PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

Opinion

My turn: Litigation and fire impacts

By From page A4 | October 31, 2012

What are the real impacts that are all too often the result of frivolous appeals and litigation on our public lands? One watershed in Northern California, the North Fork of the Feather River paints a pretty clear picture. The majority of this watershed is located in Plumas County with its confluence entering Lake Oroville in Butte County. Since 1999, approximately 250,000 acres of this watershed has burned. Now due to the Chips Fire an additional 75,000 acres has been impacted. So in just over 10 years, one watershed, two counties, several hydro-electric facilities, untold natural resources, and numerous wildlife species are paying the price for environmental groups suing the Forest Service over the well-being of individual species, how they prepare an Environmental Assessment or Environmental Impact Statement and stopping forest management projects.

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