dense forest ripe for a catastrophic wildfire in the area north of Escalante. "It's dying faster than you can think. Beetles are wiping it out," Bruce Chappell, a logger and log home builder in Lyman....Read more: http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/a4fa1dda159f4f53866f68e7e84e1eb0/UT--Halted-Logging-Plan-1st-Ld-Writethru