Conservationists oppose Kaibab forest logging plan
FLAGSTAFF — An environmental group is challenging a U.S. Forest Service logging plan for an area north of the Grand Canyon.
The Center for Biological Diversity says a plan approved by a Kaibab National Forest district ranger to thin trees on more than 26,000 acres allows too many big trees to be cut down. It says that would damage habitat needed by the endangered northern goshawk and remove too much of the forest canopy.
The logging was approved in February in an area between the North Rim and Jacob Lake. The site is next to 58,000 acres that burned in 2006.
The appeal of the district ranger's logging decision asks the Kaibab National Forest supervisor to overturn the plan.
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