The Rodeo-Chediski Fires and the Baca Timber Sale

Prepared by the Center for Biological Diversity

For more infformation: Prelude to Catastrophie: Recent and Historic Land Management within the Rodeo-Chedeski Fire Area

The Rodeo/Chediski Fires have burned over 450,000 acres since the Rodeo Fire began on June 18, 2002. Part of the area burned by the fires overlaps with the proposed Baca Timber Sale, a proposal to cut up to 30 million board feet on 12 square miles of the Sitgreaves National Forest. The Baca timber sale has been halted for the past two years by agreement between the Forest Service and the Center for Biological Diversity. Some politicians have blamed the Center for stopping the timber sale, alleging that stopping the timber sale delay may have permitted the Rodeo/Chediski Fires to rage out of control. The facts do not support these allegations.

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