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Clearcutting in the South Carr Mountain Inventoried Roadless Area,
White Mountain National Forest
September 30, 2008

This video was recorded on September 30, 2008, in the South Carr Mountain Inventoried Roadless Area on the White Mountain National Forest.

On August 15, 2008, a New Hampshire judge had denied a request by conservationists for an emergency injunction against the Batchelder Brook timber sale near Warren, New Hampshire, and against another timber sale near Jackson, New Hampshire. Both sales were located in inventoried roadless areas on the national forest. At the time, the Center for Biological Diversity and other groups were still engaged in a legal fight to protect the roadless areas.

On August 16, forest activists discovered road work was already underway that would enable heavy equipment access to the South Carr Mountain roadless area. In mid-September, an attempt by conservationists to stop the sale at the appellate court level was also denied. The Forest Service refused to provide further advance notice of any activities associated with the Batchelder timber sale. When activists returned on September 30, Stand 39/11 within the South Carr Mountain roadless area had been clearcut. It was the only part of the sale area to have been logged, though many more cutting units lay outside the roadless area boundary.

Photo © Paul S. Hamilton