US Forest Service hit with lawsuit over Colorado watershed plan

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<p>Turquoise Lake, near Leadville, is part of the Forest Service&#039;s Tennessee Creek Vegetation Management Project.</p>
Photo: Turquoise Lake
Turquoise Lake, near Leadville, is part of the Forest Service's Tennessee Creek Vegetation Management Project.

filed suit last month against the U.S. Forest Service over the agency's plan to protect a southern Colorado watershed from wildfire danger.

WildEarth Guardians says the Forest Service's Tennessee Creek Project, which targets more than 16,000 acres of the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, would harm the habitat of the threatened Canada lynx.

Here's more from the Colorado Springs Gazette:

The project also represents what could be a disturbing trend in Forest Service practice, where logging projects are approved without specific details about areas that will be logged, said John Mellgren, an attorney with the Western Environmental Law Center that represents WildEarth Guardians.

"The real problem with the project is the Forest Service just drew a big circle on the map," Mellgren said. "(They) are going to log some part of this circle, but won't tell you where they are going to log. If they stayed out of those areas, we might not have a problem with the project right now."