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Logjam Creek at Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. Juneau, AK — A federal court opinion issued today vacates a U.S. Forest Service plan to log centuries-old trees across a 1.8-million-acre project area on Prince of Wales Island, in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. The ruling spells out the consequences for the Forest Service’s failure to adhere to environmental laws that require public participation, following a March decision where the Court ruled that the Forest Service had illegally approved the timber sale . The ruling throws out the Forest Service’s record of decision and environmental impact statement (EIS) on the Prince of Wales project entirely, requiring the agency to prepare a complete new EIS before proceeding with logging plans or roads on Prince of Wales Island. The ruling is a victory for the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council and seven other conservation groups, represented by Earthjustice. The order does not hinder the Forest Service’s ability to proceed with recreation and restoration projects that were part of the EIS. “This ruling concludes our case against the largest logging project in decades, for now, and marks a win for old-growth forests and future generations on Prince of Wales Island,” said Earthjustice attorney Tom Waldo […]

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